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Published:Friday | September 30, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Tommy Wright

Second coach loses

job in England

BARNSLEY, England (AP):

A British newspaper investigation led to a second football coach getting fired in England yesterday.

Two days after Sam Allardyce lost his job as England manager following an undercover operation by the Daily Telegraph, second-tier club Barnsley fired assistant coach Tommy Wright.

Wright was filmed apparently accepting an envelope, which the Telegraph said contained £5,000 (US$6,500) from a fake Asian firm to help place players at the northern club. Video footage was released by the newspaper late Wednesday and Wright was immediately suspended by Barnsley.

"After considering Mr Wright's response to allegations in today's Daily Telegraph about breaching (Football Association) rules over player transfers, Mr Wright was dismissed," the club said after a meeting with the coach yesterday.

Barnsley said it was "unaware of such matters or involved in any wrongdoing".


Scotland punished after sick women's team refuses to play

NYON, Switzerland (AP):

UEFA has ordered Scotland to forfeit a women's Under-19 European Championship match for refusing to play because of a sickness bug.

The Scottish football federation cited "acute gastroenteritis that affected nine players" and several team staff for failing to play Serbia in a qualifying match last week. The game in Albania between two unbeaten teams was to decide the group winners.

UEFA says Scotland "is deemed to have lost the match 3-0".

Scotland can still advance to the next qualifying stage as one of the best runners-up.