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FIFA sack Rotterdam referee

FIFA have replaced the German referee heavily criticised after the World Cup qualifier in Rotterdam between England and Holland for his next game in the tournament.

''After analysing the performance of Karl-Josef Assenmacher. .

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.the FIFA Referees Committee have decided to replace him for the game between Belgium and the Czech and Slovakian republics on November 17,'' FIFA said yesterday.

England manager Graham Taylor slammed Assenmacher for failing to send off Dutch captain Ronald Koeman last Wednesday after the defender pulled down David Platt when he was clear on the edge of the penalty area. A few minutes later Koeman scored the opening goal and the Dutch won the game 2-0, effectively depriving England of any chance of qualifying for next year's finals.

* CELTIC defender Tom Boyd received a boost on the eve of the UEFA Cup tie against Sporting Lisbon. The SFA have wiped out a recent booking received by the full back.

Boyd was shown the yellow card by referee Hugh Dallas on the advice of a linesman during the premier-division match against Hibs. But an SFA official said yesterday it was a case of mistaken identity.

* THE sponsorship by Tennents of the only major indoor football tournament in Scotland, the Sixes, has ended. The SFA and the brewers have agreed to finish their contract after 10 years but the sponsors will divert the money involved into promoting the Tennents Scottish Cup, which is due to run for another four years.

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