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Dugarry fined for spitting

London: Birmingham City striker Christophe Dugarry was fined £ 12,500 for spitting by the English Football Association on Friday.

The fine related to the Frenchman’s clash with Aston Villa’s Joey Gudjonsson in the stormy midlands derby at Villa Park on March 3.

An FA disciplinary hearing found Dugarry guilty of improper conduct but accepted Dugarry’s assertion that he did not deliberately spit at Gudjonsson.

“While finding him guilty, the Commission accepted that he was not spitting directly at an opponent,” the FA said in a statement on its official website. Dugarry, who was also warned about his future behaviour but avoided a possible three-match ban, has 14 days to appeal.Gudjonsson was one of two Villa players sent off in Birmingham’s 2-0 win at Villa Park. Striker Dion Dublin was also red-carded for head-butting Birmingham’s Robbie Savage.

Johl in second spot

Seoul: South Korean Chung Joon fired a four-under-par 68 Friday to take a two-stroke lead with a four-under aggregate, while India’s Amandeep Johl was placed joint second after round two of the $ 400,000 Maekyung LG Fashion Open golf championship.With two birdies on the front nine, Chung added three consecutive birdies on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes but bogeyed the par-3 17th hole at Nam Seoul Country Club, just south of Seoul.

Johl had four birdies and two bogeys to share second place with three South Koreans: Anthony Kang, Suk Jong-ryul and 19-year-old amateur Choi Jin-ho at two-under 140. Johl carded an identical two-under 70 on the two days of the competition.

Vieira, Petit not to take part

Paris: England-based midfielders Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit will almost certainly not take part in the Confederations Cup in France next month, French manager Jacques Santini said on Thursday.

Chelsea’s Petit has a groin injury while Arsenal’s Vieira is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a lingering knee injury. Both missed Wednesday’s 5-0 friendly win over Egypt.

“I talked with (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger and he confirmed that Patrick would not be able to play the last games with Arsenal,” Santini said.

“It’s 99 per cent sure that, like Manu (Petit), he won’ be with us at the Confederations Cup,” he added.

Hueberger halts Carraz

New Delhi: Ivo Heuberger of Switzerland stopped Gregory Carraz’s winning run in the $25,000 Indian Oil Servo ATP Challenger Series, defeating him 6-4, 6-3 in the singles semi-final Friday.

In the final on Saturday, fifth seeded Heuberger will play Thailand’s Danai Udomchoke who defeated Louis Vosloo of South Africa 6-3, 6-1 in the other semi-final. Earlier, Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel won the doubles semi-final 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 against Jean-Franceois Bachelot of France and Yves Allegro of Switzerland.

SARS switch

Sydney: This year’s track cycling world championships are to be switched from China because of fears over the SARS virus.

The event will be put back until August with an announcement on the new host country to be made next week, a leading cycling official said on Friday.

“It won’t be in China,” International Cycling Union (UCI) vice-president Ray Godkin said. “The announcement of where it will be will be made next Wednesday when the contracts are signed.”

The decision came just three days after Australia said it would boycott the championships if they remained in China because of concerns about the flu-like illness.

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