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Sport in Brief: 7/8/2014

FOOTBALL: England’s top referee Howard Webb  announced yesterday his retirement to become technical director of the body that oversees professional officials.

Webb, 43, who refereed the 2010 World Cup final and at the recent World Cup in Brazil, hangs up his whistle after 25 years.

He has been appointed technical director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), the Premier League announced.


ATHLETICS: Katarina Johnson-Thompson has withdrawn from the Great Britain team for the European Championships.

The 21-year-old heptathlete has still not recovered sufficiently from the foot injury which ruled her out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

British Athletics said in a statement that “taking the longer-term view rather than short-term risk” would ensure her winter training programme was not compromised. 


FOOTBALL: Southampton’s response to the player exodus at St Mary’s has continued with the signing of Saphir Taider on a season-long loan deal.

However, as part of the agreement Dani Osvaldo moves in the opposite direction on the same terms, leaving Saints with no net gain as they seek to bolster a squad short on numbers.

Taider, a 22-year-old midfielder, played in two of Algeria’s matches at the recent World Cup and joined Inter a year ago.


FOOTBALL: The Rangers board have confirmed they hope to launch a £4 million share issue as the cash-strapped club seeks fresh investment.

Chief executive Graham Wallace admitted in his controversial business review released three-and-a-half months ago that the Ibrox outfit may turn to existing shareholders to help meet the shortfall in their revenue stream.

That came after it was revealed the club had burned through almost £70m in the last 18 months. 


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