Rick Parry, the Premier League chief executive, has told Uefa, football's European governing body, that it is wrong over its interpretation of the recent European Court ruling on the number of foreign players a team can field.
The court decreed, as part of the Jean-Marc Bosman verdict, the regulations illegal, but Uefa issued a statement saying that the "three foreigners rule" still stands. Parry goes to Brussels on Thursday to meet European Commissioners in an attempt to clarify the situation.
Sunderland fans unable to get a ticket for the FA Cup third-round replay with Manchester United will at least be able to watch the game live on television. The all-ticket Roker Park replay has been brought forward 24 hours to Tuesday 16 January for screening by Sky Sports.
Sheffield United, whose replay with Arsenal has been moved to Wednesday 17 January, will go into action with the Gunners knowing a television pay-day awaits. The BBC is to show the fourth-round match between the winner of the Bramall Lane game and Aston Villa on Sunday 28 January.
Sky's fourth-round game, which will be played the following evening, is between Queen's Park Rangers and the winners of the replay between Newcastle and Chelsea. …