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Sporting briefs

CELTIC: Defender Mikael Lustig and midfielder Nir Bitton return to the Celtic squad for the Champions League clash with Borussia Monchengladbach at Parkhead tonight. Both players missed the home Premiership win over Motherwell on Saturday after returning from the international break with Sweden and Israel, respectively, carrying knocks.

BANNED: FIFA’s ethics watchdog yesterday imposed a five-year ban against the former head of Thailand’s football association (FAT), Worawi Makudi, on charges of forgery and falsification. FIFA’s ethics committee opened an investigation into Worawi in July 2015 following information he had been convicted of forgery by the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court. Effective immediately, Worawi was banned from all national and international football-related activities and fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,094).

GIROUD: Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their Champions League Group A clash at home to Ludogorets tonight. Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey both trained yesterday but manager Arsene Wenger wants to give them longer to recover from respective toe and hamstring injuries. David Ospina will replace Petr Cech in goal as he has done in the previous two Champions League outings.

RACIST CHANTS: Kosovo and Croatia are both facing disciplinary hearings because of anti-Serb chanting by their fans at their World Cup qualifier this month, FIFA said. The anti-Serb chants were heard during Kosovo’s first competitive “home” international since being admitted to FIFA in May, although the game – which Croatia won 6-0 – was played at Shkoder, in neighbouring Albania, because of a lack of facilities in Kosovo itself.

FA CUP: Isthmian League Premier Division side Merstham will host Oxford United in their debut appearance in the first round of the FA Cup. The seventh-tier club beat Ebbsfleet United in the final qualifying round and have been rewarded with a home tie against League One side Oxford. Lowest-ranked Westfields, of the Midland League Premier Division, will entertain fellow non-league outfit Curzon Ashton, who beat troubled York 2-1 in a replay on Monday night. The ties will be played over the weekend of November 5-6.

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