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Last updated at 08:56 05 March 2007

Brett faces up to his old club

Preston's Brett Ormerod claims he will be embarrassed if he's picked against old club Southampton tonight because of his dodgy face mask.

The striker is set for an early comeback from a broken cheekbone by wearing a Gazza-style mask.

But he said: "I'm really self-conscious of it as it doesn't look the best. Gazza had one but his looked a lot better than mine.

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"It's a cross between a see-through Zorro mask and something Christian Bale wore in American Psycho. It's bad enough wearing it in front of a stadium full of fans but it's just my luck having it on in a game being beamed across the country."

Ormerod is struggling to get comfortable with the mask he needs to protect his face after picking up the injury in the defeat at Wolves on February 10.

He added: "I'm still trying to get used to it. It has straps and if they are too loose it rubs. But if I have them done up too tight I feel dizzy after ten minutes and could pass out!"

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FA out to punish cheats

FA chiefs have vowed to carry on their fight to punish cheats after being mysteriously denied a chance to push their argument.

The FA intended to lobby Saturday's meeting of the International Football Association Board in Manchester but were prevented when the relevant item on the agenda, headed "video evidence", was removed from the schedule without any apparent explanation.

Soho Square sources were unable to shed light on an omission that frustrated the plans of chief executive Brian Barwick, who is determined to remove FIFA opposition to bringing divers to account.

A senior figure said: "We will continue to press on this issue."

The FA are hampered because FIFA will not allow them to bring charges where offences are 'seen' by referees.

Barwick's argument is that incidents are obviously not seen clearly enough by officials when they are duped into awarding penalties incorrectly or tricked into a sending off.

Burley snaps up Liverpool's Guthrie

Southampton manager George Burley has snapped up Liverpool midfielder Danny Guthrie, 20, on a month's loan.

The young playmaker was signed in time to face Preston in tonight's top of the table Championship clash.

Burley said: "Danny is an England U19 international and a talented player who has been involved with the Liverpool first team.

"He is a creative player who is not afraid to get stuck in. He is young and hungry and this is an ideal chance for him to get experience in the Championship."

Moore rejects Stoke move

Aston Villa striker Luke Moore, 21, has rejected a loan move to Stoke.

Moore is coming back from shoulder surgery but has slipped behind John Carew, Ashley Young and Shaun Maloney in the pecking order.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis saw Moore as the answer to his striking problems after missing out on Middlesbrough's Malcolm Christie.

But Moore said: "I wouldn't want to go out on loan. It's not something I'd do. The manager hasn't said anything to me but I think clubs have asked about me.

"I'm not keen to pursue it. There are 10 games left for Villa this season and I want to be involved. Why would I do it? It doesn't make any sense to me. I want to end this season how I started it."

Mad about the Boyce

FIFA president Sepp Blatter couldn’t hide his

annoyance at the absence of Northern Ireland

FA president Jim Boyce from an official photograph

taken before the gala dinner at the International

Board summit in Manchester over the


As the other leaders of the home nations gathered

with Blatter, the head of world football’s

governing body angrily asked: "Where’s Boyce?"

However, the break in protocol wasn’t connected

with Boyce’s rift with the English FA following

the election for the home nations’ representative

on FIFA, won by Scotland’s John

McBeth. Boyce said he had family commitments,

adding: "I made it clear in advance that I

would be going home after the board meeting."

QPR assistant manager ducks charges

QPR assistant manager Richard Hill will not face police charges for his role in the 50-man brawl involving the Chinese Olympic team.

Hill was arrested on suspicion of ABH after the fight between the two sets of players on February 7 left Chinese player Zheng Tao with a broken jaw and another player with a fractured eye socket.

A police spokesman said: "A 43-year-old man arested on suspicion of ABH and previously on police bail has now been released with no further action following consulation with the Crown Prosecution Service."

QPR manager John Gregory will push for Hill to be reinstated after the club suspended him "until further notice."

Chairman Gianni Paladini does not want Hill back and he faces an FA charge of violent conduct which he is expected to deny.

Birmingham's family relay helps sign deal with US

Birmingham City Council were preening

themselves yesterday at having persuaded the United States Track and Field to sign an

agreement to base their Olympic team there

before the 2012 Games in London. It must have

helped that the USTF chairman Stephanie Hightower is the partner of Ian Stewart,

Birmingham’s most famous athletic son.