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Sport in brief: Downes suspended after betting charge

AFC WIMBLEDON manager Wally Downes (pictured) has been suspended after being charged by the Football Association with a breach of betting regulations. The charges related to a series of eight bets made between 2013 and this summer. The club said in a statement: ‘Wally Downes has been suspended pending further notice. Given the seriousness of this breach in FA regulations, the club has decided to suspend Wally with immediate effect, giving time to look at the allegations more closely.’ Assistant boss Glyn Hodges will take charge.

Rangers fans line the streets to bid Fernando farewell

RANGERS stars past and present were among thousands of mourners for the funeral of Fernando Ricksen. Rangers players stood outside Ibrox, joining supporters who lined the streets by the stadium, to pay tribute to their former defender as his funeral cortege drove past. Former Ranger players Michael Mols, Thomas Buffel and Nacho Novo carried his coffin into Wellington Church. Ricksen, 43, died last week, six years after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. Mols said: ‘There was a lot of support — it showed how Fernando was loved.’

Alisson closing in on return to action

LIVERPOOL goalkeeper Alisson Becker feels he is ‘nearly there’ as he continues to recover from the calf injury he sustained on the first day of the Premier League season.

They said it…

‘It means the world to the fans. To me being from Southampton, it’s a huge moment’ — Southampton striker Danny Ings after netting twice as Saints claimed their biggest ever win at Portsmouth, 4-0 on Tuesday