Sporting events across Europe are under threat as fears about the foot-and-mouth outbreak in Britain spread to the continent.

European soccer's ruling body UEFA has "major concerns" over proposals by a number of clubs to abandon their national championships and set up their own league together.

UEFA and FIFA face almost certain disappointment in their efforts to persuade the European Union to reverse some of the most damaging effects of the Bosman ruling, EU officials have warned.

Chelsea's outspoken chairman Ken Bates called on UEFA and FIFA to end "meaningless matches" at both national and club level by segregating teams from smaller countries into pre-qualifying competitions.

Austrian and Swiss soccer officials will meet in Bern on March 9 to discuss a possible joint bid to host the 2008 European Championships, officials said on Tuesday.

VTV, recently-acquired by UK-based The Television Corporation and now part of Sunset+Vine, has won a new four year contract to produce and distribute coverage of English badminton until 2005.

Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland have agreed to submit a joint application to host the European soccer championship finals in 2008.

A joint four nation Nordic bid to host the European Championship finals of 2008 is to be considered, a spokesman for the Danish soccer federation has said.

The International Cricket Council has approved South Africa?s proposals for the format of the 2003 World Cup.

Sportal, the global provider of interactive sports content, has signed an extensive multi language sports content distribution deal with Yahoo! Europe.

Barcelona has made a bid to host the next bout of former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, according to local press reports.

Following the recent opening of their German office in Munich, SportBusiness Group has appointed Sponsorworld to be their official sales agent for Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will face Denmark's Brian Nielsen in a 10-round fight on September 8 at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, cable television carrier Showtime has said.

Boxing fans will have to wait until October to see former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in a boxing ring, despite a previous announcement this week stating that the renowned boxer would fight in September.

European internet sports network Sportal has finalised a new round of funding for its operations, which the company envisages will see it through to profitability in early 2002.