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Preston team-mates handed fines after public fight

Doyle and Beckford embarrassed themselves at the weekend. Credit: PA

Preston have fined Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle following their dismissals for fighting between themselves during Saturday's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday and will use the money to refund the club's travelling fans.

Beckford and team-mate Doyle were both shown straight red cards by referee Scott Duncan in stoppage-time following an angry exchange and furious manager Simon Grayson promised disciplinary action for both players after his side's 2-1 loss.

Preston have confirmed they will not be appealing either red card after holding their own internal investigation, while the duo have issued a joint apology.

The Championship club said in a statement:

After Saturday's incident at Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End have held an internal inquiry and can confirm that they will not be appealing the red cards issued to Jermaine Beckford and Eoin Doyle.

On top of the punishment they will receive from the FA for their sendings off, they have also been fined by the club for their actions.

These fines will be used to repay all Preston North End supporters who attended the trip to Hillsborough the cost of their ticket money back.

– Preston North End statement

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Preston snap up Man United youngster

Liam Grimshaw did not progress to the Manchester United first team. Credit: PA

Championship side Preston North End have snapped up youngster Liam Grimshaw from Manchester United.

Grimshaw, who has spent time on loan at Motherwell this season, can play in defence or midfield.

If you look back over the last few years there have been people like Danny Welbeck who have come here and of course David Beckham when he was younger.

There have been a lot of other permanent signings from Manchester United as well and hopefully this is a good chance for me to come here, play and improve.

– Liam Grimshaw

Preston sign Man United midfielder

Ben Pearson has moved to Deepdale. Credit: PA

Championship side Preston North End have completed the signing of Manchester United midfielder Ben Pearson.

Pearson, 21, has penned a two-and-a-half year deal at Deepdale in a deal worth in the region of £100,000.

The midfielder never made a first-team appearance for United but does have Football League experience thanks to loan spells at Barnsley.

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Man Utd youngster joins Preston on loan

Johnstone, right, out in Manchester with fellow United youngster Nick Powell. Credit: PA

Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has signed for Preston on a one-month loan deal.

Johnstone enjoyed a successful loan spell at North End last year, helping them gain promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, and the 22-year-old has now gone back to his home town club for a month.

The goalkeeper, whose father Glenn played for Preston, is eligible to play in the club's next game against Rotherham on January 2.

Johnstone is yet to play for United, but was on the substitutes' bench for the first six matches of the season while David de Gea was the subject of speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

Preston and Middlebrough play out fiery goalless draw

There were a few tasty tackles flying in. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough's mission to go one better and achieve promotion from the Championship this term started with a 0-0 stalemate at newly-promoted Preston.

Boro were in competitive action for the first time since a 2-0 loss to Norwich in the play-off final and there was little evidence on this showing that Aitor Karanka's men, now shorn of striker Patrick Bamford, are better equipped to reach the top table this time around.

Aside from a Grant Leadbitter effort which flew narrowly wide and Albert Adomah almost stealing in twice in the second period, they failed to carry much attacking threat in the first game since Karanka signed a new four-year deal this week.

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