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Gus Poyet to challenge Brighton sacking

Gus Poyet has confirmed he plans to lodge an appeal against Brighton's decision to sack him as manager.

Brighton released a statement yesterday revealing Poyet's exit following a decision by the npower Championship club's internal disciplinary panel.

The statement claimed the club had informed Poyet of the decision, however, the stunned boss refuted that live on air after learning the news while acting as a pundit on the BBC for the Confederations Cup.

Poyet said he had received no communication from the club and that he had only become aware of the decision after BBC staff handed him a copy of the Brighton statement while on set during the Spain and Nigeria and match.

"I think the BBC have a great story forever, because a manager getting information that he is being released from his employment by the BBC is quite surprising," he said. "I have had no communication, no texts, no e-mail. I didn't receive anything on my phone so it is all up to you and the timing. The only thing I'm concentrating on is the appeal. I will appeal... it's the right thing to do."

* Liverpool have confirmed the signing of striker Iago Aspas (25) from Celta Vigo.

Aspas , who scored 12 goals for Primera Division club Celta last season, has signed a long-term contract with the Reds after passing his medical at Melwood.

Liverpool did not disclose the transfer fee but it is believed to be around £7.7million. The Spaniard is Liverpool's third signing of the summer after agreeing a deal for Man City defender Kolo Toure and yesterday completing the capture of Luis Alberto from Sevilla.

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