wHAT the first papers of 2012 are saying:
Mail on Sunday: Wayne Rooney was sensationally axed from Manchester United’s squad for yesterday’s Premier League match against Blackburn after a bust-up with manager Sir Alex Ferguson that throws the controversial striker’s Old Trafford future into doubt. Also: Luis Suarez used the Spanish words ‘negro’ or ‘negros’ seven times in a sustained verbal assault on Patrice Evra, according to the Football Association’s disciplinary commission that heard the case.
Sunday Express: John Terry is a target for China’s top two clubs, who will offer him an escape route from the unsavoury race row overshadowing his season. Also: Beleaguered Andre Villas-Boas last night appealed to Chelsea fans to save him from the sack.
The Independent: Luis Suarez gave “unreliable” and “inconsistent” evidence to the independent commission investigating claims that he racially abused Patrice Evra. Also: Blackburn`s Grant Hanley popped Sir Alex Ferguson`s birthday party balloon.
Daily Star Sunday: Man City celebrated a fantastic New Year’s Eve last night - without even playing - after title rivals Man United sensationally lost 3-2 at home to bottom club Blackburn Rovers. Also: The FA last night released their report into the Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra racism case and it slammed the Liverpool striker for giving ‘unreliable’ and ‘inconsistent’ evidence to the three-man panel.
The People: Sir Alex Ferguson was choking on his birthday cake last night as Manchester United did their best to hand the title to great rivals City. Also: Juan Sebastian Veron has given a fascinating insight to the mind of Roberto Mancini - and revealed how the Manchester City boss once tried to knock him out after a game.
Sunday Mirror: Harry Redknapp and Fabio Capello are being linked in an incredible job swap. Also: Manchester City will never have a better chance to win the title.
The Observer: Luis Suarez called Patrice Evra “negro” seven times and gave “unreliable” and “inconsistent” evidence to the Football Association independent commission that banned the Liverpool striker for eight matches. Also: Andre Villas-Boas admits he has fallen short of the minimum requirement expected at Chelsea and dismissed the team’s chances of challenging for the title as fantasy, with the manager left to target the more humble objective of finishing in the top four.
Sunday Telegraph: The Football Association last night delivered a damning written verdict on the race-abuse case against Liverpool striker Luis Suarez. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson demanded an immediate response from his Manchester United players at Newcastle on Wednesday after his side slipped to an unexpected defeat to relegation-threatened Blackburn on an excellent day for title rivals Manchester City.
Sunday Times: Sir Alex Ferguson’s 70th birthday celebrations went awry yesterday. Also: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez gave “unreliable” and “inconsistent” evidence to the independent regulatory commission investigating claims that he racially abused Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.