What today’s newspapers are saying:
DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson has ordered Ashley Young to stop diving. Also: The Bahrain Grand Prix was teetering on the brink of chaos last night after more trouble surrounding the event.
DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini has blamed poor refereeing for putting Manchester United on the brink of a 20th title. Also: Arsene Wenger has given Robin van Persie a 72-hour deadline to resolve his Arsenal future.
THE SUN: Fabrice Muamba has been told by doctors they are baffled by what caused his heart to dramatically stop in the middle of a match. Also: Roberto Mancini has accused referees of being biased towards Manchester United.
DAILY EXPRESS: Cyber-terrorists rather than protestors could bring chaos to the Bahrain Grand Prix tomorrow. Also: Arsene Wenger has set Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis a four-day window to sort out the future of Robin van Persie at the end of the season.
DAILY MAIL: David Moyes has led calls for a clampdown on diving and called for cheats to be banned retrospectively. Also: The British Olympic team were last night urged by four-time silver medallist Frankie Fredericks to boycott London 2012 if disgraced sprinter Dwain Chambers is selected.
THE TIMES: The Football Association faces a complex legal and financial battle to extract Harry Redknapp from his Tottenham Hotspur contract if they want him to be the next England manager. Also: Roberto Di Matteo defended Didier Drogba last night against accusations of play-acting during the Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Barcelona on Wednesday and insisted that Chelsea are a fair team.
THE GUARDIAN: Arsene Wenger wants to resolve Robin van Persie’s future before the Euro 2012 finals. Also: Roberto Di Matteo has fended off speculation that he made a compelling case to be appointed as Chelsea manager on a permanent basis with a pragmatic 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.
THE INDEPENDENT: Roberto Di Matteo yesterday defended Didier Drogba against charges of diving. Also: Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, yesterday admitted that his squad is inferior to Chelsea’s - but he is still backing his players to finish above them in the Premier League, come the end of the season.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Formula One has always been about gambling; with drivers’ lives, with money, with other people’s money. Its unique mix of business, politics, engineering and breathtaking skill and bravery behind the wheel mean that the stakes are always high. Rarely, though, can it have found itself on the horns of a dilemma such as it encounters today. Also: Harry Redknapp, the Tottenham manager, admits he understands why the Barcelona hierarchy has identified Gareth Bale as the perfect long-term replacement for left-back Eric Abidal.