READ all about it and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in today’s UK national papers - Sunday, September 23, 2012.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Steven Gerrard has called for the guilty to be punished in the wake of the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s damning report.The Liverpool captain – whose 10-year-old cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley was the youngest of the 96 victims of British football’s worst disaster – made his feelings clear on the eve of the Anfield visit of Manchester United. While calling for an occasion to match the emotion which will surround the club’s first home game since the panel exonerated the Liverpool fans from any blame for the 1989 tragedy, Gerrard actively joined the crusade for justice.
SUNDAY TIMES: Stoke’s manager, Tony Pulis, urged Premier League referees to crack down on diving last night and called for players new to English football to be put under closer scrutiny if they simulate fouls against them. ALSO: Steven Gerrard will take Luis Suarez aside and tell him to shake hands with Patrice Evra before Liverpool’s match with Manchester United at lunchtime, imploring the Uruguayan to remember Hillsborough and explaining: “It’s time to move on.”
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Steven Gerrard will tell Luis Suarez to shake hands with Patrice Evra ahead of today’s emotionally-charged meeting between Liverpool and Manchester United, claming that with “millions and millions of people watching” the reaction of the two players will be “key” to the behaviour of the fans and the respect shown to the Hillsborough victims. ALSO: Chelsea defender David Luiz, who provoked the fury of Tony Pulis yesterday with a “dreadful” tackle on Jonathan Walters, last night signed a five-year contract at the club worth more than £30million.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: At the start of a week in which football comes under the microscope again, Steven Gerrard has told Luis Suarez to shake hands with Patrice Evra and urged supporters of Liverpool and Manchester United to forget “vile” chants. ALSO: It took the collector’s item that is an Ashley Cole goal to ensure that Chelsea will still top the Premier League whatever their Manchester rivals manage from tricky assignments today.
OBSERVER: Steven Gerrard will urge Luis Suarez to set the right tone for a tense encounter between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday by shaking Patrice Evra’s hand and not exacerbating the feud that erupted between the pair last season. ALSO: Laura Robson has set her sights on breaking into the top 50 by the end of the year after narrowly missing out on winning a first WTA Tour title.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will appeal to striker Luis Suarez to shake the hand of Manchester United adversary Patrice Evra today and help prevent “Hillsborough” day at Anfield being overshadowed by bad blood between supporters of the two clubs. ALSO: England’s World Twenty20 clash with India will go ahead as planned today despite civil unrest in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, over the US film depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Steven Gerrard has urged Liverpool and Manchester United to send a message to the world from Anfield today. ALSO: Tony Pulis hit out at Chelsea divers Oscar and Branislav Ivanovic.
THE SUN SUNDAY: Steven Gerrard will instruct Luis Suarez to shake hands with Patrice Evra before today’s emotionally-charged Anfield clash against Manchester United. ALSO: LA Galaxy are getting closer to Chelsea’s Frank Lampard.
PEOPLE: Steven Gerrard will insist Luis Suarez shakes hands with Patrice Evra at Anfield today. ALSO: Tony Pulis lashed out at Chelsea stars Oscar and Branislav Ivanovic for diving and insisted that English football must declare war on cheating.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Liverpool captain Steve Gerrard will tell Luis Suarez to shake hands to defuse today’s potential powder keg clash at Anfield. ALSO: Ashley Cole scored a late winner against Stoke yesterday to put league leaders Chelsea three points clear.