READ all about it and find out what other top stories are making the headlines in today’s national UK newspapers - Sunday, October 21, 2012.
THE SUN: Chris Kirkland last night told The Sun: “The thug who attacked me must be jailed for years.” Also: Furious Alex Ferguson accused Rio Ferdinand of embarrassing him after boycotting an anti-racism drive.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Chris Kirkland has called on football’s authorities to act quickly to prevent any repeat of the incident when he was attacked by a Leeds fan. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson would back any of his black players walking off the pitch in protest at racial abuse.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Police last night confirmed they had identified the Leeds United fan who attacked Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during Friday night’s Yorkshire derby and were closing in on an arrest. Also: Raheem Stirling and Steven Caulker are set to receive their first proper call-ups to the England squad for next month’s friendly against Sweden.
SUNDAY TIMES: Chris Kirkland, the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper attacked by a Leeds fan at Hillsborough on Friday night, is demanding that his assailant is punished. Also: There was a sell-out crowd at Ascot yesterday and they had all come to see one horse. Frankel wasn’t simply trying to win his 14th race from 14 starts but to end a career in the style befitting the greatest we have seen.
THE PEOPLE: Furious Sir Alex Ferguson will hit Rio Ferdinand with a £220,000 fine for refusing to wear an anti-racism T-shirt - the same amount Chelsea have fined John Terry for racially insulting his brother Anton. Also: Chelsea are paving the way for John Terry’s exit at Stamford Bridge.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Tyne-Wear bosses have urged their teams to give peace a chance today after their unruly March “Shame Game”. Also: Danny Rose is innocent - and Ruud Gullit is determined to prove it.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Edin Dzeko fired ten-man Man City to a dramatic victory over West Brom - and left boss Roberto Mancini speechless. Also: Man City fan Ricky Hatton is in talks to stage a money-spinning fight against Amir Khan at Old Trafford - home of City’s hated rivals Man United.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Rio Ferdinand “will be dealt with” for embarrassing Sir Alex Ferguson by refusing to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt in blatant disregard for his manager’s wishes. Also: Banning cycling from future Olympics is the only way to purge the sport - and the Games - from the lingering disgrace of the Lance Armstrong scandal. That is the drastic action demanded by Britain’s double gold-medal winner Daley Thompson.
THE OBSERVER: Roberto Di Matteo praised his Chelsea players for not being distracted by the John Terry affair after the Premier League leaders underlined their title credentials by comprehensively beating Tottenham. Also: By the time his horsebox pulled away from Ascot last night, Frankel was officially an ex-racehorse.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: It will soon become time to ask: who can stop Chelsea? If it is to be Manchester United, then next Sunday at Stamford Bridge is when Sir Alex Ferguson’s team have to prove it. Also: He has been one of Lance Armstrong’s staunchest supporters, watched every wheel-turn that took the American to his record seven Tour de France wins - victories likely to be torn from him in Geneva tomorrow - and defended him publicly as the allegations mounted that the rider had only achieved so much with the aid of a wide-scale doping programme. Now Phil Liggett, the voice of cycling in this country, accepts that the man he placed on a pedestal deserves to be hauled down from it.