READ all about it and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in the UK’s national newspapers today - Sunday, September 16, 2012.
THE OBSERVER: Manchester United condemned the anti-Liverpool chant of “Always the victims, it’s never your fault” sung during yesterday’s 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford. Also: Mark Hughes re-iterated his demand for the pre-match handshake between rival players to be scrapped, after Anton Ferdinand’s decision to snub John Terry and Ashley Cole threatened to overshadow the goalless west London derby between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: In the week when football tried to come to terms with its responsibilities after the Hillsborough Independent Panel report, Manchester United issued a statement deploring anti-Liverpool chants made by their fans yesterday, while John Terry and Anton Ferdinand again refused to shake hands at Loftus Road. Also: After the myriad of emotion, the heartache of new revelations and the triumph of vindication that has come to the people of Liverpool during this truly historic week, 11 men with the Liver bird crest on their chests stepped out to represent an exhausted city.
SUNDAY TIMES: Mark Hughes, the Queens Park Rangers manager, has repeated his view that the official pre-match handshake at Premier League games should be scrapped after Anton Ferdinand and Park Ji-sung refused John Terry’s hand before a tense west London derby. Also: The bitter row over the future of the Heineken Cup will take a new turn on Tuesday when the clubs of the six competing nations, together with representatives from their unions, gather in Dublin.
DAILY MAIL: John Terry was on the receiving end of a humiliating double snub yesterday as the festering atmosphere over the claim that he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand threatened to come to the boil all over again. Also: Andy Murray will bring the small Scottish town of Dunblane to a standstill when he makes his first, personally chosen, public appearance as US Open champion today.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Anton Ferdinand will never shake John Terry’s hand after their bitter feud erupted again. Also: Jose Mourinho last night taunted Manchester City, insisting they are nowhere near as great as Real Madrid.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: It started with the resumption of that long-running handshake feud... and ended with QPR manager Mark Hughes calling for a return to the good old days when no such ritual was necessary. Also: England boss Roy Hodgson has opened the door to a sensational international recall for Michael Owen if he does the business with new club Stoke City.
THE PEOPLE: Under-fire Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has three Premier League games to save his job. Also: Mark Hughes renewed his call for the pre-match handshake ritual to be scrapped after John Terry was snubbed by Anton Ferdinand and QPR skipper Park Ji-sung before Chelsea’s 0-0 draw at Loftus Road.
SUNDAY MIRROR: John Terry was snubbed three times and Ashley Cole embroiled in a spitting storm at QPR yesterday. Also: The captain of a Premier League club has called for football’s top stars to have their wages capped. Reading skipper Jobi McAnuff believes astronomical salaries are contributing to families being priced out of watching football and youngsters becoming money-obsessed.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Under-fire Andre Villas-Boas has to win his next two Premier League games as the pressure builds at Spurs. Also: Paul Scholes marked his 700th Manchester United appearance by sending Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to their biggest win of the season.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Anton Ferdinand is considering pursuing a civil action against John Terry should the Chelsea defender escape serious punishment from the forthcoming Football Association inquiry into his alleged racist behaviour. Also: Manchester United fans defied the club’s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, by chanting anti-Liverpool songs during their victory over Wigan at Old Trafford yesterday.