Read about this and find out what other stories are making the back page sport headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Sunday, September 15, 2013.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: Ashley Young plunged himself into a fresh diving controversy and faces a censure from his new manager, David Moyes, after being booked for simulation in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Also: Jos Buttler kept alive England’s hopes of winning their NatWest Series against Australia with a finisher’s innings of 65 from 48 balls to make light of a third-over hat-trick from Clint McKay and the task of scoring 79 from the last 11 overs in Cardiff yesterday.
STAR ON SUNDAY: David Moyes last night rapped his England winger Ashley Young for diving in Manchester United’s 2-0 win against ten-man Crystal Palace. Also: Two goal Aaron Ramsey fired Arsenal - featuring £42.5m signing Mesut Ozil - joint top alongside Spurs and Liverpool after a 3-1 victory over Sunderland.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: John Obi Mikel yelled ‘I’m going to break your legs’ at ref Mark Clattenburg. Also: Steven Naismith had a happy 27th birthday last night as Samuel Eto’o made a miserable Chelsea debut.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio revealed that he told referee Martin Atkinson to send him off. Also: Brendan Rodgers has warned Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge that there is no room for egos at Liverpool.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Manchester United and Chelsea are ready to fight it out in an attempt to land Everton’s £20 million-rated teenager Ross Barkley. Also: Arsene Wenger hailed his £42million record signing Mesut Ozil as Arsenal beat Sunderland in a hugely entertaining and controversial encounter.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Arsenal will test Manchester United’s resolve to keep Wayne Rooney in this January’s transfer window, with their spending ready to continue following their record £42million deal for Mesut Ozil. Also: Qatar’s right to stage the 2022 World Cup is under threat on four fronts, leaving the tiny Middle East nation in danger of having the tournament taken from them.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Manchester United manager David Moyes has defended his decision to start Wayne Rooney yesterday, less than four days after he was deemed unfit for international duty with a head injury. Also: Tottenham supporters are on a collision course with the Football Association after defying a warning not to chant ‘Yid’ during yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Norwich at White Hart Lane.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Gareth Bale followed in the footsteps of David Beckham and Laurie Cunningham last night by scoring on his Real Madrid league debut to bring his new side level with Villarreal after a difficult first half for the Madrid team. Also: The Reading striker Jason Roberts last night claimed that the Professional Footballers’ Association chairman, Clarke Carlisle, has heaped further abuse on victims of racial discrimination by describing Rio and Anton Ferdinand as “s***houses” in his autobiography - language which Roberts considers “disgusting” and inappropriate for a players’ union leader.
THE OBSERVER: Mesut Ozil shrugged off the after effects of a stomach virus to inspire Arsenal to a tricky 3-1 win at Sunderland whose manager, Paolo Di Canio, was sent off. Also: David Moyes promised to reprimand Ashley Young after admitting that his player had tried to con the referee to give Manchester United a penalty in an incident that will further worsen the reputation of one of football’s serial divers.
THE PEOPLE: Wayne Rooney came back fighting from a serious head wound - and struck the goal that secured a first win at Old Trafford. Also: Steven Naismith gave Roberto Martinez his first win as Everton shocked Jose Mourinho.