SUNDAY: Sheffield Wednesday benefit from ref’s cock up

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What today’s papers are saying:

THE SUN SUNDAY:

BLUNDER ref Mick Russell faces an FA probe after failing to send off Sheffield Wednesday star Jeremy Helan — despite booking him TWICE. The Hertfordshire official dropped his clanger in the first half of the Owls’ 0-0 draw at Huddersfield. Furious Terriers bos Simon Grayson described the cock-up as “staggering” and called on the authorities to punish bungling officials. Grayson stormed: “It’s a major mistake and everyone in the ground knows the ref has made a mistake.

“The players were aware and, at half-time, people pointed out to him what had happened, including the assessor. I spoke to the referee after the game and he apologised. He said he had written down the wrong number — which is staggering.”

SUNDAY MIRROR: The feud between Sir Alex Ferguson and Alan Pardew started immediately after Manchester United’s 4-3 win over Newcastle on Boxing Day. Also: Gareth Bale angrily protested his innocence after being booked for diving again at Sunderland.

DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson has crushed Arsene Wenger’s bid to sign Nani. Also: Furious Samir Nasri was given his marching orders for headbutting Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong after a late tackle sent him flying through the air.

SUNDAY EXPRESS: Gareth Bale hit out after being booked for diving during Tottenham’s 2-1 win at Sunderland. Also: Tony Greig, the former England captain who died yesterday aged 66, was the man who changed the face of cricket.

MAIL ON SUNDAY: Queens Park Rangers defender Clint Hill has laid bare the dressing-room tensions at the Premier League’s bottom club ahead of the team’s crucial clash against Liverpool today. Also: Everton manager David Moyes is seriously considering ending his 11-year association with the club after the season if they don’t qualify for the Champions League.

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson has slammed the door on Arsenal’s hopes of signing Nani in the January transfer window. Also: Cricket is in mourning after the loss of charismatic Tony Greig, who died yesterday at the age of 66.

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Chelsea have emerged as the favourites to sign Demba Ba for £7million once the January transfer window opens. Also: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini reacted with fury to Samir Nasri’s sending-off in his side’s 4-3 win at Norwich yesterday.

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Manchester City will appeal against the red card given to Samir Nasri just before half-time at Norwich yesterday, after which they still managed to win 4-3 and stay seven points behind Manchester United at the top of the Premier League. Also: Tony Greig changed cricket forever. As the captain of England, his startling alliance with an Australian TV mogul provoked a revolution which transformed the way the game was played and dragged players out of a form of legalised serfdom.

THE OBSERVER: Paul Lambert has conceded that Aston Villa are in a relegation battle after a third successive heavy defeat left them one point above the bottom three, but the manager has reiterated his belief that the midlands club “will be fine” and avoid slipping into the Championship. Also: Figures from the worlds of cricket and politics have paid tribute to Tony Greig for his skills as a player, commentator and innovator after his death at the age of 66.

THE PEOPLE: Theo Walcott bagged a hat-trick at centre-forward to spark choruses of “sign him up, Wenger” after this 10-goal thriller. Also: Arsenal chiefs will launch an audacious move to bring in Brian Marwood from Manchester City to help Arsene Wenger end his trophy drought.