what today’s papers are saying:
SUNDAY MIRROR: Manchester City have rejected an offer from Liverpool to swap Carlos Tevez for £35million misfit Andy Carroll. ALSO: Kenny Dalglish demanded a dramatic response from his Liverpool players seven days ago after a defeat at Bolton... QPR manager Mark Hughes has called for the football authorities to ditch the pre-match handshake ritual.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: John Terry was snubbed by QPR players yesterday - forcing the FA to take the unprecedented step of cancelling the pre-match handshakes. ALSO: Patrice Evra was subjected to sustained barrages of booing as he returned to Anfield - and ended up as Manchester United’s fall guy... Carlos Tevez has vowed not to quit football and will tough out his enforced return to Manchester City.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Harry Redknapp aims to turn White Hart Lane into Depart Lane this week with the sales of Spurs stars Steven Pienaar, Sebastien Bassong, Giovani dos Santos, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vedran Corluka. ALSO: Sir Alex Ferguson last night revealed his Anfield agony after Man United crashed out of the FA Cup to bitter rivals Liverpool... England’s desert prats were humiliated again by Pakistan yesterday.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Mark Hughes last night called for an end to the pre-match ritual of teams lining up to shake hands. ALSO: Sir Alex Ferguson confessed he was “sick” at being knocked out of the FA Cup after claiming Manchester United had been in control of their tie at Liverpool... England’s clueless batsmen blew their golden opportunity to level the Test series against Pakistan yesterday, slumping to a second humiliating defeat in the desert.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: John Terry was saved from public humiliation yesterday when the Football Association agreed to Chelsea and QPR scrapping the mass handshake that is meant to precede every match as a gesture of mutual respect. ALSO: Liverpool have launched an investigation in a bid to identify a fan accused of making racist gestures during the FA Cup fourth round victory over Manchester United... The toxic tie between Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea was settled by a controversial second-half penalty that Daniel Sturridge won with a dramatic fall in the box.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Liverpool are “working closely” with Merseyside Police to try to identify a man who appeared to make racist gestures during their 2-1 win over Manchester United. ALSO: The Queens Park Rangers team decided not to shake John Terry’s hand ahead of yesterday’s FA Cup tie with Chelsea, leading to the now traditional ritual being cancelled... England were left staring at the prospect of a series whitewash by Pakistan and the potential loss of their world No 1 Test status after a crushing defeat which Andrew Strauss described yesterday as the worst of his career.
SUNDAY TIMES: Jose Mourinho has decided to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season to take up a job in the Premier League. ALSO: Andy Carroll, whose outstanding performance helped Liverpool beat Manchester United in yesterday’s fractious FA Cup derby, was offered to Manchester City last week in a straight exchange for Carlos Tevez... The grudge match that never was was settled by a penalty that never was.
THE OBSERVER: Liverpool have made a remarkable bid to swap Andy Carroll with Carlos Tevez and move on their club-record £35m signing not even a year after signing him from Newcastle. ALSO: Liverpool knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup but were put on the defensive when the question of racism again raised its head at Anfield... Andrew Strauss admitted that England’s batsmen are no closer to solving the mysteries of playing spin in subcontinental conditions as another humiliating collapse against Pakistan left them in danger of losing their hard-earned ranking as the world’s No 1 Test team after three matches.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: The entire Queens Park Rangers team were prepared to publicly snub John Terry, had the Football association not stepped in to prevent pre-match handshakes at Loftus Road yesterday. ALSO: Newcastle’s 43-year wait for a major trophy will continue for at least one more season thanks to one of their own supporters... Carlos Tevez is unlikely to return to West Ham United on loan, his representative Kia Joorabchian said yesterday.