What today’s newspapers ae saying:
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Rio Ferdinand has broken his silence on the controversy that has rocked football by telling friends he believes England and Chelsea captain John Terry’s clash with his younger brother, the QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, involved language that was ‘blatantly racist’. Also: The smile on Arsene Wenger’s face said it all. Having been berated only weeks ago when Arsenal made their worst ever start to the Premier League, his side went to Chelsea yesterday and punctured the title aspirations of their London rivals.
THE PEOPLE: Anton Ferdinand won’t back down in the John Terry racial abuse investigation - because he is still scarred by a previous on-field race row. Also: Carlos Tevez could be on his way to Italy in January - in a straight swap with Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi.
THE SUNDAY TIMES: You might have thought a week that began with a shocking loss to Queens Park Rangers, skipper John Terry accused of racially insulting an opponent and then their own members putting a barrier on the road to a new stadium couldn’t have got any worse for Chelsea. You would have been wrong. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has backed Patrice Evra’s claim that he was racially abused by Luis Suarez, increasing pressure on the Football Association to complete their investigation into the case.
DAILY STAR ON SUNDAY: Red-hot Robin van Persie smashed a hat-trick yesterday as Arsenal sensationally battered Chelsea 5-3 at Stamford Bridge. Also: Napoli are chasing Carlos Tevez after being told by Man City to forget about signing Mario Balotelli.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Delighted Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson saluted the goal by Javier ‘Little Pea’ Hernandez which lit up an otherwise uninspiring win by the Premier League champions. Also: England rugby bosses are set to send an SOS to Sir Clive Woodward to repair the battered image of the national team following their shambolic World Cup campaign.
SUNDAY MIRROR: The race row engulfing John Terry and Anton Ferdinand was sparked by a verbal taunt, it has been claimed. Also: Rio Ferdinand is considering retiring from international football.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: John Terry has had some bad weeks in his career but this has to be up there with the worst. He came into Saturday’s game accused of racism and the subject of a Football Association investigation and, with only five minutes left of this dramatic match, slipped at the crucial moment to let Robin van Persie score Arsenal’s fourth in their spectacular 5-3 victory at Stamford Bridge. Also: Martin Johnson has been warned that he is the first interviewee on the list when Fran Cotton begins his review into England’s dismal World Cup campaign later this week.
THE INDEPENDENT: The last time Chelsea conceded five at home in the League, their conquerors, Liverpool went on to lift the title. That was in 1989 and while no one at Arsenal was predicting a repeat yesterday, their extraordinary 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge appears to confirm the Gunners are once more a force. Also: England won an international match in India last night. This has not happened in 15 matches since 2006 - and since it came in the inaugural Twenty20 match between the sides in India and the first of the international kind at Eden Gardens, it will be worth remembering.
THE OBSERVER: Two months ago Arsenal felt the trauma of being on the receiving end of a catastrophic result. They have come a considerable way since they were defeated 8-2 by Manchester United, and in this most capricious of seasons, they experienced the other side of the coin after a 5-3 spectacle won at Chelsea’s expense at Stamford Bridge. Also: Sam Tomkins prepared for the biggest test of his career against Australia at Wembley next Saturday by equalling the England record of four tries in a match, but his coach, Steve McNamara, loaded greater praise on the less spectacular contribution of Kevin Sinfield.