Today’s headlines in Saturday’s papers....
DAILY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson has poured scorn on the Premier League’s initiative to improve the behaviour of managers towards referees. Also: Arsene Wenger has issued a warning to Fabio Capello that he could wreck England’s chance of success at Euro 2012 by burning out Jack Wilshere.
SUN: Roy Hodgson reckons the shadow of Kenny Dalglish may have cut short his Liverpool career. Also: Roberto Mancini has warned Mario Balotelli he is in the last-chance saloon after another explosive bust-up at Manchester City.
DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson slammed Premier League chief Richard Scudamore for claiming managers do not show referees enough respect. Also: A nation expects today as Sachin Tendulkar tries to win India their first World Cup since 1983.
DAILY MAIL: Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday delivered a withering put-down to Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore over the new campaign to stamp out abuse of referees. Also: Jose Mourinho dropped the first bombshell ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final against Tottenham by claiming Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the first leg at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
DAILY STAR: Arsene Wenger last night warned Fabio Capello he could wreck England’s chances at Euro 2012 if Jack Wilshere plays on this summer. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has hit out at Premier League boss Richard Scudamore - insisting that managers DO respect referees.
THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson took a swipe at Richard Scudamore yesterday as football’s new respect campaign was dealt a crippling blow before it had even begun. Also: Arsene Wenger has given up his battle with the FA to stop Jack Wilshere being selected for England Under-21 duty this summer, but the ceasefire began with a parting shot at Fabio Capello.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Steve Waugh, the former Australia captain. famously said there are no fairytales in sport, but Sachin Tendulkar has two within his grasp in his home city of Mumbai - the World Cup winner’s medal that has eluded him over a glittering 22-year career and a 100th international century. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has accused Richard Scudamore of “jumping off a high diving board without thinking”, after dismissing calls from the Premier League chief executive for managers to show more respect towards referees.
THE GUARDIAN: Sir Alex Ferguson has derided the thinking behind plans to increase the Respect campaign, criticising the scheme before it has begun and taking a thinly veiled swipe at the Premier League’s chief executive, Richard Scudamore, in the process. Also: Carlo Ancelotti’s conviction that Chelsea are too far behind Manchester United in the title race has wavered.
THE INDEPENDENT: When the 10th World Cup Final was on the drawing board this is how it looked. In one corner were sketched India, cricket crazy hosts, their team worshipped by millions upon millions. The inhabitants of the other corner were less clearly prescribed, although Sri Lanka, fellow hosts, a tiny nation by comparison but with the romance that brings, were always viable contenders. Also: Roy Hodgson claimed yesterday he had found it almost impossible to fulfil his role as manager of Liverpool while Kenny Dalglish was “waiting in the wings”, admitting it had been difficult to compete with the “icon” he now believes should be confirmed as the Anfield club’s permanent manager.