What today’s papers are saying:
Rio Ferdinand has broken his silence on the abuse of his younger brother Anton has suffered ever since he was allegedly racially insulted by former England captain John Terry. Also: Nottingham Forest’s clash with Derby is due to go ahead today despite the sudden death of their owner Nigel Doughty.
Andre Villas-Boas is fighting to save his career at Chelsea. Also: The Martin O’Neill miracle show continued in the snow at Stoke City.
FA chiefs are drawing up a code of conduct to crack down on England’s misbehaving superstars. Also: Robin van Persie fired a hat-trick as Arsenal stormed to their biggest win at the Emirates by thumping 10-man Blackburn Rovers.
THE SUNDAY TIMES
Rio Ferdinand fears black footballers have been “fooled” into believing their sport has taken steps to eradicate racism and that the English game is in danger of reverting to a gruesome past. Also: On a dark Edinburgh evening, we saw the essential glory of the RBS Six Nations - not the glory of rugby, for this was categorically not glorious sport, or skilful sport. We saw the glory of the competition, the glory of victory with no tomorrow and no future bar the final whistle of the day’s match.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Stuart Lancaster praised the work rate of his side after Charlie Hodgson’s try in his first game for England in nearly four years helped get the interim coach’s reign off to a winning start. Also: Rio Ferdinand has spoken of his anger at the way his family have suffered following the racial abuse allegedly suffered by his brother Anton at the hands of John Terry.
Stuart Lancaster, England’s interim coach, made an early pitch for the job on a permanent basis after masterminding a first victory at Murrayfield since 2004, describing the 13-6 victory over wasteful Scotland as the first step. Also: Mutiny? What mutiny? For a change, Arsene Wenger was surrounded by nothing but jovial faces as his team, and their supporters, remembered what it is like to thoroughly enjoy a game of football.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
It is looking increasingly unlikely that John Terry and Rio Ferdinand can be paired at the centre of England’s defence at this summer’s European Championships after it emerged that a number of Manchester United players would have refused to shake the Chelsea captain’s hand had he been fit for today’s game at Stamford Bridge. Also: New England, same old Scotland. Less than four months after a World Cup campaign that plumbed such depths of humiliation that the poet Dante would have struggled to invent a circle of hell low enough to accommodate it, a fresh-faced band of Twickenhamites headed north to Edinburgh - so often a graveyard - and earned a taste of heaven.
Cristiano Ronaldo could make a spectacular return to English football in the summer. Also: England’s Chris Robshaw held aloft the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield last night and hailed a perfect start to his tenancy as captain.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY
Roy Keane is ready to return to football as the Lion King. Also: Man City overcame Fulham and the Arctic conditions to go three points clear at the top of the Premier League from neighbours United last night.