READ about this and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in today’s national UK newspapers - Saturday, November 19, 2011.
DAILY MAIL: Manchester City will escape with a fine if, as expected, they become one of the first clubs in Europe to break UEFA’s Financial Fair Play guidelines. Also: Shamed FIFA president Sepp Blatter apologised last night for his extraordinary outburst about racism, but steadfastly refused to step down as head of world football.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Manchester City face a race against the clock to comply with UEFA’s financial fair play regulations after announcing record-breaking losses of £197.5million, fuelled by a massive annual wage bill of £174million. Also: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologised for his comments about the scale of racism in football but insists that he will not resign, and remains committed to reforming the scandal-racked organisation.
THE TIMES: Manchester City insisted last night that they are on course to comply with UEFA’s forthcoming Financial Fair Play regulations despite announcing record loss of £194.9million. Also: Leading figures in the English game have welcomed Sepp Blatter’s apology for any offence caused by his view that racial abuse between players could be settled with a handshake.
THE SUN: Manchester City lost an English-record £195million last season - despite winning the FA Cup and finishing third in the Premier League. Also: Alex Ferguson has accused rivals Liverpool of leaking information in the Patrice Evra-Luis Suarez race row.
DAILY STAR: Manchester City last night revealed a staggering loss of £195million. Also: Andre Villas-Boas last night claimed goal-shy Fernando Torres has been worth every penny of his whopping £50m transfer fee.
THE GUARDIAN: Manchester City have announced the biggest loss in English football history, £197m for the most recent financial year. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson, the Manchester United manager, has accused Liverpool of ignoring Football Association instructions by “drip-feeding” information about the Luis Suarez racism case, despite warnings that it could inflame tensions between the two clubs.
DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson accused Liverpool of defying the FA by “drip-feeding” information on the race row between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra. Also: Pepe Reina has insisted Liverpool did not lose out by selling star asset Fernando Torres.
DAILY EXPRESS: Roberto Mancini has warned Micah Richards he needs to remember to take his brain on to the pitch if he wants to gatecrash England’s Euro 2012 squad. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has aimed a double broadside at fellow managers Kenny Dalglish and Gus Poyet for commenting on the race slur row between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra.
THE INDEPENDENT: Andre Villas-Boas yesterday admitted that the best days of Fernando Torres’s career thus far were those he spent at Liverpool, but the Chelsea manager is so confident the most expensive player in British history can return to his best that he maintains he would pay £50m to sign him now if necessary. Also: Sepp Blatter, the embattled FIFA president, yesterday issued a full public apology for suggesting incidents racist abuse of the football pitch could be settled with a handshake, but his move failed to stem the rising tide of condemnation from the game’s managers, players, and power-brokers.