READ all about it here and find out what other top sport stories are making the headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Sunday, April 21, 2012.
THE PEOPLE: Sir Alex Ferguson is fuming after Stuart Pearce called up 10 Manchester United first-teamers for the Olympics - including Wayne Rooney. Also: Roberto Di Matteo will be interviewed by Roman Abramovich for the Chelsea manager’s job if his side reach the Champions League final by knocking out Barcelona on Tuesday.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Sir Alex Ferguson has claimed that Manchester United’s start to next season is in “absolute chaos” due to the Olympic Games. Also: Formula One officials fear a track invasion today will prevent the most controversial grand prix in history from taking place.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Wayne Rooney is on the shortlist for the Great Britain Olympic football squad, even though Team GB manager Stuart Pearce has promised no one will play at both this summer’s European Championship and the London Games. Also: Lewis Hamilton will bid for his first win of the Formula One season today against a backdrop of increasing violence during human rights protests in Bahrain.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson revealed last night that his preparations for next season are in ‘chaos’ with Wayne Rooney one of a possible 14 Man United players on call for the Olympics. Also: Robin van Persie insisted last night that he is NOT holding transfer talks with Barcelona despite being seen in their London hotel on Wednesday night.
SUNDAY TIMES: Carlo Ancelotti has included two Premier League strikers in a 100m euro (£82m) summer reinforcement list for Paris St Germain. Also: The International Olympic Committee has been asked to back Britain’s stance on lifetime Olympic bans for convicted drug cheats.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: The Bahrain Grand Prix will take place today against a backdrop of simmering unrest after the death of a protester on Friday night. Also: Manchester City are expected to offer Roberto Mancini a new contract at the end of the season but they are seeking assurances from him that he has taken on some of the club’s concern about his management style.
THE OBSERVER: Force India have been punished by Formula One by being blanked from the television screens after missing a practice session because of concerns over their safety. Also: Chelsea expect to be bolstered by the return of Didier Drogba for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in Barcelona on Tuesday night despite the Ivorian still being troubled by a knee injury sustained during last week’s narrow victory over the holders.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Manchester United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson has reacted with incredulity to having a dozen players - including Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs - put on standby for the Olympic Games tournament that clashes with British clubs’ pre-season preparations. Also: In making eight changes for a critical London derby yesterday, Chelsea decided to put most of their eggs in the Champions League basket, hoping Barcelona do not make a Spanish omelette with them on Tuesday.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Alex Ferguson blew his top after learning Wayne Rooney is in line for a shock call-up for Team GB at this summer’s Olympics. Also: Papiss Cisse bagged a string of scoring records to steer Newcastle a step nearer Champions League football.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Chelsea have been condemned for their negative approach after beating Barcelona in the Champions League. Also: Mario Balotelli has vowed to clean up his act and be more professional on the field.