Saturday Papers: Angry refs threaten to boycott Chelsea

Read all about it: UK national newspapers review.
Read all about it: UK national newspapers review.

READ about it and find out what other top sports stories are making the headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Saturday, November 3, 2012.

The Sun: Angry referees are threatening to boycott Chelsea matches. Also: Alex Ferguson and Roberto di Matteo are at war over the Mark Clattenburg race row.

The Guardian: Sir Alex Ferguson is “convinced” that the referee Mark Clattenburg is innocent of the racial slurs Chelsea allege were aimed at Mikel John Obi. Also: Alastair Cook is relishing the “cut-throat” battle between Nick Compton and Joe Root,

Daily Mirror: Media mogul James Murdoch has flown into Abu-Dhabi for top-secret talks that could start a Formula One revolution. Also: Roberto di Matteo has claimed Sir Alex Ferguson has an unhealthy influence over referees.

The Independent: Roberto di Matteo yesterday reacted to Sir Alex Ferguson`s defence of Mark Clattenburg by accusing Manchester United of being more favoured by referees than any other Premier League club. Also: Brenda Rodgers has argued that diving has become such an endemic disease in the Premier League it is folly to single out Luis Suarez for abuse.

The Times: Sir Alex Ferguson waded into the Mark Clattenburg race row yesterday by claiming it was “unthinkable” that the referee racially abused John Obi Mikel. Also: Mark Hughes expects to be the manager of Queens Park Rangers, even if they lose to Reading tomorrow.

Daily Express: Sir Alex Ferguson last night stepped into the Mark Clattenburg controversy by effectively accusing Chelsea of lying. Also: Mark Hughes is certain that the bottom three showdown will not spell the end of his reign at QPR.

Daily Star: Roberto di Matteo went to war with Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday after the Manchester United boss said there was no way Mark Clattenburg racially abused John Obi Mikel. Also: Everton boss David Moyes has come out swinging after Steven Gerrard took a swipe at the Toffees` tactics in the Merseyside derby.

Daily Mail: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson last night claimed Chelsea have left Mark Clattenburg tainted for the rest of his life with their accusation of racism. Also: Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Liverpool needs to make “two to three” signings.

Daily Telegraph: A war of words erupted last night between Manchester United and Chelsea after Sir Alex Ferguson openly attacked the European champions` complaint against Mark Clattenburg. Also: Brendan Rodgers says the sudden Premier League clampdown on diving is proof that Luis Suarez`s critics have unfairly scapegoated the South American striker.