FIND out more about this and other top sports stories from the UK’s national papers today - Sunday, May 1, 2011, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Chelsea are preparing a £40million bid for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez. Also...Tottenham’s Champions League dream was virtually destroyed last night by a goal that never was.
THE OBSERVER: Football’s technophobia helped keep Chelsea in the Premier League title race and may have relegated Tottenham to the Europa League after match officials wrongly adjudged that a Frank Lampard shot had crossed the line in this London derby. Also...How curious that Blackpool’s first clean sheet at Bloomfield Road in 18 attempts should coincide with another first: their own failure to score.
SUNDAY TIMES: The controversy over the use of goal-line technology returned to English football last night when Chelsea were awarded an equaliser against Tottenham Hotspur from a shot that television replays showed had not crossed the line. Also...Nemanja Vidic has just beaten me on the oche and is envious that I have tickets for the darts Premier League contest that evening.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Chelsea’s Premier League title hopes were kept alive in the most controversial fashion yesterday, as a brace of dubious goals secured a precious 2-1 win over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge. Also...QPR celebrated promotion to the Premier League as Championship champions after winning 2-0 at Watford, despite the threat of a points deduction hanging over the club.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Chelsea narrowed the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester United thanks to two controversial decisions last night, but Frank Lampard insisted: “We deserved it.” Also...Sepp Blatter has admitted that FIFA’s World Cup selection process which resulted in England’s humiliating defeat in their bid to stage the 2018 tournament is flawed and needs to be changed.
THE PEOPLE: Jose Mourinho is on the brink of being sacked by Real Madrid - putting Premier League clubs on high alert. Also...Harry Redknapp’s Champions League hopes nosedived after a nightmare blunder by a linesman saw Chelsea come from behind to seal victory at Stamford Bridge.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Chelsea have hijacked Man United’s move for Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila by offering £25million for the French ace - £10million more than United’s offer. Also...Harry Redknapp last night called for goal-line technology after Spurs lost to two dodgy goals at Chelsea.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Manchester United or any club chasing Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder will have to shell out a staggering £80million. Also...Manchester City are ready to offer Everton £20million - and Wayne Bridge - for full-back Leighton Baines.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: The unanswerable case for video technology was made yet again here yesterday evening as Chelsea benefited from two goals that all available evidence suggested should not have been allowed. Also...Rookie manager Steve Kean will take his Blackburn team to West Ham next week feeling that one of the Premier League’s stranger subplots might produce the ending he has been gambling on after all.
NEWS OF THE WORLD: Bacary Sagna has admitted he is “embarrassed” by Arsenal’s failure to win a trophy in six years. Also...Carlo Ancelotti is the shock name at the top of Manchester City’s wanted list as doubts grow over Roberto Mancini’s position.