A round up of sporting headlines from national newspapers including news from Manchester City, Liverpol, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Blackpool
DAILY MIRROR: A yob who caused outrage by making a sick racist gesture at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck during their clash with Chelsea was unmasked last night. Also: Roberto Mancini had a secret deal in place to take over at Monaco - in case he was sacked by Manchester City.
THE TIMES: Chelsea were at the centre of a second police investigation last night after an inquiry was launched into one of the club’s supporters making an apparent racist gesture towards a Manchester United player. Also: Arsene Wenger has criticised Chelsea for going public with their allegation of racist abuse against Mark Clattenburg before they had established the facts.
THE SUN: Mark Halsey has revealed how his family were threatened with bullets through their heads. Also: Kenny Dalglish says the controversial decision to wear T-shirts backing Luis Suarez after his racism ban was not his idea.
THE GUARDIAN: The Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, held extensive negotiations with Monaco with a view to joining the club at the end of last season. Also: Arsene Wenger has criticised Chelsea for helping to turn the Mark Clattenburg race row controversy into a damaging spectacle and for initially “going public with little proof”, suggesting it was always preferable to resolves such issues man-to-man and behind closed doors.
THE INDEPENDENT: Crystal Palace are confident of announcing Ian Holloway as their new manager after making an official approach to Blackpool last night. Also: Elimination from the League Cup has meant there is one less front for Liverpool to fight on but their manager, Brendan Rodgers, has acknowledged he cannot keep relying on Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.
DAILY MAIL: Liverpool are poised to launch a £8million bid to prise Theo Walcott from Arsenal in January. Also: Chelsea fans are under pressure to name and shame the racist yob who abused Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck.
DAILY EXPRESS: Arsene Wenger has criticised the decision of Chelsea to go public with their complaint about referee Mark Clattenburg - and said the allegations have “little proof”. Also: Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admits he would do things differently if faced with a similar situation in the Luis Suarez racism affair.
DAILY STAR: Arsene Wenger last night accused Chelsea of threatening to ruin the livelihood of Mark Clattenburg with a complaint based on hardly any evidence. Also: Andre Villas-Boas has vowed to stick by Steven Caulker after learning the Tottenham defender has a Serbian police rap hanging over him.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: David Cameron believes football has failed to set up the structures it needs to combat racism, senior Government sources have told The Daily Telegraph. Also: Chelsea are prepared to back a criminal prosecution against a supporter photographed committing an apparent racist gesture during Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.