Sepp Blatter blunders into racism row - What the back pages say
DAILY MAILSepp Blatter was facing renewed calls for his resignation last night after dismissing on-pitch racism - just as the FA charged Luis Suarez over allegations he racially abused Patrice Evra. Read more Also: English rugby was plunged into further turmoil yesterday when a weary Martin Johnson resigned from the manager's job in the wake of the embarrassing World Cup campaign. Read more He said what? Sepp Blatter's comments about racism have led fo fresh calls for him to step down as FIFA chief THE SUNFootball demanded FIFA president Sepp Blatter's resignation last night. Also: Martin Johnson admits he jumped before he was pushed after quitting as England team manager. THE TIMESSepp Blatter, the most powerful man in football, sparked fresh outrage yesterday by declaring that players who are racially abused should settled disputes with a handshake. Also: One of the most cataclysmic and saddest failures in the history of England rugby was called to a close yesterday when Martin Johnson, that figurehead captain of the World Cup-winning England team in 2003, conceded defeat in his ambitions to deliver a second success in the role of team manager. THE INDEPENDENTIt was a long, hard three and a half years, and Martin Johnson thought just as long and hard before walking away from his job as England manager - a job that ended in abject World Cup failure in the rugby badlands of New Zealand. Also: The Football Association is likely to draw on the testimony of Patrice Evra's Manchester United team-mates when Liverpool's Luis Suarez appears on charges of racially abusing the French defender during last month's Premier League match at Anfield. DAILY STARLuis Suarez is facing at least a six-match ban after being charged with racially abusing Patrice Evra. Also: Martin Johnson quit as England rugby boss yesterday with a parting shot at the players who let him down. DAILY MIRRORFIFA president Sepp Blatter last night sparked outrage by claiming there is no racism in football. Also: Dimitar Berbatov is a ?15million January target for mega-spending Russian club FC Anzhi Makhachkala. THE GUARDIANThere was nothing ambiguous about Martin Johnson the player, but there was little clarity about his reason for resigning as the England team manager on Wednesday. Also: Luis Suarez faces a racism charge that threatens huge ramifications for the Liverpool striker and his club after the Football Association announced he had a case to answer over Patrice Evra's allegations he suffered sustained racist abuse during Manchester United's recent visit to Anfield. DAILY EXPRESSMartin Johnson walked away from his job as England team manager last night accepting full responsibility for the debacle at the World Cup, on and off the field. Also: Luis Suarez was last night facing a fight to clear his name after being charged by the FA with racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra. DAILY TELEGRAPHMartin Johnson took his leave of Twickenham yesterday in typically honourable fashion but with a lingering sense that he has gone on his own terms rather than suffer the indignity of being pushed. Also: Luis Suarez is set to plead not guilty to a charge of racially abusing Patrice Evra which could lead to the Liverpool forward being suspended for up to six games by the Football Association.
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