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Mario Balotelli escapes house fire and Lewis Moody retires

23 Oct 2011 07:39:45

Mario Balotelli escapes house fire and Lewis Moody retires

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was forced to escape an early morning blaze at his ?3million rented house on the eve of today's top-of-the-table derby clash at Old Trafford. Fire starter! Balotelli house up in smoke after fireworks are set off in his bathroom Also: Lewis Moody had hoped this morning to be captaining England in the Rugby World Cup final in New Zealand. Instead, after a failed and controversial campaign by Martin Johnson's side, Moody has chosen today to announce his retirement from international rugby. Moody calls time on his England career after World Cup shambles Bright spark: Mario set fire to his bathroom by setting off fireworks DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Manchester City have decided to hit troublemaker Carlos Tevez with five separate charges. Also: Supersub Grant Holt nicked a point for Norwich as Liverpool struggled in the battle for fourth place. THE PEOPLE: Madcap Mario Balotelli had to flee his burning mansion at 1am yesterday - after a firework prank with pals went wrong. Also: Manchester City want to fine Kolo Toure around ?500,000 for his drugs ban eight months after the offence came to light...Harry Redknapp has offered to rescue Carlos Tevez's Premier League career. SUNDAY MIRROR: Harry Redknapp will offer Carlos Tevez a Premier League lifeline. Also: Fabio Capello will be offered a staggering ?30million to restructure football in Qatar...Carlos Tevez will go to war with Manchester City. Time, please: Moody's England career is over SUNDAY EXPRESS: Manchester City insist there has been no softening of their stance over rebel striker Carlos Tevez. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he could have been British football's Lord of the Rings. THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Manchester City are planning to transform the Etihad stadium into a venue to rival Old Trafford as they look at the next phase of planning for their Eastlands site. Also: Angry Wolves manager Mick McCarthy yesterday responded to prolonged abuse from his own supporters with a remarkable offer to fight his critics. THE OBSERVER: Mario Balotelli's remarkable capacity for self-inflicted problems resurfaced on the eve of the Manchester derby when he had to escape from his burning house after a fire caused by letting off fireworks in the bathroom in the early hours of yesterday morning. Also: Shaun Edwards, Wales' highly-rated defence coach, will today return home from the World Cup and start looking for work - and his availability could interest England. THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: On the eve of an eagerly awaited Manchester derby between the top two teams in the Premier League, City's manager, Roberto Mancini, has unexpectedly held up United's Wayne Rooney as an example to his own Carlos Tevez. Also: Delia Smith, Norwich's owner, once wrote a book called One is Fun. For those taking the not-always-obvious road back from Merseyside to Norfolk, this one point would have seemed a lot of fun. THE SUNDAY TIMES: Twenty-four years after they won the first Rugby World Cup on home soil, New Zealand will bid to end their tournament hoodoo and beat France this morning to send a country into ecstasy. Also: Shaun Edwards, defence coach of Wales in their heroic World Cup campaign and the man who helped London Wasps to three Premiership titles and two Heineken Cups, is set to leave the club. Exit plan: Redknapp could offer Tevez a way out of his Man City nightmare  Moody calls time on his England career after World Cup shamblesFire starter! Balotelli house up in smoke after fireworks are set off in his bathroom


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