What the papers say

  • Last Updated: July 31 2012, 8:02 BST

A look at what is making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers:

Rio Ferdinand: 'Dumbfounded' by FA charge

THE SUN: Rio Ferdinand has been left 'dumbfounded' by an FA charge over a tweet he made about Ashley Cole. Also: Britain's gymnasts were robbed of an Olympic silver medal by a marking blunder. Also: Tom Daley got an apology from partner Pete Waterfield after blowing a diving medal.

DAILY MIRROR: Rio Ferdinand is kicking himself over the tweet that has landed him with an FA charge. Also: Team GB's heroic gymnasts celebrated a "miracle" bronze medal last night despite being sensationally denied silver.

DAILY EXPRESS: Louis Smith put aside the controversy of having silver downgraded to bronze last night and told Britain to celebrate the end to a century-long wait for a gymnastics team medal instead. Also: Rio Ferdinand is facing a fight to clear his name and avoid being labelled a racist.

DAILY STAR: Rio Ferdinand is facing a desperate fight to clear his name and avoid being labelled a racist. Also: Great Britain's men claimed bronze on a historic day for gymnastics - but only after having silver controversially snatched from their hands.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: The 100-year wait is over. Britain's gymnasts have won a team medal at the Olympics for the first time since 1912, when rope-climbing was part of the event. Also Rio Ferdinand will discuss his response to a Football Association charge for improper conduct with Manchester United's legal advisors after being told he could be fined or suspended for a tweet about Chelsea defender Ashley Cole.

THE TIMES: Great Britain won their first Olympic men's team gymnastics medal for a century when they claimed an unexpected bronze medal at the North Greenwich Arena yesterday. Also: Rio Ferdinand will hold discussions with the Manchester United hierarchy and the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) today after being charged with improper conduct by the FA in the latest fallout from the John Terry trial.

THE GUARDIAN: Graeme Swann will play his 44th consecutive Test at Headingley this week but he concedes that any further deterioration in his troublesome right elbow would force him to have a second operation -his "worst fear". Also: Overwhelmed. Surreal. Amazing. Incredible. Unexpected. These were the words spoken by the British men's gymnastic team as they struggled to come to terms with what they had just achieved in winning the nation's first Olympic team medal for a century.

THE INDEPENDENT: The end-of-season win-bonus package paid to Manchester City's triumphant squad for securing the club's first Premier League title in May was a huge £6.2m shared between 24 players, The Independent can reveal. Also: It takes, as Tom Daley often likes to point out, 1.6 seconds to plunge from the top of the 10m platform into the water and that is how long it took Daley and his partner Pete Waterfield to see their hopes of a medal disappear today.

DAILY MAIL: Great Britain had a silver medal snatched away from them by Japan in the men's gymnastics team event last night, but celebrated the "miracle" of their first team bronze for 100 years. Also: Tom Daley's diving partner said "I'm sorry" the moment the pair's golden Olympic dream bit the dust.