What the papers say

  • Last Updated: September 14 2012, 7:21 BST

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in Friday's national newspapers.

Terry (l) and Ferdinand: Set to meet again on Saturday

DAILY TELEGRAPH

It was when Brendan Rodgers finally left the Hillsborough vigil at St George's Hall, having talked to the families of the 96 fans who perished on the Leppings Lane End, that he became fully aware of the extensive pastoral duties expected of the Liverpool manager. Also: Arsene Wenger delivered a blunt message yesterday to any restless Arsenal player, telling them they should leave if they are not satisfied with the club's direction.

THE TIMES

A "full and unreserved" apology from the Football Association yesterday has been dismissed as "too little, too late" by the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Also: Andre Villas-Boas has been told it will be a mistake not to have Hugo Lloris as his number one choice at Tottenham Hotspur.

THE SUN

Brendan Rodgers wants to bring hope back to Liverpool. Also: QPR stars will decide today whether to snub Chelsea duo John Terry and Ashley Cole.

DAILY MIRROR

John Terry will plead with Roberto Di Matteo to let him play in tomorrow's hate-filled clash at QPR - even though Anton Ferdinand is set to shun him. Also: Michael Owen is a man "on a mission" to prove he is still a world-class striker.

DAILY MAIL

The Football Association were yesterday accused of negligence by former Culture Secretary Andy Burnham as some of the anger over Hillsborough turned in the direction of the governing body. Also: Lewis Hamilton is edging ever closer to a move to Mercedes with a final decision on his future expected in the run-up to next weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

THE GUARDIAN

The Football Association was accused yesterday of failing to fully acknowledge the extent of its role in the Hillsborough disaster 23 years ago, before its chairman, David Bernstein, later made a "full and unreserved apology". Also: UK Athletics' outgoing head coach, Charles van Commenee, has said he was too soft on individual athletes and coaches, as the sport's governing body promised an even tougher regime in the next Olympic cycle under the new performance director, Neil Black.

THE INDEPENDENT

The Football Association decided that there was no risk attached to Hillsborough Stadium hosting the 1989 FA Cup semi-final in which 96 Liverpool fans died, despite a direct letter to the organisation detailing how fans had been crushed at the same ground, which had no safety certificate, in the previous year's semi-final. Also: Hillsborough seriously damaged Kenny Dalglish but it might be the making of Brendan Rodgers, his successor as Liverpool manager.

DAILY EXPRESS

The families of the Hillsborough victims described an apology from the Football Association as long overdue after the organisation belatedly admitted its role in the disaster. Also: Arsene Wenger has told Bacary Sagna he can leave Arsenal if he does not agree with the direction of the club.

DAILY STAR

Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool will draw inspiration from the battle of the Hillsborough campaigners. Also: Chelsea last night appealed for calm ahead of tomorrow's potential powder-keg clash with QPR.