What the papers say

  • Last Updated: November 23 2012, 8:09 GMT

A look at what is making the headlines on the back pages of Friday's papers.

Wilfried Zaha: Manchester City interest
Wilfried Zaha: Manchester City interest

THE SUN: Mark Clattenburg has accused Chelsea of trying to wreck his career. Also: Rafa Benitez has no regrets over insulting Chelsea in the past - and vowed to get Fernando Torres scoring... Manchester City have made their £15million move for Crystal Palace sensation Wilfried Zaha.

DAILY MIRROR: Mark Clattenburg was last night urged to sue Chelsea after being cleared of racially abusing John Obi Mikel. Also: Rafa Benitez last night claimed he has no regrets about his war of words with Chelsea in the past and promised to win over unhappy fans... Harry Redknapp has been lined up to make a dramatic return as Queens Park Rangers boss - on Sunday.

DAILY STAR: Chelsea last night refused to apologise to Mark Clattenburg - despite the referee being cleared of racially abusing John Obi Mikel. Also: Rafa Benitez breezed into Stamford Bridge last night insisting: I don't regret slagging off Chelsea... Spurs were the subject of anti-Semitic chanting by Lazio fans last night but an inspired display by keeper Hugo Lloris helped his side hang on for a draw.

DAILY EXPRESS: Chelsea refused to apologise to Mark Clattenburg last night after a Football Association investigation found the referee had no case to answer in the John Obi Mikel race row. Also: Rafa Benitez last night insisted he had no regrets about the jibes he has aimed at Chelsea in the past - but promised that by the end of this season the Blues supporters will love him... Newcastle moved into the Europa League KO stages after a 1-1 draw with Maritimo, but the gloss was taken off the night by injuries to Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse.

DAILY MAIL: Chelsea refused to offer Mark Clattenburg any kind of apology last night for wrongly accusing the Premier League referee of racially abusing John Mikel Obi. Also: Tottenham grabbed a battling 0-0 draw at Lazio last night after a torrid Europa League trip.

THE INDEPENDENT: Mark Clattenburg's union Prospect last night called upon Chelsea to apologise to the referee and pay him compensation after the Football Association decided that he had no case to answer over allegations of racist abuse. Also: Rafael Benitez revealed last night he had not met Chelsea's owner, Roman Abramovich, before his unveiling as manager last night... Didier Drogba's hopes of an emotional return to Chelsea were yesterday blocked by Fifa.

THE TIMES: He may be his ninth manager in as many years, but Rafael Benitez is adamant that the challenge of working for Roman Abramovich is far easier than coping with the infighting he witnessed at Liverpool. Also: Chelsea have been fiercely criticised by Prospect, the referees' union, after the FA declared that Mark Clattenburg has no case to answer over the allegations that he racially abused John Obi Mikel during a Barclays Premier League match last month.

THE GUARDIAN: Chelsea will resist demands for the referees' union for an unreserved apology and financial compensation for Mark Clattenburg after he was cleared of directing a racist comment at Mikel john Obi. Also: Andre Villas-Boas has urged Uefa to take action against Lazio if their fans are found guilty of voicing anti-Semitic songs at Tottenham's travelling support at the Stadio Olimpico last night.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Mark Clattenburg has spoken of his "truly frightening" ordeal after being cleared by the Football Association following allegations that he directed a racist remark towards Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel. Also: Rafael Benitez did not meet or speak to Roman Abramovich before agreeing to become his ninth manager in nine years but he still believes it will be far "easier" that working under the dysfunctional ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillett at Liverpool.

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