What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 17 2012, 7:00 GMT

A look at what is making the headlines on the back pages of Monday's press.

Balotelli: New low point in his relationship with Man City
Balotelli: New low point in his relationship with Man City

THE SUN

Everton's Marouane Fellaini is facing a possible nine-game ban after headbutting Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross. Also: Gary Cahill last night blasted Corinthians star Emerson for falling down like a little girl.

THE TIMES

Mario Balotelli's relationship with Manchester City has hit rock bottom and is likely to lead to his sale next month after the controversial striker enlisted the Premier League in a bid to overturn a £340,000 fine for on-field indiscipline. Also: That cricket is a game played between the ears can be illustrated by the conundrum facing England in their second innings yesterday.

DAILY MAIL

Mario Balotelli and Manchester City face each other at a Premier League tribunal this week after the champions tried to fine their errant forward £340,000 for his persistent poor discipline on the field. Also: Bradley Wiggins was last night crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year in a glittering ceremony at London's ExCel.

DAILY MIRROR

Everton's Marouane Fellaini is sweating on a call from the FA today as he faces up to a possible nine-match ban. Also: Furious Gary Cahill accused Brazilian star Emerson of play-acting to get him sent off as Chelsea's hopes of ruling the world were shattered in Yokohama.

THE INDEPENDENT

The Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has personally sanctioned the £340,000 fine and misconduct charge for Mario Balotelli, which the striker is to fight at a Premier League tribunal - pushing him closer to an exit from the club. Also: "It was," said Bradley Wiggins, "the year to be British, wasn't it?"

DAILY STAR

Furious Gary Cahill last night lashed out at Corinthians star Emerson for play-acting to get him sent off. Also: Marouane Fellaini will be hit with a £150,000 fine by furious Everton boss David Moyes today.

DAILY EXPRESS

Disgraced Marouane Fellaini could face a club fine plus a massive ban if the FA decide to act on his triple assault of Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross. Also: This time there wasn't a throne to sit on but Bradley Wiggins was the man the British public crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year last night.

THE GUARDIAN

Chelsea's attempt to become club world champions ended in tears of regret and angry accusations of play-acting, with Gary Cahill incensed at the reaction of Corinthians' Emerson after tangling with the forward in the last minute. Also: England's cricketers, near exhaustion after four days of taut, tense Test cricket, are close to their prize in Nagpur.

DAILY TELEGRAPH

Bradley Wiggins has fittingly won his last great race of 2012, being crowned as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, effectively marking him as Britain's favourite champion of champions at the end of the most exhilarating 12 months in the nation's sporting annals. Also: Jonathan Trott was accused of bad sportsmanship and found himself at the centre of several heated moments as tensions between India and England escalated in the fourth Test.


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