What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 18 2013, 8:07 GMT

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

Wayne Rooney: Has paid the penalty
Wayne Rooney: Has paid the penalty

THE SUN: Brendan Rodgers slammed Luis Suarez after his amazing cheat confession and told him: "It is unacceptable". Also: Theo Walcott has finally agreed a new contract at Arsenal.

DAILY STAR: Roman Abramovich will take complete control of picking Chelsea's next boss after being swayed into hiring Rafa Benitez. Also: Luis Suarez is facing a club fine and a potential FA charge after admitting he took a dive... Wayne Rooney has been relieved of his penalty-taking duties at Manchester United.

DAILY EXPRESS: British teenager Laura Robson toppled the world number eight Petra Kvitova in Australia - and labelled it "pretty ugly". Also: Liverpool will make a sales pitch to Wesley Sneijder if the Inter Milan playmaker is serious about accepting a drop in his colossal wages.

DAILY MAIL: Brendan Rodgers has torn into Luis Suarez after he admitted diving in an attempt to win a penalty earlier this season, describing the Uruguayan's actions as 'not acceptable'. Also: Laura Robson caused another sensational Grand Slam upset to reach the third round of the Australian Open - even if she described the win as "ugly".

DAILY MIRROR: Angry Brendan Rodgers has told Luis Suarez it was "unacceptable" for him to admit to diving. Also: Gianfranco Zola has emerged as a serious contender to become Chelsea's next full-time boss - and help to change the mood at Stamford Bridge.

THE INDEPENDENT: If there were any remaining doubts about Laura Robson's status as the most exciting young talent in women's tennis they evaporated into the hot night air at the Australian Open yesterday. Also: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has taken a calculated risk with this season's single world-class Anfield player, Luis Suarez, by declaring after the Uruguayan admitted diving that his behaviour had been "unacceptable" and "wrong".

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Luis Suarez has been given a verbal dressing-down by his manager Brendan Rodgers and reminded of his responsibilities to promoting Liverpool's image after admitting diving to try to win a penalty. Also: Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher will miss the rest of the season because of a chronic bowel complaint.

THE TIMES: Brendan Rodgers has publicly rebuked Luis Suarez and reminded him of his duty to the ethics of the club after the Liverpool forward admitted to diving in a television interview. Also: It was still 35C at midnight in Melbourne Park, Petra Kvitova's face was covered in a mixture of sweat and tears and Laura Robson was scenting blood. She drew it from the 2011 Wimbledon champion half an hour later to complete a famous victory.

THE GUARDIAN: Supporter's groups have warned the Premier League there is a danger of "future generations being lost" to the game after a Guardian survey revealed its cheapest tickets were the most expensive of the four major leagues in Europe and more than double those in Germany or Italy. Also: The remarkable teenage cool of Laura Robson was a key factor in her stirring if flawed win over the 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to reach the third round of the Australian Open, and there may be more drama to come.


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