What the papers say

  • Last Updated: January 26 2013, 8:44 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in this morning's newspapers.

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DAILY EXPRESS: Andy Murray stands on the threshold of tennis history. Also: Eden Hazard was last night facing the prospect of a longer ban over his clash with a Swansea ball boy after he was charged with violent conduct by the FA.

THE GUARDIAN: It took Andy Murray four hours to beat Roger Federer for the first time in a grand slam match, and, looking unusually dispirited afterwards, he admitted he would need a decent rest to recover from the fractious finish to his semi-final if he is to take the Australian Open title away from Novak Djokovic on Sunday. Also: Eden Hazard faces the prospect of a ban of more than three matches for his altercation with the Swansea City ballboy on Wednesday night to add to Rafael Benitez's worries about the strain on his Chelsea squad.

DAILY STAR: Eden Hazard faces a FIVE-match ban for his ballboy bust-up. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville are at loggerheads after the Manchester United boss branded critics of David De Gea "idiots"... Millwall face an FA probe after their FA Cup fourth round tie with Aston Villa was held up for five minutes at the Den last night when home fans threw bottles of water at linesman Mark Scholes.

DAILY MIRROR: Arsene Wenger will launch a final bid to buy West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame this weekend. Also: Paul Lambert says Aston Villa's stars must put their bodies on the line for the club's cause after this latest dismal Cup exit.

DAILY MAIL: Three people were arrested as Millwall's FA Cup fourth-round win over Aston Villa at the Den was marred by home fans pelting linesman Mark Scholes with bottles. Also: Eden Hazard has been hit with a misconduct charge after the FA decided a three-match ban was not a tough enough penalty for kicking Swansea ball boy Charlie Morgan.

THE INDEPENDENT: Judging by his subdued post-match press conference here tonight you might have thought that Andy Murray had just lost to Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Australian Open, but the Scot was all too aware that his biggest challenge is yet to come. Also: Being an Aston Villa supporter is not an easy pastime at the moment but given the week they have endured, they must have feared the worst from their trip to face Millwall.

THE SUN: Alex Ferguson believes the FA are picking on him. Also: Rafa Benitez has told Roman Abramovich his Chelsea squad is not strong enough to compete on eight fronts... Harry Redknapp has launched an astonishing attack on the Swansea ballboy Charlie Morgan - calling him disgusting and an idiot.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Three days after bowing out of the Capital One Cup to Bradford City, Aston Villa's season of woe descended into total humiliation when they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Millwall. To lose to one lower-league team in a week may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose to two looks like carelessness at dealing with balls played in from the wide areas. Also: Ballboys at all England's professional clubs are being told to avoid time-wasting or other "inappropriate behaviour" by the Football Association as a result of the Eden Hazard affair, which resulted on Friday in the Chelsea midfielder being charged with misconduct.

THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson believes that he is being victimised by the Football Association because of his high profile at Manchester United. Also: Roger Federer, the epitome of the gentleman tennis player and favoured emblem of the All England Club, lost his temper with Andy Murray on Rod Laver Arena yesterday as his Australian Open hopes were blown away by the compelling character and sublime game of the British number one.


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