What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 30 2013, 9:08 GMT

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

Jose Mourinho: Has launched a strong attack on Luis Suarez
Jose Mourinho: Has launched a strong attack on Luis Suarez

THE SUN: Jose Mourinho went to war with old mate Brendan Rodgers over "wild" Luis Suarez. Also: Arsene Wenger hailed his Gunners as the new 'Special Ones'.

DAILY MAIL: Nicolas Anelka faces a minimum five-match ban from the FA after producing a goal celebration branded 'disgusting' and 'clearly anti-Semitic'. Also: Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers were locked in a war of words last night after Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 to stay in the thick of the Barclays Premier League title race.

DAILY MIRROR: Jose Mourinho last night launched a no-holds-barred attack on Luis Suarez, branding him an "acrobatic swimming pool diver". Also: Nicolas Anelka could become the first high-profile player banned under new anti-racism rules after his anti-semitic goal celebration.

DAILY EXPRESS: Jose Mourinho launched an astonishing attack on Luis Suarez, accusing the Liverpool striker of being an "acrobatic swimming pool" diver. Also: Alastair Cook conceded that his future as England captain could be under threat after his side edged one step closer to an Ashes whitewash.

DAILY STAR: Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers were locked in a war of words last night after Chelsea blew the title race wide open. Also: Arsene Wenger claims something special is happening at Arsenal.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Once again, Chelsea and Liverpool took a walk on the wild side. Once again, the rivalry spilt over. Samuel Eto'o, Oscar and Lucas could easily have been dismissed. But once again, there was some breathtaking football, much of it flowing from the marvellous Eden Hazard, vibrant in possession, diligent in tracking back and deservedly man of a thrilling match. Also: There is a peculiar beauty in 1-0 away wins at the end of ugly games in bleak midwinter played a long way from home, so Arsenal should be proud of this.

THE TIMES: Critics stopped short of calling for a change in the England captaincy yesterday even though Alastair Cook admitted that his position at the helm will come under increasing scrutiny at the end of a miserable Ashes series. Also: Jose Mourinho continues to talk up Manchester City as champions elect, but no-one in the Barclays Premier League will rest easy with Chelsea two points off the top at the halfway stage.

THE GUARDIAN: Jose Mourinho has accused Luis Suarez of reverting to "wild" natural instincts by performing "an acrobatic swimming pool jump" in an attempt to win a late penalty, as Liverpool surrendered momentum in the title race to Chelsea. Also: Nicolas Anelka has refused to apologise for his controversial quenelle gesture and denied any anti-Semitic intent behind the celebration.

THE INDEPENDENT: Jose Mourinho last night claimed that Luis Suarez dived to try to win a penalty against Samuel Eto'o and that it was in the Liverpool striker's "cultural nature" to do anything to win games. Also: Arsenal have resolve. Newcastle are not a Champions League team. It was hardly an afternoon of revelations at St James' Park yesterday.


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