From the Back Pages, June 3: Sepp Blatter resignation: ‘Smoking gun’ led Fifa president to quit, claims FA chairman Greg Dyke

From the back pages
From the back pages

The FA chairman Greg Dyke believes there must be a “smoking gun” that forced Sepp Blatter’s shock resignation as Fifa president just four days after the 79-year-old was re-elected for a fifth term. (The Independent)

FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION chairman Greg Dyke has hailed Sepp Blatter’s decision to step down as president of FIFA as “brilliant for world football”. (The Express)

Van Persie: United and I evaluating my future. United striker uncertain as to whether he will still be at Old Trafford next season and that it’s “strange, strange” situation. (The Telegraph)

Brendan Rodgers will remain Liverpool manager following showdown talks with club officials. The 42-year-old met chairman Tom Werner and Fenway Sports Group chief executive Mike Gordon on Tuesday to review a disastrous season which saw last year’s Premier League runners-up fail to qualify for the Champions League. (Daily Mail)

David de Gea is set to join Real Madrid - sparking a Tottenham crisis over Hugo Lloris, who has confirmed he is considering his own future. (The Mirror)

Another week, another England rugby player, another police station. No charges have yet been issued following Danny Cipriani’s arrest in the early hours of Monday morning on suspicion of drink-driving but the fly-half’s latest off-field scrape could scarcely have come at a more delicate moment for Stuart Lancaster or the Rugby Football Union. (The Guardian)

Headingley (final day of five): New Zealand beat England by 199 runs: It was just before 2.30pm when Alastair Cook became the youngest man to score 9,000 Test runs, shortly afterwards when Kane Williamson, the part-time off spinner, slid one on to the knee roll of his right pad to send the England captain on his way. Utterly secure and serene in the storm until then, while he remained on the burning deck all things were possible. (The Times)

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