From the Back Pages, December 29: Jose Mourinho attacks ‘shot’ Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in dive row

From the back pages
From the back pages

Jose Mourinho has 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. (The Independent)

Chelsea recovered from a nightmare start to defeat Liverpool in a competitive game on Sunday afternoon. Martin Skrtel swept Brendan Rodgers’ side into the lead within minutes of kick-off, but goals from Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto’o ensured the Blues end the year in third place in the Premier League. (The Mirror)

Nicolas Anelka has refused to apologise for his controversial quenelle gesture and denied any anti-Semitic intent behind the celebration. The French striker faces a potential minimum five-match ban for the gesture, made during West Bromwich Albion’s 3-3 draw with West Ham on Saturday and which has subsequently been described as “disgusting” by France’s minister for sport, Valérie Fourneyron. (The Guardian)

Giroud’s header takes Arsenal back to the top. Newcastle 0 Arsenal 1: Gunners go into the New Year as league leaders after Olivier Giroud’s header secures the win. (The Telegraph)

TOTTENHAM boss Tim Sherwood was thrilled at his side’s performance to get all three points against Stoke, but singled out midfielder Paulinho as the star of the show. (The Express)

Alastair Cook insists that he intends to continue as England captain despite the prospect of an embarrassing Ashes whitewash. (The Times)

Michael Schumacher’s life is in danger after his condition worsened following a head injury suffered in a fall while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel. (Daily Mail)