From the Back Pages, November 15: French footballer trapped in Qatar asks Guardiola and Zidane for help

From the back pages
From the back pages

Zahir Belounis, the French professional footballer trapped in Qatar under its controversial labour laws, has written an impassioned plea to the former 2022 World Cup ambassadors Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola asking them to intervene on his behalf. The 33-year-old has not been allowed back to France since June 2012 because he has been embroiled in a legal dispute with his former club al-Jaish, who play in the Qatar Stars League, over two years’ unpaid wages. (The Guardian)

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Joe Hart, the Manchester City goalkeeper, will not start for England in their friendly international against Chile at Wembley on Friday evening. (The Times)

Roy Hodgson has revealed that Rickie Lambert will miss England’s friendly with Chile tomorrow evening, after he picked up an injury in training. (The Mirror)

CHELSEA star Frank Lampard will lead out England for their friendly against Chile at Wembley. (The Express)

Saido Berahino and Michael Keane got the goals as England U21s scored a comfortable victory at home against Finland. (Daily Mail)

Fifa’s independent ethics committee has no power to remove the 2022 World Cup from Qatar whatever the outcome of its investigations, a senior source at the world governing body has confirmed. (The Telegraph)

Manchester United have announced record quarterly revenues for the first quarter of the financial year but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward expects the rise to continue after admitting his “excitement” at BT Sport’s new deal for exclusive Champions League football rights. (The Independent)