From the Back Pages, October 11: FA to spend £230m on 3G pitches as figures show English football is getting worse

GREG DYKE has wound down his FA Commission after announcing a £230m investment in “artificial grass roots” football - despite being further away than ever from finding a solution to the biggest problem facing the English game. (The Express)

From the back pages
From the back pages

After flying the flag for England, top Gunner Alex Oxlade-­Chamberlain believes Arsenal have copied ­Barcelona. (The Mirror)

Outraged equality campaigners were “lost for words” after the Football Association admitted Nicolas Anelka would serve a quenelle ban of only three matches when the Indian Super League kicks off on Sunday. (The Telegraph)

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England U21 2-1 Croatia U21: Harry Kane and Saido Berahino spare Three Lions’ blushes in Euro 2015 play-off first-leg. (Daily Mail)

The Wales fans flocked to see Gareth Bale but left thanking goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, whose heroics saved his side in this European Championship qualifying stalemate against Bosnia-Herzegovina. (The Independent)

Jules Bianchi’s desperate plight casts shadow over F1 before Russian GP. (The Guardian)

Kevin Pietersen has received little sympathy from former England team-mates, who denounced the fiasco surrounding him this week as a “sad” state of affairs and described the player himself as a “kiddy in a schoolground”. (The Times)