From the Back Pages, August 14: Mario Balotelli frozen out at Liverpool after scoring an own goal from halfway line

From the back pages
From the back pages

Mario Balotelli frozen out at Liverpool after scoring an own goal from halfway line and interrupting Brendan Rodgers’ No 2 to shout at Jon Flanagan in training. (Daily Mail)

Fifa has rebuked Jose Mourinho for his treatment of Chelsea doctor Dr Eva Carneiro and physiotherapist Jon Fearn whose duties at the club have been cut back after being criticized by the manager. (The Telegraph)

ROBERTO SOLDADO, welcomed two years ago as the club’s record £26million signing, headed back home to Spain on EasyJet yesterday in a bid to end his nightmare spell at White Hart Lane. (The Express)

Sam Allardyce has branded West Ham’s owners “ungrateful”. He has also dismissed his former employers’ chances of qualifying for Europe this season but admits his own lack of faith in the squad may have dashed his chances of getting a new Hammers contract. Allardyce, 60, has lifted the lid on his summer exit after four seasons in charge at Upton Park, telling beIN Sports: “’The West Ham Way’ is obviously not winning every week, like I tried to do! (The Mirror)

The Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has made a series of stinging criticisms of the redesigned British vest for the World Athletics Championships, which begin in Beijing next week, calling the new kit “ridiculous and wrong” because it omits the famous Union flag. (The Guardian)

De Gea not included in United squad for Aston Villa as he closes on Real Madrid transfer. (The Independent)

Warren Gatland has cut Richard Hibbard, Mike Phillips and James Hook from the Wales World Cup squad, jettisoning 218 caps’ worth of experience in his most controversial selection decision since dropping Brian O’Driscoll on the 2013 Lions tour. (The Times)

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