From the Back Pages, February 26: Chelsea still seething after Nemanja Matic ban cut to two games

From the back pages
From the back pages

Chelsea’s conflict with the FA escalated further last night when the club announced that they were “appalled” by the decision of the governing body’s regulatory commission to reduce Nemanja Matic’s ban from three to two matches. (The Times)

Spot of bother! Messi’s late penalty blunder keeps City hanging on after Suarez double. Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2: Sergio Aguero scored what could be a crucial goal as City just managed to keep themselves in the tie thanks to a late Lionel Messi penalty miss. (The Independent)

Richard Scudamore will lead a multi-billion lawsuit on behalf of the Premier League to try to halt FIFA’s winter World Cup madness. (The Mirror)

A tap in apiece from Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata ensured Juventus left Turin with a precarious advantage over Borussia Dortmund in this Champions League last 16 tie. Jurgen Klopp’s rejuvenated team arrived with three consecutive Bundesliga wins that saw them escape the relegation zone, and a composed finish by Marco Reus means they travel home with an away goal in a 2-1 defeat. (Daily Mail)

LEEDS president Massimo Cellino says he will not return to the club in April when his 79-day disqualification expires in order to clear his name as an independent citizen. (The Express)

Record-breaker George North back for Wales against France: North returns against France after high-profile head injury at expense of Alex Cuthbert, as he becomes first ever player to win 50 Test caps before his 23rd birthday. (The Telegraph)

Exeter’s Jack Nowell will face Ireland on Sunday after being named in the matchday squad for the first time in almost a year. The in-form Nowell has ousted Gloucester’s Jonny May and is set to start on the left wing at the Aviva Stadium. (The Guardian)