From the Back Pages, February 26: Russell Crowe considers buying Leeds United after request from fan for Hollywood star’s help

From the back pages
From the back pages

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe is considering a dramatic offer to buy Leeds United after being begged by fans to take over the club. (The Telegraph)

Jérôme Valcke, the Fifa general secretary, says the Premier League and the rest of Europe’s top clubs will not receive any financial compensation as a result of the 2022 Qatar World Cup being moved to the winter. (The Times)

What price that on full-time, his post-match interviews done, Dimitar Berbatov returned to his dressing room seat, tapped a Gauloises from its packet, and wondered aloud why it is that eight years since he first came to England, this Arsenal team are still making the same old mistakes. (The Independent)

Bayer Leverkusen beat last season’s runners-up Atlético Madrid thanks to a fine strike by Hakan Calhanoglu. (The Guardian)

Brendan Rodgers says he is confident of getting the job done when Liverpool return to the site of one their greatest ever triumphs on Thursday. (The Mirror)

England are set to fast-track Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe in to the senior set-up to keep him from Nigeria’s clutches. (Daily Mail)

BOURNEMOUTH’S stuttering promotion bid suffered another setback as they surrendered an early lead to lose at Nottingham Forest. (The Express)