Premier League - Paper Round: Sick banner mars Leeds v United

Wed, 21 Sep 08:59:00 2011

Wednesday's papers concentrate on Tuesday's Carling Cup action in the main - and there is one particularly unsettling Daily Telegraph piece on the Leeds United v Manchester United clash.

eeds United's English defender Tom Lees (R) wins a header during the league cup football match between Leeds United and Manchester United at Elland Road, Leeds, northern England - 0

Under the headline "After the pantomime opening, real venom and hatred take centre stage", Mark Ogden does a colour piece about the tense atmosphere that existed outside and inside the ground.

After the pantomime outside the ground of a "baying mob" abusing the United team bus from a safe distance as it arrived at the ground, the venom came inside Elland Road.

The most unsettling nugget of information is the reference to a sick banner unfurled at the United end of the ground.

Ogden explains: "A banner among the United fans which read 'Istanbul’ was akin to a matador waving a red flag at an angry bull, a direct reference to the fatal stabbings of two Leeds supporters prior to a UEFA Cup tie against Galatasaray in Turkey in April 2000.

"Sporadic chants referring to the Istanbul deaths, laced with a full repertoire of 'Eric Cantona' (who left Leeds for Manchester United) songs, came from the away end, seemingly goading the home supporters into an airing of the Munich chants [about the 1958 air disaster] which have blighted this fixture over the years.

"Munich was not on the agenda for the Leeds fans, however, beyond those who chose to mimic an airplane with waving arms."

Ogden then concluded the piece by saying "this fixture has now endured a dark side for so long that the acceptable parameters of football rivalry no longer apply".

While United's facile 3-0 victory on the pitch might be forgotten quite quickly, you suspect the stories about what happened amongst the two sets of fans will spill into Thursday's papers at least.

Moving to tonight's action: according to The Sun, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has "ordered" Andre Villas-Boas to play Chelsea's young players against Fulham.

The paper says that: "The no-nonsense Blues owner wants to see more of the club's exciting young fringe players this season.

"And he has told Villas-Boas to follow Arsene Wenger's philosophy and use the Carling Cup as a springboard for future success."

We therefore should see the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Oriol Romeu, Josh McEachran, Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Chalobah strutting their stuff at the Bridge tonight.

Most of the papers also run the story that David Moyes is set to be offered a new long-term contract at Everton despite the financial difficulties at Goodison Park.

However, one man who could be on his way out of the club is Louis Saha who has been disciplined after storming out of Goodison Park at the weekend after discovering he wasn't selected to face Wigan last weekend. (Daily Mirror)

Saha was asked to play for the reserves, refused, and then expressed his displeasure on Twitter saying: "I am not good enough. Absolutely destroyed. It's coz I'm confident in my ability that I'm gutted."

Now he has been left out of the squad to face West Brom in the Carling Cup and with only seven months left on his contract, he is struggling to earn a new deal.

A few transfer bits and bobs to close things off. Middlesbrough are weighing up a move for Ipswich striker Jason Scotland and a £750,000 deal could happen. Ipswich would then use some of that money to try and beat Watford and Nottingham Forest in the race to sign former Rapid Vienna defender Andreas Dobe. (Daily Mail)

Nottingham Forest are to sign QPR defender Clint Hill following a knee injury to Chris Cohen. (Daily Mail)

And finally, Aston Villa are offering James Collins a new deal two years before his current deal expires to try and avoid the recent tradition of clubs signing their players either on Bosman deals or in the season before their contracts are due to expire. (Daily Mirror)

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