The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich demanded answers from the players and coaching staff after the Blues blew a two-goal lead against Juventus in their opening Champions League match, the Daily Mail reported.
The Russian billionaire arrived unannounced at the team’s training ground yesterday with director Eugene Tenenbaum and another executive to discuss the performance, the Mail reported.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere returned to full training with the club after 14 months out with ankle, foot and knee injuries, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Manager Arsene Wenger is confident of including Wilshere, who hasn’t played since August 2011, in his first-team plans next month, the newspaper added.
England manager Roy Hodgson said the Premier League’s new 1 billion-pound ($1.6 billion) annual television rights deal will damage the national team by making it harder for English players to get regular starts, the Independent reported.
“You could say the league is already wealthy and now that’s going to double,” Hodgson was cited as saying. “You are going to get 70 million pounds, going up to 100 million if you are successful. You won’t have many English players who are going to get a chance.”
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas urged UEFA to investigate allegations that Lazio fans racially abused Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon with monkey chants during last night’s Europa League scoreless draw in London, the Telegraph reported.
“I didn’t hear anything, and it is for the authorities to follow any kind of investigation,” the newspaper cited Villas-Boas as saying. “UEFA are very active in this kind of situation, and the overall objective is to kick racism out of football.”
Liverpool opened formal contract talks with defender Daniel Agger, who was the subject of a 20 million-pound bid from Manchester City last month, the same newspaper reported.