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29/09/2008 07:24

Papers: Styles says sorry

I'm so sorry
Bolton are set to receive an apology from referee Rob Styles for the astonishing penalty mistake he made at Old Trafford. The official has asked his superiors at his governing body, the PGMOL, to pass on his regret at awarding Manchester United a spot-kick when Cristiano Ronaldo was clearly tackled fairly by Jlloyd Samuel on Saturday. It is the second time in just over a year that Styles has had to apologise for a penalty error after pointing to the spot at Anfield in August last season when Liverpool full back Steve Finnan collided with Chelsea's Florent Malouda. That decision proved crucial as it allowed Chelsea to draw the match 1-1 and the referee was dropped as a result. He was temporarily demoted again after awarding Birmingham a soft penalty against Manchester City in March. Styles' latest significant mistake may also have changed the game, as Bolton were holding on with the match goalless when the kick was awarded and converted on the hour. United went on to win 2-0.
Leo Spall, Daily Mail

Styles' clanger dominates all the match reports of the Reds' victory, but the displays of Patrice Evra and Darren Fletcher earn special plaudits in The Sun, who top-rated their performances as 8/10.

Sir Alex Ferguson's pre-match United Review notes from Saturday also come under the spotlight. The Daily Express highlights the manager's take on Emanuel Pogatetz's red card in last Tuesday's Carling Cup encounter: "I am pleased the referee acted so firmly with a red card for an offence which I think the FA should consider further."

In The Sun, United legend Eric Cantona is gushing in his praise of Sir Alex, but reveals he fears for the club's future. "After Alex Ferguson leaves, that's what worries me," says the Frenchman.

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