Papers: Forgive and forget
Megson: Ferguson hung out to dry
Bolton manager Gary Megson believes Sir Alex Ferguson has been "hung out to dry" over his controversial attack on referee Alan Wiley. The Manchester United manager was fuming with Wiley's handling of the recent match against Sunderland and made a series of statements about Wiley's fitness, including a belief that he took longer than necessary to book players because he "needed a rest". The United manager has already offered a public apology and has stated he never meant to personalise what he feels is a valid topic for debate. That was not enough for referees' chief Alan Leighton, who has called for a Uefa-style touchline ban which would prevent Ferguson having any contact with his team during a match. For Megson, this is just another example of someone grabbing cheap publicity at Ferguson's expense. "Fergie couldn't have done any more," the Bolton manager said. "He gets hung out to dry because of who he is. He has apologised and then everyone criticised the apology. You're damned if you don't apologise and damned if you do. What is he supposed to do? He has said something and then, having had time to think about it, he has said 'sorry'. End of story – move on."Simon Stone, The Independent
Elsewhere, aside from coverage of last night's international fixtures
, there are pieces in The Sun
, The Daily Star
and The Independent
on Ryan Giggs' recent visit to Sierra Leone as part of his role as a UNICEF ambassador. While there, he was asked about players' wages and said: "There is plenty of money in the game but the majority of the players deserve it. The average player is getting a lot of money – if that's right, I don't know. But good luck to them – the money is in the game, why not earn it while they have got the chance?"