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From the back pages, January 26: ‘Tired’ Andy Murray to face Novak Djokovic in Australian Open final

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

It took Andy Murray four hours to beat Roger Federer for the first time in a grand slam match, and, looking unusually dispirited afterwards, he admitted he would need a decent rest to recover from the fractious finish to his semi-final if he is to take the Australian Open title away from Novak Djokovic on Sunday. (The Guardian)

Three people were arrested as Millwall’s FA Cup fourth-round win over Aston Villa at the Den was marred by home fans pelting linesman Mark Scholes with bottles. (Daily Mail)

Paul Lambert vowed to fight on as Aston Villa manager after a second dismal cup upset this week. Villa were beaten 2-1 by npower Championship side Millwall in Friday night’s FA Cup fourth round clash at The Den, adding to Tuesday’s Capital One Cup exit to League Two Bradford and their Barclays Premier League struggles. (The Express)

Despite public declarations that Arsenal are not in for him, the Mirror understands Wenger is still keen to try to make the Diame deal happen before the transfer window shuts next Thursday night. Diame, 25, has a £3.5million buy-out clause which West Ham are desperate to eliminate by giving the Senegalese midfielder a new contract. (The Mirror)

Alex Ferguson believes the FA are picking on him. The Manchester United boss is facing a charge over his blast at a linesman after the 1-1 draw at Spurs last Sunday. He said: “I just think it is more about me than what I’ve said. Whether I think it is unfair or not doesn’t matter to them really at this point.”. (The Sun)

Sir Alex Ferguson believes that he is being victimised by the Football Association because of his high profile at Manchester United. The United manager claimed yesterday that the FA were “panicked” into asking him to explain his rebuke of an assistant referee at White Hart Lane last weekend amid concern at the prospect of being criticised if they were not seen to be taking action. (The Times)

England flanker Tom Croft believes he can be better than ever as he steps up comeback after broken neck. Tom Croft pulls back his shirt to reveal the wide, red scar which runs down the back of his neck. (The Telegraph)

The Football Association set the stage for another disciplinary showdown with Chelsea today when it announced it would push for a longer ban for Eden Hazard than the statutory three games for the red card he received over the ballboy incident on Wednesday. (The Independent)

 

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