From the back pages, March 29: England threatened with lockout after fans’ ‘racist’ chants about Rio Ferdinand

England face the possibility of having to play a World Cup qualifier at an empty Wembley Stadium after their fans were accused of racist chanting. (The Times)

Friday, 29th March 2013, 7:48 am

The sporting world seemed poised to give the cold shoulder to Oscar Pistorius after a court in South Africa allowed the Olympic and Paralympic star to return to international competition. Organisers of major athletics meetings now face a dilemma over whether to invite the 26-year-old to race. Many privately admit that they are reluctant to welcome Pistorius, who is awaiting trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home last month. (The Guardian)

Usain Bolt will return to the scene of his Olympic triple gold medal glory last summer after agreeing a deal to compete in two events at the London Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium in July. (The Telegraph)

Roberto Mancini has rapped Vincent Kompany for defying him to play for Belgium. The Manchester City skipper has been out injured since the end of January but turned out for his country on Tuesday night against boss Mancini’s wishes. (The Sun)

David Haye decided he wanted to rumble again while in the jungle filming last year’s reality TV show ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’. The Hayemaker finished third in the hit show but admits he has never been so bored while it was being filmed for the three weeks in Australia and decided to resume his boxing career. (The Mirror)

Liverpool are to step up attempts to prise Christian Eriksen away from Ajax this summer. The Denmark international is entering the final 12 months of his contract and has given little indication that he will renew his terms, as his ambition is to play in England. (Daily Mail)

Quick on the draw in deepest Texas. Lee Westwood went with his new shooter to upstage Rory McIlroy on the opening day of the Shell Houston Open. Westwood has been wrestling with the putter in recent years, leading to the introduction of the Ping Nome, a flat stick with an adjustable shaft that allows the Englishman to lengthen the instrument without anchoring. (The Independent)

Frank Lampard wants Jose Mourinho to become the next Chelsea manager, so he can work alongside the Special One in a coaching role. (The Express)