The Emir of Qatar has ended speculation linking him and the Qatari Investment Authority with a bid for Manchester United. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani stated in an interview with Sir David Frost on the Qatar-owned Al Jazeera channel that rumours linking him and the QIA with a bid for the Premier League champions were “not true” and that he is “not fond of football”. This news opens the door that the rumours surrounding Qatari interest – which surfaced just as the club floated 25% of its shares on the Singapore stock market – may have been circulated by the Glazer family as a means of driving up the club’s price.
In other news this morning, Jerome Boateng has told his former club Manchester City that they can “forget” winning the Champions’ League ahead of their clash with his new team, Bayern Munich, tonight; Fernando Torres has thanked fans for sticking by him during his difficult start to the season at Chelsea; and Martin Atkinson has been announced as the referee for the forthcoming Liverpool derby, a fixture he was also in charge of last season – sending off two players and booking six.
Berbatov in line for start against Basel – The Guardian
Torres: I’ve been struggling for form – Daily Mirror
Wilshere faces six months on sidelines – The Sun
Kuyt determined to force his back into the Liverpool side – Daily Mirror
Atkinson handed Liverpool derby – Daily Mail
FA reacts to QPR criticism of referee – The Guardian
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