Paper News and Gossip: Brendan Rodgers' Referee Rant, Man Utd Travel Troubles

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterDecember 27, 2013

Paper News and Gossip: Brendan Rodgers' Referee Rant, Man Utd Travel Troubles

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers dominates the back-page headlines on Friday after the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City on Boxing Day.

    The Anfield boss has risked a Football Association charge for his comments about the match officials, according to reports.

    Manchester United manager David Moyes eventually enjoyed the trip to Hull City with a 3-2 win, but it was not just conceding two early goals which had upset the Old Trafford boss, according to reports.

    But who else is making the headlines on Friday? Read on to find out more. 

Brendan Rodgers Facing Possible FA Action After Criticism of Referee

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    Liverpool manager Rodgers is facing potential FA disciplinary action following his comments about match official Lee Mason following the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City, reports Richard Tanner of the Daily Express.

    The Anfield boss was angered by the decision to award offside against Raheem Sterling when he was clear on goal, despite television replays showing he was onside.

    But Rodgers was also upset that match official Lee Mason, who is from Greater Manchester, was placed in charge of the game:

    I thought my players were absolutely outstanding and took the game to a team who are a top side, but had no help from the officials who I thought were horrendous.

    I was surprised we were playing in Manchester and have a referee from Greater Manchester.

    Where do you want me to start? I thought we never got any decision. The linesman on the offside one wasn’t even on the same cut of grass.

    Mike Keegan of the Daily Mirror reports the sad news of Wayne Harrison's passing on Christmas Day at the age of just 46.

    Harrison hit the headlines in the 1980s when Liverpool made him the world's most expensive teenager after paying £250,000 to Oldham for his services.

David Moyes Reveals Manchester United Travel Troubles, but Lallana Going Nowhere

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    Manchester United manager Moyes was relieved to see his team fight back from two goals down to defeat Hull City, but he was also just happy to arrive at the KC Stadium on time, reports James Dickenson of the Daily Express.

    The United coach made slow progress across the Pennines, and arrived at the stadium just over an hour before kick-off, claimed Moyes:

    It was a fantastic result for us after still being on the Humber Bridge for the first 20 minutes of the game.

    I think they only put one person on the pay toll when we were getting here and maybe that (delay) is the reason we never got over it and were a bit slow getting here.

    We were a bit rushed. That's not an excuse for how we started (the game) but it might be a reason for it.

    United striker Wayne Rooney scored his 150th Premier League goal for the club in the win, and he believes the Old Trafford side could be a surprise package in the title race this season, reports David Anderson of the Daily Mirror.

    Meanwhile, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino insists reported United target Adam Lallana will not be leaving the Saints, according to the Daily Mirror.

Arsene Wenger Says Comeback Win Shows Arsenal Can Win Title, Despite Ramsey Blow

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the team's comeback victory at West Ham United proves they have the character to win the Premier League this season, reports Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

    Three second-half goals ended a run of four games without a win for the Gunners after Carlton Cole had opened the scoring for the Hammers on Boxing Day.

    However, the three points earned in East London have come at a cost after midfielder Aaron Ramsey picked up an injury at Upton Park, reports Simon Peach of the Daily Mail.

    The Wales international picked up a thigh injury on his 23rd birthday at West Ham and will miss the rest of the holiday programme, according to the report.

FC Porto Striker Jackson Martinez Opens Door to Chelsea and Arsenal Transfer

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    FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez has revealed his ambition to play in the Premier League, reports Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    According to Lustig, that news will alert both Chelsea and Arsenal, both of whom the Colombia international (handily) claims he supported as a child:

    Where would I like to play?

    When I was a child I rooted for Chelsea and Arsenal.

    I think the best championships are La Liga, the Premier League and Bundesliga, which has grown much in recent years.

    But I also really like Serie A and have many friends in Italy.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Ramires has urged the Blues to move for Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

Bits and Pieces: World Cup 2014 Security Fears, Sir Alex Ferguson, West Brom

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    Armed gangs will target England supporters at the 2014 World Cup, reports Lucy Crossley of the Daily Mail.

    The article claims one gang leader interviewed says English fans are seen as those carrying the most valuables at the tournament.

    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has given his wife, Lady Cathy, tickets to the Oscars ceremony as a Christmas present, reports Richard Moriarty of The Sun (subscription required).

    West Bromwich Albion are moving closer to appointing former Real Betis head coach Pepe Mel to succeed Steve Clarke, claims Chris Wheeler of the Daily Mail.

    Hull City are planning a January move for Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, reports Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

    Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo could be set for a return to management with Lazio, claims Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror.

    There was no festive feeling at Millwall as they dismissed manager Steve Lomas after the 4-0 defeat at Watford, reports Paul Collins of the Daily Mail.