Last updated : 28 May 2007 By Editor

* The Times:

Uefa's head of communications, William Gaillard, has promised to provide the sports minister, Richard Caborn, with a report into the crowd problems at the European Cup final between Milan and Liverpool in Athens when he and the Uefa president, Michel Platini meet, on June 5. Many fans without tickets failed to get into the Olympic Stadium while others gained entry with forged or stolen tickets.

* Meanwhile Rick Parry shows true Liverpool tradition:

"It has got to be a good idea to stage finals in stadiums that are up to the task.

"To have a stadium with no counting systems and no turnstiles in this day and age is simply unforgivable for any standard of game, let alone a major final.

"We produced a report for Uefa the week before predicting, sadly, all of the things that actually did go wrong.

"We told Uefa our intelligence suggested there were 5,000 forged tickets in existence.

"They knew and we knew that thousands would travel without tickets and stressed the need for a proper check at the outer cordon.

"We don't condone the behaviour of Liverpool fans who charged gates, who stole tickets or knowingly had forgeries but, at the same time, we are hugely concerned that many innocent fans with valid tickets did not get in.

"There was real breakdown in procedures by any analysis and the checks at the outer cordon clearly didn't work.

* Former Red David Jones plays is due to appear in the play off final today for Derby. Here he talks about his time with United:

"I've had a few good-luck texts from the lads I know at United and some of the staff, although I'm waiting for Sir Alex's!

"Since the age of 10 the education at Manchester United is about being able to perform on the big stage.

"I haven't performed on as big a stage as it's going to be today.

"But, hopefully, my experience with them will help me cope with the situation. If I get to play, I hope I will put on a good performance.

"United used to organise big night games at proper stadiums. For a 10-year-old it was the biggest game in the world. They used to put it on MUTV as well.

"It's all relative. They were not as big as this game but they felt big to a young kid.

"We played Norwich at Carrow Road and played at Old Trafford.

"It's really good at helping you cope with situations when it comes to games like this.

"We played on the full pitch and it was massive. It was the right decision to join Manchester United at 10 because you learn a lot.

"I played in the FA Youth Cup final and that was pretty big. I also played in the FA Cup against Exeter in front of 70,000.

"There was a lot of pressure on that game — I got man of the match so that's my bit of glory."

* The Mail:

David Beckham was heading for a showdown with his future employers in Los Angeles last night as moves to extend his England career beyond their next two matches gathered momentum.

The Real Madrid midfielder wants to reach 100 caps and play in next year's European Championship should England qualify. But the Los Angeles Galaxy bosses who have given Beckham the chance to earn up to £125million during his five-year spell in the U.S. have expressed their concern and have already ruled out a loan move back to the Premiership during the latter part of next season.

When McClaren dropped Beckham from his first England squad, he hoped to see Lennon emerge as a first-team regular. But injury and indifferent form have prevented that from happening and, if the inform Beckham plays well in the next two games, he could cement his place for the six autumn internationals.

Beckham does not see a problem about being available in the future, saying: "The U.S. season is shorter — we only play 30 games a year — so we get more time off. I'll be a lot fitter, still as fit as I am now, maybe more fit."

The prospect of losing Beckham in the autumn — a critical part of their season — was not met with great enthusiasm by Galaxy, who have sold thousands of tickets in anticipation of Beckham's arrival.

General manager Alexei Lalas said: "From a business perspective it is not the greatest news because we are selling the team with David Beckham and a lot of people are excited to see him play with the Galaxy.

"We will deal with it from a business perspective, but for us to say one of our players is representing England internationally is a great thing. There are business challenges but there is an educated public here when it comes to this international game we play. It is no different from when our American players are called up to play in tournaments. We lose them at different times and we deal with it."

* Sporting Lisbon's winger Nani appears to be touting himself for a move, with United long running favourites:


Reports suggest Martin Jol and Sir Alex Ferguson are vying for Nani's signature and the 20-year-old would like to be given permission to speak with a suitor should the right offer come along.

"Sporting know my opinion about this subject. If an offer arrives which offers a good opportunity then I want to talk about it.

"Going to England is one of my options because the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world and it will be a big challenge. But I have not spoken or made up my mind about any one club.

"I am prepared to go to England because I believe I would progress there."