From the Back Pages, October 8: ECB says leaked Ashes email drafted in response to Kevin Pietersen book

From the back pages
From the back pages

The England and Wales Cricket Board has admitted a leaked document detailing repeated problems with Kevin Pietersen on the 2013-14 Ashes Tour forms part of a potential legal response to the batsman’s explosive autobiography. (The Guardian)

KEVIN PIETERSEN accepts no blame for the dramatic and abrupt end to his controversial career earlier this year, insisting he was made a scapegoat for the failings of others when sacked by England. (The Express)

Alf-Inge Haaland, the victim of a dreadful challenge by Roy Keane in 2001, has compared the former Manchester United captain’s beard to that of Saddam Hussein. (The Independent)

Barcelona would not be allowed to play in La Liga if Catalonia broke away from Spain, the country’s football league chief Javier Tebas said as tensions mounted in the region over the possibility of an independence referendum next month. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid legend Raul has reportedly held talks with New York Cosmos over a possible move. (The Mirror)

Formula One driver Jules Bianchi remains in a “critical but stable” condition after suffering one of the most common traumatic and devastating brain injuries following his crash during Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. (The Telegraph)

Andy Murray was made to work hard before claiming a straight-sets victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili to reach the second round of the Shanghai Masters. (The Times)