From the Back Pages, March 8: It was scary! Fabian Delph says Aston Villa fans BIT him during pitch invasion

From the back pages
From the back pages

FABIAN DELPH says he was bitten by over-enthusiastic Aston Villa fans during a pitch invasion following a 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final win over West Brom this afternoon. (The Express)

Aston Villa 2 West Bromwich Albion 0: The emotions at the end could not have been more contrasting. While Aston Villa supporters celebrated raucously, flooding the field at the final whistle and mobbing their triumphant players and Tim Sherwood, their manager, West Bromwich Albion were left to bemoan their own wastefulness as well as nurse a deep sense of injustice at Villa Park for the second time in five days. (The Times)

QPR vs Tottenham match report: Harry Kane brace keeps Spurs in the hunt for top-four but deals a blow to Rangers’ survival hopes. (The Independent)

Bradford City earned a place in Monday’s FA Cup semi-final draw, but the League One giantkillers must overcome Reading in a quarter-final replay after being held to a goalless draw at Valley Parade. (The Telegraph)

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has received a six-match ban from the Football Association for spitting at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse. (Daily Mail)

Lewis Hamilton says he is close to signing a new contract with Mercedes that could lead to him remaining with the German Formula One team for the rest of his career. “Hopefully we’re in the final stages [of talks],” the world champion said as he completed arrangements to fly to Australia for the opening race of the season in Melbourne a week on Sunday. “I don’t really know what the timeline is but we’re very much in the last stages of it. I’m committed to this team for the foreseeable future.” (The Guardian)

Fernando Alonso’s mystery smash does not need “knee jerk” safety changes for the opening round of the world championship in Australia in a week’s time. (The Mirror)