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Class-action lawsuit launched
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Alex Hern
British and US lawyers have launched
a joint class action against Facebook,
Cambridge Analytica and two other
companies for allegedly misusing
the personal data of more than 71 million people.
The lawsuit claims the firms
obtained users? private information from the social media network
to develop ?political propaganda
campaigns? in the UK and the US.
Facebook, it is said, may initially have
been misled, but failed to act responsibly to protect the data of 1 million
British users and 70.6 million people
in America. The data, it is suggested,
was first used in the British EU referendum and then in the US during the
2016 presidential election.
As well as Cambridge Analytica, the
two firms named in the writ are SCL
Group Ltd and Global Science Research
Limited (GSR).
News of the class action came
hours before Facebook?s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg appeared before
the US Senate to explain the social network?s actions. He said his company
was conducting a full investigation
into every app that had access to users?
information and would ban them if
they had done anything improper.
Steve Bannon, Donald Trump?s
former campaign and White House
adviser, led Cambridge Analytica in
2014, when the data was collected and
extracted, the legal papers state. The
Cambridge University neuroscientist
Aleksandr Kogan, a founding director
of GSR, is also named.
Cambridge Analytica was set up
in 2013 as an offshoot of SCL Group,
which offered similar services to businesses and political parties.
All the companies and Kogan have
repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Cambridge Analytica on Monday
again rebutted many claims made
about the company?s business. It
argued, among other things, that it
only ever received data on 30 million
US citizens; that it did not use the
data at all in the Trump campaign or
the Brexit referendum; and that the
Facebook data it received was legally
obtained through a Facebook tool.
?It has become open season for
critics to say whatever they like about
us based on speculation and hearsay,?
the acting chief executive, Alexander
Tayler, said. The claim, the first involving British citizens, has been lodged in
the US state of Delaware, where Facebook, SCL and Cambridge Analytica
are all incorporated. Seven individual plaintiffs, all Facebook users, are
named in the writ ? five American and
two British. The numbers may expand.
The case has been brought under
the US Stored Communications Act. US
lawyers said the legislation provides
for a minimum $1,000 (�0) penalty
for any violation found by a court,
meaning that if the case goes against
Facebook, it could face dam4 ?
ages of more than $70bn.
Russia sought to fend off the prospect of US-led airstrikes against Syria
last night, throwing its weight behind
a visit by UN weapons inspectors to
investigate the scene of a chemical
attack that killed more than 45 people
in a Damascus suburb at the weekend.
The US and its European allies have
accused the Syrian regime of President
Bashar al-Assad of being behind the
attack in the rebel-held area of Douma,
eastern Ghouta, but Russian officials
have claimed that no trace of chemical weapons could be found at the site,
and argued that the attack was staged
by rebels to provide a pretext for western military intervention.
Theresa May joined the US president, Donald Trump, and the French
leader, Emmanuel Macron, in warning
that they would respond to the Syrian
gas attack in order to uphold the global
ban on the use of chemical weapons.
In separate phone calls yesterday,
the three allies agreed that the international community should work closely
together to make sure that the regime,
and its backers, were held to account.
The rising tensions, and the dramatic risks of a clash between the major
powers, were evident in the 12
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Wednesday 11 April 2018
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National Pages 5-21
Brussels raids Murdoch?s
21st Century Fox o?ces
Ellie Butler Authorities have blood on their hands says
dead toddler?s grandfather | Page 5
Centre ground Euan Blair may be linked to new
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High street blues March of online shopping
has led to 1,700 shops closing | Page 15
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Daniel Boffey
Brussels
The offices of Rupert Murdoch?s 21st
Century Fox were raided by officials from the European commission
yesterday investigating a potential
abuse of its position in the broadcasting of major sports events.
Following reports that the competition regulator had gained access to the
company?s offices in Hammersmith,
west London, a spokesman for the
commission confirmed that a series
of ?unannounced inspections? had
taken place at the offices of unnamed
companies in several EU countries.
A spokesman for Murdoch?s company confirmed: ?Fox Networks Group
(FNG) is cooperating fully with the
European commission inspection.?
FNG is an operating unit of Fox,
which distributes TV and cable channels and content around the world.
A commission spokesman said yesterday: ?The European commission
can confirm that on 10 April 2018 its
officials carried out unannounced
inspections in several member
states at the premises of companies
active in the distribution of media
rights and related rights pertaining
to various sports events and/or their
broadcasting.
?Unannounced inspections are a
preliminary step into suspected anticompetitive practices.?
The raids, during which documents
and computer records were reportedly
taken, had been prompted by concerns
of the regulators in Brussels that Fox
Formal inquiry
into Save the
Children over
abuse scandal
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Save the Children, the charity mired in
allegations of failing to investigate sexual abuse and inappropriate behaviour
by staff, is to be formally investigated
by the Charity Commission.
Announcing the statutory inquiry,
the commission said it had been
prompted by ?concerns about the charity?s handling, reporting and response
to serious allegations of misconduct
and harassment against senior staff
members in 2012 and 2015?.
The commission describes a statutory inquiry as its ?most serious form
of engagement? with a charity.
The announcement last night was
another blow for the charity, still reeling after it emerged two months ago
that Justin Forsyth, its former chief
executive, and Brendan Cox, its former policy director and widower of
the MP Jo Cox, had resigned in 2015
following allegations of misconduct.
The two knew each other from their
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Deputy political editor
?may have violated EU antitrust rules
that prohibit cartels and restrictive
business practices?.
The entertainment group is currently embroiled in a long-running
takeover bid for Sky, during which it
has fallen under intense scrutiny by
regulators in London and Brussels. Fox
has been trying to buy the 61% of Sky
that it does not currently own.
In January the UK?s Competition
and Markets Authority provisionally
found that if the deal went ahead as
planned, it would give the Murdoch
family too much control over news
providers in the UK.
It was feared by the regulator scrutinising the deal that it could lead to
the Murdoch Family Trust holding too
much influence over public opinion
and the political agenda.
? The 21st Century Fox offices in west
London were raided by EU officials
investigating competition concerns
years working for Gordon Brown and
the Labour party.
After he left Save the Children, Forsyth went on to a senior role at Unicef,
from which he resigned in February
after the reports of inappropriate
behaviour emerged. Cox resigned
from the charities More in Common
and the Jo Cox Foundation, set up in
the aftermath of his wife?s murder.
The commission, which itself has
been criticised for failing to follow
up allegations against charities, has
been working with Save the Children
since details about Forsyth and Cox
emerged after the scandal involving
Oxfam workers in Haiti.
Save the Children is reviewing its
workplace culture and the implementation of recommendations made by a
previous review. But the Charity Commission said its recent work with it,
and information from other sources
that has recently come into its possession, required further inquiries.
100
Number of statutory investigations
that the Charities Commission
said it had carried out last year
30
Number of Save the Children staff
fired over last year?s 35 harassment
and 193 child protection cases
Disney has offered to buy Sky News
to help Murdoch seal his �.7bn
takeover of Sky by allaying fears
he will control too much of the UK
news爉edia.
Sky has previously said it may close
Sky News if Fox fails to gain regulatory
clearance for its takeover bid.
Politicians including the former
Labour leader Ed Miliband, the Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, and
the Conservative MP Ken Clarke have
been outspoken critics of the deal and
called for it to be blocked.
The Competition and Markets
Authority aided EU officials in their
raid of the offices in west London, the
commission said.
The commission spokesman added:
?The fact that the commission carries
out such inspections does not mean
that the companies are guilty of anticompetitive behaviour nor does it
prejudge the outcome of the investigation itself. The commission respects
the rights of defence, in particular the
right of companies to be heard in antitrust proceedings.?
There is no legal deadline to complete inquiries into anti-competitive
conduct. While Fox?s takeover of Sky
has fallen foul of the UK?s regulator,
it was cleared unconditionally by
Brussels last year.
The commission found there were
no competition concerns in the proposed combination of Sky; the leading
pay-TV operator in Austria, Germany,
Ireland, Italy and the UK; and 21st Century Fox, which owns one of the six
major Hollywood film studios, as well
as being a TV channel operator.
Murdoch?s previous attempt to
take control of Sky in 2010-11, through
News Corp, was pulled in the wake
of the phone-hacking scandal at the
News of the World.
As news of the raids emerged,
shares in Fox fell more than 1%.
It was concerned by how the 2015
allegations were reported to the commission, and how other complaints
were handled and reviewed. It also
questions ?the charity?s decision-making since February 2018 on its public
position regarding these allegations?.
In wording that suggests new witnesses may have come forward, it
says the investigation will look at the
frankness of the charity?s disclosure to
the commission of ?serious incidents
relating to staffing matters?.
The inquiry is only into the management of the charity, not its charitable
work. It will take place in private, hearing evidence from past and present
staff and other witnesses.
Although the report will be published, the commission has no power
of sanction. A spokesman emphasised
that decision to open a statutory investigation did not mean it had evidence
of wrongdoing. It carried out more
than 100 such inquiries last year.
In February, Save the Children?s current chief executive, Kevin Watkins,
announced a ?root and branch review?
of its organisational culture. The charity said the review would start by the
end of this week and report in June.
Watkins told the Commons international development select committee
that Save the Children dealt with 193
child protection and 35 sexual harassment cases involving allegations
against its staff around the world last
year. He said the misconduct cases in
120 countries led to 30 dismissals.
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Emin spells out her
love for Europe
beneath clock at
St Pancras station
Maev Kennedy
Giant pink letters, in a 20-metre sentence glowing below the clock at St
Pancras station, London, spell out a
love letter from the artist Tracey Emin,
but the words ? I Want My Time With
You ? are addressed not to another
person but to Europe.
?It?s really a great subliminal message sent out to the rest of Europe ? I
want my time with you,? Emin said
of the installation, unveiled yesterday. ?I am deeply, deeply concerned
about Europe, and that in a year?s time
we?re going to be a tiny little island just
floating around in the North Sea. It?s
madness.?
She hopes the thousands of travellers arriving daily from the continent
by Eurostar and entering the soaring
19th-century station over the next year
will read her words and feel the love.
?I don?t personally want to leave
Europe at all, and this is my message
to all Europeans. I love Europe. I?m
not saying there are no problems with
Europe, of course there are, so many
of them, but it?s so much easier to sort
problems from the inside.?
Emin said the sentence had come
straight into her mind, but it had taken
a year to create the largest so far of her
trademark works spelling out texts in
her own handwriting.
?It looks effortless, it looks really
simple, but health and safety ? believe
me, it was really difficult. The main
thing is the train drivers coming in
must not be shocked, so you can?t use
some colours, no red, green or yellow.?
Health and safety meant the letters
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had to be in LED lighting rather than
her usual neon, but they were always
going to be pink, she said.
?At night the whole station will be
bathed in a pink light, and it will make
people happy, I promise you, it will
make people smile because pink will
make them feel good.
?People who voted for Brexit, I?m
not against [them] at all. Of course not.
What I?m worried about is the people
who voted Brexit who didn?t understand what they were voting for.
?There shouldn?t have been a referendum. I don?t understand what David
Cameron was doing. He could have
just done another two years in government and then said ?I?m leaving, look
for another leader of the Tory party?
and ?if you want Brexit then get a proBrexit leader, don?t ask me to do this
on my watch?.
?I?m not a supporter of Theresa May
at all. I?m not a supporter of the backbench Conservatives who are living
in the dark ages. I never have been. I
wouldn?t even support Labour at the
moment. I?m in the centre at all times.?
Interviewed on the BBC?s Today
programme, Emin gave no more
information about her revelation at
the weekend that she had been sexually assaulted by ?a well-known female
artist? who had tried to grab her crotch
at a party. Emin said she responded
by threatening to ?punch her lights
out?. Women should have the confidence to respond to any such assault at
?At night the whole
station will be
bathed in a pink
light and it will
make people happy,
I promise you, it will
make people smile?
? Tim Marlow, artistic director of the
Royal Academy, says Emin is one of
the world?s most influential artists
? Tracey Emin with her greeting to
Europeans. Brexit, she fears, could
leave the UK just ?a little island?
PHOTOGRAPH: TIM P WHITBY/GETTY IMAGES
the time, she told John Humphrys. ?I
shouted and I caused such a scene and
I told everybody what she had done,
much to their humiliation and embarrassment. I don?t think they?ll be doing
that again in a hurry.?
She added: ?Everybody is making
accusations and saying things about
men, but it happens with everybody in
many different circumstances. People
don?t seem to be seeing the whole
picture that harassment is actually
bullying in a lot of cases as well.?
The St Pancras installation is a commission from the station?s owners and
the Royal Academy, and will be seen
by an estimated 50m people.
Tim Marlow, artistic director of the
Royal Academy, called Emin one of the
most important and influential artists
in the world. ?Her work is intense and
compelling and blurs the boundaries
between the personal and the public
and between art and life.?
Emin said she hoped the work might
eventually find a home elsewhere in
Europe, or in her native Margate.
Apart from wrapping her arms around
Europe, Emin said she hoped that one
day her words would have a more personal resonance. ?I desperately hope
to be met at the train station in a really
romantic way ? one day.?
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Data scandal
Moment of reckoning for
tech industry as Facebook
founder faces US Senate
David Smith
Washington
Facebook?s chief executive, Mark
Zuckerberg, was questioned by the
US Senate yesterday in what is widely
seen as a moment of reckoning for
America?s tech industry.
The 33-year-old billionaire sat
humbled and silent as senators
expressed concerns about the company?s mishandling of users? personal
information. ?Let me cut to the chase,?
said the Democratic senator Bill Nelson. ?If you and other social media
companies do not get your act in order,
none of us are going to have any privacy anymore ...
?If Facebook and other online
companies will not, or cannot, fix the
privacy invasions, then we are going
to have to. We, the Congress.?
Zuckerberg read from a prepared
statement first released on Monday.
?We didn?t take a broad enough view
of our responsibility and that was a
big mistake,? he said. ?It was my mistake, and I?m sorry. I started Facebook,
I run it and I?m responsible for what
happens here.?
Then, under questioning, he promised that Facebook was conducting a
?full investigation? into every app that
has access to users? information. ?If we
find they?re doing anything improper,
we?ll ban them,? he said.
Zuckerberg acknowledged that
Facebook should not have trusted
Cambridge Analytica?s assurance that
it would stop using the personal information it harvested. ?In retrospect,
that was a mistake. We shouldn?t have
taken their word for it.?
He said one of his ?biggest regrets?
was being slow to identify the threat of
Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
But he claimed that the company
had been more successful in removing ?tens of thousands of accounts?
set up to target subsequent elections
in other countries.
Facebook has acknowledged that
up to 87 million people, mostly in the
US, had had their personal information
harvested from its site by Cambridge
Analytica, a data mining firm whose
clients included Donald Trump?s election campaign.
Shares in Facebook are down more
than 14% since the revelations and
there have been calls for tighter regulation of the industry.
Zuckerberg and Facebook?s chief
operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg,
have been on a media apology tour
since the Cambridge Analytica story
broke in the Observer, the Guardian?s
sister Sunday newspaper in the UK.
On Capitol Hill yesterday,
?It was my mistake,
and I?m sorry. I
started Facebook,
I run it, and I?m
responsible for
what happens here?
Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook chief executive
? Mark Zuckerberg faces senators
in Washington DC. He said Facebook
should not have relied on Cambridge
Analytica?s assurances about data
PHOTOGRAPH: ALEX BRANDON/AP
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Zuckerberg entered the Senate committee room at 2.29pm. He sat alone
at a desk, surrounded by clicking cameras as the hearing got under way.
The Republican senator John
Thune, chairman of the Senate
commerce committee, noted that
Facebook?s business model offered
free service in exchange for personal
data.
?For this model to persist, both
sides of the bargain need to know
what?s involved,? Thune said. ?I?m
not convinced Facebook?s users have
the information they need to make
decisions.?
He told Zuckerberg that he embodied the American dream, but that could
become ?a privacy nightmare for the
scores of people who used Facebook?.
The entrepreneur was making his
first appearance before Congress, at a
joint hearing of the US Senate?s commerce and judiciary committees.
Members of Congress have discussed legislation that would
strengthen data privacy protections
and enforcement.
Tighter regulation of how Facebook
uses its members? data could affect its
ability to attract advertising revenue.
Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook
in 2004, has endorsed proposed legislation requiring social media sites
to disclose the identities of buyers of
online political campaign adverts.
Twitter said yesterday that it supports
the bill, called the Honest Ads Act.
Zuckerberg is due to be questioned
further today by the US House energy
and commerce committee.
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Firms may face
huge penalties
for data breach
Jason McCue, of the London-based
McCue and Partners, which specialises in data privacy and human rights
law, is leading the UK arm of the claim.
He said: ?The defendants effectively
abused the human right to privacy of
ordinary Facebook users and, if that
were not enough, then the fruits of
that abuse are alleged to have undermined the democratic process. This
case will go some way to ensure that
neither of these things can happen in
the future.?
The extracted data included
names, phone numbers, mail and
email addresses, political and religious affiliations, and other interests.
It was used, it is said, ?to accomplish
Cambridge Analytica?s driving principle: to build psychological profiles of
voters to affect election results in the
UK and the US?.
While Kogan?s GSR was granted permission by Facebook to collect data
for academic research, the lawsuit
maintains it ended up being used for
political and commercial purposes.
Kogan created a personality quiz
that required individuals to use their
Facebook login credentials to take
part. About 270,000 Facebook users
installed the application and gave
their personal information to Kogan
and Cambridge Analytica.
The design of the application, however, allowed Kogan and Cambridge
Analytica to harvest the personal
information of more than 72 million
Facebook users who were friends of
the original 270,000 users.
Cambridge Analytica denies harvesting data from facebook and
claims it only used legally obtained
information.
In the US, Robert Ruyak, the co-lead
counsel in the lawsuit, said: ?Facebook
utterly failed in its duty and promise
to secure the personal information of
millions of its users, and, when aware
that this ? information was aimed
against its owners, it failed to take
appropriate action.?
Richard Fields, of the Washington
law firm Fields PLLC, said: ?Facebook
has made billions of dollars selling
advertisements targeted to its customers, and in this instance made
millions selling advertisements to
political campaigns that developed
those very ads on the back of their customers? own ? personal information.?
News of the lawsuit also came on
the day Facebook started to notify
individual victims of Cambridge Analytica?s data harvesting operation.
The social network has since broken
that figure down by country: the vast
majority of those whose information
was ?improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica? were in the United
StatesS (more than 70 million people), but substantial numbers of those
affected were in the UK (1.1 million),
Canada (600,000), India (550,000) and
Australia (310,000).
Most of those users will have had
their information ? including their
public profile, page likes, birthday
and home town ? uploaded through
no direct action of their own but via the
actions of one of their friends.
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Gas prices
Energy bill will rise
by 5.5% for millions
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The grandfather of the murdered sixyear-old Ellie Butler has said that the
authorities responsible for handling
her case had ?blood on their hands?
after an inquest found that their mistakes had not led to her death.
Ellie was beaten to death at her
home in Sutton, south London, by her
father, Ben Butler, in 2013, less than a
year after she was returned to her parents following a custody battle.
She had been placed in the care of
her grandparents as a baby after her
father had been convicted of shaking
her. The local authority had circulated
a letter exonerating Ben Butler after
that conviction was quashed by the
court of appeal.
Butler was convicted of Ellie?s murder in June 2016 and jailed for life with
a minimum term of 23 years. One social
worker involved in her case said: ?Ellie
was let down by the entire system.?
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Authorities have
Ellie Butler?s blood
on their hands,
says grandfather
Diane Taylor
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An inquest yesterday formally
determined she was unlawfully killed.
But the coroner, Dame Linda Dobbs,
said that the action or inaction of the
agencies involved in her case could not
be said to have ?possibly or probably?
contributed to her death.
At a press conference after the ruling at South London coroner?s court,
Ellie?s grandfather, Neal Gray ? whose
daughter, Jennie, admitted perverting the course of justice by helping to
cover up the murder ? expressed his
disappointment at the ruling.
?I believe the agencies involved
with Ellie?s care have blood on their
hands,? he said. ?They were not called
to account in the coroner?s conclusions
despite the fact that they accepted
they had let Ellie down.?
Gray said he would like to take the
case further after discussions with his
lawyers. ?My concern is that this could
happen again to another child.?
While Dobbs said that errors by the
agencies involved did not contribute
to Ellie?s death, she said she would
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send a report to the relevant authorities recommending a series of changes.
Despite the outcome of the inquest,
social services and Sutton council
acknowledged a series of mistakes
that were made.
Ellie?s grandparents Neal and Linda
Gray did not want the child to return
to her parents because of concerns
about her welfare. But after a court
quashed Butler?s conviction for violently shaking Ellie when she was a
baby, the parents regained custody.
In 2013, Butler beat Ellie to death
when he was left at home with her. Jennie Gray later admitted she had played
a part in trying to make it appear that
Ellie had died two hours later than she
really had, and was sentenced to 42
months in jail. The couple maintain
that the child?s death was an accident.
The social workers from Services
for Children (S4C) who were in charge
of assessing Ellie for return to her parents admitted during the inquest that
Ellie Butler, who was murdered by her
father Ben and had her mother Jennie
Gray try to cover up the death, both
bottom. Her grandfather Neal Gray,
below, said agencies had let her down
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they were part of a system that had
failed her.
In her evidence Catherine Harris
of S4C said: ?I think with the benefit
of hindsight Ellie was let down by the
entire system and S4C was part of that
system.? Her colleague Steve Atherton,
who was also involved in the assessment and return of Ellie to her parents,
echoed Harris?s sentiments.
Harris accepted that more emphasis should have been placed on Ellie?s
attachment to her grandparents, that
at times there was a loss of focus on
Ellie and that coordination between
the different agencies involved in her
care could have been better.
The inquest also highlighted a letter sent by the local authority on the
instruction of Dame Mary Hogg, the
judge who returned Ellie to her parents, that she ordered be circulated to
38 different organisations involved in
the child?s care. The letter exonerated
Butler after his conviction for harming
Ellie when she was six months old was
quashed by the court of appeal.
The letter states that Butler was
a victim of a miscarriage of justice,
that he had never caused any harm to
Ellie and in fact there was an ?innocent
explanation? for her injuries.
The letter was extraordinary
because Butler had convictions for 20
separate offences, including for violence, and a psychiatrist?s report had
warned he posed a danger to燾hildren.
At the inquest, Gray spoke of his
devotion to his grandchild. The evidence he gave focused on Ellie?s needs,
her happiness and her fears of returning to her parents. He and his late wife
Linda fought to keep her in their custody. Linda died of cancer on the first
day of Butler?s murder trial in April
2016; she had been trying to hang on
to see justice done.
Gray told the court that in many of
the handful of times he and his wife
saw Ellie after she returned to her parents she asked when she could ?come
home? to her grandparents. Gray
told the inquest he hoped its findings
would lead to changes that would protect other children. ?Her 燿eath cannot
have been in vain,? he said.
Christine Davies, independent chair
of the Sutton Local Safeguarding Children Board, insisted that in spite of the
coroner?s verdict important lessons
would be taken from the case.
?This was an exceptionally unusual case and an overwhelming one
for those involved,? she said.
?Over the past two years, the main
agencies in Sutton responsible for children?s welfare have worked hard to
learn the lessons from Ellie?s death
and put in place measures to ensure,
as far as possible, such a tragedy never
occurs again.?
Childcare professionals and lawyers
who gathered for the inquest remarked
on its many unusual features.
Unlike many tragic cases in which
small children spent all of their short
lives being neglected and abused
before being murdered by their parents, Ellie was taken from a safe and
loving home with her grandparents,
where she had spent almost her entire
life, and placed into a violent situation
with parents she barely knew.
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Salisbury poisoning
? Yulia Skripal, below, and her father
could be granted settled status in
another country, it is reported
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? Alexander Perepilichnyy died while
out jogging near his home in Surrey
Perepilichnyy
Inquest told of
fears Russian
whistleblower
had for his life
Luke Harding
A Russian man who collapsed and
died while out jogging ?feared for his
life? and was being sued in Moscow
by a company associated with one of
the polonium killers of Alexander Litvinenko, an inquest heard yesterday.
Alexander Perepilichnyy was found
dead outside his home in Weybridge,
Surrey, in November 2012. He was 44.
Perepilichnnyy had fled to the UK from
Russia after falling out with powerful clients at home, the inquest heard.
Traces of a rare and deadly plant
poison, Gelsemium elegans, were
found in his stomach. Surrey police
and Perepilichnyy?s widow, however,
dispute that he was murdered and say
the scientific evidence is inconclusive.
Giving evidence from Moscow by
video link, Perepilichnyy?s lawyer
Dmitry Lipkin, said he met his client
in 2010 in London. Lipkin said Perepilichnyy was facing multiple lawsuits
in Russia. He told the Old Bailey hearing: ?Alexander asked us to deal with
a few matters. Mostly those matters
were concerning his debts.?
The lawyer said they met in the UK
because Perepilichnyy was afraid of
returning to Moscow. ?We had information ... that he did not come to
Russia because he was fearful of his
life,? Lipkin said, adding he could not
remember details of the conversation.
The inquest heard that Perpilichnyy
was being sued by Dzhirsa, a Moscow
consultancy, whose general director, Dmitry Kovtun, was found by a
UK public inquiry in 2006 to have poisoned Litvinenko, a critic of Vladimir
Putin, with a radioactive cup of tea.
From exile, Perepilichnyy defended
himself against legal actions in Moscow and Smolensk. One was for $3m,
and another for �, the Old Bailey
heard. Both featured bond deals that
Perepilichnyy, an investment fund
manager, allegedly guaranteed. Dzhirsa?s legal action failed, the inquest was
told, amid allegations that Perepilichnyy?s signature had been forged.
Lipkin said he did not know if Perepilichnyy, who left Moscow in 2010,
feared for his life. Before he died, he
took out �5m of insurance policies.
The inquest was told Perepilichnyy was threatened after revealing
details of a $230m fraud by a Russian
gang allegedly linked to the Kremlin.
The inquest continues.
Skripal ?making progress? in
hospital as Yulia discharged
Medical chief sheds light
on desperate battle to save
the lives of Russian pair
Jamie Grierson
Yulia Skripal, the daughter of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, has
been discharged from hospital, doctors said yesterday.
Just over a month after she and
her father were found collapsed on
a park bench in Salisbury, Wiltshire,
after being poisoned, medical staff
confirmed that she had left Salisbury
district hospital.
Skripal, 33, flew to Britain a day
before she and her father are believed
to have been poisoned with the nerve
agent novichok on 4 March. She
released a statement on Friday saying her strength was ?growing daily?.
Sergei Skripal, 66, is also making
good progress and his doctors hope
that he will be able to leave hospital
?in due course?.
Speaking outside the hospital yesterday, its medical director, Christine
Blanshard, said: ?We have now discharged Yulia from Salisbury district
hospital. Yulia has asked for privacy
from the media and I want to reiterate her request.
?I also want to take this opportunity to wish Yulia well. This is not the
end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone.
?Her father has also made good
progress. On Friday I announced he
was no longer in a critical condition.
Although he is recovering more slowly
than Yulia, we hope that he, too, will be
able to leave hospital in due course.?
Blanshard gave further insight into
how the nerve agent attacked the
two patients and the treatment they
received. ?In the four weeks since the
incident in the city centre, both have
received round-the-clock care from
our clinicians, who have been able
to draw on advice and support from
world-leading experts in the field,?
she said.
?Nerve agents work by attaching
themselves to the particular enzymes
in the body, which then stop the nerves
from functioning. This results in
symptoms such as sickness and hallucinations. Our job in treating the
? Christine Blanshard, right, said
Yulia?s discharge was a key milestone
patients is to stabilise them, ensuring
that they can breathe and blood can
continue to circulate.
?We then need to use a variety
of different drugs to support the
patients until they could create more
enzymes to replace those affected by
the poisoning. We also use specialised decontamination techniques to
remove any residual toxins.
?Both patients have been responding exceptionally well to the treatment
we?ve been providing but, equally,
both patients are at different stages
of their recovery.?
Yulia Skripal?s departure from hospital comes nearly three weeks after
DS Nick Bailey was discharged after
he was affected by the nerve agent.
The testimony of the Skripals will be
crucial in establishing the credibility
of the government?s claim that it was
?highly likely? the Russian state had
targeted them with the nerve agent.
Moscow has waged a furious media
battle in an attempt to discredit this
account. It is likely that it will want to
bring Yulia Skripal back to Russia.
In its first response to the latest
news, the Russian embassy in London
tweeted its congratulations to Yulia
Skripal but suggested that she could
be acting under duress. The embassy
then went on to suggest that the Skripals? pet dogs had been burned as
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What next?
Return to Russia unlikely
Where is
Yulia Skripal
now after
being
discharged
from
hospital?
part of wider attempts by the British
authorities to destroy evidence.
Responding to reports that the Skripals may ultimately be granted settled
status in other countries such as the
US or Australia, the embassy said
that such a move would be regarded
as ?an燼bduction?.
Asked for her reaction to the news,
Theresa May said: ?Well, obviously I
welcome the fact that Yulia Skripal has
been discharged from hospital and I
wish her the best for her continuing
recovery, and I?d like to say a huge
thank you to all the staff at the hospital in Salisbury who have looked after
her and her father so well.?
The Russian and British governments have continued their war of
words over who is to blame for the
Skripals? poisoning. On Sunday, Boris
Johnson accused the Kremlin and Russia?s state-owned media of inventing
29 different theories about the Salisbury attack. ?No other government
devotes as much time and effort to
the business of trying to sabotage or
discredit international inquiries,? the
foreign secretary said.
Officials rejected a request from the
Russian embassy for a meeting with
Johnson to discuss the poisonings.
The embassy said on its website that
its dealings with Britain over the issue
had been ?utterly unsatisfactory?.
She has been taken to an
undisclosed, secure location
by police, who are leading the
investigation, rather than the
security services. Although
a witness, she is free to leave
and to travel abroad ? even to
Russia. But police will have
discussed with her fears over
her safety. The fact she has yet
to speak directly to the media
has given rise to conspiracy
theories, but it is understood
this was her choice.
The Russian
embassy has
requested
access to her
as a Russian
citizen. So
why has
this爊ot
happened?
Russia blames the British
government for refusing
access and has asked for proof
that Skripal has rejected the
approach of her own free will.
But the Foreign O?ce says she
decided herself not to meet
Russian embassy o?cials,
suggesting she may not be
planning to return to her
home country.
Is it true that
the Skripals
could be
given new
identities
and resettled
in the US
with the help
of the CIA?
MI6 is obliged to protect
Sergei Skripal, given he was
a double-agent for it. But any
resettlement discussions
seem unlikely to be carried
out directly between UK and
US intelligence agencies. In
the end, it is up to the Skripals
where they want to live: in the
UK, continental Europe or US.
Was the
telephone
conversation
between
Yulia and her
cousin in
Russia,
Viktoria,
genuine?
The initial
British
government
response
was that the
conversation
was genuine,
but it held
back from
confirming this
because of the
circumstances
surrounding the
call, such as the
decision at the
Will the
Skripals
make a full
recovery?
What sort of
care will the
Skripals
need now?
Russian end to
record it. Yulia
had no problems
in securing the
visa to visit
her father,
and had been
back and forth
before. But the
government has
now declined
to provide a
visa to Viktoria,
without offering
an explanation.
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British Gas ups annual bill by
� for 4 million customers
Adam Vaughan
Millions of British Gas customers will
see their energy bills rise by 5.5% to
an average of �161 a year, sparking
criticism from the government and
consumer groups.
The rise will hit 4.1 million of the
firm?s 7.8 million customers, who will
pay � extra a year from the end of
May. The company confirmed it had
also removed its cheapest deal, an
online-only tariff.
E.ON announced a stealth rise on
energy bills of up to � for some customers in March, but British Gas is the
first large supplier this year to raise its
standard variable tariff, the poor value
deal that most households are on.
Claire Perry, the energy minister,
said the rise showed why the government was imposing a price cap.
?We are disappointed by British Gas?s
announcement of an unjustified price
rise in its default tariff when customers are already paying more than they
need to,? she said.
The consumer group Citizen s
Advice said there were ?serious question marks? over whether the rise was
justified. Martin Lewis of MoneySavingExpert.com said customers would
?rightly be furious? but should ask
themselves why they had not switched
to a cheaper supplier.
Claire Osborne, an energy expert at
uSwitch.com, said: ?Customers can
send the clearest message that they
won?t tolerate being taken for a ride by
switching supplier to a cheaper tariff,
with savings of up to �1 on offer.?
The energy regulator, Ofgem,
raised a price cap on 5 million vulnerable households recently and the
? A KitKat coated in ruby chocolate
It is impossible to know, say
experts, as there is little data
on novichok?s long-term
impact. If there is neurological
damage it could include a
slowing of thought processes,
a reduction of movement and
respiratory problems.
Naturally pink
KitKats coming
to UK shelves
Ongoing care will depend on
how the pair respond, but
psychological support will be
important, and physiotherapy
may also be needed.
The chocolate coating is an Instagrammable lipstick pink and, from next
week, British consumers will be the
first in Europe able to snap up fourfinger KitKats made with so-called
ruby chocolate.
KitKat is the first big brand in the
UK to feature this innovative but ?naturally coloured? chocolate, which
comes with the promise of a unique
?intense fruity taste? and is made from
Ewen MacAskill
and Nicola Davis
Rebecca Smithers
Consumer affairs correspondent
5.5%
The amount by which energy bills
will rise from the end of May for
millions of British Gas customers
�1
The possible annual saving on
energy bills for households willing
to switch to a different supplier
government?s wider price cap for
11爉illion households on standard variable tariffs is due to take effect before
the end of the year.
British Gas blamed higher energy
costs, government policies to reduce
carbon emissions and the �bn smart
meter programme for the rise.
Mark Hodges, chief executive of
Centrica Consumer, part of its parent
company, said: ?We fully understand
that any price increase adds extra pressure on customers? household bills.?
The firm again suggested that the
government shift green policy costs off
energy bills and on to general taxation.
Between August 2017 and February
2018, costs facing energy suppliers
rose 7.9% primarily because of higher
wholesale costs, according to Ofgem.
British Gas stopped signing up customers to its standard variable tariff at
the end of March, arguing it discouraged consumers from engaging in the
market. But last week Ofgem approved
the firm?s request for an exemption
allowing existing customers to stay
on the tariff until mid-2019. The firm
announced recently it would cut 4,000
jobs due to tough competition and the
prospect of a government price cap.
ruby cocoa beans grown in Ivory Coast,
Ecuador and Brazil.
The Swiss chocolatier Barry Callebaut ? the largest cocoa processor
? spent more than a decade unlocking and experimenting with the beans?
colours and flavours.
The flavour is described as ?a tension between berry-fruitiness and
luscious smoothness? but the chocolate has no extra colours or flavours
added to create the pinky hue, which
comes from a powder extracted during processing. It is not as sweet as milk
chocolate, according to its creators,
with a lighter flavour instead.
Ruby chocolate ? a fourth chocolate
after traditional dark, milk and white ?
has been attracting huge interest from
chocolate connoisseurs since it was
first revealed in September last year.
The new KitKat was introduced this
year to Japan and Korea, where consumers are used to unusual chocolate
variations.
In Japan, dozens of varieties such
as purple sweet potato and wasabi are
on sale at any given time.
The pink KitKat will go on sale in
branches of Tesco on 16 April.
?We know that a new type of KitKat
is a really big deal and we are very
excited to be able to offer a different
type of chocolate for fans to try,? said
Nestl�, the manufacturer.
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Bennell to appeal against
30-year prison sentence
Daniel Taylor
Barry Bennell, the former football
coach who was branded ?sheer evil?
and the ?devil incarnate? after subjecting junior footballers from Manchester
City and Crewe Alexandra to hundreds
of sexual offences, is appealing against
his 30-year prison sentence.
Bennell, who is still facing complaints from about 90 former players,
has begun the legal process to argue
that he deserves a lesser sentence after
a jury at Liverpool crown court found
him guilty of 50 offences relating to 12
junior players, aged eight to 14, from
1979 to 1990.
The judge, Clement Goldstone QC,
passed sentences totalling 454 years,
to run concurrently, and told Bennell
he would serve the longest individual term of 30 years, with another 12
months on licence. Bennell, 64, will
be eligible for an early release after 15
years but is preparing a case to argue
the sentence was excessive.
Passing sentence in February, the
judge told Bennell a life sentence had
been considered because of the ?trail
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of psychological devastation? suffered
by the victims and the severity of the
sentence was, in part, because he had
shown no remorse.
?Your behaviour towards these
boys in grooming and seducing them
to, in some cases, the most serious,
degrading and humiliating abuse was
sheer evil,? Goldstone told him. ?You
appeared as a god who had it in his gift
to help fulfil their ambitions and realise their dreams. In reality you were
the devil incarnate.?
Bennell has previously served two
prison sentences in England, as well
as one in the US, and the judge said
the Crown Prosecution Service would
have to think carefully about pressing more charges when the defendant
?may well die in prison?.
Eleanor Laws, defending Bennell,
said her client was in remission from
cancer and was subject to an ?onerous? regime that meant he had to
be fed via a tube eight times a day.
To audible disquiet from the public gallery she said Bennell was on
anti-anxiety medication and had
undertaken treatment programmes
to deal with his paedophilia.
Police cuts
?elephant in
room? at
summit on
crime surge
were suffering as a result. After the
event, Rudd said it was ?a very useful
meeting? but would not be drawn on
whether she accepted concerns about
lack of resources, while Khan said the
gathering showed the cross-party
commitment to tackling the problem.
One guest at the event said: ?It felt
like a good show of unity but when
it comes to solutions there are going
to be problems. There?s not a lot they
really agree on.?
Labour?s Stella Creasy, MP for
Walthamstow, said: ?They?re not
wrong to say it?s not just about police
numbers, it?s about what they do next.
But everybody knows that resources
would help.?
The former Tory cabinet minister
Justine Greening, the MP for Putney,
said: ?What Londoners really want to
see is not just some talking but more
action. We heard a lot about strategy
but for a lot of us with local communities that are really worried about
the upswing in violent crime, I think
we want to hear about what?s actually
going to change on the ground.?
Khan, who said he would push for
?relentless focus? on prevention, has
announced a �m fund for young
people at risk of getting caught up
in violence and �m for the police
specifically to tackle knife crime.
Just hours later Jeremy Corbyn held
his own round table, attended by the
mayor, which party sources said would
help recast the Labour?s policies to
tackle knife crime following the surge
in violent crime.
His home affairs team, policy
experts, youth workers, police officers and victims discussed measures
including evidence-based stop and
search, and funding to enable police
to become embedded in communities.
The panel also talked about the
importance of a longer-term, holistic approach to areas such as housing
and education, as well as supporting
grassroots initiatives, to avoid young
people getting caught up in crime.
Pippa Crerar and Damien Gayle
Sadiq Khan vowed to combat the
surge in serious violence in the
capital yesterday at a City Hall summit
with politicians including the home
secretary, Amber Rudd, as well as the
Metropolitan police commissioner,
Cressida Dick.
The London mayor, who has denied
that police have ?lost control of crime?
in London, has been under pressure
to take public action in the wake of
more than 50 murders in the capital
this year, most of them stabbings.
He told his audience at the private
event, which also included the shadow
home secretary, Diane Abbott, and the
Lib Dem leader, Sir Vince Cable, that
while they had differences over police
funding, he wanted to focus on the
cross-party issues they could address.
It followed a difficult day for the
home secretary as the launch of her
strategy on serious violence was
overshadowed by a report, leaked
to the Guardian, that police funding
cuts ?likely contributed? to the rise
in violent crime.
One attendee said the failure to
address police cuts in detail was ?the
elephant in the room?, with council
leaders and MPs standing up in turn
to describe how their communities
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? Friends and family returned to the
scene of Henry Vincent?s death to put
back tributes that had been torn down
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? Henry Vincent
died following a
struggle when he
was confronted
during the
burglary
Relatives vow to replace
tributes to intruder killed
during botched burglary
Ben Quinn and Nicola Slawson
Relatives of a burglar who was fatally
stabbed during a botched burglary
in south-east London have pledged
to keep on returning to the scene to
replace tributes that were torn down
twice in 48 hours.
Henry Vincent, 37, died following
a struggle when confronted by Richard Osborn-Brooks, the owner of the
house he had entered. Last Friday
Osborn-Brooks was told he would face
no further action after he was arrested
on suspicion of murdering Vincent.
An inquest was opened and
adjourned yesterday at a coroner?s
court in Borough, south London.
Outside the home of OsbornBrooks in Hither Green, two women
who returned to the street last night to
replace flowers and cards said Vincent
was ?a good man? and insisted that the
flowers were being put up to remember him as a father, brother and friend.
?You don?t know the real version
of the truth ? nobody does,? said one
of the women, who identified herself
only as Elvina. ?Flowers get up and
they stay up whenever a bike rider
dies. This is no different.?
Trampled flowers and soiled cards
had littered the street yesterday
morning after they were torn down
in the middle of the night. They were
replaced shortly before midday, but
less than an hour later, a man who
described himself as local arrived and
cut the flowers and cards back down.
The two women returned at around
5pm and put the tributes back up,
surrounded by camera crews and
reporters, with police officers nearby.
?Do you think
he would be
remembered in
this way if he was
such a bad man??
Elvina
Friend of Henry Vincent
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?Do you think that he would be
remembered in this way if he was such
a bad man, or that people would pay
for all these flowers if he was?? Elvina
asked those gathered.
The women denied that the tributes
were meant to intimidate anyone in
any way, including Osborn-Brooks,
who remains under police guard with
his wife, Maureen, amid reports that
friends of Vincent have threatened to
take violent revenge.
?What does he have to fear? Who
does he have to fear?? asked the
women, who identified themselves
as Gypsies and said they were being
treated differently because of their
background. ?Why is it that everyone
has a chance to have their say, but we
don?t get our chance??
The re-erected tributes elicited
an angry response from some local
people. A woman and her teenage
daughter stopped to read the cards
after Vincent?s relatives left.
?I think it?s disgusting that old
people have to live in fear. There are
too many burglaries and people have
a right to defend themselves,? said the
daughter. ?They shouldn?t come to put
this stuff up. It?s an insult.?
Nikita Hill, who lives nearby, told
the Press Association: ?I don?t think
they should have put it outside his
home. Maybe they could have done it
further away. But he?s got loved ones
and family too, so I understand why
they did it.?
Officers have spoken with Vincent?s family about their reasons for
not taking any further action against
Osborn-Brooks, according to the Met.
DCI Simon Harding, of the Metropolitan police?s homicide and major
crime command, said: ?This is a
tragic case for all of those involved.
As expected with any incident where
? Richard
Osborn-Brooks
was questioned
by police after he
stabbed Henry
Vincent to death
someone has lost their life, my officers
carried out a thorough investigation
into the circumstances of the death.
?We have approached the CPS
[Crown Prosecution Service] for early
investigative advice, as required under
the guidance. We have received and
considered that advice, and, at present
? on the evidence available ? we will
not seek a charging decision. Therefore, no further action will be taken
against the man.
?Whilst there might be various
forms of debate about which processes should be used in cases such as
this, it was important that the resident
was interviewed by officers under the
appropriate legislation of the Police
and Criminal Evidence Act, not only
for the integrity of our investigation
but also so that his personal and legal
rights were protected.?
Two female relatives of Vincent,
accompanied by a police family liaison officer, were present during the
brief inquest hearing in which the
police authorised the release of Vincent?s body to his family. Vincent, who
died at University Hospital Lewisham,
was single and not in work, the hearing was told.
DCI Harding said: ?The facts are
that on Wednesday April 4, two males
including Henry Vincent entered a
residential address at about 12.40am
whilst committing a burglary.
?During this burglary the male
resident stabbed Henry Vincent; that
ultimately led to his death.?
The Met have released an image of
the man alleged to have been Vincent?s
accomplice in the aggravated burglary,
which took place on a quiet street in
the borough of Lewisham. The man
was named as Billy Jeeves, who the
force said had links to Orpington and
Swanley in Kent, and Cambridge.
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New centrist party claims
links to Tony Blair and son
Euan Blair is reportedly on
the board of political group
set up by multimillionaire
Heather Stewart
Rajeev Syal
Britain?s nascent centrist party has said
it has links to Tony Blair and his son,
Euan, as it seeks to win over potential
recruits, the Guardian has been told.
Simon Franks, the philanthropist
who founded the LoveFilm moviestreaming business, has been working
for more than a year with former
Labour donors and grandees to create
an organisation that could back candidates in a future general election.
Franks established a company
called the Project One Movement UK
Ltd last summer, which is expected
to be a vehicle for the new party, the
Observer reported on Sunday.
One person who was approached
to join the fledgling organisation was
told that Euan Blair was on its board ?
and that Tony Blair, the former Labour
prime minister, had been helpful in
recommending potential donors.
Other sources confirmed that Euan
Blair?s name had been associated with
the project. The 34-year-old runs a
tech startup, WhiteHat, which helps
to recruit and place apprentices. He
did not respond to requests for a
statement.
One ally said backers of the new
party had been ?over-claiming? about
Blair?s involvement, and he was simply
part of a network of socially minded
business leaders keen to develop
policy ideas.
Tony Blair emphatically denied any
direct involvement with the party. A
spokesman told the Guardian: ?Mr
Blair has no involvement with this.
Period.? And he told BBC Radio 4?s
Today programme: ?I?m not advocating it or involved in [it] or certainly not
running for its leadership at this or any
stage.? However, he admitted he was
trying re-energise the centre ground
of British politics, which he claimed
was being abandoned by the two
main parties. ?If you leave between
the Brexit-dominated Tory party and
a hard-left Labour party vast uncultivated centre ground, at some point
someone is going to come along and
cultivate it,? he said.
A spokesperson for the new party
declined to comment.
Franks? initiative is one of a number
by activists who feel under-represented by an avowedly socialist
Labour party. The project will inevitably revive memories of the split in
the Labour party that led to the formation of the Social Democratic party
in 1981. But its founders are keen not
to be regarded as a vehicle for disillusioned Labour backbenchers.
Instead, the new organisation
hopes to identify ?civic-minded? public figures who might be interested in
standing for parliament at the next
? Euan Blair runs WhiteHat, which
helps to recruit and place apprentices
general election, due in 2022. Franks,
who carried out a review of Labour?s
business support policies for Ed Balls
when he was shadow chancellor, could
also seek election himself, friends
believe.
The Guardian also approached a
number of businesspeople identified by informed sources as potential
donors to the new party. Richard Reed,
the co-founder of Innocent Drinks, and
Alex Chesterman, founder of the property website Zoopla, did not respond
to requests for comment.
Two lobbyists and a public relations
executive are also involved, as well as
a former political editor of a national
newspaper, sources said.
Labour frontbenchers have
dismissed the idea of a new party
emerging, with the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, claiming it was ?a
party for the few not the many?; and
the shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth, calling it ?a daft waste of time?.
The Liberal Democrat leader, Vince
Cable, said the Lib Dems were already
the ?serious alternative?, and ?could
make good use of �m? ? the war
chest Franks and his colleagues are
said to have amassed.
While Blair insisted on Radio 4 that
he was still a Labour member and
always would be, he also confirmed
that his Tony Blair Institute for Global
Change was developing a platform for
emerging centrist politicians to utilise.
?What we are putting together is a
policy platform ? that anyone in politics could take if they come from the
open-minded approach to the problem, which says that globalisation is
essentially a good thing, but its risks
have to be mitigated,? he said. ?It is
not a manifesto because it is not for a
political party ? it is for people whether
they are in the Labour party, Conservative party, Lib Dems, wherever, who
can see the way politics is developing
and who think there must be a better
set of policy ideas for the future.?
Work round
Brexit to
avoid hard
Irish border,
urges ex-PM
Henry McDonald
Ireland correspondent
Britain and Ireland will have to work
around rather than reverse Brexit to
prevent a hard border on the island and
preserve the Good Friday agreement,
Tony Blair said yesterday.
The former prime minister was
attending an event in Belfast with the
former US president Bill Clinton to
mark 20 years since the peace accord
was signed.
While stressing he was still passionately opposed to Brexit and regarded
the UK leaving the EU as a profound
mistake, Blair said that the two countries would have to ?overcome the
challenge? posed by the British departure from Europe.
At the 20th anniversary event, Blair
said: ?We are just going to have to work
at it [Brexit] and overcome it. I wish
it wasn?t happening but it is and we
are just going to do our best to circumvent it.?
He also urged the current generation of Northern Ireland?s political
leaders ?not to cast aside? the gains
of the Good Friday agreement.
Commenting on the present
deadlock between unionism and
nationalism in Northern Ireland, Blair
said: ?Where we are may not be where
we want to be but it?s a much better
? Tony Blair and Bill Clinton in Belfast yesterday to mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday agreement PHOTOGRAPH: BRIAN LAWLESS/PA
place from where we were. This is
the most important thing I would say
right now to those people today who
are in positions of responsibility: try
to work your way through the present
impasse, give it your all, start working
at it, don?t ever give up because what
you are doing is vital, it is important.?
Clinton received a rapturous
reception when he entered the
Whitla Hall on the campus of Queen?s
University Belfast to join a conference
entitled Building Peace: The Belfast/
Good Friday Agreement.
Clinton described the agreement
as a ?work of surpassing genius?,
which still showed the rest of the
world the value of parliamentary
democracy over dictatorships and
authoritarianism.
Clinton, who invested a considerable amount of his time as president on
the peace process, said the accord was
about ?real democracy, majority rule,
minority rights, individual rights, the
rule of law, the end of violence, shared
political decision-making and shared
economic benefits?.
Yet the celebrations took place in
the shadow of darkening relations
between the two main parties represented in the devolved assembly
established by the Good Friday deal.
The Democratic Unionist party and
Sinn F閕n seem no closer to reaching a compromise of their own after
power-sharing in Belfast broke down
16 months ago.
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Syrian conflict
? Nikki Haley, centre, the US
ambassador to the UN, before the
security council meeting on Syria
PHOTOGRAPH: DREW ANGERER/GETTY
Russia seeks to avert strike
on Syria by calling for visit
by UN weapons inspectors
Continued from page 1
where Russian warplanes flew over
American and French warships.
After Trump hinted heavily on
Monday that he was on the verge of
ordering airstrikes, the US-Russian
struggle shifted back once more to the
UN security council yesterday, where
both sides promoted rival resolutions.
Russia proposed two resolutions,
one in support of a fact-finding mission by the Organisation for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW) to the scene of the attack after
an invitation from the Syrian government yesterday. The OPCW is unlikely
to complete its work for at least a week,
placing some pressure on Washington to defer plans for a military assault
until it has reported.
Meanwhile, the US, Britain and
France are supporting a United Nations
resolution that would recreate a UN
independent body with a mandate of
at least a year, dedicated to investigating chemical weapons attacks in Syria.
The body would ?identify to the
greatest extent feasible, individuals,
entities, groups, or governments who
were perpetrators, organisers, sponsors or otherwise involved in the use
of chemical weapons?, according to a
draft seen by the Guardian.
Russian opposition killed off a similar body, a UN-OPCW investigative
body, last November, but US officials
have warned that if Moscow does
not support creating a replacement,
Washington and its allies will take matters into their own hands, based on
their own conclusions that the Syrian
regime carried out the attack.
Russia advanced a counterresolution that would establish the
new investigative body but strip it
of the power of naming perpetrators
of attacks. That power would be left
in the hands of the security council.
Under the Russian variant, the Syrian
government would also have more
influence on the UN body?s work.
In a sign that Trump may be willing to press ahead with military action
even though OPCW inspectors are
travelling to Damascus, the president
cancelled plans to travel to Peru for a
Summit of the Americas, sending his
vice-president, Mike Pence, instead.
The US defence secretary, James Mattis, also cancelled engagements that
had been scheduled for the weekend.
As well as Trump?s consultations
with May and Macron yesterday,
the British and French leaders held
a separate call of their own. Macron
told reporters that a decision by the
three countries on how to respond to
the Douma chemical attack would be
reached ?within days?, adding that
any airstrikes would target Syrian government chemical facilities.
In London, May convened a meeting of her national security council,
where there is strong support from
her most senior ministers for military action.
A Downing Street statement suggested some UK caution by continuing
to state the chemical weapons attack
had not yet been confirmed.
The statement said that in both calls
the leaders ?had agreed that reports
of a chemical weapons attack in Syria
were utterly reprehensible and if confirmed, represented further evidence
of the Assad regime?s appalling cruelty
against its own people and total disregard for its legal obligations not to use
these weapons.
?They agreed that the international community needed to respond
to uphold the worldwide prohibition
on the use of chemical weapons.?
A White House statement said
?Leaders agreed that
the international
community needed
to respond to uphold
the prohibition on ?
chemical weapons?
Downing Street
Statement
Trump and May ?agreed not to allow
the use of chemical weapons to
continue?.
By convention, British prime ministers cannot send UK forces into combat
action without an explicit vote by MPs.
May is aware that David Cameron was
humiliated when he lost a Commons
vote to take military action in 2013 to
punish Assad?s use of chemical weapons. Her leadership might not survive
a similar defeat.
The question for May and other
western leaders is whether, faced by
graphic media and video reports, to
decide they do not need further confirmation from the OPCW that an attack
occurred.
In anticipation of airstrikes, the Syrian regime is reported to be moving its
aircraft to the Russian base at Latakia,
presumably in the expectation that
they would be safe from destruction
there. The US may be intent on grounding as much of the Syrian air force as
possible but will not wish to destroy
Russian planes.
The US navy, meanwhile, has less
firepower in the eastern Mediterranean than it did when Trump ordered
punitive missile strikes last year.
Now there is only one guided missile
destroyer, armed with the Tomahawk
cruise missiles used in April ? the USS
Donald Cook. Its twin, the USS Porter,
is on a port visit to Cherbourg, France.
Another missile cruiser of the same
class left Plymouth on Sunday.
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Q&A
The west?s response
Paris reacts
PM calls for
?resolute?
reaction
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The Syrian airbases that could be targeted by the US and its allies
Syrian
airbases
Pro-regime forces
Russia, Iran, Assad
Range of
Russian air
defence
missiles
Aleppo
Syrian-Kurdish
forces
Opposition
forces
Turkey
Raqqa
Iraq
Deir ez-Zor
The US fired 59 Tomahawk
cruise missiles at Shayrat
airbase from warships in
the Mediterranean in
April 2017
Lebanon
Syria
Beirutt
Paris
The French prime minister, 蒬ouard
Philippe, called yesterday for a ?strong,
united and resolute? reaction from
the international community to the
suspected chemical attack in Douma
and said Paris?s response to the attack
would define France as a nation.
?The use of these weapons is not
neutral, it says things about the regime
and our reaction to the use of these
weapons will say things about who we
are,? he told parliament.
The French president, Emmanuel
Macron, has repeatedly promised that
proven use of chemical weapons was a
?red line? that would prompt French
strikes, and that Paris was prepared to
act alone. He said yesterday that any
French strikes after Douma would
target Syrian chemical facilities.
Last summer, a freshly elected
Macron said: ?When you fix red lines,
if you don?t know how to make sure
they are respected, you?re choosing to
be weak. That?s not my choice.?
He added: ?If chemical weapons
are used on the ground and we know
how to find out their provenance,
France will launch strikes to destroy
the chemical weapons stocks.?
A French military response would
depend on intelligence proving both
the use of deadly chemical agents by
the Syrian regime and fatalities.
Although France would be prepared
to strike Syria alone ? and defence
sources have said such an action is
logistically possible ? it is much more
likely to act alongside the US and
other international partners. Macron
has previously said France would be
?perfectly aligned with the US? on this
issue and has spoken to Donald Trump
by phone every day recently.
But the pressing question for France
is what form any military action might
take: what kind of strikes are possible
and with what long-term aim?
Macron criticised the former French
president Nicolas Sarkozy?s Libya
intervention in 2011 and the mess it
left. He has stressed he does not want
a ?failed state? or ?neoconservative?
interventions abroad. He has altered
France?s conditions for talks on Syria,
saying deposing the president, Bashar
al-Assad, is not a prerequisite, but the
Syria question remains his toughest
foreign policy challenge.
French public opinion is already
sensitive to airstrikes that could be
perceived to make little difference.
?We can no longer be content with
symbolic strikes, there have to be efficient strikes,? Jean-Paul Palom閞os,
the former French air force chief of
staff, said yesterday.
The issue of airstrikes is more complex now than when France wanted
to intervene with the US in 2013.
However, Barack Obama, then US
president, did not agree because of
the Russian presence and Iran?s role.
Analysis
Ewen MacAskill
Nusaybin
Kobane
Khmeimim Hama
Russian
Homs
airbase
Angelique Chrisafis
Isis
Damascus
?The biggest risk facing
Trump is not Assad?s
air defence capability
but killing Russians?
Israel
Syria?s annual defence budget is $1.9bn and its air force is made up
of 265 attack aircraft
130 fighter/ground attack aircraft
One icon = 10 assets
23 transport
aircraft
17 trainer
aircraft
75 fighter aircraft
24 attack helicopters
36 ground attack aircraft
57 multi-role helicopters
Source: ISW, 2 April 2018, IISS 2017 report, Global Firepower. Note: The International
Institute for Strategic Studies estimates that 30-40% of the inventory is combat capable
What are the
potential
targets?
After the 2017 Khan Sheikhoun attack, Donald
Trump ordered a strike on the air?eld that
launched the Syrian jets involved. US cruise
missiles damaged runways and hangars at
Shayrat but they were quickly repaired. If
Trump orders a second strike, it will probably
be more comprehensive. Probable targets
would be other Syrian airbases, and perhaps
what remains of the air force itself.
What are
US-western
capabilities?
The US maintains a naval
battle group in the eastern
Mediterranean, well
stocked with missiles.
It has a large number of
jet fighters in Qatar and
on carriers in the Gulf,
deployed to bomb Isis. The
politics of flying over Iraq
or Saudi Arabia to bomb
What could
the UK
contribute
to any
retaliatory
e?ort?
The RAF has a large contingent in the Middle
East still engaged in action against Isis and
could easily divert planes to military targets.
It has Tornados in the region for precision
bombing and Typhoons armed with guided
bombs. The main value of the UK would be in
allowing the US to say it isn?t acting unilaterally.
How are
Russia and
Syria likely
to react to
military
action?
The Syrian air defence system was damaged
by Israeli attacks in March but remains a threat.
Russia?s S-400 defence system poses a lethal
threat to the world?s most modern jets. During
previous attacks, Russia has sometimes brie?y
turned the system on, but it has not yet used it.
What does
the Syrian
opposition
want?
Only Deraa and Idlib remain under opposition
control. Russian and Syrian jets have battered
anti-Assad forces. The opposition dreams of
ousting the regime but the best it can hope for
is a weakened Syrian air force.
the Syrian regime are
tricky. Missiles are a more
likely option. Striking
from the west poses fewer
problems. French jets
could hit Syrian targets
after taking off from
French airfields. If Britain
joins the fray, it has a base
on nearby Cyprus.
Martin Chulov
Additional reporting by Ewen MacAskill
T
he military force best-placed to answer
the question of whether the US is capable
of wiping out the Syrian air force is the
Israelis. Having fought against Syria
regularly over the last 70 years, including
frequent raids in the past two, the Israeli air
force knows better than anyone else Syria?s strength.
An Israeli military analyst, Reuven Ben-Shalom, who
spent 25 years in the Israel Defense Forces, described
Syria?s military capability as ?a joke?.
To take just one indicator. Syria has 15,000 personnel
in its air force, according to the London-based
International Institute for Strategic Studies; while Israel
has 34,000 and the US 316,000.
Ben-Shalom said Israel?s military superiority ensured
it could destroy Syria?s air force and the US?s military
superiority was many times greater than Israel?s,
but added a crucial caveat. The potential US-Syrian
confrontation was not just about military capability.
?The main issue is the umbrella the Russians have
given the Syrians. The Russians are inside Syria.? The
risk for the US would be an attack that would start a third
world war, he said.
Donald Trump ordered an attack on Syria in April
last year in response to a chemical attack and 59 US
Tomahawk cruise missiles hit the al-Shayrat air base.
However, since that failed to deter the Syrian president,
Bashar al-Assad, the decision Trump has to make is
whether to launch a more punitive strike.
At the time, the US claimed to have destroyed 20
planes, which the defence secretary James Mattis
described as 20% of the Syrian
operational air strength, and to have
?If you say you have
seriously degraded the base.
But other reports challenged this,
destroyed the Syrian
saying Syrian aircraft were taking off
air force, but miss a
from the base only hours later.
One of the options is the total
few aircraft, you might
destruction of Syria?s air force.
look a bit silly when
The US is believed to have three
destroyers, a cruiser and an attack
they are seen flying?
sub within range and the likely
target would be aircraft and other
assets difficult to repair rather than
the bases themselves. A defence analyst, Jeremy Binnie,
Middle East editor at Jane?s by IHS Markit, said the US
could carry out a strike four times as large as the one a
year ago with its naval assets within range.
?If the al-Shayrat strike destroyed 20% of the Syrian
air force, as claimed, then one four times as large would
in theory finish it off, but then you would have to factor
in any improvement in Syrian air defences. At the same
time, there is a risk that if you say you have destroyed
the Syrian air force, but miss a few aircraft, you might
look a bit silly when they are seen flying.?
Syria has been reinforced by the Russian S-400 air
defence system. Syria claimed to have brought down
an Israeli F-16 fighter that crashed while returning from
a raid but Ben-Shalom said that incident needed to be
kept in proportion. The Israeli public had become used
to the idea of Israeli invincibility but things go wrong
in war and the downing of the plane had probably been
due to a combination of factors.
The biggest risk facing Trump is not Russian air
defence systems but killing Russians.
The US administration warned Russia ahead of last
year?s attack and, presumably, would do so again. The
US also knows the parts of the Syrian bases where the
Russians are located. But as Ben-Shalom said, things can
go wrong in war.
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High street
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Net change in number of shops across the UK
+30
+25
+12
+4
Cafes & tearooms
Coffee shops
Funeral directors
Bureaux de change
+27
Ice-cream parlours
+20
+4
+4
Bookshops
Barbers
Tanning salons
-326
-201
-86
-66
The UK?s high streets suffered more
store closures in 2017 than in any year
since 2010, as fashion retailers, shoe
shops, travel agents and estate agents
were driven out of business by the rise
of the internet.
A net 1,700 chain shops closed their
doors in 2017, according to analysis of
the UK?s top 500 towns compiled by
the Local Data Company (LDC) for
PricewaterhouseCoopers, as an average 11 stores a day opened while 16 a
day closed. The data does not include
independent shops.
Fashion and footwear stores were
the hardest hit in 2017, according to
LDC, as shoppers? freedom to spend on
non-essentials was diminished by rising food-price inflation, partly fuelled
by the dramatic fall in the value of the
pound after the 2016 Brexit vote. Overall spending on clothing and footwear
has fallen by about 2% in the past two
years, according to data from Kantar,
with rapid growth in online spending
together with sliding in-store sales.
However, there was a net rise in the
number of shops selling beauty products in 2017, while cafes, coffee shops,
ice-cream parlours and bookshops
also increased in number, according
to the LDC data.
The pace of closures stepped up
substantially in the second half of last
year, reflecting the switch to online
shopping, combined with rising staff
and business rates costs just as shoppers have reined in spending, with
consumer confidence reaching a fouryear low in December 2017.
Lisa Hooker, consumer markets
leader at PwC, said: ?2017 was tough
for the British retail industry, particularly the second half of the year. We
-69
Shoe shops
-59
Pubs
saw volatility from month to month
and across different sectors as wage
growth failed to keep up with inflation,
forcing many shoppers to think more
carefully about their spending habits.?
The problems have continued into
the first quarter of 2018, which PwC
said was the toughest first quarter
since the last recession in 2009-10.
Big names including Toys R Us and
the Bargain Booze owner Conviviality have fallen into administration,
while New Look is closing dozens of
stores in a big restructuring. Mothercare, Carpetright and Homebase are all
considering closing dozens of stores.
Yesterday, the lingerie brand Ultimo
said it would be wound up, blaming
?more cautious consumer spending?.
The shoe chains Brantano and Jones
Bootmaker called in administrators
last year, resulting in the closure of
about 170 shops in total, while the
discount fashion chain Store Twenty
Clothes shops
-102
Banks
March of the internet crushes
high street as 1,700 shops shut
Sarah Butler
-314
Travel agents
One went into liquidation, closing 125
outlets. Jaeger and Style Group, which
includes Jacques Vert and Windsmoor,
also closed some shops despite being
rescued from administration.
Some bigger chains including
Clarks, Marks & Spencer and Debenhams have also closed a handful of
stores as shoppers increasingly opt
to browse and buy clothing via their
smartphone or laptop.
Glen Tooke, consumer insight
director at Kantar, said clothing and
footwear retailers? troubles reflected
a move towards enjoying experiences
rather than buying products.
?People are trying to make the
5,855 outlets closed on UK
high streets in 2017, a rate of
16 stores a day
? Closures ? Openings
6,000
5,500
5,000
4,500
4,000
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
Guardian Graphic | Source: The Local Data Company
Estate agents
Charity shops
Convenience stores
most of their time doing something
with family or friends and then they
go shopping on a Sunday evening on
the internet. If you look at social media
culture, if you are going to have an
amazing time doing something you
can put on Instagram what is going to
give? It could be you are going to wear
the same shoes you wore last week.?
The Works discount bookshop
chain drove growth in bookshops,
while WH Smith has also been adding
new specialist book sites as readers
return to physical books as sales of
ebooks have slowed.
But the rise of online services
spurred a dramatic drop in the number of banks, travel agents and estate
agents on British high streets last year.
Travel agency chains were hit by the
highest number of net closures ? 326 ?
while 201 banks, including more than
60 HSBC branches, shut their doors.
The high street expert Mary Portas
said the government could help with
business rates, but retailers needed to
adapt or die. ?We are going through
a massive transition. Businesses that
are going down are sometimes too big
to be responsive and sometimes they
are just mediocre and they haven?t
invested in what consumers want. It is
about being innovative and creative.?
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Health
In brief
Irony goes
unnoticed
Heavy metal
fans drew
emergency
services
to their
campsite on
Loch Leven,
Perthshire,
after a
passerby
thought
they were
members of a
suicide pact.
Education
Governors fail to back
OU?s vice-chancellor
Peter Horrocks?s tenure as vicechancellor of the Open University
remains under threat after the OU?s
governing council failed to back
him during a debate on his role and
policies of cost cuts and job losses.
Staff said they were confused over
the emergency council meeting on
Monday to discuss calls for a motion
of no confidence in Horrocks, which
broke up after nearly four hours.
Horrocks attended the early part
of the meeting at the Milton Keynes
campus but left as the debate
continued into the evening. Council
members were sworn to silence
about the debate and outcome.
A message issued yesterday
to staff by Richard Gillingwater,
the chair of the council, did little
to clarify or dampen speculation
among staff that Horrocks was
negotiating an exit from his
�0,000-a-year post.
?I announced last week that a
special meeting of the council of the
Open University would be convened
this week. Council met yesterday
afternoon and considered the
breadth of views expressed across
the OU.
?Whilst we continue this process,
I would again urge us all to reflect on
and respect one another?s views and
refrain from public comment. I will
provide a further update to you at
the end of the week,? the statement
said. Richard Adams
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WULLIE MARR
Arts
Olivier organisers o?er
amends for Hall error
Organisers of the Olivier awards
have said they will rename future
best director prizes after the late
Sir Peter Hall, and have apologised
unreservedly for missing his name
from the In Memoriam section of
Sunday?s ceremony.
Hall, who founded the Royal
Shakespeare Company at the age of
29 and as director of the National
Theatre oversaw its move to the
South Bank in 1973, died last
September, aged 86.
When the Oliviers showed its
annual reel of tributes to figures
who had died last year, Hall?s name
was absent. The Society of London
Theatres (SOLT), which organises
the awards, said yesterday it
?apologises unreservedly for this
serious error?.
It continued: ?In recognition of
Sir Peter?s phenomenal contribution
to British theatre over many
decades, and in close consultation
with the Hall family, SOLT has
taken the decision to rename the
Olivier award for best director the
Sir Peter Hall award for best director
from next year?s ceremony and in
perpetuity thereafter.
?SOLT is also reviewing the
process by which people are
included in the In Memoriam
segment.? Mark Brown
Books
Crime ?ction now UK?s
most popular genre
Crime fiction has become the most
popular fiction genre for the first
time in the UK, according to data
revealed at the London Book Fair.
Sales of crime and thriller
books have risen 19% since 2015,
marking the first time the genre
has overtaken sales of general and
literary fiction. Last year some 18.7m
units of crime fiction were sold,
compared with 18.1m general and
literary fiction, according to data
from Nielsen BookScan.
The value of crime books sold
also rose by 10.6% year on year in
Private hospitals ?fail to
meet safety standards?
Two in every five private hospitals in
England are failing to meet expected
safety standards, according to a
report by health inspectors.
While most independent acute
hospitals provide good-quality care,
inspections by the Care Quality
Commission raised concerns over
some services. The regulator also
said ?a lack of effective oversight?
of consultants with practising
privileges was a ?major concern?.
The Royal College of Surgeons
said the report ?exposes the poorer
practices of some independent
providers and underlines the need
for a renewed focus on improving
patient safety?.
The CQC said it was particularly
concerned about safety, with 41% of
private hospitals rated as requiring
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2017, up from �6.3m to �7.6m.
In value terms, general and literary
fiction remained the largest genre at
�5.7m in 2017.
The thriller writer David Baldacci
who was awarded the Specsavers
Nielsen bestseller award at the book
fair, said: ?When times are stressful
and it looks like the bad is winning
out over the good, along comes the
genre of crime novels to put the
balance back in life. People don?t like
folks who do bad to get away with
it. In real life they do, all the time,
because of a variety of factors.
?But in novels, evil is punished,
and the good guys mostly win, after
solving the puzzle. And all is right
with the world. At least fictionally.?
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Labour moves to limit damage
after Gardiner scorns Brexit test
Shadow trade secretary says
sorry for ridiculing party?s
stance on EU deal benefits
Heather Stewart
Anne Perkins
Barry Gardiner, the shadow trade secretary, ?fully supports? the party?s
Brexit policy, Labour said yesterday,
after it emerged that he had described
one of Keir Starmer?s six tests for judging the final deal as ?bollocks?.
Shortly after Gardiner apologised
for claiming the Good Friday agreement was a ?shibboleth? whose
importance was being exaggerated, a
fresh recording emerged of the same
private meeting in Brussels.
Starmer has repeatedly demanded
that any Brexit deal achieves ?the
exact same benefits? as the current
relationship with the EU. It was one
of six tests set a year ago.
Gardiner is recorded ridiculing
the proposal: ?It?s bollocks. Always
has been bollocks.? He dismissed the
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entire strategy of six tests. ?We know
very well that we cannot have the
exact same benefits. And actually,
you know, it would have made sense,
because it was the Tories that said they
were going to secure the exact same
benefits, and our position should have
been precisely to say ?they have said
that they will secure the exact same
benefits and we are going to hold them
to that standard?.?
He is also heard questioning the
value of the ?meaningful vote? on
the deal that Labour MPs fought for,
saying ?any politician who tells you
what?s going to happen ? around that
final deal is lying to you?.
The comments were regarded
by some in the shadow cabinet as a
deliberate attempt to wreck Labour?s
negotiated position on Brexit.
The shadow Brexit secretary, Keir
Starmer, was furious, and complained
to Jeremy Corbyn, having raised objections about the ?shibboleth? remarks.
Corbyn later said his office had had a
conversation with Gardiner.
A spokesman said: ?Labour has set
six tests for the final Brexit deal. Those
include holding the government to its
own commitment to deliver the same
benefits as the single market and customs union. We have been clear that if
[the six tests] are not met Labour will
not back[the deal] in parliament. Barry
Gardiner fully supports that position.?
Gardiner said of the ?meaningful
vote? being held: ?You tell me what
a meaningful vote is? Is a meaningful
vote one where you have alternatives
and you reject one and opt for the
other. If so, what are the alternatives?
? what we?re going to have is, at best,
clarity about the divorce settlement.?
The remarks underlined concerns
about how the party would handle the
vote, expected in the autumn, after
the shadow foreign secretary, Emily
Thornberry, appeared to suggest the
deal would be so vague that Labour
could back it.
Gardiner suggested that if parliament voted against the deal the most
likely result would be the downfall of
Theresa May but even that would not
resolve anything. ?What is the new
prime minister, the new leader of the
Conservative party, going to be able
to do as a result of that parliamentary
vote? Do they go back and try to renegotiate a different deal in Europe? Well,
there?s no time for that. Do they hold
a general election??
Labour has not formally addressed
the question of what happens if the
deal is unacceptable to the Commons.
Corbyn sacked Owen Smith as
shadow Northern Ireland secretary
in March after he publicly broke with
Labour?s policy to advocate a referendum on the final Brexit deal.
Smith said Brexit could not deliver
the same benefits: ?Barry is not talking
bollocks when he says that Brexit cannot deliver the exact same benefits as
? Barry Gardiner is seen by some as
trying to wreck Labour?s Brexit stance
we currently enjoy. Of course it can?t.
That?s why it?s so wrong for Labour to
merely try and water down Brexit. It
will make our country and our constituents worse off and it will jeopardise
peace in Northern Ireland.?
Gardiner, in his apology, in particular for using the word ?shibboleth?,
acknowledged that use of the word
had given ?the impression that I
thought the Good Friday agreement
was outdated or unimportant ? I absolutely do not.?
Corbyn also reiterated his commitment to ensuring there was no hard
Irish border. ?There must be no return
to a hard border between north and
south, and no return to the horrors of
the Troubles ? all of us, both sides of
the Irish Sea, have a responsibility to
maintain hope for the future.?.
Marking the 20th anniversary of
the Good Friday agreement ? part of
the Northern Ireland peace process of
the 1990s ? Corbyn paid tribute to the
architects of the deal, which he called
?a defining moment in Irish history
which allowed peace to prevail?. He
added: ?I pay tribute to ? all sides in
Ireland, north and south, in achieving
the crucial breakthrough.?
Meanwhile, the Labour MP Chris
Leslie, who supports the Open Britain
campaign against Brexit, said Gardiner
had ?trashed the central point of Keir
Starmer?s Brexit policy ? the pledge to
vote against any final Brexit deal that
didn?t offer ?the exact same benefits?.?
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Royal wedding guest
list bypasses politicians
Caroline Davies
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to
break with tradition for their wedding,
and not include UK and foreign politicians on the official guest list.
Donald Trump, and his predecessor, Barack Obama, have not been
invited to the ceremony on 19 May, and
Theresa May and other British political leaders are not expected to attend
in any official capacity.
A Kensington Palace spokesman
said: ?It has been decided that an official list of political leaders ? both UK
and international ? is not required for
[the] wedding. [The] government was
consulted on this decision, which was
taken by the royal household.?
The couple?s 600 guests are
expected to be people with whom
they have a direct relationship. By
contrast, the wedding of the Duke of
Cambridge was attended by leading
UK figures and foreign heads of state
or their representatives.
Harry is thought to be friendly with
the Obamas, and it is thought he and
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Markle may meet them during an official visit once they are married.
Kensington Palace has named some
of the members of the public who have
been invited to join the crowds inside
the grounds of Windsor Castle on the
couple?s wedding day.
Amelia Thompson, 12, who was
caught up in the Manchester Arena
bombing last year, is on the list. She
plans to take along Sharon Goodman,
who lost her 15-year-old granddaughter, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, in the
attack. She also hopes a ticket can be
found for Harriet Taylor, one of the
daughters of Jane Tweddle, who also
died at the arena.
Pamela Anomneze, who works at
the Studio 306 Collective in London,
helping people with mental health
problems, said she felt excited and
overwhelmed to be a guest. ?I got an
email informing me ? I thought it was
an April Fools? Day prank.? Anomneze, 52, said she would take along her
15-year-old son, Jude.
On Monday, the couple appealed
for donations to charity rather than
wedding gifts from well-wishers. They
nominated seven causes.
Police scheme logs
775 cases of LGBT
domestic abuse
Josh Halliday
North of England correspondent
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Forceps ? parmesan Children pretend to be
vets for the day by ?operating? on spaghetti and
a pug cut-out to celebrate the ?rst anniversary
of the London Animal Hospital in Camberwell.
Greater Manchester p olice have
recorded 775 cases of domestic abuse
in the LGBT community since it
became the first UK force to officially
log figures a year ago.
The force said it was encouraged by the reporting of cases but
added that the issue was still underreported, accounting for about 2% of
total domestic abuse cases recorded
by police in the region. The figures,
released yesterday, include domestic
abuse involving lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender victims.
DS Sarah Harris, the GMP officer
leading the scheme, urged other forces
to adopt the protocol.
Joanne Simpson, the director of
the domestic abuse charity Independent Choices, said: ?I think GMP have
been revolutionary in highlighting
the issue.?
Greater Manchester?s domestic
abuse helpline is 0161 636 7525. The
24-hour National Domestic Violence
freephone helpline is 0808 2000 247.
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Swimmer cleared of raping woman
after she had sex with fellow athlete
Alexandra Topping
Agencies
A Welsh international swimmer was
cleared yesterday of raping a woman
who claimed he had forced himself on
her shortly after she had consensual
sex with his friend.
Otto Putland, 24, who represented
Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth
Games in Glasgow, denied raping the
woman after a night out in July 2015.
After hearing the verdict at Cardiff
crown court, Judge Jeremy Jenkins
told Putland he was free to leave and
thanked the jury for the care and attention they had given the case.
The woman, who came forward in
November 2016, said she went home
with the Olympic swimmer Ieuan
Lloyd after meeting him in a club and
had consensual sex with him.
She said when Putland came in to
the room and sat on the bed after Lloyd
left, she made it clear she did not want
to have sex again, told him they could
not ?pass her around?, said ?no? and
turned her head away.
But Putland said her demeanour
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who had sex
with the woman
at the home of
his friend Ieuan
Lloyd, leaving
court yesterday
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led to him kissing her and that she had
returned his kisses. She did nothing to
make him think that the subsequent
sex was not consensual, he said.
In a recorded interview played to
the jury the woman said she met Lloyd,
whom she had known for about a year,
in a club, then spent most of the evening with him before going to his home.
?We left his friend [Putland] in the
club with another girl. Once we got
back to Ieuan?s house we had sex,?
she said. The woman said afterwards
Lloyd went out of the bedroom and
Putland came in.
?When he started taking off his
clothes that?s when I texted my friend
saying, ?Help, something might happen,?? she said.
?He [Putland] lay on top of me
and I was saying, ?You can?t pass me
around? and he said, ?We?re not passing you around.? I told him I didn?t want
to have sex with him and he continued
trying to kiss me.?
The woman claimed Putland put a
condom on. She said she was crying
and kept turning her head away. ?He
just put it in but he said to me: ?Don?t
worry, it?s just the tip.?
?I used my arms to keep him at a
distance and push him away. Ieuan
walked in to grab something off the
side of the table and he just walked
straight back out again.?
The woman told Putland she
needed to go to the bathroom and he
stopped, she told the court.
In the bathroom she rang her friends
and the next thing she remembered
was hearing her phone ring and being
back in the bed with Putland on top
of her again.
The court heard that the woman?s
friends, responding to her calls for
help, arrived at the address and left
with her in a taxi. The woman saw a
forensic doctor two days after the incident in July 2015 but did not report it
to police until November 2016, initially
saying she did not want her mother to
know what had happened.
The prosecuting barrister told the
court the woman was passed on ?as if
she were chattel?.
But cross-examining the woman,
Christopher Rees, for the defence,
questioned her recollection of events
and said she told the doctor in 2015
that she had drunk half a litre of Malibu
and vodka lemonades.
He asked why she had not got up
and left when Putland came into the
room, to which the woman replied: ?I
froze. I am not sure ... I wasn?t thinking
straight. I wasn?t sure exactly what was
going to happen at that time.?
Putland denied her claims and said
the woman had been ?very friendly
and happy and flirtatious? while they
were chatting after he had been introduced to her by Lloyd.
In his closing speech, Rees told
jurors this was not a ?court of morals?.
He said: ?Bad sex is not rape. Sex
after one party has persuaded the
other to have sex consensually is not
rape. Regretted sex is not rape.?
Rees said there had been ?glaring
inconsistencies? in what the woman
had told people about the night. ?She
had the opportunity to say ?no? and she
did not say anything. She did not stop
it. She did not call out to Ieuan Lloyd.
She did not call out to anyone燼t all.
From that you can infer that she did
consent, or may have consented.?
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Tolkien?s ??rst real story? of
Middle-earth out in August
Alison Flood
The Fall of Gondolin, JRR Tolkien?s
tale of a beautiful, mysterious city
destroyed by dark forces, which he
called ?the first real story? of Middleearth, will be published in August.
The Fall of Gondolin will be the
second ?new? Tolkien work to be
released in two years, following the
release in May 2017 of the author?s
story about Beren and L鷗hien.
Its announcement came as a surprise even to Tolkien scholars. The
author?s son Christopher, 93, who
edited much of his father?s posthumously published work, had
described Beren and L鷗hien in a preface as ?(presumptively) my last book
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in the long series of editions of my
father?s writings?. However, he went
on to also edit The Fall of Gondolin.
John Garth, author of Tolkien and
the Great War, said: ?That preface
had a certain valedictory quality to
it ? he was reminiscing about his first
encounter with his father?s work. But
here it is.?
Garth said the story, illustrated by
The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings artist Alan Lee, was probably written in
about 1917, while Tolkien was convalescing after the Battle of the Somme.
?It?s a quest story with a reluctant
hero who turns into a genuine hero.
It?s a template for everything Tolkien
wrote afterwards. It has a dark lord,
our first encounter with orcs and Balrogs. It?s really Tolkien limbering up.?
The book?s publisher, HarperCollins,
said the story set the ?uttermost evil?
of Morgoth against the sea-god Ulmo.
Morgoth tries to discover and destroy
the hidden city of Gondolin, while
Ulmo supports the Noldor, the kindred of the Elves living in the city.
The story follows Tuor, one of the
Noldor kindred, who sets out to find
Gondolin. During his journey he experiences what the publisher calls ?one
of the most arresting moments in the
history of Middle-earth? ? Ulmo, the
sea-god, rising out of the ocean during a storm.
When Tuor arrives in Gondolin he
becomes a great man and the father of
E鋜endel, an important character in
Tolkien?s book The Silmarillion. But
Morgoth attacks with Balrogs, dragons and orcs, and as the city falls, Tuor,
his wife, Idril, and the child E鋜endel
?It?s a template for
everything Tolkien
wrote afterwards?
John Garth
Tolkien historian
Creator of The Wire plans to
bring Spanish civil war to TV
Lanre Bakare
David Simon, the creator of The Wire
and The Deuce, will turn his attention to the Spanish civil war for his
next project. A Dry Run will focus on
a group of Americans who travel to
Spain to fight for the republic against
Francisco Franco?s nationalists.
The show will follow the Abraham Lincoln and George Washington
battalions of the International Brigades, which fought in the conflict.
The struggle lasted from 1936 to 1939
when Franco?s forces ? aided by Nazi
Germany ? defeated the republicans.
Simon told Variety that the conflict
still resonated, saying: ?[The] Spanish struggle against fascism and the
misuse of capitalism as a bulwark
to totalitarianism [represents] the
Radio 1 cuts
Grimshaw?s
breakfast show
to four days
Mark Sweney
Nick Grimshaw?s BBC Radio 1 breakfast
show is to be cut back to four days a
week as a new generation of presenters
takes over in the biggest shake-up in
the show?s 51-year history.
Grimshaw, who has presented the
weekday breakfast show since 2012, is
to stop hosting on Fridays from June,
with the programme being rebranded
as Radio 1?s Weekend Breakfast.
The move marks the first time that
escape, ?looking back from a cleft in
the mountains as they flee southward,
at the blazing wreckage of their city?.
HarperCollins said: ?They were
journeying into a new story, the Tale of
E鋜endel, which Tolkien never wrote
but which is sketched out in this book
from other sources.?
Garth said The Fall of Gondolin
contained Tolkien?s ?biggest battle narrative outside of The Lord of
the Rings?, but he predicted that the
?capstone? of the book would be the
exquisite piece of writing in which
Tolkien attempts to tell the whole
story again, in the novelistic style of
The Lord of the Rings.
?In the first [finished version] of
the story, you feel as if you?re reading
The Iliad,? he said. ?This one [which is
unfinished] is more natural.?
According to HarperCollins, Tolkien saw The Fall of Gondolin as one
of his three ?great tales? of the Elder
Days, along with Beren and L鷗hien,
and The Children of H鷕in.
The latter title was also a bestseller,
after his son completed the text left
unfinished by the author, publishing
it in 2007.
? The writer and producer David
Simon is ?interested in realism?
?We are interested in realism,?
Simon said. ?And we don?t sell much in
the way of redemption or happy endings. And, well, 1939 was no happy
ending. Nor was it redemptive.
?When the Spanish republic was
threatened, capitalism chose tyranny,? he added. ?So, the better men
who could not abide that choice came
to Spain [to fight]. Today, that same
choice confronts us again.?
About 40,000 volunteers, men and
women from around the world, fought
alongside the forces of the Spanish
republic against the fascist rebels.
George Orwell joined the cause, and
documented his experiences in his
non-fiction book Homage to Catalonia.
The International Brigades included
about 2,800 Americans and are still
controversial in Spain. In 2013, a row
erupted after a monument in honour of the foreign fighters was taken
down after a legal challenge that
asserted: ?There is nothing to celebrate, and especially not in a public
space devoted to education. The International Brigades were created and
managed by Stalin, the most genocidal
leader in history.?
Radio 1 has used two different presenting lineups for the breakfast show
since it was first broadcast in 1967.
In 2012, a 27-year-old Grimshaw was
brought in to replace Chris Moyles,
then aged 38, in a move aimed at keeping Radio 1 relevant to young people
who were increasingly turning to digital services such as YouTube for music.
Grimshaw is just weeks away
from becoming the breakfast show?s
second-longest serving presenter.
Moyles holds the record at eight years
and 253 days, with Tony Blackburn
second on five years and 244 days.
Grimshaw has had a tough time
trying to grow the audience of one of
the corporation?s flagship radio programmes. In October, it was revealed
that the show?s audience had slumped
to its lowest, attracting 5.3 million listeners a week over the age of 10 in the
quarter to the end of September.
Grimshaw, who inherited an audience of about 7 million when he took
over from Moyles, has since staged a
minor rally. In the last quarter of 2017
he pushed his listener numbers up to
6.16 million, the show?s biggest weekly
reach in two years.
Ben Cooper, the controller of BBC
Radio 1, 1Xtra and the Asian Network,
said: ?The weekend will start here at
Radio 1 on a Friday morning, giving
our young audience that feelgood factor a day early.
?It?s our job at Radio 1 to reinvent
the way young people listen to the
radio, to disrupt traditional thinking
and to look for new ways in which to
grow audiences.?
The Friday breakfast slot, from
6.30am to 10am, will be taken over
by Dev and Alice Levine. The 10am to
1pm slot will be a greatest hits show
fronted by Maya Jama, who currently
has a Saturday show, replacing Clara
Amfo. Matt Edmondson and the Saturdays singer Mollie King will co-present
between 1pm and 4pm, taking over
from Scott Mills. Mills will take on the
Official Chart from 4pm to 7pm.
pre-eminent political narrative of the
20th century and of our time.?
HBO, Simon?s longtime home,
will team up with the Spanish company Mediapro, although the show?s
main language will be English. Simon
expects the show to be a six-episode
mini-series and said it would discuss
the failure of non-fascist countries to
offer support to the Spanish republic.
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is showing a recovery in numbers
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Rough sleepers die
on streets at twice
rate of five years ago
Patrick Greenfield
Sarah Marsh
The number of homeless people
recorded dying on the streets and in
temporary accommodation has more
than doubled over the past five years in
the UK, the Guardian can reveal.
The number of deaths has risen year
on year, surging from 31 in 2013 to 70
in 2017, and includes people found
dead in supermarket car parks, church
graveyards and hostels. At least 230
people have died over the period.
The figures compiled by the Guardian, an average of more than one death
a week in 2017, are likely to be a substantial underestimate, as no part of
the UK government records homeless
death statistics at a national level, and
local authorities are not required to
count deaths of rough sleepers.
According to the Guardian?s figures, the average age of death was 43
? nearly half the average UK life expectancy. About 90% of those who died in
the past five years were men, where
gender was specified.
Matthew Downie, director of policy
at Crisis, a charity for homeless people,
The number of rough sleepers who
have died on the streets and in
temporary accommodation
60
40
20
0
2013
2014
2015
Source: Guardian FOIs
2016
2017
said: ?Rough sleeping is beyond dangerous ? it?s deadly, and it?s claiming
more and more lives each year.
?Those sleeping on our streets
are exposed to everything from subzero temperatures to violence and
abuse and fatal illnesses. They are
17 times more likely to be a victim of
violence, twice as likely to die from
infections and nine times more likely
to commit suicide. What?s worse, we
know these figures are likely to be an
underestimate.?
Leading homeless charities called
for more robust statistics on mortality
rates, and an extension of the review
system used by local government and
emergency services to investigate the
deaths of vulnerable adults.
The Guardian asked each local
authority in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England how many
verified rough sleepers had died in
its territory in the past five calendar
years through a freedom of information (FoI) request.
Several councils with large homeless populations where deaths have
been reported in local media ? including Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham,
Belfast, Leeds and Southend ? either
did not respond to the Guardian?s FoI
request by the required deadline, or
do not record the information.
The Guardian excluded 63 deaths
reported by local authorities from the
total statistics because they either
did not meet the FoI definition, even
though they might reasonably meet
the public?s understanding of a homeless death, or because the information
was not provided by local authorities
in an interpretable format.
Rough sleeping in England has
increased for the seventh consecutive
year, figures show, with at least 4,751
people sleeping rough every night.
19%
Decline of the
large white
during 2017
91%
Rise in comma
butterflies since
the year before
Last year was
seventh worst
on record for
UK butterflies
Grizzled skipper numbers
are at a 40-year low
Patrick Barkham
Last year was the seventh worst on
record for butterflies in Britain, and
for two declining butterfly species it
was their worst since records began.
Fewer grayling and grizzled skippers took to the skies than in any year
since scientific monitoring of butterflies began more than 40 years ago.
The UK Butterfly Monitoring scheme
found seven of the worst 10 years for
butterflies were this century.
While long-term falls in populations
have been caused by habitat loss, scientists attribute the recent dramatic
drop to climate change, pesticides
such as neonicotinoids and nitrogen
pollution. Many of Britain?s 59 native
species fell further in 2017.
Grizzled skipper numbers have
more than halved since the 1970s;
the grayling?s population has shrunk
by 63% in the past 10 years. The large
white dropped by 19% in 2017.
The good news was that the red
admiral was up by 78% compared to
2016, and the comma by 91%. A warm
spring and targeted conservation management led to a 57% increase on 2016
for the pearl-bordered fritillary. Tom
Brereton, head of monitoring at Butterfly Conservation, said: ?Variable
and extreme weather that comes with
climate change has a negative effect.?
More nitrogen deposition ? via fertilisers and polluting vehicles ? was
highly likely to be killing butterflies like
graylings and grizzled skippers. Their
caterpillars eat plants easily swamped
by more vigorous grasses that thrive
in high-nitrogen conditions.
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Trump in face-o?
with own justice
o?cials after raid
President condemns action
against lawyer by FBI amid
concern he may sack Mueller
Tom McCarthy
New York
Donald Trump remained on a collision
course with his justice department
yesterday after the raid by FBI agents
on the office and home of his personal lawyer and longtime lieutenant
Michael Cohen.
The raid, which Trump appeared
to take as an unprecedented threat
against his inner circle, stoked concerns that the president would dismiss
Robert Mueller, the special counsel
investigating Russian election interference and alleged collusion between
the Trump campaign and Moscow.
Mueller?s team had provided information to prosecutors in New York that
in part prompted them to move against
Cohen, one of his lawyers said.
Trump yesterday condemned the
raid, tweeting ?Attorney-client privilege is dead!? and labelling the raid ?A
TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!?
It followed a diatribe delivered the
night before at the White House in
which Trump declared the office raid
?an attack on our country in a true
sense? and replied to a question about
firing Mueller.
?Many people have said, ?You
should fire him?,? said the president,
who has long entertained the idea and
reportedly only backed down last summer when the White House counsel
threatened to resign.
But a growing chorus of concern
that Trump would dismiss Mueller,
which would probably require the
president to dismantle an entire tier
of justice department leadership, was
noticeably joined yesterday by top
? Threats to dismiss Robert Mueller
have won him Republican support
Republicans on Capitol Hill. ?I have
confidence in Mueller,? said Iowa senator Charles Grassley, chairman of the
powerful judiciary committee. ?The
president ought to have confidence
in Mueller. It would be suicide for the
president to want to talk about firing
Mueller. The less the president said
on this whole thing, the better off he
would be.?
Former Arkansas governor Mike
Huckabee, a prominent conservative
commentator, nevertheless branded
the raid a ?coup d?etat?.
In an Oval Office appearance yesterday with the emir of Qatar, Trump
ignored shouted questions about
Mueller and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who reportedly
approved the raid on Cohen?s office.
The raid appears to have affected
Trump more personally than any of the
other pressures bearing down on the
White House. His tweet about ?attorney?client privilege? was in response
to reports that FBI agents had seized
documents including his correspondence with Cohen.
For more than a decade, Cohen
has worked as a fixer, dealmaker and
lawyer for Trump, handling matters
ranging from prospective real estate
deals in Russia to a $130,000 payment
shortly before the 2016 election to the
porn actor Stormy Daniels.
Daniels was preparing to go public
with the story of a sexual relationship
with Trump, which the president and
Cohen have sought to discredit.
Documents relating to the Daniels payment were also among the
materials seized from Cohen?s office,
according to multiple reports. Investigators may be examining whether
payments to Daniels and another
woman who claims to have had a
sexual relationship with Trump, the
former Playboy model Karen McDougal, violated campaign finance laws.
Cohen has said he personally ?facilitated? the payment to Daniels and
denied it was related to the 2016 presidential campaign.
Mueller?s investigation has so far
produced indictments of or pleas from
19 individuals, as well as three companies based in Russia. Monday?s raid
would have required the assent of top
officials in the southern district of New
York, according to legal analysts, as
well as the assessment of a federal
judge that sufficient evidence had
been collected for a home invasion.
FBI agents in July 2017 raided the
home of the former Trump campaign
chairman Paul Manafort. Investigators have also questioned Donald
Trump Jr and Jared Kushner, Trump?s
son-in-law.
World
Trump under fire
The lawyer
President?s
pit bull may
?nd election
funding law
has real teeth
Tom McCarthy
New York
H
e?s a pugnacious
lawyer with a Long
Island accent who
says he grew up
idolising Donald
Trump and soaking
in the wisdom of his bestseller, The
Art of the Deal.
But Michael Cohen?s devotion
to Trump, his boss since 2006, may
have drawn him into legal jeopardy
even as it has carried him near the
pinnacles of American power.
The son of a surgeon who escaped
a Nazi concentration camp with his
family, Cohen attended American
University in Washington DC
and worked at a personal injurymalpractice firm before becoming
a partner at the Manhattan law firm
Phillips Nizer. He met Trump after
becoming treasurer of the board for
Trump World Tower, where he and
his family owned apartments.
Every account of Cohen?s place
in the Trump orbit includes the
word ?loyalty?. For a decade Cohen
has been known as Trump?s ?pit
bull?, for comments such as this
in a 2011 interview: ?If somebody
does something Mr Trump doesn?t
like, I do everything in my power to
resolve it to Mr Trump?s benefit. If
you do something wrong, I?m going
to come at you, grab you by the neck,
and I?m not going to let you go until
I?m finished.?
That kind of talk may give him
a passing PR headache, but more
problematic may be his decision to
?facilitate? (his word) a $130,000
payment to the porn actor Stormy
Daniels, who claims to have had a
sexual relationship with Trump a
month before the 2016 presidential
election.
FBI agents who raided his office
and home on Monday reportedly
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New York
Donald Trump
holds forth to US
military leaders
about Syria as
an FBI raid
triggers a crisis
closer to home
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seized documents relating to the
payment.
Attempts by Cohen to silence
Daniels, including with the threat of
a $20m lawsuit, have only sharpened
the public focus on her alleged affair
with Trump and have cast a spotlight
on Cohen?s bareknuckle tactics.
Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, last
month accused Cohen of ?a history
of thuggish behaviour? and of
?using intimidation tactics in trying
to step on little people? on behalf of
Trump. ?As it relates to my client,
it?s going to come to an end,? he told
CBS News. ?We?re going to show
the American people exactly who
Michael Cohen is.?
Daniels, who sued Trump this
month in an attempt to quit a nondisclosure agreement, has brought
an additional suit against Cohen for
defamation, claiming he had painted
her as a liar.
Cohen has denied the payment
was related to the presidential
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Michael Cohen,
Trump loyalist
election, which otherwise could put
him in breach of campaign financing
laws. He insisted he ?facilitated? it
from personal funds as a favour to
a friend and client, and denied any
wrongdoing.
The extent of Cohen?s potential
legal jeopardy is not yet clear.
Monday?s raids may have been
carried out to obtain evidence in
Mueller?s Russia investigation or
for inquiries into campaign finance
violations or other alleged criminal
activity. Mueller?s team previously
obtained emails Cohen wrote during
the campaign and presidential
transition, and documentation of
Cohen?s efforts for a Trump real
estate development in Moscow.
Rick Hasen, a legal analyst, has
suggested in a blog that the issue is
violation of campaign finance laws
as, ?given pre-candidate Trump?s
reputation? it was unlikely the
payment was to avoid sullying ?his
already sullied reputation?.
The chairman of Sinclair Broadcast
Group met Donald Trump at the
White House during a visit to pitch a
potentially lucrative new product to
administration officials, the Guardian has learned.
David D Smith, whose company has
been criticised for making its anchors
read a script echoing Trump?s attacks
on the media, said he briefed officials
last year on a system that would enable authorities to broadcast direct to
any American?s phone.
?I just wanted them to be aware
of the technology,? Smith said in an
interview. He also recalled an earlier meeting with Trump during the
2016 election campaign, where he told
the future president: ?We are here to
deliver your message.?
Sinclair is the biggest owner of local
TV in the US, and may soon reach 72%
of American households if a proposed
$4bn (�8bn) takeover of a rival is
approved by federal regulators. It is
accused by critics of having a conservative bias, which it denies.
The company has been a driving
force in the development of a new
broadcasting standard known as Next
Gen TV, and is one of the first involved
in making chips for televisions, cellphones and other devices to receive
the new transmissions.
A broadcasting industry group, of
which Sinclair is a member, lobbied
federal authorities last year to force
manufacturers to incorporate the
chips in new devices. This would have
created orders for millions of chips and
probably new revenues for Sinclair.
Smith said his White House meeting
Anchors on a Portland, Oregon
station read the prepared statement
was not financially motivated. The
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decided last November to
make incorporating chips voluntary.
As well as entertainment, the chip
allows mobile devices to receive messages from an upgraded government
public warning system, through which
authorities can send video statements
and multimedia even when telephone
lines are down.
?The public interest aspect is enormous in terms of the lives it will save,?
said Smith. ?If you were Rudy Giuliani
on 9/11 you would have turned on your
desktop, typed in an access code, and
gone live to every phone or pad or
device in the marketplace in seconds.?
Smith said he was unable to recall
when the White House meeting took
place and which officials he briefed.
But during the visit, he said, ?I was
invited to say hello to the president,
so I said, ?Hey, great, have a nice day.??
Smith did not respond to questions on whether Sinclair?s proposed
purchase of Tribune Media was discussed with Trump or other officials.
The White House did not respond to
questions and requests for comment.
In his interview with the Guardian, the Sinclair boss also struck out
at Jared Kushner, Trump?s son-in-law
and adviser, for reportedly boasting
that Trump?s 2016 campaign team
made a deal for favourable coverage
on Sinclair stations in return for giving
access to the company?s journalists.
?I was pissed off,? said Smith, who
denied giving Trump?s team a special
arrangement. Asked for an assessment
of Kushner?s role in Trump?s White
House, Smith said: ?I don?t know what
his role is. Nobody does.?
But Smith did recall an offer he
made to Trump in 2016 after Trump
secured the Republican presidential
nomination. ?I asked [Trump], ?Would
you like us to embed with you during
your campaign??,? said Smith. ?And
he brought a bunch of people in the
room, and he said, ?Well, whatever?.
And I said: ?We are here to deliver your
message. Period.??
Smith denied that this amounted
to Sinclair acting as a mouthpiece for
Trump. He said it meant only that
Trump could be interviewed by Sinclair whenever he chose. Smith said a
similar offer was extended to Hillary
Clinton by letter but was not taken up.
?What I get out of it is access to a
guy who?s running for president,? said
Smith. ?You want to be on TV? Sure,
we?d like to have you on TV.?
Smith tried to dismiss criticism
of Sinclair since CNN revealed news
anchors across the US were being
instructed to read identical scripts
decrying ?fake? news, which mirrored Trump?s long-running attack
on journalism. He claimed rank-andfile Sinclair staff expressing dismay did
not understand the segments were in
their own interest.
?If people believe you more than
they believe somebody else, they?re
more likely to watch you,? he said.
?We will therefore make our spots
worth more. And you know what that
means? That means I will make more
money, which means I can pay you
more money.?
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Rite stu?
Exorcism
demand is
on the rise
in Rome
? Pope Francis lays his hands on the
head of a man in St Peter?s Square
Stephanie Kirchgaessner
Rome
F
ather Cesar Truqui has
never seen a person
levitate, but he knows
another priest who has.
In his decade working
as a Roman Catholic
exorcist, expelling demons from
individuals who he believes are
possessed or vexed by the devil, the
Mexican priest says the oddest thing
he ever witnessed after an exorcism
was the sudden appearance of a
?satanic nail? on a tabletop.
?There had been nothing on the
table and then suddenly it was there,
a rusted black nail. We all saw it. I
wanted to keep it but then I thought,
no, it?s like keeping a radioactive
thing,? he said.
Truqui, who is based in
Switzerland and served as an
assistant to the late Father Gabriele
Amorth, who claimed to have
performed more than 100,000
exorcisms, is heading to Rome this
month to teach a new course on
exorcism for priests who want to
learn the ancient rite, which Truqui
said has its roots in the Gospels.
?Christ was the first exorcist. The
power of casting out demons was
one of the signs that Christianity was
a true religion,? he says.
While Pope Francis has spent
more time talking about the devil
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be offered a new course this month
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? Father Cesare Truqui says he once
saw a ?satanic nail? on a tabletop
than other modern popes and
reportedly once performed an
impromptu exorcism, he has only
rarely discussed the ritual.
Demand for exorcism is rising,
Truqui says, as more bishops around
the world, who were once sceptical,
have come to see it as a possible
solution to their parishioners?
problems, especially where they
believe modern medicine and
psychiatry have failed to find
solutions.
But how does a practice that is
synonymous with a famous horror
movie, and which is steeped in the
supernatural, even as it condemns
people who dabble in so-called
?black magic?, have a place in the
modern church?
While exorcism has been
criticised for stigmatising and
possibly harming individuals who
suffer from mental illnesses or
physical ailments that might be
difficult to diagnose, and despite
some high profile cases of abuse by
exorcists, Truqui insists the patients
he sees find peace in the process.
?At the end of the exorcism, there is
always relief,? he claims.
His patients, he says, have
problems that cannot be explained
in normal medical terms ? from one
patient who he believes may have
been cursed by her mother-in-law,
and who feels an almost constant
sensation of daggers entering her
legs, knitting needles in her arms
and a clenched hand at her chin,
to another who Truqui says was so
obsessed by masturbation that he
did it 40 times a day.
?Normally speaking it is humanly
impossible ? so that is a satanic
thing,? he says.
Truqui claims that full-on
demonic possession is rare. The vast
majority of people who see him have
normal problems or mental illnesses,
and he says he has sent patients
to seek psychiatric help. But then
Warm Dutch cycle path may
leave local frogs in hot water
Daniel Boffey
Brussels
The longest heated cycle path in western Europe will be built in a Dutch
beauty spot to keep it free of ice and
snow and cut the commuting time
between two of the country?s cities
all year round.
The mile-long ?cycle highway?,
which forms part of the route linking
Wageningen and Arnhem in the east of
the Netherlands, will be kept warm by
residual heat from a local paper plant.
Concerns have been raised that
frogs may find the warm path a little
too comfortable, presenting a danger to cyclists, and themselves. But
Gelderland council has promised to
monitor the impact on the local wildlife, which includes many water birds
and beavers. Towns across the Netherlands have been investing in heating
stretches of cycle paths, but nothing
on the scale proposed in Gelderland
has been constructed.
Cutting through a nature reserve
in Renkum, the two-way cycle path
is likely to be one of the most idyllic,
and is due to be completed in time for
the winter of 2019.
De Jufferswaard, a nature area of
31 hectares (77 acres), is located in the
floodplain along the Nederrijn river,
between the site of the paper mill,
Parenco, one of the area?s biggest
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Area, in hectares, of the Renkum
nature reserve. Heating will avoid
the need to salt the path in winter
there are 2-3% who he says show
signs of demonic ?vexation?. These
patients, he claims, are capable
of feats of superhuman strength.
Sometimes their voice changes and
they growl, and sometimes they
speak in tongues. He claims to have
seen people who can suddenly
speak in Hebrew or Aramaic even
though they have never studied the
languages.
Some are obsessive and show
knowledge of what Truqui calls
?secret things?, such as what
someone far away is doing or
wearing, and they are sometimes
overwhelmed by feelings of
discomfort in places of worship.
The exorcist also spoke about his
adversary ? Satan ? who he described
as a pragmatic foe. ?The devil
tempts the holy man in his holiness
and the sinner in his sin,? he says.
While he does not believe Pope
Francis is possessed or vexed by the
devil, he says ? as an example ? that
if the devil were to influence the
pope, he would know that Francis
could not be tempted by lust for a
woman. Instead, he would prey on
Francis?s sympathy for the poor, and
tempt him to ignore the affluent.
The process of exorcism, he says,
is relatively boring. An exorcist puts
his hand on the back of a patient
or on the head, and begins by
reciting the Lord?s Prayer. A vexed
or possessed person, Truqui said,
might then start speaking for the
devil. He recalled one case that gave
even him pause. ?[The patient]
said I am the prince of this world,
I am Satan, and the hairs on my
arms went up. When you listen to a
satanic growl, once you listen to the
devil?s voice, you can recognise it.?
employers, and the Rhine bridge at
Heteren, south-west of Arnhem.
Petra Borsboom, a spokeswoman
for Gelderland council, said she
believed the path would be the longest
of its type in western Europe, adding:
?We don?t want to make the claim that
it is the longest in the world because
there might be one in China we don?t
know about.?
The fast cycle route will shorten
the distance between Wageningen
and Arnhem by 600 metres. The biggest gain of the new route would be
?time, safety and experience?, the
council said.
Borsboom said the project would
be put out to tender soon. ?We want
to work with companies developing
new techniques,? she said.
?This path is mainly for commuters. It is a beautiful protected area and
that is the reason we wanted to do this.
We don?t want to use salt there to keep
it snow-free.? She added: ?There was
a lot of fear that frogs in the road
would want to stay there but we will
follow the impact on the smaller
animals very closely.?
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to safety
Refugees
from the
Democratic
Republic of the
Congo arrive
in Nsonga,
Uganda, after
crossing Lake
Albert. The
UNHCR says
almost 70,000
have arrived
in Uganda
from DRC
this year.
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Fear levels are high
among European
Jews, report says
Harriet Sherwood
Religion correspondent
Feelings of insecurity are widespread
among European Jews as a result of
the resurgence of the extreme right, a
heated anti-Zionist discourse on the
left and radical Islam, according to a
new global study of antisemitism.
Last year saw a decrease in violent
antisemitic incidents of 9% on the
previous year ? and of almost 50%
compared with the 2006-14 average
? but an increase in harassment and
abuse, according to a survey published by the Kantor Center for the
Study of Contemporary Antisemitism
and Racism.
The report also highlights a
strengthening of the extreme right
in some European countries ?accompanied by slogans and symbols
reminiscent of the 1930s? and ?intensity of the anti-Jewish sentiments
expressed in a variety of ways ? especially on street demonstrations?.
It says this may explain a discrepancy between the level of fear among
European Jews and the actual number
of violent incidents.
The 105-page report examines the
prevalence of antisemitism in Europe,
the post-Soviet region, the US, Canada,
Australia, South America and South
Africa. It records 327 major incidents
of violence, vandalism and desecration in 2017, compared with a peak in
2009 of 1,118 and a low of 78 in 1989,
the year the study began. About 30%
of attacks were directed at individuals, 20% at cemeteries and memorial
sites, and 17% at synagogues.
It attributes the decrease to better security and intelligence, more
government spending, fewer Jews
identifying themselves as such on the
street and the attention of rightwingers switching to rising immigration.
?This situation is not necessarily
perceived in Jewish communities as
a sufficient positive development,? it
adds, ?because the presence of security measures means that they are a
327
Total number of major antisemitic
incidents recorded in 2017,
including those outside Europe
9%
Decrease in violent incidents
compared with 2016. However,
harassment and abuse increased
necessity, and mainly because it is
overshadowed by the many verbal
and visual expressions, some on the
verge of violence.
?These take place in working places,
schools, universities, playgrounds,
near Jewish homes and institutes, on
football fields, during demonstrations
in the streets, and all the more so in the
social networks.?
According to the report, the last
weeks of 2017 and the first months of
2018 saw a number of demonstrations
in different countries following Donald Trump?s announcement that the
US would consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
Reactions to the move included
attacks on Jews, antisemitic slogans
including calls for murder, and the
burning of the Israeli flag.
?These incidents do not necessarily originate in Muslim and Arab circles
and countries, but rather come from
a variety of groups and circles, from
most of the political spectrum.?
The report notes ?the rise of leftist antisemitism that supports
radical Muslim anti-Israeli attitudes
expressed in antisemitic terms such
as in the BDS [Boycott Divestment
and Sanctions] and Antifa [militant
anti-fascist] movements, and certainly in the UK Labour party led by
Jeremy Corbyn.?
Many Jews in the UK were ?losing
their traditional political home? as a
result of feeling betrayed by Labour,
it said.
As result of insecurity, an increasing number of Jews were no longer
wearing identifying items in public or
attending synagogues on Jewish holidays, meaning the ?ability to live a full
Jewish communal and individual life is
jeopardised, and so is Jewish identity?.
Orb醤 pushes on
with ?stop Soros?
laws as critical
newspaper shuts
Shaun Walker
Budapest
Hungary?s prime minister, Viktor
Orb醤, promised yesterday to push
through a controversial piece of legislation targeting civil society, claiming
his weekend victory in parliamentary
elections provided him with what
could be the strongest political mandate in recent Hungarian history.
The announcement, combined
with news that one of the last remaining newspapers critical of the Orb醤
government could be closing with
immediate effect, led the prime minister?s critics to fear the worst as he
begins another four years in power.
Staff at the daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet were told yesterday that
today?s edition would be the last.
The paper is controlled by Lajos
? Viktor Orb醤 claimed the poll result
had vindicated his ruthless campaign
Simicska, a businessman who was once
Orb醤?s closest ally but fell out with
him in 2015.
Orb醤 ran his campaign on the
single issue of migration, and has
accused the political opposition, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs)
and critical media of being part of a
plot orchestrated by the HungarianAmerican billionaire George Soros to
send millions of migrants to Hungary.
His Fidesz party won a two-thirds
majority in parliament in Sunday?s
vote, which international observers
said was marred by ?intimidating and
xenophobic rhetoric, media bias and
opaque financing?. However, Orb醤
said the campaign had been vindicated
by the result.
He also made it clear that far from
stepping back from the ruthless campaign rhetoric, he will stay true to it,
such as by going ahead with controversial bills described by his government
as the ?stop Soros? package.
The proposed laws will require
NGOs that work on migration-related
issues to register with the interior
ministry and be vetted by security
agencies. Any foreign funding for their
activities will be subject to a 25% tax.
In a statement, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, a human rights group
which is partially funded by Soros and
one of the few organisations that continues to work on migration issues,
said: ?The last decades have shown
the importance and merit of our work.
?This is even more so now when an
unscrupulous government has gained
effectively unlimited power to change
the constitution, further dismantle
the rule of law and arbitrarily restrict
human rights.?
Additional reporting Gabi Horn
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Malcolm Turnbull, prime minister of
Australia, centre, covers up on a rainy
day six of the Commonwealth Games
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? Cristina Cifuentes, president of the
Madrid regional government, has
rejected the claims made against her
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Israel?s military
to investigate
footage of
sniper shooting
man in Gaza
Oliver Holmes
Jerusalem
Spanish politicians
urged to resign over
fake degree claims
Stephen Burgen
Barcelona
Two leading Spanish politicians were
facing calls yesterday to resign over
claims that they had faked their master?s degrees.
Cristina Cifuentes, the Popular
party (PP) president of the Madrid
regional government, and Pablo Casado, an MP and the party?s deputy
communications chief, are accused
of obtaining master?s degrees from the
King Juan Carlos University in Madrid
without ever attending classes or writing a dissertation.
When Eldiario.es broke the story
on 21 March, Cifuentes rejected the
accusation and threatened to sue the
news website. She then produced a
certificate. However, two of three
people whose names appeared on the
certificate said their signatures had
been forged. The university has said
it can find no trace of Cifuentes?s dissertation, and she has not produced it.
Casado, meanwhile, told a press
conference on Monday that he was not
expected to attend class or sit exams.
Laura Nu駉, the deputy director of
the Institute of Public Law, the university department in which Cifuentes
alleges she studied for her master?s,
resigned yesterday after saying she
had discovered that her signature
had been forged on documents purporting to show that Cifuentes took
the course in 2012.
?I never even taught a single class
to Cristina Cifuentes, not even on that
course,? Nu駉 said, citing ?an absolute
lack of trust?.
The case has caused consternation
in academic circles. ?Cases such as
this give the impression that there is
Cosby lawyer calls accuser a
?con artist? only after money
Ed Pilkington
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Bill Cosby?s defence lawyer launched a
relentless character assassination yesterday against the woman accusing the
comic of drugging and molesting her,
calling her a con artist and liar interested only in money.
In the second day of the TV star?s
retrial, the famed Hollywood lawyer
Tom Mesereau left little to the jury?s
imagination in his opening statement.
He repeatedly attacked the credibility
of the key prosecution witness, Andrea
favouritism and, even though this is
not generally the case among universities here, it?s damaging,? said Pablo
Sim髇, a professor of political science
at University Carlos III in Madrid.
?The good news is that it shows that
people are much less willing to tolerate corruption,? said Sim髇. ?A few
years ago it wouldn?t have attracted
any attention.?
He added: ?On the other hand, it
shows that our political leaders are
still unwilling to take responsibility
for their actions and refuse to resign.?
Despite opposition demands for
? Pablo Casado told the press he was
never expected to attend classes
Cifuentes to quit, the prime minister,
Mariano Rajoy, is standing by her and
she has so far refused to go.
?The Cifuentes case follows a typical PP strategy,? said Sim髇. ?First they
deny everything, then they say it?s a
conspiracy, then they offer the accused
their full support, then they let them
fall on their swords. I?m convinced that
in the end Cifuentes will resign.?
If Cifuentes falls, the PP could lose
control of the Madrid regional government. The scandal is another setback
for Rajoy?s conservative government, already dogged by the Catalan
question.
Last week a German court refused
to extradite the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on charges of
rebellion. Meanwhile, Rajoy is unable
to get his budget approved because
five Basque MPs will not vote for it
until direct rule, imposed on Catalonia last October, is lifted, and that can
only happen once a Catalan government is installed.
On Friday, Catalan secessionists
will once again attempt to invest Jordi
S鄋chez, remanded in jail in Madrid
on charges of sedition, as president.
If, as expected, the courts refuse to
release him, the investiture will not
happen. If nothing is resolved by next
month, Catalans will go to the polls for
the fourth time in less than six years.
Constand, a Canadian massage therapist who alleges she was rendered
comatose and sexually assaulted by
Cosby in January 2004.
?You are going to ask yourself what
did she want from Bill Cosby,? the jury
was told by Mesereau. ?You already
know the answer: money, money and
lots more money.? He called her ?a con
artist. We?ll prove it. A con artist.?
Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each carrying
up to 10 years in prison. He was tried
on the same charges last June but
the case collapsed after the jury was
unable to agree on a verdict.
At the centre of both trials are the
allegations of Constand, who became
a friend of Cosby?s while she was
working at his alma mater, Temple
University, as a manager of the women?s basketball team.
Constand alleges she was invited to
dinner at the star?s home, given three
blue pills to ?relax? her and sexually
assaulted by Cosby after she was in
effect unconscious.
More than 50 women accuse Cosby
of sexual assault, all of whom went
public before the explosion of #MeToo.
Israel?s military yesterday said its
soldiers had been responding to a
?violent riot? after footage emerged
of a sniper shooting a seemingly
unarmed and motionless Palestinian
man in the Gaza Strip, followed by exuberant whooping off-camera.
The grainy video comes after almost
two weeks of daily protests by Palestinians on the Israel-Gaza border in
which the Israel Defence Forces (IDF)
have fatally shot more than two dozen
people and wounded hundreds more,
according to Gazan health officials.
The Israeli military said the
shooting was on 22 December, before
the current protests, when one of its
soldiers injured the man in his leg.
The short clip, which was widely
shared on social media and shown on
Israeli prime-time television, appears
to have been filmed through a pair of
binoculars. It shows several young
men in the distance, metres from the
fortified wire perimeter fence.
?Do you have a bullet in the barrel??
asks a voice off-camera in Hebrew.
A crack is heard and the man falls
suddenly. ?Wow, what a video. Yes!
Son of a whore!? another person says
as people run towards the victim to
help. ?Wow. They hit someone in the
head,? says an off-camera voice.
The Jerusalem Post had compared
the attack to the case of a military medic
? nicknamed the ?Hebron shooter? ?
who was sentenced to 18 months in
prison last year for killing an already
incapacitated Palestinian attacker.
In a statement yesterday, the IDF
said troops were responding to ?a
violent riot, which included rock
hurling and attempts to sabotage the
security fence?. The film, less than a
minute-and-a-half long, did not show
stone-throwing or people damaging
infrastructure. The IDF said it issued
verbal warnings, used riot dispersal
methods and fired warning shots.
?After none of these were successful,
a single bullet was fired towards one of
the Palestinians, who is suspected of
organising and leading this incident,? it
said. ?He was hit in the leg and injured.?
It said the footage was filmed, without authorisation, by a soldier who was
not part of the unit that fired, adding:
?[The statements made] do not suit
the degree of restraint expected of IDF
soldiers and will be dealt by commanders accordingly.?
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Wall Street stages
recovery as Xi
eases fears over
trade war with US
European shares also rally
as Chinese president talks
of opening up economy
Richard Partington
Economics correspondent
Wall Street staged a sharp recovery
yesterday after China?s president, Xi
Jinping, promised economic reforms
and lower import tariffs, soothing
fears over the country?s trade clash
with the US.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average
gained more than 500 points in early
trading and closed 429 up at 24,408.
The biggest gainers were tech stocks
and companies such as Boeing and
Caterpillar, seen to be among the heaviest losers from a trade war between
the world?s two biggest economies.
European shares also rallied amid
renewed hope for a solution in the
showdown triggered by Donald
Trump, with the FTSE 100 ending 1%
higher at 7,266.
The pound also rose on international exchanges after one Bank of
England ratesetter, Ian McCafferty,
said Threadneedle Street ?shouldn?t
dally? when it comes to raising the cost
of borrowing ? expected by investors
to occur as early as next month.
In his first public comments since
the trade dispute started, Xi used a
speech in Beijing to promise an opening up of the country?s economy.
He also said China would raise the
Glencore cuts tycoon links
Glencore, the world?s largest
commodities trader, has begun
cutting ties with Russian aluminium
tycoon Oleg Deripaska after new US
sanctions against his businesses.
The trader said it had cancelled
the planned swap of its 8.75% stake
in aluminium maker Rusal, which is
controlled by Deripaska, for shares
in the London-listed En+ Group,
another of the oligarch?s companies.
Glencore?s chief executive, Ivan
Glasenberg, has resigned from
the Rusal board. The Swiss-based
commodities trader, listed on the
FTSE 100, said it was evaluating
other contracts with Rusal. It bought
$2.4bn (�7bn) of aluminium in 2017
under a multi-year deal due to be
renegotiated this year. Julia Kollewe
foreign ownership limit for companies
operating in the nation?s aircraft, shipbuilding and motor industries.
?This year, we will considerably
reduce auto import tariffs, and at the
same time reduce import tariffs on
some other products,? he added.
The better news for investors comes
amid warmer words from both Beijing and Washington in the latest signs
of a climbdown from the brink of a
trade war.
Writing in the Guardian, the Chinese ambassador to the UK said such
an economic conflict ?should and can
be avoided?.
While warning that China had no
choice but to take firm action in the
face of Trump using the ?law of the
jungle? for trade disputes, Liu Xiaoming wrote: ?China has not, however,
closed the door to negotiations and
consultations. On the contrary, we
will continue to deepen reform and
open up on all fronts with a view to
building closer trade and economic
partnerships with the world.?
Seeking to solve the standoff
through established international
channels, China filed a complaint with
the World Trade Organization challenging Trump?s tariff plans for steel
and aluminium imports, with Beijing
asking for 60 days of consultations
with the US.
If those talks should fail, the next
step would be for a panel of trade
experts to make a ruling.
In Britain, the biggest risers on the
FTSE 100 included mining companies
such as Anglo American and Glencore,
which gained amid investor hopes that
a resolution to the trade dispute would
reduce the likelihood of the US imposing punitive tariffs on commodities.
The Trump administration has
outlined $50bn of import tariffs on Chinese goods arriving in America, which
China said it would match with levies
on US imports.
Trump then said he would consider
an additional $100bn of tariffs on Chinese products, raising the stakes and
causing alarm on global financial markets last week.
However, the US president said on
Sunday that Beijing would ease trade
barriers ?because it is the right thing
to do?, in a move that was seen as easing the fears of an all-out trade war.
Joshua Mahony, of the financial
spread betting firm IG, said: ?Talk of
China easing their import restrictions
is helping drive global market sentiment higher.?
Berlin property
market tops
world table of
surging prices
Hamburg, Munich and Frankfurt ?
were ranked in the world top 10 for
price rises, with several Dutch cities
not far behind.
London was ranked 101st, with a 2%
gain, while Auckland in New Zealand,
once gripped by a frantic property
boom, dropped to 99th place, with a
2.2% rise.
But attempts by the authorities in
Vancouver to quell its soaring prices
? including a 15% foreign buyer tax ?
appear to have stalled, with prices in
the city jumping by 16% in 2017, the
fourth fastest in the world.
Berlin?s move to the top of the table
comes on the heels of several years of
soaring prices that have pushed up the
average cost of a property in the city of
3.5 million people by more than 120%
since 2004.
Foreign buyers have flocked to
Berlin?s residential and commercial
property market, with the famed US
investor Warren Buffett agreeing a
deal just last month to acquire a luxury
? Berlin?s traditionally low rents
are threatened by luxury residential
developments and speculative buying
Fall in pound helps British yacht
company sail to record revenue
demand with new models, better technology and improved customer care,
he added.
?We are going to increase production by about 25% and we have hired
500 new people to meet exploding
demand,? Sheriff said.
He added business had been
boosted by the pound?s fall, making
boats more attractive for international
buyers. The Trump administration?s
tax cuts have also sparked the US market back to life.
Princess?s range starts at �0,000
for the V40, a 13m motor yacht with
two double cabins. Its most expensive
model is the 40m, three-deck 40M,
which costs �m or �m including
VAT if bought in the UK.
International orders are booming
as campaigners highlight the growing disparity between the rich and the
global poor.
Patrick Collinson
Berlin has emerged as the frothiest
property market in the world, with
the German capital engulfed by luxury residential tower developments
and speculative buying, threatening
the city?s traditionally low rents and
hip arts scene.
Prices in Berlin jumped by 20.5% in
2017, according to the property consultancy Knight Frank.
In all, four German cities ? Berlin,
Sean Farrell
Princess Yachts has reported record
annual revenue for 2017, boosted by
the booming global economy and
foreign buyers attracted by the fall in
the pound since the Brexit vote.
The firm expects this year to be even
better after taking on 500 workers at its
Plymouth shipyard to meet ?exploding
demand? from the global rich who pay
up to �m for a luxury boat.
Revenue for the year to the end of
December jumped 27% to a record
�4.4m as orders streamed in from
the US, Asia and Europe as well as the
UK. As a result, Princess swung to an
operating profit before exceptional
costs of �9m from a loss of � the
year before.
The company?s order book stands
at �0m and its workforce jumped
to 2,700 at the start of 2017 to meet
demand. Princess delivered 230 boats
in 2017 but it has been selling them at
a rate of about 300 a year.
Antony Sheriff, Princess?s executive
chairman, said business is booming
because more people are becoming
rich and those who are already rich
feel more confident amid strong global
growth. Princess is capitalising on this
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real estate agent in the city that is selling apartments and homes for as much
as ?3.8m (�3m).
The boom has been fuelled by cheap
borrowing and a population that grew
by about 50,000 in each of the five
years to 2017 and is projected to reach
4 million by 2035.
The surge in prices has prompted
warnings of a bubble waiting to burst.
In February, Germany?s central bank,
the Bundesbank, suggested that property in many German cities was at least
15% overpriced, and in Berlin could be
as much as 35% overpriced.
But to buyers elsewhere the German
capital remains cheap, even after years
of rises. Apartments in prime parts of
the city fetch prices that are only about
a third of that for the equivalent property in London.
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Business view
Larry Elliott
Beijing knows its warm words
and reheated initiatives won?t
keep Trump calm for long
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t says something when Wall
Street trembles at every
public statement from the
leader of the free world
but takes comfort from the
general secretary of the
Chinese communist party, but that
seems to be the state of the world.
Share prices rose strongly
yesterday from the opening
after Xi Jinping pledged to lower
protectionist barriers and to take
seriously complaints from foreign
companies about intellectual
property theft.
After last week?s bellicose
rhetoric from Donald Trump,
this was seen as an attempt by
Beijing to reduce the trade tension
between China and the US.
Trump, it is hoped, will see Xi?s
emollient words as evidence that
his tough approach has worked
and call victory without imposing
threatened tariffs on Chinese goods.
Once he has done so, China will
remove the threat of retaliation. A
tit-for-tat trade war will have been
averted.
If this sounds a bit too good
to be true, that?s because it
probably is. Trump has gone quiet
on protectionism this week but
that?s only because his focus has
temporarily switched from China
to Russia, and from trade to Syria.
Wall Street should not see a period
of silence from the White House as a
sign that peace has broken out.
As Julian Evans-Pritchard, the
China expert at Capital Economics,
has pointed out, Xi?s concessions
were less meaningful than they
appeared at first blush, and were
really just a bundling together
of previously announced ? and
hitherto undelivered ? pledges.
Nor does Xi?s attempt to
portray China as the defender of
globalisation and free trade in
the face of American isolationism
and protectionism really stack up.
China has higher tariffs than either
the EU or the US, is far less open to
foreign investment and operates
an economic model weighted
deliberately in favour of state-run
enterprises.
Xi is operating a two-pronged
strategy. Publicly, he is talking the
language of conciliation. Privately,
reports suggest that he is looking
at ways in which a deliberate
devaluation of the Chinese currency
could counter US tariffs.
That suggests that Beijing thinks
Trump, unlike Wall Street, might
not respond with great enthusiasm
to warm words and reheated
initiatives. That seems a reasonable
assumption.
Beware of Bank boaster
The Bank of England thinks it has
done a remarkably good job over the
past decade. Almost everybody is
better off as a result of Threadneedle
Street?s low interest rates and
quantitative easing programme of
the past decade.
Who thinks so? Why, the Bank of
England, of course, which has had
enough of carping from pensioners
angry at nugatory returns on their
savings and young people priced out
of the housing market by the assetprice boom stimulated by cheap
money. In a speech in Australia,
the Bank?s chief economist, Andy
Haldane, said the recession would
otherwise have been deeper and
more jobs would have been lost.
After marking its own homework,
the Bank has decided to award itself
10 out of 10 and a gold star.
Monetary policy often works in
subtle ways, according to Haldane,
so it is not the fault of voters that
they don?t easily grasp just how
well they are being served by the
Bank. What would help, he added,
would be personal monetary policy
scorecards that put a cash number
on being employed and seeing the
value of pensions and property
?Threadneedle Street?s
?trust us, we know
what we are doing?
assurance is an attempt
to soften up the public
for dearer borrowing?
Late payment
Government action to tackle
late payment of suppliers by big
contractors is welcome and long
overdue. Whitehall departments
are obliged to pay invoices within
five days but according to the
commercial law firm EMW, it took
one of the top 10 outsourcing firms
31 days on average to pay their
suppliers in 2017, up from 29 days in
2016. Carillion took 62 days.
Small businesses will doubtless
greet this latest initiative with weary
scepticism. They have heard this
sort of talk many times before and
are still waiting for it be turned into
action.
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Having spent most of his speech
explaining why 10 years of loose
monetary policy has been good for
Britain, Haldane said this should
not imply that a tougher stance
would be bad. If, in the face of rising
inflation, a small increase in interest
rates now avoided a bigger increase
later, the impact would also be
positive.
The conclusion from this is that
Haldane is inclined to vote for
an increase in interest rates next
month. His ?trust us, we know what
we are doing? is an attempt to soften
up the public for dearer borrowing.
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Music labels?
best year
for growth
since height
of Britpop
Welding issues
may delay EDF
nuclear reactor
Adam Vaughan
Mark Sweney
UK music company revenues in 2017
grew at the fastest rate since the height
of Britpop in the mid-1990s, as the
growing popularity of services such
as Spotify resulted in income from
streaming overtaking that from CD
sales for the first time.
UK record labels enjoyed a 10.6%
surge in earnings last year to �9m,
thanks to the digital popularity of artists including Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith,
Dua Lipa and Stormzy. It was the fastest rate of growth since 1995, when
Oasis, Blur and Pulp created a high
street CD sales frenzy.
Music companies enjoyed a 45%
year-on-year increase in subscription
streaming revenue, from �9m in
2016 to �6.9m, as an industry hammered for a decade by piracy benefited
from music lovers turning to legitimate services such as Spotify, Apple
Music and Amazon Music.
Royalty income from the sale of CDs,
which have been in decline since the
onset of the digital music era almost
two decades ago, edged up 0.7% compared with 2016, to �6.9m.
Record labels may be enjoying the
fruits of newfound digital growth but
they say that not all the tech companies are treating the industry fairly.
The report from the music industry
body the BPI shows labels and their
artists earn more than double the royalties from vinyl record sales than from
payments for the viewing of music videos on YouTube, owned by Google.
? The digital
popularity of
artists such as
Dua Lipa helped
drive a 10.6%
surge in earnings
for UK record
labels last year
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Economists compare bitcoin
craze to infectious disease
Richard Partington
Economics correspondent
The rise of bitcoin can be compared
to the spread of an infectious disease,
according to economists who argue
that the digital currency may have
peaked in value as more consumers
have become immune to its appeal.
Analysts at Barclays said the soaring value of the digital currency last
year, when prices rose by more than
900%, was helped by new buyers being
?infected? by the euphoria surrounding it. The price of bitcoin has since
crashed from almost $20,000 before
Christmas to less than $7,000.
Using studies from the world of
epidemiology ? the branch of medicine concerned with the occurrence,
distribution and control of epidemic
diseases ? the bank?s economists built
a model for bitcoin prices that assumed
more people were now immune to
the lure of making money on the new
financial asset.
They said prices tended to rise when
?infections? spread from one buyer
to another, transmitted by word of
mouth between friends ? especially
to those with a ?fear of missing out?
on a chance to get rich quick. The rate
of new entrants to the market helped
? Bitcoin has lost about two-thirds
of its value since the end of last year
UK vinyl sales, which grew for the
10th consecutive year to a 26-year high
of 4.1m units, driven by albums from
Liam Gallagher and Fleetwood Mac,
generated �m in royalties.
By contrast, music video streaming,
dominated by YouTube, which made
ad revenue from more than 25bn UK
music video streams last year, funnelled just �m to the industry. This
was a small increase on the �.3m
in 2016. Revenues from LP sales rose
a healthy 23.6% year on year, from
�.6m to �m.
Last year, a leaked memo from Steve
Cooper, chief executive of Warner
Music, said that its new deal with YouTube was so one-sided that it could not
be called a ?free market, willing buyer,
willing seller? negotiation.
Geoff Taylor, chief executive of the
BPI and the Brit Awards, said: ?Government action is needed to remedy
the continuing ?value gap? so that all
digital platforms pay fairly for their
use of music.?
The BPI said the total �9m the
to set prices, while more people losing money would lead to immunity.
Arguing that the ?susceptible? population for the bitcoin bug had now
fallen, the economists said the peak
reached just before Christmas was
probably the highest price that could
be achieved for the digital currency.
?This occurs with infectious diseases when the immunity threshold
is reached; ie the point at which a
sufficient portion of the population
becomes immune such that there are
no more secondary infections,? the
economists said.
Applying that logic to the plethora
of other digital currencies, including
the peers of bitcoin such as ethereum
and ripple, Barclays said the overall
value for all crypto assets might never
surpass $780bn ? roughly equivalent
to the peak sum of all cryptocurrencies in early January.
Valuing cryptocurrencies is problematic for the world of traditional
finance, as they are a new form of asset
with no intrinsic value promised by
cashflow. That means their value is
determined solely by what people are
willing to pay for owning them.
labels made from streaming, downloads, physical sales and licensing for
use in films, TV and computer games
was the highest amount since 2010.
However, it was still nearly onethird lower than the UK music
industry?s peak year of 2001, when
income topped �2bn.
Taylor said there were no signs
of the growth slowing down, with
innovations such as Amazon?s Echo
smart speakers and its virtual assistant, Alexa, promoting much more
playing of music around the home,
and the launch of a premium music
service from YouTube likely to drive
further爂rowth.
?The changes labels have made to
their business models and their investment in new talent have borne fruit,?
said Taylor.
?We are likely to see a continuing
rise in 2018, with increasing awareness
among consumers about the benefits
of music streaming, and new developments that are likely to encourage the
uptake of more subscriptions.?
EDF Energy has warned that a flagship
nuclear power station it is building
in France could run further behind
schedule and over budget, after
detecting faults at the ?10.5bn plant.
The French state-owned firm
said that inspections last month had
uncovered problems with welding on
pipes at the Flamanville plant in northwest France.
The Flamanville EPR is the same
reactor type as that being used at a
delayed plant in Finland and at Hinkley Point in Somerset, where EDF
is building the UK?s first new nuclear
power station in decades.
The company said that it had discovered ?quality deviations? on 150
welds in a system that conducts steam
to the turbines. EDF said it was performing further checks to see what
work would be needed to satisfy the
safety requirements of the French
nuclear regulator, ASN, and would
report on this in May.
The firm said: ?Following the checks
and licensing process by the ASN, EDF
will be able to specify whether the
project requires an adjustment to its
timetable and costs.?
The plant is three times over its original estimates and several years late.
The ASN had warned this year that the
Flamanville start-up schedule was
tight. Nuclear industry experts said
the news cast doubt over whether the
Flamanville 3 project would be operational by the end of 2019 as planned.
Paul Dorfman, of the University College London Energy Institute, said the
problems did not bode well for Hinkley
Point C, due to start up in 2025. ?If they
can?t build their own reactor in France,
where can they build it? This seems
counter to their claims that they are
learning from their mistakes.?
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Lucy Taylor was first abused in
the Salvation Army when she was
about 11 years old
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Sexual abuse
Woman assaulted
in Salvation Army
finally gets justice
Attackers are convicted
almost 20 years after her
going to the police
SA Mathieson
F
our years since speaking
out publicly about
being abused as燼燾hild
by members of the
Salvation Army, Lucy
Taylor (not her real
name) says she feels she can finally
start to move on.
Taylor, 57, went to the police in
1999 to report sexual abuse by four
men, but it wasn?t until last month
that they were convicted of charges
of indecent assault, gross indecency
and attempted rape in the 1970s
and 1980s. All four are due to be
sentenced later this month.
Taylor had first been abused by
William Tomkinson, at that time the
treasurer of the Salvation Army?s
Blackpool citadel (its local branch
headquarters), when she was
about 11爕ears old. When she first
approached the police, all four men
were arrested and interviewed by
Lancashire constabulary, but the
Crown Prosecution Service decided
against charging them. After an
interview with the Guardian in 2014,
Taylor again approached the force,
on the advice of the CPS. But she says
police officers initially discouraged
her ? ?They were very rude to me.?
In 2015, on the verge of giving
up, she called the NSPCC, which
passed her report to a helpline set
up by the independent inquiry
into child sexual abuse (IICSA).
It爎eferred the report on to Operation
Hydrant, which coordinates the
police response to allegations of
historical sexual abuse nationally.
Within 24 hours, Operation Fervent,
Lancashire constabulary?s own
dedicated historical abuse unit,
contacted Taylor.
She says its police officers were
?amazing? ? ?they told me from the
beginning they believed me?.
Simon Morris, one of the unit?s
investigating officers, says: ?We had
very little to do on top of what was
done before. It was just really getting
it into court, and for the victim to
have her day in court, which is what
she wanted. In fact, all she wanted
at the outset was an apology from
the Salvation Army, and had she had
that, there may well never have been
a court case.?
Taylor says the process was
extremely daunting. Dealing
with the defence barristers over
one and a half days ?nearly killed
me?, she says. ?Even so, I kept my
composure.? Taylor was screened
from the defendants and the public,
the court was cleared before she
entered and left, and she waited
in燼爏eparate room.
Lancashire was the first police
force to set up a dedicated historical
abuse unit, in January 2015. It is
staffed by six retired detective
constables and led by a former
detective inspector. Not all forces in
England and Wales have such units.
Over the last three years, Operation
Fervent has handled about 380
?I feel happy ?
bittersweet happy
? and thankful that
the jury came to the
decision they did?
cases. ?The main difference is that
we have a bit of time to see the job
through from start to finish, and
a lot more time to dedicate to the
victims,? says Morris. ?Because of
our ages and our experience, we?re
not frightened to query decisions
made by the CPS, whereas perhaps
younger officers are a bit more
reluctant to do that.?
Historical sexual abuse cases
usually require locating old medical
and social services records. ?There?s
been a sea change in how the police
approach cases like this,? says
Clare in the community Harry Venning
Lesley Connor who also works in
the unit. ?Victims are more likely
to be believed now, and more
credence is given to their accounts.?
Twenty years ago, sometimes ?they
would perhaps be put on the back
burner, perhaps not given as much
precedence as they are now?.
A CPS spokeswoman says it has
made several improvements to
how it prosecutes sexual offences
in recent years, including rape
and爏erious sexual offences units
in爀ach CPS area, specific policies
to爃elp prosecutors understand
issues around consent, and training
to recognise victim vulnerabilities.
Morris says: ?I just think it was
a very different mindset in 2000.
People are more willing to take
a燾hance and put a case before a jury.?
Operation Hydrant has recorded
allegations made against 16 named
individuals within a Salvation Army
setting. Taylor?s case is not the first
against the organisation in the UK
that has led to a conviction. James
Ernest Summers, an ex-Salvation
Army volunteer from Didcot,
Oxfordshire, was sentenced to
18爕ears in prison in 2012 for raping
three girls under the age of 10.
Taylor says that for many members
the Salvation Army is a爃uge part
of their lives, and others who have
suffered abuse may not be prepared
to risk losing this. That?s why she
remains angry and continues to
believe that ?the Salvation Army
hasn?t done enough?.
The organisation says it publicises
its safeguarding work and that
key leaders at every church are
expected to attend training to
recognise signs爋f abuse. ?If anyone
should disclose either historical
or current abuse, church leaders
should encourage the燾omplainant
to report燼ny allegation to the
police and would provide them
with pastoral support to do so,?
says燼燬alvation Army spokesman.
Taylor, who was not in court for
the verdict, was phoned by Connor.
?I feel happy ? bittersweet happy ?
and thankful that the jury came to
the decision they did,? she says.
?I would tell anybody out there
to trust in the British justice system.
You will get justice.?
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Opinion
Anonymous
We need to understand
that young perpetrators of
knife crime are victims too
T
oo often we respond
to a perceived crime
wave with calls for
tougher punishment,
increased stop and
searches, more police
funding, and crackdowns on drug
trafficking. Yet young people
continue to be drawn into conflicts
that end in bloodshed.
I don?t think it?s contested that
many of the 50 people killed in
attacks in London this year are
likely to be linked to gang-related
feuds and activity. It is also evident
that both victims and perpetrators
are often under the age of 18 ?
still燾hildren and understood
to be relatively early in爐erms of
human development. The fact that
these are young people caught up
in gang activity should be key to
developing a response that will have
a lasting爀ffect.
We need to understand them not
as violent criminals, or ? as so often
in the past ? feral and intrinsically
antisocial beings, but as victims
of燾hild criminal exploitation who
are subject to levels of coercion
and燾ontrol.
Having worked with good and
decent young people who have been
drawn into a twisted perception of
reality by their gang elders ? a world
of enemies, honour and artificial
territorialism that seems utterly
alien to those outside the sphere
of control ? I?ve seen how lost they
can become to reason. However
hard their parents try to talk sense
into them (and I?ve seen them try
incredibly hard), gang elders exert
far stronger control.
Children tell me what they get out
of gang life: friendship, support and
a way to achieve independence. All
reasonable desires that most of us
hold. When I ask how people might
achieve those things without selling
drugs or feuding, it?s really hard for
them to find meaningful answers.
How do you achieve
independence when you?re
permanently excluded from school,
or stopped by police waiting for
you as you return home to your
mum?s house in the early hours
of爐he morning (so you?ve taken
to爏leeping more and more often
in the ?trap houses? you work in)?
What燾an you do when the gang
elders you look up to expect more
time and commitment of you than
any boss or educator? How can
you escape when the things you
may have seen or done at such a
young age are more than likely to
have left you attempting to manage
the爏ymptoms of post-traumatic
stress disorder while still being
at constant risk of experiencing
further爐rauma?
Increasing police presence on
our streets doesn?t work. The police
have an interest in public protection
at almost any cost, and more often
than not that comes at the expense
of the children doing the bidding
of gang elders. I have been in
many multi-agency meetings with
police, youth-offending officers
and educators in my capacity as a
social worker, and have been utterly
dismayed at the lack of empathy and
understanding of child exploitation
exhibited by police officers. This
results in officers being eager to
punish children rather than protect
them from coercion and control.
Many of the families of children
?They have been
drawn into a twisted
perception of reality by
their gang elders. I?ve
seen how lost they can
become to reason?
drawn into gangs have been so
scarred by their experience with
the police that they no longer trust
them. And I don?t think the police
have the capacity or the will to
engage with this type of crime as
a燾hild protection issue.
So what could help? A return
to community social work is
needed. Small pockets of multidisciplinary social work teams
should be located across cities,
linked closely to the communities
in which they work. Social workers
with an understanding of human
development, power, coercion and
control, who are given the time
and space to work closely with
communities to provide the support
and advocacy they need.
The government?s �m serious
violence strategy must increase
funding for community projects
that燼re led by the people affected
by爐he issues those projects are
seeking to address. Until we
understand that knife violence
is燼 child protection issue and
not燼n issue of criminal justice,
our children will continue to hurt
one another and we will continue
to demand the implementation
of爉ore punitive measures that
don?t work.
The writer is a student social worker
in a child safeguarding and protection
team for a London borough
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Society
Disabled housing
A broken lift made me a
prisoner in my own home
James Coke
A
ged 16, I broke the law
and was remanded in
custody to await my
trial. I was confined
to my cell for up to
22 hours a day and
only occasionally got to break
the monotony of it all, strolling
with my fellow inmates around
the prison courtyard. Although
my incarceration was short ? I got
a燾ommunity service order and a爁ine
? my loss of independence hurt.
I爒owed I would never return to jail.
I never did, but the onset of
multiple sclerosis, and severe
disability, meant I went back to
that waiting cell, metaphorically
speaking. Doing this type of ?bird?,
for me and countless others living
with a chronic disease, can be hard
labour. I count myself lucky, though.
Soon after diagnosis I became
homeless and went to the local
council for help. A few months later
they awarded me a flat. My mobility
was manageable to start with but
over the decade I lived there, the
steps up to my flat became too
much. My special needs elevated me
to the highest band on the transfer
list. When a self-contained adapted
apartment became available nearby
under the management of a housing
association, I moved in.
I?ve lived there for eight years
now. My disease has continued,
confining me to a wheelchair and
now affecting my whole body. I can
still get out, thankfully, if my energy
levels allow. It?s a bit of a lifeline,
a chance to share a conversation,
an opportunity to feel part of
something. However, living on the
first floor of a housing block, I have a
new incarcerator, whose reliability is
often very poor ? the lift.
Recently it broke down ? again.
It was motionless for 10 days. The
landlord and lift engineers were
James Coke
(below)
successfully
fought for
compensation
on the basis that
a燽roken-down
lift infringed his
human rights
quick to blame each other ? no one
was prepared to take responsibility,
leaving me reliant on the goodwill
of my neighbour. My problem,
though, does not appear isolated.
A quick search on Google reveals
many others marooned in their flats
because of sub-standard services.
A chronic shortage of accessible
housing in the UK means that an
estimated 1.8 million people with
disabilities ? 56% of whom are
homeowners ? are often unable
to leave their homes, and many
are desperate for alternative
accommodation.�
As far as I?m concerned, the
broken lift infringed my human
rights. It stripped me of my
independence. So I refused to pay
my rent for the period it was out of
order and sought compensation for
the inconvenience caused. I燼lso
made a local councillor aware of my
predicament, including him in the
?round robin? email correspondence
with the housing association. He
informed the landlord and me that
the lift?s inaction may have broken
the 2010 Equality Act. The news
seemed to tip the balance. Soon after
the lift was fixed, both myself and
my neighbour (who is also disabled),
received compensation of more than
�0 as settlement.
Everyone in the same
predicament should think about
taking a similar stand. We all have
a voice and it is there to be heard.
When those voices are amplified,
they make a difference ? otherwise
nothing changes. This was a point
of principle. The lift has worked fine
since, fingers crossed. Hopefully the
payment means a lesson has been
learned and any future malfunction
will be treated with more urgency.
Future building forecasts and an
ageing population mean many more
people who become less mobile
could be forced to live in properties
that ultimately imprison them.
It should be enshrined in law
that new developments have more
accessible housing. It makes sense.
More of us are reaching our twilight
years and none of us knows what
lies燼head.
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Diocesan Secretary
The Bishop of Worcester and the Chair of the Worcester Diocesan Board of
Finance (WDBF) are seeking to appoint a new Diocesan Secretary who will
be the Chief Executive O?cer of the WDBF and also the Senior Executive
O?cer for the Bishop and Chief Administrative O?cer of the Diocese.
The successful applicant will ensure that the mission, sustainability and
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management, excellent administration and e?ective governance.
For more information please download a candidate pack:
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The Guardian Wednesday 11 April 2018
The golden marsh marigolds shine above
the rising Tern, reminding us of a time
when rivers were free to roam
Journal Country diary Page 7
40
Weather
Wednesday 11 April 2018
UK and Ireland Noon today
Forecast
Sunny Mist
Low 7 High 14
Around the UK
London
Fog
9
Sunny intervals
Lows and highs
Precipitation
Air pollution
Tomorrow
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Mostly cloudy
20
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Birmingham
Rough
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Edinburgh
Low 8 High 15
18
Sunny and heavy showers
Glasgow
Light showers
Friday
11
Sleet
Rough
Belfast
Light
snow
13
Low
55%
Low
25%
Low
12
55%
Low
12
55%
Low
25%
Low
Leeds
6
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Dublin
11
Heavy snow
Liverpool
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Ice
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Birmingham
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Norwich
25
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France today.
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jet stream
Edinburgh
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Many birds are called after the
sound they make, but few sing
their name quite so persistently
as the chiffchaff. From mid-March
onwards, I hear them in my garden,
and occasionally catch a glimpse of
a tiny, olive-coloured bird flitting
among the foliage.
Chiffchaffs are one of the
first signs of spring. Many of our
migrants, such as reed, sedge and
willow warblers, travel from south
of the Sahara, and arrive back from
early April. But because chiffchaffs
spend the winter closer to home, in
Iberia or North Africa, they usually
return a couple of weeks earlier.
But not this year. It may not
quite be the worst spring in living
memory, but the incessant clouds,
rain and winds have made it feel
pretty rotten. Day after day, I
listened out for that two-note song;
day after day, I failed to hear it.
Finally, on 3 April, the sun shone
briefly, and a chiffchaff began to sing
? a full 20 days later than last year.
Stephen Moss @stephenmoss_tv
? Stephen Moss will be one of the
panel of Weatherwatch contributors
taking part in Freak Weather in
History at the British Library on
Wednesday 2 May, at 7pm
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track will remain
to the south on
Thursday and
Friday, but a
few bands of
showers will
move through.
11
-15
Atlantic front
A little rain in
England, with a
storm well to the
south.
Plymouth
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-20
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Bristol
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260 and above
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Algiers
18
Lagos
31
Ams?dam
15
Lima
23
Athens
22
Lisbon
14
Auckland
14
Madrid
12
B Aires
28
Malaga
18
Bangkok
35
Melb?rne
27
Barcelona
12
Mexico C
20
Basra
36
Miami
27
Beijing
24
Milan
13
Berlin
19
Mombasa
31
Bermuda
22
Montreal
8
Brussels
17
Moscow
8
Budapest
21
Mumbai
32
C?hagen
9
N Orleans
23
Cairo
30
Nairobi
24
Cape Town
27
New Delhi
34
Chicago
16
New York
13
Corfu
22
Paris
19
Dakar
25
Perth
21
Dhaka
34
Prague
18
Dublin
11
Reykjavik
8
Florence
18
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29
Gibraltar
16
Rome
19
H Kong
28
Singapore
31
Harare
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Stockh?m
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Helsinki
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Sydney
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Istanbul
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Tel Aviv
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Jo?burg
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Tenerife
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Tokyo
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K?mandu
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Vancouv?r
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Kabul
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Warsaw
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Kingston
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Wash?ton
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Kolkata
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Well?ton
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L Angeles
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Cricket
Football
Guide to County
Championship
Second Division
Duggan sets
England on road
to Bosnia victory
Page 44 Page 47 41
Patrick Reed
(left) started
the day with
a three-shot
lead over Rory
McIlroy and the
former world
No�could not
get close
DAVID GOLDMAN/AP
PHOTO; JAMIE SQUIRE/
GETTY IMAGES
that this one was all over by then. Jordan Spieth was so
far back that even his final-round 64 did not really worry
Reed. ?When he birdied the 12th and 13th, I knew I had
those holes coming up,? Reed said of Spieth, ?and as long
as I could keep it at least tied with him, he would run
out of holes and I would have more birdie opportunities
coming in.?
So Reed felt he always had Spieth covered. It was
the爏ame with Rickie Fowler when he made a birdie on
the 18th to go to 14 under. Reed knew all he had to do
was get through the last two holes in even par. Which
is not to say it was easy. He still had to get up and down
on the 17th and then face that wicked downhill putt
on the 18th爂reen. ?But I kept reminding myself, and
my caddie爇ept reminding me: ?Just go do you. Go play
golf.?燗nd I was able to get through it mentally.? Reed
found a way to cope.
M
Pressure points
McIlroy was right
where he wanted to
be ? but unlike Reed
he could not cope
Andy Bull
T
hey say a Green Jacket costs around
$250, though no one who knows will
confirm that. Money talks in Augusta,
same as anywhere, but Augusta does
not like to talk money. Certainly
they are made in Cincinnati by the
Hamilton Tailoring Co, from tropical
wool, pantone 342, three buttons,
double-breasted, with the owner?s name stitched on the
inside. And there is nothing, certainly not in the game of
golf, that Rory McIlroy wants more. This was McIlroy?s
fourth run at finishing the career grand slam and the
most painful to watch of the lot because it was his best
chance yet.
McIlroy was right where he wanted to be on Sunday,
in the final group, and, though he was three shots off
Patrick Reed at the start, that at least meant he could
freewheel as he did not have a lead to hang on to. ?I?ve
been waiting for this chance,? he said on Saturday night,
and a long time, too. This was his first time in the final
pair since 2011, when he blew up on the 10th. ?That was
a huge turning point in my career. It was the day that I
realised I wasn?t ready to win major championships and
I needed to reflect on that and realise what I needed to
do differently.?
That round haunted McIlroy. And, if there is a lesson
there for him to use this time, it is that he has to make
sure this one does not do so, too. They say the Masters
starts on the back nine on Sunday but McIlroy was so flat
cIlroy did not. It was telling
that he did not even figure in
Reed?s conversation about what
was going through his mind as
he came round the back nine.
Their business was already
settled. It had been a scrap
on the early holes. Both were
nervous on the 1st, where Reed hit his opening tee-shot
into a tree, and McIlroy pushed his wide right into the
pine straw. They both ended up in the front left bunker
by the green. McIlroy made much the better recovery
and Reed dropped a shot. And when McIlroy uncorked
a pinpoint approach on the 2nd, he looked the likely
winner.
Then McIlroy missed his eagle putt. Which is the first
of a few what-ifs he will be left with. But still he made his
birdie, which meant the gap between them was down
to one and the pressure was all on Reed, just as McIlroy
predicted it would be on Saturday night. But at the 3rd
everything shifted when McIlroy missed a 10ft putt for
par and Reed made one for birdie from half as far again.
McIlroy made another birdie on the 4th but gave it away
again when he missed a 5ft putt for par on the 5th. That
was the end of it.
?Every time I took a step forward I took a step back
on爐he next hole,? McIlroy said. He added that he was
going to ?sit down and reflect over the next few days?
to try to figure out what had gone wrong, ?whether it
be mindset or, I don?t know, if I just didn?t quite have
it爐oday?.
But Reed had a pretty clear idea of what happened.
The pressure got to him. ?That?s the biggest thing is
going into a Sunday, especially for
?Every time me trying to win my first; and for
him, trying to win the career grand
I took a step slam. It?s who is going to handle the
pressure and who is going to have
forward I
pressure on them.?
took a step more
Reed believes that the reason
back on the McIlroy?s golf was so much worse
it had been on Saturday, when
next hole ? than
he shot 65, was because he was that
Whether it much closer to winning that Green
be mindset Jacket and finishing the grand slam.
Hell, McIlroy could not even bring
or what, I
himself to say the phrase on Saturday
night. ?We?ll obviously still be feeling
just didn?t
it,? he said when he was asked about
have it?
the pressure, ?It?s the last round of a
major championship, and we?re both
going for ? Patrick is going for his first and I?m going for?
? there was a beat here while he held the words in his
throat ? ?something else.?
McIlroy did not sound like a man who was all that
comfortable with the position he was in, even though he
has clearly learned to feel comfortable with the course.
He has finished in the top 10 at the Masters five years in
a row. So he has the game to win here. But then, so did
a lot of good golfers who never did. Men such as Ernie
Els. After this, for sure, the young US golfers McIlroy is
competing against will not be intimidated the next time
they play him on a Sunday here.
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Sport
Commonwealth Games
?The tiny island
nation of
England are not
doing so good?
Largest ever team are falling
by the wayside and admin
backup is not helping either
Martha Kelner
Gold Coast
Team England ticked very few boxes at
the Commonwealth Games yesterday,
from the support officials who incomprehensibly botched the entry form
for the cyclist Melissa Lowther to the
athletes who became the latest highprofile names to fail to win medals.
With 390 athletes and 198 support
staff, the England party is the largest
ever sent from home shores to a sporting event, comfortably eclipsing the
Great Britain team which travelled to
the 2016 Olympics. At a cost of � of
taxpayers? and national lottery money
to cover a preparation camp in Brisbane, flights, kit and other expenses, it
has not come cheap. As the established
names, arguably those most likely to
inspire the future generation, continued to fall by the wayside yesterday
through injury or lack of performance,
it became increasingly difficult to
defend that sum.
Tom Daley, one of a handful of
household names here, announced
he was withdrawing from the 10m
platform individual event because of
a hip injury. By nightfall the weather
had turned grisly, thrashing rain soaking spectators at the Carrara Stadium
and English athletes producing performances to match.
Andrew Pozzi, a world champion
with every opportunity to win, finished joint sixth in the 110m hurdles
final, beating only one man. Ahead of
him were Cyprus?s Milan Trajkovic,
whose only senior titles are a pair of
golds at the Games of the Small States
of Europe, and the Australian bronze
? Instagram post of a ?disappointed?
and ?gutted? Melissa Lowther
medallist Nicholas Hough, ranked
43rd in the world last year. ?It doesn?t
take a brain surgeon to see I should
have been fighting for the medals,?
Pozzi said. ?I was in good enough
shape to win a medal. These opportunities don?t come up often, so I have
to wait another four years.?
In the hammer the Olympic bronze
medallist Sophie Hitchon conceded
she might need to fine-tune a new
technique she is experimenting with
after three foul throws left her in last
place. The 26-year-old had entered the
contest as favourite, expected at the
very least to improve on the Common-
?I should have been
fighting for medals.
I was in good
enough shape?
Andrew Pozzi, who came joint
sixth in the 110m hurdles
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wealth bronze she won at Glasgow in
2014. Her capitulation encapsulated a
miserable Games for England?s most
well-known performers.
There have been notable exceptions, particularly at the Aquatics
Centre, where Ben Proud defended
his 50m freestyle title, but even he was
making amends for disqualification in
the 50m butterfly, an event in which he
was also reigning champion. ?When I
lost the opportunity to retain my 50m
fly title I really was clinging on to what
I had left,? Proud said after winning in
21.35sec, half a second ahead of South
Africa?s Bradley Tandy and Cameron
McEvoy of Australia.
Despite a slew of medals in the pool
and at the gymnastics, where Nile Wilson has repeatedly performed, the gap
to the home nation is growing. With
130 medals, including 50 golds, Australia are not going to be caught by England, who have 74, including 24 gold.
?The tiny island nation of England are
not doing so good,? cackled a DJ on a
local radio station.
The Brownlee brothers had set the
tone in the triathlon on the opening
morning. Alistair, a double Olympic
champion, trailed home in 10th while
Jonny, who has claimed silver and
bronze medals behind his sibling, was
seventh. Both cited injury but neither
seemed particularly cut by the defeat.
Max Whitlock is Olympic champion
on the floor but could finish only seventh, beaten by the Cypriot Marios
Georgiou, a part-time dancer who
goes by the name ?street boy killer?.
To his credit Whitlock fronted up after
his defeat and said he was still getting
used to a new routine but it did call into
question how important the Commonwealth Games is to athletes who know
there are bigger tests round the corner.
The curse of the champions continued as Adam Peaty, fresh from winning the 100m breaststroke, was also
defeated for the first time in four years
in the 50m breaststroke at a Games
which is showing little regard for bookmakers? odds. Peaty reasoned that
swimmers typically peak in the summer months, not in April when they
would usually be in heavy training.
The same is true in athletics but
Adam Gemili, another name who withdrew with injury, said he felt the time
of year is irrelevant. ?We all knew it
was going to be in April and had plenty
of time to prepare for that,? he said.
?It shouldn?t really be an excuse for
anyone. It?s more just unfortunate
circumstances and a bit of bad luck.?
The chef de mission, Sarah Winckless, was also forced to apologise to
the 21-year-old Lowther after she
was unable to compete in the cycling
because an official failed to tick a box
on an entry form for the time trial.
The error was not spotted until it
was too late, despite ?seven or eight?
layers of checks when the mistake
could have been identified. Despite
the reputation of the Commonwealth
Games as the ?friendly games?, the
organisers refused to allow her to race.
It is understood she is devastated .
Winckless, a world champion rower
in 2005 and 2006, offered a personal
apology to Lowther. ?No athlete
should suffer because of an administrative error by my group,? she said.
?As soon as we knew of the error we
did everything to rectify it and it went
to the Commonwealth Games Federation re-allocation committee ? unfortunately they were not minded to add
her into the draw.?
Athletics
Semenya wins at a canter
but comes in for criticism
from her fellow runners
Martha Kelner
Gold Coast
Caster Semenya?s strongest opposition
on the way to winning Commonwealth
gold came from a faulty starter?s gun
which left the women contesting the
1500m final struggling to stay warm
on the start line.
A deluge of rain before the race
soaked the track at the Carrara Stadium and flooded the timing equipment. As organisers struggled to repair
the clock and gun, the South African
bounced on the spot in an effort to
keep her muscles warm.
Semenya was utterly dominant. She
assumed a commanding position in
the pack before executing her break
with 300m to race, overtaking Kenya?s
Beatrice Chepkoech, who finished second, with 150m left. Wales?s Melissa
Courtney came third in 4min 03.44sec.
Already double Olympic 800m champion, it is the first time Semenya has
been to a Commonwealth Games and
she performed a swan-like celebration after crossing the line in a Games
record of 4:00.71.
?As a middle-distance runner I have
done enough for my collection but this
is for me, country and for the youth,
we are inspiring the youth, we just
want to show them they can do it,?
Semenya said. ?It rained so it messed
up the clocks so they had to make sure
the clock was running. It wasn?t bad
for me.?
The 27-year-old will attempt to
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Beatrice
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Melissa
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Australia
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England
24
29
21
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India
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New Zealand
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Today?s highlights
? Diving 1m springboard 10am
Reigning champion James Laugher
will be after gold again for England
? Athletics High jump 11.05am
England?s Robbie Grabarz has a
medal chance on his best form
? Athletics 400m final 12.45pm
Champion Stephenie McPherson
has impressed in qualifying
One to watch
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Caster
Semenya
charges to
1500m victory,
her first
Commonwealth
gold, setting
a record in
the process
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add the 800m title later this week but
is running in the knowledge that a
proposed change in rules concerning
hyperandrogenic athletes may spell
the end of her career.
Semenya has hyperandrogenism,
a medical condition most commonly
affecting women that is characterised
by heightened levels of male sex hormones, including testosterone. The
IAAF, athletics? world governing body,
has stated it hopes to have revised
rules in place by November which will
restrict testosterone levels in female
athletes. It could mean Semenya will
face a decision on whether to take
medication to inhibit her testosterone
levels or stop competing at elite level.
The Australian 800m runner Brittany McGowan added fuel to the
debate around Semenya?s inclusion
by suggesting her times and those of
others competing in the same races as
the South African should not be compared. ?It?s a tough one,? McGowan
said. ?It?s tough for a lot of women in
the 800m, 400m and 1500m at the
moment to compare ourselves and
be judged by our governing bodies on
those times.?
Scotland?s Eilish McColgan, coached
by her mother Liz McColgan, who won
Mixed fortunes for competitors aged 11 and 79
When the Welsh table-tennis
prodigy Anna Hursey was born,
in the summer of 2006, Robert
Pitcairn had already been retired
from his role as an airline pilot
for eight years and was focusing
on a new goal ? competing at
the Commonwealth Games. The
Canadian shooter was almost
68 and now at 79 years and nine
months, is the oldest athlete on
the Gold Coast. On Tuesday, the
youngest and oldest competitors
were in action. Hursey, 11, won her
opening singles match in doublequick time ? taking 17 minutes
to dispatch Uganda?s Halima
Nambozo, 4?0, in the group stages.
Her Games, however, were soon
over as she lost by the same score
to the higher-seeded Li Sian Alice
Chang from Malaysia. Pitcairn,
meanwhile, finished eighth with
his partner Nicole Rossignol in
the Queen?s Prize Pairs. Of more
interest to many was his story. He
was introduced to shooting as an
air force cadet in 1956, became a
pilot and in 1974 foiled an attempt to
force his plane to fly from Canada to
Cyprus by persuading the hijacker he
had to land to refuel. ?He tried to do
an Air Canada flight the night before
mine and he chickened out. That?s
the one he should have taken,?
Pitcairn told AAP. ?I?ll tell you, the
guy who beats me, he has to earn it.?
gold at the Commonwealth Games in
Auckland in 1990, could manage only
sixth. ?My mum said to me at 600, you
need to be going. But the pace was so
fast, I was already going,? she said. ?I
don?t know what more I could have
done. I maybe waited too long because
those girls are specialists and over the
last 100 it takes me longer to get my
legs going. I?m gutted because I was
so close and it was there.?
Isaac Makwala , the Botswana
sprinter who kept the London world
championships entertained last summer with a saga around his inclusion,
won gold in the 400m. Makwala was
barred from competing in the 400m
final in London after complaining of an
illness but later claimed he had been
well enough to compete. The 31-yearold crossed the line in 44.35sec openmouthed and arms spread in a crucifix position, finishing well clear of his
compatriot Baboloki Thebe, who took
silver in 45.09, and Jamaica?s Javon
Francis in third.
He claimed the Commonwealth title
made up for the disappointment of not
being allowed to compete in London.
?I came here ready for this and everything has been going well since the
world championships,? he said.
Maria Lyle
T35 100m final
Scotland?s
Paralympic
sprinter, who
set a world
record for
200m when
aged 14 four
years ago, will
face the new
holder of that
record, the
Australian Isis
Holt, in a
long-awaited
clash today
Number of the day
9
The Australian swimming team
won nine gold medals their only
defeat coming in the 50m freestyle
Caught on camera
Hamish Bond, a gold medalist in
rowing at the last two Olympics,
won bronze in the men?s time trial
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Sport
Cricket County Championship Division Two
44
Gillespie coup
could be key
for Sussex
In our county countdown Ali Martin looks at Division Two
as燤iddlesex and Warwickshire eye immediate promotion
and an Australian coach with credentials checks in at Hove
Derbyshire
Durham
Glamorgan
Freed from the shackles of their
draconian points deductions but
having lost another three key firstteam players, Durham will once
again look to their production line of
local talent under the stewardship
of the evergreen Paul Collingwood.
Aiden Markram, the palindromic
South Africa opener, looks a shrewd
signing until mid-May after a
bumper start to his Test career,
after which the New Zealander
Tom Latham arrives and will
lead the 50-over side. The Indian
spin-bowling all-rounder Axar Patel
finishes off the season.
The arrival of Shaun Marsh as
overseas player for the season,
fresh from reasserting himself
as a Test cricketer, looks a coup
for Glamorgan, who saw some
incremental improvement across
last summer. Their semi-final Blast
finish was the highlight and now
under the stewardship of Colin
Ingram, the Kolpak white-ball
cricketer, they should be strong
in the limited-overs formats.
Championship-wise, it is a question
of whether players such as Aneurin
Donald and Andrew Salter turn
talent into consistent returns.
Last season
County Championship: 8th
Royal London Cup: 5th North Group
T20 Blast: 9th North Group
Championship prediction 5th
Last season
County Championship: 7th
Royal London Cup: 4th South Group
T20 Blast: Semi-finals
Championship prediction 6th
Gloucestershire
Glou
Kent
Leicestershire
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opener Chris Dent () has
taken o
over the captaincy of a side
that re
regressed slightly last summer.
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the main problem but
the club
clu have switched to signing a
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owler as their overseas player, with
bowler
the Sou
South Australia seamer Daniel
Worral joining until mid-July. The
b
atsme will, however, get some
batsmen
extra ssupport from Chris Rogers
in a two-month
tw
coaching role. The
all-rou
all-rounder Ryan Higgins has joined
from M
Middlesex and the bowling will
b
e lead by last year?s player of the
be
season
season, the seamer Liam Norwell.
Andrew Tye and Michael Klinger are
strong overseas players for the Blast.
The departures of Sam Northeast
to Hampshire and Matt Coles to
Essex were significant blows over
the winter. The likeable Sam Billings
takes over the captaincy from the
former (once he returns from
playing for Delhi Daredevils in the
IPL) while the South African Heino
Kuhn arrives on a Kolpak deal to
shore up the batting. Seamer Harry
Podmore has also come in from
Middlesex, with Matt Henry (),
a Kiwi quick, their overseas player
for the first half of the season. The
former ECB managing director Paul
Downton is now running the club
too.
The Foxes have undergone their
latest reboot, with club favourite
Paul Nixon expected to inject
fresh energy as head coach ? and
some T20 nous from his two
Caribbean Premier League titles ?
and Michael Carberry () arriving
from Hampshire to lead the side
in all formats. The Indian seamer
Varun Aaron and the highly-rated
Zak Chappell could combine for
the quickest pairing in the division
but will need support, as will the
batting mainstay Mark Cosgrove,
who returns to the ranks after
a disappointing spell in charge
results-wise.
Last season
seas
County Championship:
C
6th
Royal Lo
London Cup: 7th South Group
T20 Blast:
Blas 9th South Group
Champio
Championship prediction 9th
Last season
County Championship: 5th
Royal London Cup: 9th South Group
T20 Blast: 6th South Group
Championship prediction 7th
Last season
County Championship: 10th
Royal London Cup: 6th North Group
T20 Blast: Quarter-finals
Championship prediction 8th
Captains: Billy Godleman, Gary Wilson (T20)
Coaches: Kim Barnett (cricket adviser), John
Wright (T20)
Last season?s extra focus on
Twenty20 cricket, hiring John
Wright as specialist coach, returned
a second-place group stage finish
only for Derbyshire to be marmalised
by Hampshire in the quarter-finals.
Ravi Rampaul, on a Kolpak deal
from Surrey, represents one of
two additions to last season, with
South African seamer Duane Olivier
g the overseas slot for the first
filling
half of the season. The all-rounder
Shiv Thakor
Th
has left following
his conviction
con
for two charges of
indece
indecent exposure. Runs from the
top ord
order and an injury-free season
for Har
Hardus Viljoen are needed.
Last season
seas
County Championship:
C
8th
Royal Lo
London Cup: 7th North Group
T20 Blast:
Blas Quarter-finals
Champio
Championship prediction 10th
Captain: Chris Dent
Coach: Richard
R
Dawson
Big things are
expected from
Sussex?s captain
Ben Brown
Captains: Paul Collingwood, Tom Latham (50
overs) Coach: Jon Lewis
Captain: Sam Billings
Coach: Matt Walker
Middlesex
Northamptonshire
Sussex
Susse
Warwickshire
All the talk last summer was of
hitting the reset button after
lifting the title in 2016 but instead
Middlesex flopped on all fronts.
Dawid Malan?s rise to the captaincy
is likely to be stop-start given his
England commitments, while Eoin
Morgan was due to be available for
12 championship matches but will
miss at least three with a broken
thumb. Nick Compton, previously
told he would not feature as the
club look to the future, may yet
receive a lifeline. The Australian
all-rounder Hilton Cartwright arrives
as early-season燾over.
White-ball specialism made way for
a stronger first-class campaign last
summer and the club have made
some interesting signings over the
winter. The seamer Brett Hutton
gets his chance after sitting in
reserve for long spells at Notts, while
the South African wicketkeeper
Ricardo Vasconcelos (holder of an
EU passport) is highly rated in his
home country. Rory Kleinveldt
returns as overseas player from
mid-May, with the New Zealand
seamer Doug Bracewell covering
until then. Ben Duckett will miss the
early championship rounds after
finger爏urgery.
Few can dispute that Sussex have
pulled off a coup in luring Jason
Gillespie back to county cricket. The
Australian architect of Yorkshire?s
two most recent titles arrives after
winning the Big Bash League with
Adelaide Strikers. Big things are
expected from Ben Brown, the new
captain, and Michael Burgess, while
Luke Wells will look to build on last
year?s 1,292-run season. Rashid Khan
could be the signing of the summer
when the Afghan leg-spinner arrives
for the Blast and India?s Ishant
Sharma is in place for the first two
months.
The silver-lining of reaching the
Blast final thanks to a switch
of captaincy from Ian Bell to
Grant Elliott and an injection of
youth could not detract from
the black燾loud of relegation. An
ageing爏quad of high wages but
diminishing returns was to blame
? the bowling and fitness coaches
inexplicably carried the can ? but
the rebuild at least began early, with
the mid-season signings of Dom
Sibley, Adam Hose and Will Rhodes.
Jeetan Patel takes over as captain
and the hope is that Bell can find
form in Division Two. Promotion
is燿emanded.
Captain: Dawid Malan
Coaches: Richard Scott, Daniel Vettori (T20)
Last season
County Championship: 7th Division One
Royal London Cup: 8th South Group
T20 Blast: 7th South Group
Championship prediction 3rd
Captain: Alex Wakeley
Coach: David Ripley
Last season
County Championship: 3rd
Royal London Cup: 8th North Group
T20 Blast: 6th North Group
Championship prediction 4th
Captains Ben Brown, Luke Wright (T20)
Captains:
Coach: Jason
J
Gillespie
Last season
County Championship: 4th
Royal London Cup: 5th South Group
T20 Blast: 5th South Group
Championship prediction 1st
Captains: Jeetan Patel, Grant Elliot (T20)
Coach: Jim Troughton
Last season
County Championship: 8th Division One
Royal London Cup: 9th North Group
T20 Blast: Runners-up
Championship prediction 2nd
Captains: Michael Hogan, Colin Ingram
(limited overs) Coach: Robert Croft
Captain: Michael Carberry
Coach: Paul Nixon
Two days to go
The Specsavers County
Championship Second Division
begins its second season as a
10-team competition on Friday,
when Kent host Gloucestershire,
Middlesex welcome Northants to
Lord?s and Warwickshire take on
Sussex. There will be two promotion
spots up for grabs and, as last year,
teams will play 14 matches apiece.
They will each face five counties
twice and four counties once.
Middlesex and Warwickshire were
relegated into the divison last season
as Worcestershire, as champions,
and Nottinghamshire were
promoted into Division One.
In tomorrow?s Guardian
Guide to Division One
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Rugby union
45
? Ben Youngs is delighted to
be back for the season?s end
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Racing
?It feels like
I燿odged
a bullet
over that
injury?
Aintree
course could
be ?toughest
since 2001?
Greg Wood
Ben Youngs thought his
season was over when injured
in Italy but he is now fit to face
Northampton on Saturday
Gerard Meagher
I
f the enduring image of
England?s opening Six Nations
victory in Italy was a quartet
of Exeter players deep in
celebration, oblivious to the
downward spiral that was to
follow, then the lingering sound was
unmistakably that of Ben Youngs
crying out in pain.
Youngs? tournament lasted only
10 minutes before suffering a knee
injury which at the time looked
likely to end his season, possibly
even his chances of touring South
Africa. The shriek of agony said as
much and Eddie Jones knew only too
well that the prognosis was not good,
seconding Richard Wigglesworth
within minutes of the final whistle.
?I got a bit of stick for the yelp,?
says Youngs. ?Sometimes it is the
fear of what it might be, especially
when it is your knee. When
something like that happens you fear
the worst. But I certainly feel like I
dodged a bullet. The results of the
scan showed that I didn?t need an
operation and that ice and corrective
rehab would get me right, and I knew
that I would still be able to play at the
back-end of the season.?
It is too simplistic to pin England?s
subsequent stumbles on one
single factor ? the breakdown, Billy
Vunipola?s absence or fatigue, for
example ? but of all the excuses
offered up, Youngs? injury seems as
valid as any. Danny Care had nowhere
near the impact he tends to when
habitually replacing Youngs after
an hour and Wigglesworth, truth
be told, toiled on his international
comeback. Leicester?s head coach,
Matt O?Connor, was not exaggerating
when he remarked that Youngs had
been ?drastically missed?.
Youngs chose to keep his distance
from the England squad during his
lay-off, opting against fulfilling any
commercial duties at Twickenham
or offering any advice in the
WhatsApp group, instead watching
from the sofa with the knee in a
brace. The road to recovery has
been a smooth one ? surgery was
avoided ? and he is ready to make his
comeback against Northampton on
Saturday with Leicester currently
third and, as they always tend to do,
timing their play-off push perfectly.
?I was just unbelievably unlucky,?
Youngs adds. ?You think of the
amount of times you get tackled, or
you make a tackle and you get up and
you are fine and [then] something
innocuous like that happens and it
puts you out. It is a bit bizarre but
there?s not a lot you can do about it.
?I was in a brace, sleeping in it, in
it 24-7. I was on crutches, I couldn?t
really do a lot so I would have been
completely in the way. It was my
decision to watch from home ? you
see a lot more on the TV. I?m not one
that gets up and down and starts
throwing things but I get a little bit
animated. I care about that group.?
If England have keenly felt
Youngs? absence, however, Leicester
have not. The Tigers have won their
last five in the Premiership, having
ended 2017 with a run of six straight
defeats. Indeed, it was not so long
ago that O?Connor?s position was
under threat but Youngs pinpoints
the victory at Saracens in February
as the seminal moment of the
season. Furthermore Leicester have
Ben Youngs
shares his
wisdom after
a training
session in Market
Harborough
FLICK.DIGITAL
?The scan showed
that I didn?t need
an operation
and ice and rehab
would get me right?
a habit of improving as winter turns
to spring ? since the Premiership
adopted a four-team format for the
2005-06 season the Tigers have been
ever-present. And victory over their
east Midlands rival Northampton
would go a long way to securing their
place this season.
?We just seem to start randomly
at the beginning of the year, then we
get our act together,? says Youngs.
?I think the pride that we?ve always
made the top four helps. Even when
we?ve had seasons when it?s been
really disruptive and we?ve had
coaches come and go, we?ve still
always had that resilience. We?ve
been able to do that even when we
were faced with adversity.?
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The going on the Grand National
course at Aintree was ?heavy in
places? last night after 8mm of rain
fell at the track in 24 hours, raising the
possibility the conditions on Saturday
will be the most demanding since Red
Marauder?s 33-1 success in 2001.
?We were due a couple of millimetres on Monday night and a couple
more early morning,? Andrew Tulloch,
Aintree?s clerk of the course, said. ?But
unfortunately we got a lot more than
that. Hopefully it looks like we?ve had
most of the rain.
?But having said that, temperatures
haven?t really got up much. It feels
more like autumn than spring but
that?s Mother Nature for you.?
The ground was close to unraceable
17 years ago, when the four finishers
from 40 starters included two horses
that had been remounted by their
jockeys, a practice now banned. The
race was the second to be run on heavy
ground in a four-year period, following
Earth Summit?s win in 1998 when six
of 37 starters completed.
Only two Grand Nationals since 2001
have been run on going any slower
than good-to-soft but with some rain
in the forecast for Aintree tomorrow
and Friday, the ground seems likely to
be soft at best. As a result, the betting
could change significantly as punters
latch on to runners with low weights
and proven form on heavy ground.
The first major gamble of the week
arrived yesterday, as Ross O?Sullivan?s
mare Baie Des Iles was backed down to
a top price of 20-1 having been available at 66-1 last week. Katie Walsh,
O?Sullivan?s wife, will be in the grey?s
saddle as she bids to become the first
female jockey to win the National,
and Baie Des Iles not only has form at
extreme distances and on soft ground
but is also set to carry only 10st 7lb.
?Baie Des Iles could end up being
our worst result,? Rupert Adams, a
spokesman for William Hill, said. ?She
will love the ground, is a grey and most
importantly has Katie Walsh on board.
It is a possible perfect storm.?
Walsh is one of three female jockeys
and Milansbar, the mount of Bryony
Frost, is another soft-ground specialist
that could attract support.
Greg Wood?s tips
Lingfield 1.40 Rattle On 2.10 Ravenhoe
2.40 New Orleans 3.15 Perfect Pastime
3.45 Geetanjali 4.20 Sandfrankskipsgo (nb)
4.50 Lubinka 5.20 Scoones
Market Rasen 2.00 Mont Des Avaloirs
2.30 The Bottom Bar 3.05 Chandos Belle
3.35 Roxyfet 4.10 Beggar?s Wishes
4.40 Shockingtimes 5.10 Akarita Lights
Kempton 5.45 Settle Petal 6.15 Magnificent
6.45 Perfect Hustler 7.15 Coverham (nap)
7.45 Paddy A 8.15 Birds Of Prey
8.45 Four Fifty Three 9.15 Red Invader
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Football
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Quarter-finals: Second leg
Manchester City
Jesus 2
53,461
(1-5 on agg)
(1) 1
Liverpool
Salah 56
Firmino 77
(0) 2
Roma
(1) 3 Barcelona
Dzeko 6, De Rossi 58pen
56,580
Manolas 82
(4-4 on agg, Roma win on away goals)
(0) 0
WOMEN?S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
Group One Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 England 2
Group Two Scotland 3 Poland 0
Group Three Northern Ireland 0 Norway 3;
Republic of Ireland 0 Netherlands 2
PHOTOGRAPH: CHRIS
RADBURN/PA
?I?m out of here? Mick McCarthy left his post as Ipswich manager with immediate
e?ect despite seeing his side beat Barnsley 1-0. ?I spoke with [owner] Marcus
[Evans] at the weekend and we agreed it was in the best interests for me, the
players and the club that I move on now,? he said, later adding : ?I?m out of here.?
Sky Bet Championship
Screamer
from Grealish
keeps Villa
in the hunt
Aston Villa
1
Grealish 85
Cardi?
0
Ben Fisher
Villa Park
This was a night Jack Grealish will
never forget, on which he thumped
home the winner, a stunning volley
from 25 yards that clattered in off the
post, for his boyhood club in front of
the Holte End.
It earned his side a priceless victory
? one that keeps Aston Villa primed
for a late tilt towards the automatic
promotion places in the Championship ? and brought the watching Villa
supporter Prince William, who went
into the home dressing room before
kick-off, to his feet.
As for Cardiff City, they need quickly
to swallow successive defeats that
have seen them surrender second
place to a swaggering Fulham in the
process. This may yet prove a knockout blow but their destiny is still in
their own hands with five games to
play, including a game in hand over
their rivals.
If Villa can beat Leeds United here
on Friday night, they will move to
within a point of Cardiff, and two
of Fulham. This was another match
where Neil Warnock was left scratching his head, staggered at a string of
superb saves by Sam Johnstone, the
Manchester United loanee, five days
after R鷅en Neves?s superb free-kick
earned Wolverhampton Wanderers
victory in south Wales.
?We?re value for money but we have
been done by two worldies,? Warnock
said. ?I don?t know how we?ve not won
the game. Their goalkeeper tonight
was unbelievable ? we had so many
chances.? As for his team dropping
down to third in the table, he added:
?It?s nice to be the hunter rather than
the hunted. I still think things will happen between now and the end of the
season and it is always different when
you are out in front.?
That glorious Grealish goal ? a strike
reminiscent of Paul Scholes?s effort on
this ground in 2006 ? settled a game
that looked as though it was heading
for an unwanted stalemate. A former
season-ticket holder in the Witton
Lane Stand who joined Villa aged six,
Grealish watched the ball all the way
Fulham soar into promotion places
Fulham climbed into the
automatic promotion places at
the expense of Cardiff, thanks to
Stefan Johansen. The midfielder?s
25th-minute strike was enough to
beat Reading 1-0 at Craven Cottage
and stretch Fulham?s unbeaten run
to 20 matches. Leandro Bacuna
was sent off in stoppage time for
the visitors.
Millwall made it 16 games
unbeaten to leap into the play-off
positions with a 2-0 win at Bolton.
Ben Marshall set up the first for Tom
Elliott to head home and then rifled
in after a lightning counterattack.
Middlesbrough were the team to
slip out of the top six after they were
beaten 2-1 at Sheffield United. Lee
Evans scored twice before Daniel
Ayala pulled one back for Boro, who
played for 65 minutes with 10 men
after Grant Leadbitter was sent off.
Bristol City kept their top-six
hopes alive with a 3-1 win over
struggling Birmingham. PA
as it plummeted down from Sean Morrison?s looped left-footed clearance.
Grealish powered home emphatically
with his right, the ball smacking the
post of Neil Etheridge?s goal before
resting in the opposite corner.
Johnstone had kept Villa in the
game for long periods, twice denying
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, a menace on
his return to the Cardiff starting lineup,
as well as keeping out Callum Paterson
and preventing a Glenn Whelan own
goal. Villa had struggled to seize control of a game that was going from bad
to worse when Axel Tuanzebe hobbled
off after 26 minutes, given that Birkir
Bjarnason had pulled out of the warmup with a back injury.
The captain, John Terry, was
another absentee after twisting his
ankle during the defeat at Carrow
Road on Saturday, and he is unlikely
to be fit for Friday?s meeting with
Leeds, although the Ivory Coast
international Jonathan Kodjia could
start after only his 13th appearance
of the season here. As for Grealish,
Bruce is hopeful this is another sign
that the 22-year-old, whose previous
off-field misdemeanours have been
extensively documented, is maturing.
?We?ve all known he?s a talent and
to be without him for six months
[because of a kidney injury] shows you
what we have missed,? Bruce said. ?He
has tried to play with a maturity and I
think getting a freak injury like that put
him on the back-burner a bit.
?I?d rather he gets the plaudits for
the right reasons and that he?s on the
back pages as opposed to the front or
middle. He does some brilliant stuff in
training but training?s training and this
is the big stage. It was always going to
take a little bit of magic and I thought
to a man we responded.?
Aston Villa
4-2-3-1
Johnstone?; Tuanzebe
(Bree 26), Jedinak,
Chester, Elmohamady;
Hourihane?
(Samba 88), Whelan;
Snodgrass?, Grealish,
Adomah (Kodjia? 60);
Grabban
Subs not used
Bunn, Lansbury, Hogan,
Onomah
Cardiff
4-3-3
Etheridge; Peltier?,
Morrison, Bamba,
Bennett?; Gunnarsson?,
Paterson?, Grujic;
Mendez-Laing
(Pilkington 90), Zohore
(Madine 68), Hoilett
(Ward? 88)
Subs not used
Murphy, Manga, Bryson,
Traor�
Referee Jeremy Simpson Attendance 32,560
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
P W
Wolves
41 27
Fulham
42 23
Cardiff
41 24
Aston Villa
42 22
Derby
40 18
Millwall
42 18
Middlesbrough
42 19
Bristol City
42 17
Sheff Utd
42 19
Brentford
42 17
Preston
42 16
Ipswich
42 16
Norwich
42 14
Leeds
42 15
QPR
42 14
Hull
42 11
Sheff Wed
42 11
Nottm Forest
41 13
Reading
42 10
Birmingham
42 11
Bolton
42
9
Barnsley
41
8
Sunderland
42
6
Burton Albion
42
7
D
8
12
8
10
14
14
9
14
8
13
15
8
14
9
11
14
14
7
12
7
12
13
15
11
L
6
7
9
10
8
10
14
11
15
12
11
18
14
18
17
17
17
21
20
24
21
20
21
24
F
74
72
62
66
60
54
59
59
57
58
52
50
46
54
53
64
50
43
46
32
34
42
45
30
A
36
41
35
40
38
39
41
48
49
47
44
52
52
60
63
61
59
59
61
61
64
61
74
77
GD
+38
+31
+27
+26
+22
+15
+18
+11
+8
+11
+8
-2
-6
-6
-10
+3
-9
-16
-15
-29
-30
-19
-29
-47
Pts
89
81
80
76
68
68
66
65
65
64
63
56
56
54
53
47
47
46
42
40
39
37
33
32
Aston Villa
Grealish 85
(0) 1
Cardiff
32,560
(0) 0
Bolton
13,810
(0) 0
Millwall
Elliott 34
Marshall 63
(1) 2
Bristol City
Pack 12
Reid 27
Taylor 84
(2) 3
Birmingham
Jutkiewicz 34
(1) 1
Burton Albion
3,659
(0) 0
Hull City
Wilson 5
Grosicki 33 85
Meyler 63pen
Keane 90
(2) 5
Fulham
Johansen 25
(1) 1
Reading
19,272
(0) 0
Ipswich
Knudsen 54
(0) 1
Barnsley
13,271
(0) 0
Nottingham Forest (0) 0
20,596
Brentford
Dalsgaard 82
(0) 1
Preston
Gallagher 49pen
Maguire 52
Browne 82
(0) 3
Leeds
Roofe 13
14,188
(1) 1
QPR
Smyth 8
Bidwell 10
Sylla 15 53pen
(3) 4
Sheffield Wednesday
Forestieri 61
Nuhiu 69
12 521
(0) 2
Sheffield Utd
Evans 2 40
26,557
(2) 2
Middlesbrough
Ayala 48
(0) 1
Sunderland
Honeyman 63
24,894
(0) 1
Norwich
Pinto 89
(0) 1
20,288
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
P
Wigan
40
Blackburn
41
Shrewsbury
40
Rotherham
41
Plymouth
40
Charlton
41
Portsmouth
41
Peterborough
41
Scunthorpe
41
Bristol Rovers
41
Fleetwood Town 42
Blackpool
42
Southend
41
Bradford
39
Gillingham
41
Doncaster
39
Oxford Utd
41
Walsall
40
AFC Wimbledon
41
Oldham
39
Rochdale
40
MK Dons
41
Northampton
42
Bury
41
W
26
25
24
21
18
17
19
16
15
16
15
13
14
16
12
12
12
12
12
11
9
10
10
7
D
8
11
9
6
9
11
5
13
16
7
9
14
11
5
15
14
11
11
10
11
15
12
10
9
L
6
5
7
14
13
13
17
12
10
18
18
15
16
18
14
13
18
17
19
17
16
19
22
25
F
81
75
55
68
53
54
54
64
58
57
56
54
49
49
43
47
55
48
39
52
44
41
36
32
A
27
36
33
51
48
49
51
51
49
61
60
52
60
61
47
45
62
58
51
66
53
59
72
62
GD
+54
+39
+22
+17
+5
+5
+3
+13
+9
-4
-4
+2
-11
-12
-4
+2
-7
-10
-12
-14
-9
-18
-36
-30
Pts
86
86
81
69
63
62
62
61
61
55
54
53
53
53
51
50
47
47
46
44
42
42
40
30
AFC Wimbledon
Taylor 45
(1) 1
Charlton
4,457
(0) 0
Blackpool
Gnanduillet 42
Longstaff 62
Ryan 74
(1) 3
Northampton
(0) 0
Gillingham
6,361
(0) 0
Blackburn
(0) 0
Oxford Utd
6,337
(0) 0
Fleetwood Town
McAleny 90
(0) 1
Rochdale
Davies 87pen
3,850
(0) 1
Wigan
Burn 17
Vaughan 54
Jacobs 60
Grigg 63
(1) 4
2,964
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
P
Accrington Stanley 40
Luton
42
Wycombe
41
Exeter
41
Notts County
42
Lincoln City
40
Coventry
41
Mansfield
42
Swindon
42
Carlisle
42
Colchester
42
Crawley Town
42
Newport County
40
Cambridge Utd
41
Stevenage
42
Cheltenham
42
Crewe
42
Yeovil
40
Port Vale
42
Morecambe
41
Grimsby
42
Forest Green
41
Barnet
42
Chesterfield
40
W
26
23
21
22
19
18
19
16
19
16
16
16
13
14
13
13
14
12
10
9
10
11
9
9
D
5
11
11
6
13
13
8
16
7
13
13
9
15
12
13
12
5
10
13
16
11
7
9
8
L
9
8
9
13
10
9
14
10
16
13
13
17
12
15
16
17
23
18
19
16
21
23
24
23
F
67
87
75
57
63
57
51
61
63
57
51
53
49
44
56
62
56
55
46
40
34
48
38
43
A
40
43
55
47
44
42
40
48
62
50
46
59
51
55
58
60
70
64
59
53
63
70
63
71
GD
+27
+44
+20
+10
+19
+15
+11
+13
+1
+7
+5
-6
-2
-11
-2
+2
-14
-9
-13
-13
-29
-22
-25
-28
Pts
83
80
74
72
70
67
65
64
64
61
61
57
54
54
52
51
47
46
43
43
41
40
36
35
Morecambe
Thompson 16
Lang 33
1,042
(2) 2
Chesterfield
Dennis 55
Kellett 74
(0) 2
Stevenage
Newton 15
2,294
(1) 1
Mansfield
Atkinson 51
(0) 1
Swindon
Taylor 11 72
5,709
(1) 2
Yeovil
Wing 68
Fisher 89
(0) 2
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Barrow 3 Eastleigh 2; Boreham Wood 0 Macclesfield 2;
Chester FC 3 Bromley 2; Ebbsfleet Utd 3 Wrexham 0;
FC Halifax 2 Sutton 1; Guiseley P Dag & Red P;
Maidenhead 2 Woking 1; Solihull Moors 1 Maidstone 0;
Torquay 1 AFC Fylde 3; Tranmere 4 Gateshead 2
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
P W D
L
F
A GD
St Mirren
32 22
4
6 60 32 +28
Livingston
32 16 10
6 53 34 +19
Dunfermline
33 14 10
9 50 33 +17
Dundee Utd
32 15
7 10 44 39 +5
Morton
33 13 11
9 46 34 +12
Inverness CT
31 12
8 11 41 34 +7
Queen of South
33 11 10 12 50 52 -2
Falkirk
32
9 11 12 37 45 -8
Dumbarton
32
7
9 16 24 48 -24
Brechin
32
0
4 28 19 73 -54
Dundee Utd 1 St Mirren 0; Inverness CT 1 Falkirk 0;
Morton 3 Dumbarton 2
Pts
70
58
52
52
50
44
43
38
30
4
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Cowdenbeath 0 Montrose 3;
Berwick P Stenhousemuir P
Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST 2018 (Australia)
Athletics: Women: 1500m final: 1 C Semenya (SA) 4min
00.71sec; 2 Beatrice Chepkoech (Ken) 4;03.09;
3 M Courtney (Wal) 4:03.44
Cycling: Men: Individual time-trial: 1 C Meyer (Aus) 48min
13.04sec; 2 H Tanfield (Eng) 48:43.30;
3 H Bond (NZ) 48:45.45
Women: Individual time-trial: 1 K Garfoot (Aus) 35min
08.09sec; 2 L Villumsen (NZ) 36:03.01; 3 H Simmonds (Eng)
36:22.09
Shooting: Men: 50m Rifle prone final: 1 D Phelps (Wal)
248.8pts; 2 N Stirton (Sco) 247.7; 3 K Parr (Eng) 226.6
Queen?s prize pairs final: 1 England 584- 61v;
2 Wales 582- 58v; 3 Scotland 582- 49v
Swimming: Men: 50m freestyle final: 1 B Proud (Eng)
21:35sec; 2 B Tandy (SA) 21.81; 3 C McEvoy (Aus) 21.92
200m Individual medley final: 1 M Larkin (Aus) 1min
57.67sec; 2 S Scott (Scot) 1:57.86; 3 C Lewis (Aus) 1:58.18
1500m Freestyle final: 1 J Mcloughlin (Aus) 14min
47.09sec; 2 D Jervis (Wal) 14:48.67; 3 M Horton (Aus)
14:51.05
4x100m Medley relay final: 1 Australia 3min 31.04sec;
2 England 3:31.13; 3 South Africa 3:34.79
Women: 400m Freestyle final: 1 A Titmus (Aus) 4min
00.93sec; 2 H Hibbott (Eng) 4:05.31;
3 E Faulkner (Eng) 4:07.35
50m Backstroke final: 1 E Seebohm (Aus) 27.78sec;
2 K Mass (Can) 27.82; 3 G Davies (Wal) 27.90
4x100m Medley relay final: 1 Australia 3min 54.36sec;
2 Canada 3:55.10; 3 Wales 4:00.75
Para powerlifting: Men: Lightweight final:
1 R Ezuruike (Nga) 224.3pts; 2 P Kehinde (Nga) 219.9;
3 A Jawad (Eng) 182.7
Women: Lightweight final: 1 E Oyema (Nga) 141.6pts;
2 Lucy Ejike (Nga) 134.1; 3 N Newson (Eng) 106.1
Tennis
ATP GRAND PRIX HASSAN II (Marrakech, Morocco)
First round: R Carball閟 Baena (Sp) bt M Marterer (Ger)
6-3 6-1; A Arnaboldi (It) bt A Dolgopolov (Ukr) 6-2 6-3;
A Vatutin (Rus) bt J-L Struff (Ger) 3-6 6-3 6-2;
M Basic (Bos) bt R Haase (Neth) 4-6 6-4 7-5;
N Basilashvili (Geo) bt M Berrettini (It) 7-6 (2) 6-4;
P Andujar (Sp) bt I Ivashka (Blr) 6-3 7-5;
G Garc韆-L髉ez (Sp) bt C Hemery (Fr) 6-2 6-2;
A Ramos Vi駉las (Sp) bt A Ahouda (Mor) 6-1 6-2;
M Zverev (Ger) bt P Lorenzi (It) 6-3 6-4;
J Sousa (Por) bt P Martinez Portero (SP) 7-5 7-5;
K Edmund (GB) bt J Vesely (Cz) 5-0 ret
Fixtures (7.45pm unless stated)
Football
Uefa Champions League
Quarter-finals: Second leg Bayern Munich (2)
v Sevilla (1); Real Madrid (3) v Juventus (0)
Sky Bet Championship
Wolves v Derby
Sky Bet League One
Oldham v Walsall
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Sport
Football Women?s World Cup qualifying
47
? Toni Duggan celebrates her
second-half goal in England?s
victory in Zenica
IAN WALTON/FA/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
How they stand
England
Wales
Russia
Bosnia?Herz
Kazakhstan
P
5
5
4
5
5
W
4
3
2
1
0
D
1
2
1
0
0
L F A GD Pts
0 17 0 17 13
0 3 0 3 11
1 9 7 2 7
4 3 13 -10 3
5 0 12 -12 0
7 June Wales v Bosnia-Herz
8 June Russia v England
Duggan ?nds a way for England
through Bosnia?s bus blockade
Bosnia
0
England
2
Duggan 56, Taylor 90pen
Louise Taylor
Toni Duggan and Jodie Taylor brightened Phil Neville?s horizon by returning England to the top of their World
Cup qualifying group as Bosnia?s initially obdurate defence came undone.
Rodriguez ready
for hearing in
racial-abuse case
Stuart James
Jay Rodriguez?s attempt to clear his
name after a Football Association
charge of allegedly racially abusing
Brighton?s Ga雝an Bong will start
today, when the West Brom forward
appears before an independent commission at a Wembley hearing that will
also be attended by Alan Pardew.
Rodriguez strenuously denies the
allegation that he used ?abusive and/or
insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour
A match featuring two sendings off
? the first, involving Liverpool?s Alex
Greenwood, was highly controversial
? concluded with second-half goals
lifting the Lionesses two points clear
of Wales.
For a while it had seemed as if England were about to take a wrong turn
along the road to the 2019 finals in
France. By the final whistle, though,
Neville had secured the second victory of his five games in charge and
was all smiles. ?We talked about Bosnia parking the bus but this was three
or four buses,? he said. ?It was football
like I had never seen before. It was a
patient performance. We had to wait
but the girls stuck at it. The first goal
was always going to be key.?
After playing in front of a 25,000plus crowd at Southampton, where
they were held 0-0 by Wales last Friday, the Lionesses were watched by
a few hundred locals on a mountain
fringed practice pitch in Zenica.
Yet if the Bosnian football federation?s training centre was low on
atmosphere and spectators, Samira
Hurem?s side exhibited a fierce determination to frustrate their guests at
and/or race? during the game at the
Hawthorns on 13 January. The former
Southampton striker claims he merely
referenced the Cameroon defender?s
?bad breath?.
Rodriguez and West Brom were
shocked when the FA announced in
February it was bringing a case against
the player who had already been interviewed by the governing body and has
maintained his innocence throughout. FA officials have also spoken to
other West Brom and Brighton players,
including Bong.
Pardew, who lost his job as the West
Brom manager last week after a miserable run of results that leaves the
club all but resigned to relegation, has
been supportive of Rodriguez from the
moment Bong?s allegations surfaced.
West Brom have made their stance
clear in a statement. Richard Garlick,
the director of football, said the club
are ?fully committed to backing Jay
throughout this process?. Rodriguez is
also expected to call on former managers for character references as he seeks
to prove his innocence.
A three-person independent commission, made up of football and legal
experts, will hear evidence from both
sides. Rodriguez, who joined West
Brom from Southampton for �m last
summer, faces a minimum five-match
ban which would rule him out for the
rest of the season.
? Jay Rodriguez will appear before
a hearing at Wembley today
every turn. Ranked 57th in the world,
Hurem?s players were dominated by
their opponents but nonetheless soon
had England jettisoning sweet passing ideals in favour of a series of long
diagonal balls.
Envera Hasanbegovic, Bosnia?s
goalkeeper, looked uncertain on
crosses but, protected by that reassuring defensive blanket, was surprisingly
underworked in a low-key first half.
Its highlight was Hasanbegovic?s
diversion of Jade Moore?s 30-yard shot
as the keeper demonstrated her skill.
If England could not be blamed for
turning slightly direct against such
bloody-minded opponents, they initially lacked sharpness and incision.
Although Moore, especially, did some
very good things in a holding midfield
capacity, her team could have done
with a few more crisp one- and twotouch passing moves.
As Hasanbegovic repelled Ellen
Football
In brief
Arsenal
Teenager Nelson to
sign new contract
Reiss Nelson is hopeful he will
soon sign a new contract at Arsenal
after making his full Premier
League debut in Sunday?s 3-2 win
over Southampton. ?It is a big
achievement to sign for a big club
like Arsenal, so I?m just delighted
with the contract and hopeful that
I can sign it soon,? the 18-year-old
forward said. Mohamed Elneny
will be available for Arsenal?s next
three Premier League games after an
independent regulatory commission
White?s header Neville cut an increasingly frustrated presence.
Watching Amira Spahic collect a
booking for time-wasting after delaying taking a Bosnia throw it was easy
to appreciate why.
Neville?s problems intensified two
minutes into the second half when, following a perceived dive, Greenwood,
already booked for dissent, received
her second yellow card despite the
left-back having a case for a penalty
for what looked like a trip.
As he consoled a tearful Greenwood, Neville must have been aware
that this was the sort of game which
his tactically intelligent predecessor
Mark Sampson invariably found a way
to win.
The new manager?s mood visibly improved when the increasingly
inventive Duggan ? who is now at Barcelona ? volleyed beyond Hasanbegovic after connecting with Lawley?s
superb cross. ?Toni scored a brilliant
goal,? Neville said. ?She was fantastic.?
Shortly afterwards Spahic was
dismissed for her second bookable
offence, a tug on Beth Mead, the Arsenal forward. Duggan?s 25-yard leftfoot drive hit the woodwork, Hasanbegovic saved White?s volley and Mead?s
excellent movement ruffled Bosnia?s
backline.
When the latter was felled by Lidija
Kulis, England won a late penalty.
Hasanbegovic dived the right way but
could not deny Taylor her 17th goal in
37 internationals.
Bosnia
4-5-1
E Hasenbegovic; Amira
Spahic?, M
Hasenbegovic, Aleksic,
Radeljic; Kulis, Sakotic
(Lukic 74), Hadzic?,
Alisa Spahic (Medic 90),
Krso (Kapetanovic 66);
Nikolic
Subs not used
Gvozderac, Piskic,
Denda, Likovic
England
4-3-3
Telford; Bronze, McManus,
Houghton, Greenwood?;
Nobbs, Moore,
Christiansen (Daly 80);
Lawley (Mead 57), White,
Duggan (Taylor 87)
Subs not used
Bardsley, George,
Williams, Parris
Referee A Tsiofliki (Gr)
ruled he was ?wrongly dismissed?
against Southampton. PA
Newcastle
Shirt logo breach
leads to FA fine
Newcastle have been fined �500
after admitting to breaking the
Football Association?s rules on kit
advertising. Their under-18 side
wore shirts that displayed a betting
company?s logo. PA
Paris Saint-Germain
Tuchel prepares way
to replace Emery
Thomas Tuchel?s representatives
have held talks with PSG over
succeeding Unai Emery as manager
next season. Fabrizio Romano
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? Cardiff ?s Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
(left) jostles for possession with Aston
Villa?s Axel Tuanzebe
DENNIS GOODWIN/PROSPORTS/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Champions League
Manolas
seals Roma?s
historic
comeback
Roma
3
Dzeko 6, De Rossi 58pen, Manolas 82
Barcelona
0
Roma win 4-4 on agg by away goals
Jacob Steinberg
Stadio Olimpico
Sky Bet Championship
Grealish winner dumps
Cardi? out of top two
Aston Villa
1
Grealish 85
Cardi?
0
Ben Fisher
Villa Park
Cardiff City dropped out of the top two
after Jack Grealish?s spectacular late
winner at Villa Park condemned them
to a second defeat in succession, while
the hosts climbed to within four points
of Cardiff and five of Fulham, who are
now in second place.
Expectations appear to have
weighed Villa down in recent weeks,
and they have picked up just one win
since demolishing rivals Wolves at
Villa Park last month. After crumbling against Norwich, Bruce tweaked
personnel although two of the four
changes were enforced, with the cap-
tain, John Terry, absent with an ankle
injury sustained at Carrow Road on
Saturday and Birkir Bjanarson picking
up a knock in the warm-up.
Things got worse after kick-off, with
Axel Tuanzebe limping off inside half
an hour to be replaced by James Bree,
who was only drafted into the matchday squad after Bjanarson had pulled
up. Tuanzebe had earlier been left
exposed when Cardiff bore down on
goal, with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing?s
low effort cannoning off the post.
The hosts actually began brighter,
with Cardiff lax when Lewis Grabban
? a January transfer target for Warnock
? rattled the side-netting inside two
minutes after being slipped in by Robert Snodgrass. At the other end, half of
the Holte End thought it was in.
Villa failed to seize control, with
Cardiff ?s captain Sean Morrison and
his defensive partner, Sol Bamba,
repelling hopeful balls forward. But,
unusually, Cardiff struggled to cope
? The former Aston Villa and Norway striker John Carew watches the game
with the Duke of Cambridge PAUL HARDING/PA WIRE
with set-pieces, with Albert Adomah
hooking just wide and Neil Etheridge,
the visitors? goalkeeper, making a
mess of another caressed inswinging
Snodgrass delivery.
Callum Paterson surrendered a
free-kick after being booked for a foul
on Jack Grealish, much to Warnock?s
ire, moments after Conor Hourihane
scythed down Mendez-Laing, with the
winger making strides after flicking on
the afterburners. The fourth official,
Robert Madley, bore the brunt of much
of Warnock?s anger.
It perhaps would have been forgotten on the brink of half-time, when
Sam Johnstone?s goal came under
bombardment, with the Manchester United loanee making a superb
point-blank save to deny Whelan an
unwanted own goal, moments after
Morrison sent an effort fizzing across
goal.
Half-chances came and went for
Villa, with Grabban nodding wide from
Grealish?s cross before Cardiff enjoyed
a prolonged spell of pressure, which
culminated in another fine Johnstone
save. Once Kenneth Zohore untangled
his feet, he poked an effort goalwards,
only for the Villa goalkeeper to deny
him with his legs. With Villa vulnerable, Bruce introduced Jonathan
Kodjia, for only his 13th appearance
this term.
The substitute had the desired
impact, bamboozling Morrison to
navigate into the box before forcing
Etheridge into a superb save. Kodjia?s
arrival combined with Villa upping
the ante, with Grabbing feeding Hourihane, who prodded wide with just
the Cardiff goalkeeper to beat. Warnock sought a striking change himself,
with Gary Madine summoned in place
of Zohore.
But it was Grealish who had the final
say with a glorious volley five minutes
from time to give Villa the win.
Aston Villa
4-2-3-1
Johnstone?; Tuanzebe
(Bree 26), Jedinak,
Chester, Elmohamady;
Hourihane?
(Samba 88), Whelan;
Snodgrass?, Grealish,
Adomah (Kodjia? 60);
Grabban
Subs not used
Bunn, Lansbury, Hogan,
Onomah
Cardiff
4-3-3
Etheridge; Peltier?,
Morrison, Bamba,
Bennett?; Gunnarsson?,
Paterson?, Grujic;
Mendez-Laing
(Pilkington 90), Zohore
(Madine 68), Hoilett
(Ward? 88)
Subs not used
Murphy, Manga, Bryson,
Traor�
Referee Jeremy Simpson Attendance 32,560
There cannot have seen many better celebrations at this stadium. One
glance off Kostas Manolas?s head was
enough to spark scenes of utter bedlam. The Roma coaches and substitutes had all leapt off the bench to join
in, it was barely possible to hear yourself think and Barcelona were stunned.
They had been reduced to such
a state of desperation that Lionel
Messi, the world?s greatest player,
had been reduced to hacking at Aleksandar Kolarov. Luis Su醨ez?s main
contribution was picking up a booking for timewasting and in the end
Barcelona?s third consecutive exit in
the quarter-finals came in the most
incredible circumstances.
Roma had trailed 4-1 from the first
leg, yet they were inspired by Edin
Dzeko and Manolas?s header was
enough to take them through on away
goals and into their first European Cup
semi-final since 1984.
?Mission Impossible,? was the
headline in one Italian newspaper,
yet the locals sought to disguise that
air of pessimism by making the atmosphere as intimidating as possible and
any hope Barcelona had of silencing
the deafening Roman din went out of
the window after six minutes.
Faith in Roma?s ability to stage an
incredible turnaround was weighed
down by the knowledge that only 11
sides had recovered from positions
of similar peril in the competition?s
63-year history and even their most
devoted followers could have been forgiven for thinking this was a foregone
conclusion.
Roma had made life awkward for
themselves with an eccentric effort at
the Camp Nou, from the sloppiness of
conceding two own-goals to the frustration of the error from Federico Fazio
that allowed Barcelona to pull clear
in the dying stages, and it was clear
Eusebio Di Francesco?s side would
require something special to pull this
one out of the bag.
Yet there was no point in Roma feeling downbeat. Red smoke billowed
out of the brilliantly boisterous Curva
Sud, heightening the sense of occasion, and the home team?s task did not
look quite as imposing once Dzeko had
highlighted the frailties in Barcelona?s
defence.
Alessandro Florenzi?s long pass was
perfectly flighted and Dzeko, who had
kept the tie alive with an artful piece
of poaching in the first leg, used his
strength to bustle Jordi Alba and Sam-
uel Umtiti aside before rolling the ball
past Marc-Andr� ter Stegen.
Ernesto Valverde?s focus was defensive, which is why he favoured Sergi
Roberto instead of the more offensive
Paulinho but Barcelona were vulnerable against Roma?s high-octane
approach in midfield, where Daniele
De Rossi, Radja Nainggolan and Kevin
Strootman dominated. Su醨ez?s difficulties were encapsulated by the
moment when he failed to run clear
of Roma?s back three after an excellent
pass from Andr閟 Iniesta and although
Messi almost silenced the crowd with
a free-kick that whistled just too high,
the forward?s team-mates struggled to
involve him.
Alisson Becker could not have
anticipated enjoying such a quiet 45
minutes in goal for Roma. The action
was happening at the other end and
the damage for Barcelona would have
been more severe if Patrik Schick had
shown greater precision with two free
headers or Dzeko had snuck another
effort past Ter Stegen.
The question at the start of the second half was whether Roma would
begin to tire after such a frenzied
effort. It felt as though the slightest
dip in intensity would prove costly,
especially when Barcelona were able
to gather their thoughts and exert a
measure of control.
The clock was Roma?s enemy. Yet
the mood changed when Strootman
hounded Iniesta out of possession in
the 55th minute, allowing Schick to
run at Umtiti. The forward tumbled
and appealed in vain for a penalty, but
Roma had a second wind and moments
later the outstanding Dzeko was outmuscling Gerard Piqu�. Piqu�s foul
was desperate and this time Clement
Turpin, the French referee, awarded a
penalty that De Rossi converted.
It was a cathartic moment for the
Roma captain, who sent the ball into
the wrong net last week. Roma continued to tear forward, Nainggolan
volleying at Ter Stegen. But they
would not be denied. Eight minutes
were remaining when Kolarov swung
in a corner from the left, Manolas
darted to the near post and his flicked
header finally shattered Barcelona?s
resistance.
Roma
3-5-2
Alisson; Manolas,
Fazio?, Jesus?;
Florenzi, Strootman,
De Rossi, Nainggolan
(El Shaarawy 77),
Kolarov; Schick
(躰der 73), Dzeko
Subs not used
Skorupski, Pellegrini,
Gonalons, Peres,
Gerson
Barcelona
4-4-2
Ter Stegen; Semedo
(Demb閘� 85), Piqu�,
Umtiti, Alba; Roberto,
Rakitic, Busquets
(Alc醕er 85), Iniesta
(Gomes 81); Messi?,
L Su醨ez?
Subs not used
Cillessen, D Su醨ez,
Paulinho, Vermaelen
Referee Cl閙ent Turpin (Fr)
? Edin Dzeko scores for Roma to
reduce the deficit against Barcelona
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Analysis
Barney Ronay Etihad Stadium
? Leroy San� slumps to his heels
as City?s momentum begins to run
out during the second half
TOM FLATHERS/MAN CITY VIA GETTY IMAGES
Best shot at being
kings of Europe
disappears in
self-immolating fury
A
nd fade to blue.
Two billion pounds,
10 years, and an
entire Gulf State
marketing plan in the
making: in the end
Manchester City?s best shot yet at
becoming champions of Europe
was extinguished in 19 minutes of
tailspin at Anfield; and here in the
reverberations from two minutes
of pointless, self-immolating fury
from Pep Guardiola.
For a master of detail, a man so
obsessed with marginal gains upon
marginal gains he recommended
his players eat a tofu turkey
substitute called Tofurkey the
Christmas just past, this was a
clunkingly avoidable piece of
self-harm.
Even worse it came at the end
of a thrilling first half that saw
City gliding up through that highspec automatic gearbox, already
1-0 up in a game they could have
been winning by at least one goal
more. At which point, enter Pep. Or
rather, exit.
In fairness Guardiola had a valid
point. Moments before half-time
Leroy San� had bundled the ball
into the net only for the goal to be
disallowed, incorrectly, for offside.
Guardiola sails very close to the
edge of his emotions at the best of
times, and appears now and then
to be unaware the edge even exists
in the first place. Injustice, bad
luck, that wider sense of a vast,
multi-tiered, impossibly wellfinanced plan being derailed in real
time before his eyes: whatever the
reason, he lost control.
As he came on to the pitch to
? Gabriel Jesus fires home the
City goal after only two minutes
usher his players off Guardiola used
the moment to shout angrily at
the referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.
It was graceless, unwise given the
precarious nature of the game, and
a little unhinged in a tie his team
might just about have felt was within
their grasp, yielding, just a little, to
those sky blue fingernails.
Instead Pep was off, consigned
to the stands for the second half
and forced to relay instructions by
improvised word of mouth. Ten
minutes after the restart, with
City?s momentum stilled, Mohamed
Salah scored for Liverpool, a lovely
little dink that bulged the net like the
most elegant of knives through the
heart.
It would, of
course, be wrong
to dwell too much
on Guardiola?s red
card as a turning
point. Liverpool
were still in control
of this tie at the
time. But still, there
it is. Somehow
Guardiola, the
architect of this
brilliant team, has
also made himself the central figure
in their most bruising low point.
Above all, this seems to have been
an issue of control, of mastering
these high-stakes two-leg ties that
are becoming a recurrent smudge on
that super-coach CV.
We have to be perfect, Guardiola
kept on saying it in the build-up to
this game, defiant as ever, in the
face of the creeping suspicion being
perfect ? or aiming each time for
the ideal ? the complete realisation
of pure, unfettered Pep-ball might
be part of the problem. Guardiola
doesn?t just want to win, he
wants to win right, want to win by
demonstration that his system has
been glossed to perfection.
Here Guardiola picked a brilliantly
uncompromising XI from the start,
a team with something almost
hilariously Pep about it, Pep
turned up to 11 ,with five attacking
midfielders behind Gabriel Jesus,
and three ball-playing defenders
behind them. With Raheem Sterling
and Leroy San� posted wide as wing
backs. When Liverpool had the ball
this was Pep unloading the entire
clip in his splurge gun in one hit right
from the off.
?Injustice, bad luck,
a well-?nanced plan
being derailed before
his eyes: whatever
the reason Guardiola
lost control?
And from the start Guardiola was
out pacing his chalk rectangle all
in black, the hood of his sweatshirt
bobbing up and down with every
swirl of the arms, every attempt to
draw those pictures in the air, to reel
in and wring out the spaces in front
of him.
A
s Gabriel Jesus?
opening goal hit the
net after two minutes
Guardiola pirouetted,
marching back towards
his bench while
pointing in six different directions
but unable to stop his fist coming
loose and pumping at his side, like a
man directing three lanes of traffic
while also furiously yanking the
choke on his petrol mower.
The goal was made by a foul
from Sterling on Virgil van Dijk,
unpunished by the referee, and
canny enough to give Sterling room
to spin in behind into the vacated
space and on to Fernandinho?s
through pass. His cross was just
right, the finish thrillingly cold in the
middle of all that fury.
And for a while City were so
good, so smooth, so dominant you
kept wondering why they hadn?t
been prepared to be safe but dull at
Anfield, knowing they always have
this brilliance at their command.
With half an hour gone Salah had
made three passes and touched the
ball eight times. City had had eight
shots to Liverpool?s zero and made
200 passes to Liverpool?s 58. But
then, we know about this stuff. The
road to perfection is paved with
laughably lop-sided stats, but
then so is every one of those City
collapses, those moments were
the possession becomes a heavy,
migrainosus thing, the passes
start to drag and wear away like a
dripping kitchen tap.
As it did here by the end.
Liverpool were worthy winners
of this tie in a competition that
has, against all expectation, got
away from Guardiola. It is now
seven years since his peak-Pep
team produced the finest club
display of the modern age while
tickling Manchester United to
death at Wembley. City will be
back, stronger, next year, but for
Guardiola this was a moment of
decisively lost control.
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Salah
escapes
Ederson?s
clutches
Mohamed
Salah beats
Ederson
to the ball
before calmly
chipping
home
Liverpool?s
first goal
ANDREW YATES/
REUTERS
Salah and Firmino break
City?s hearts once more
Manchester City
1
Jesus 2
Liverpool
2
Salah 56, Firmino 77
Liverpool win 5-1 on agg
Possession
Man City
63%
Liverpool
37%
Shots on target
10
3
Total attempts
14
5
Daniel Taylor
Etihad Stadium
In the away end there were songs
about winning the European Cup
and, this being Liverpool, thousands
of euphoric voices joining in with
the follow-up shout of ?again?. And
why not? Liverpool had survived the
thunderstorm, as J黵gen Klopp had
put it, and at the end of this epic tussle
it was a sunrise of a smile on the German?s face. His team were in the semifinals and Manchester City, once again,
will have to wait for another year.
Pep Guardiola?s team gave everything. They chased every ball, attacked
from every angle and, when Gabriel
Jesus put them ahead inside the opening two minutes, their supporters
must have dared to think it was on.
Ultimately, though, too much damage was inflicted by Liverpool?s 3-0
first-leg victory. Mohamed Salah drew
Liverpool level on the night, a goal
that meant City needed another four
and, realistically, it was never going to
happen. Roberto Firmino added a second for Liverpool in the 76th minute
and the two teams were going through
the motions for the remainder of the
night.
Liverpool will reflect they got lucky
with Leroy San�s disallowed goal
when the score was 1-0 ? an incident
that led to Pep Guardiola being sent to
the stands at half-time ? but over the
two legs there can be no doubt Klopp?s
team deserved to go through. City put
in a heroic effort throughout the first
half ? but no team can defend as they
did and expect to get away with it.
They certainly began like a team
in a hurry. Liverpool were vulnerable from the moment Virgil van Dijk
was dragged out to the left touchline,
under pressure from Raheem Sterling,
and his attempt to clear the ball was
intercepted by Bernardo Silva. Van
Dijk was knocked off balance in the
process but his appeals for a free-kick
were futile. Instead Sterling was free if
Fernandinho could pick him out with
the correct pass. It was measured
beautifully and Sterling squared for
Jesus to guide a first-time shot past
Loris Karius. The goal was clocked at
117 seconds and the Etihad was suddenly overdosing on optimism.
Within a quarter of an hour Salah,
of all people, could be seen fumbling
his control to run the ball out of play. It
would be exaggerating to say Liverpool
were rattled but they did need to catch
their breath and City were merciless
in that respect. If the ball was out of
play, someone in blue would run to
get it back. If the ball-boy was dawdling, the crowd would roar for more
urgency. The pressure was relentless
and, in those moments, it felt ridiculous that so much of the pre-match
talk had been focused on how dam-
aged City might be, psychologically,
after their previous two results. This
was not a side licking its wounds from
the humbling of Anfield or still feeling the after-effects of Saturday?s
ordeal against Manchester United. It
was the best football team in England
with the adrenaline running through
their veins, playing as if they thought
anything was achievable.
To put it into context, the first half
Semi-?nal draw
Liverpool must now wait for the
semi-final draw, which will be
made at noon on Friday. Their
ball will take its place in the
transparent bowl alongside that
of燫oma, conquerors of Barcelona,
and the winners of tonight?s ties:
Real Madrid (3) v Juventus (0) and
Bayern Munich (2)爒 Sevilla (1).
Semi-finals
24-25 April and 1-2 May
Final
Kiev, Saturday 26 May, 7.45pm
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Results
Leroy San�
puts the ball in
the net only to
be given offside;
Pep Guardiola
(below) shows
his displeasure
at half-time and
(bottom) spends
the second half
in the stands
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Football
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Quarter-finals: Second leg
Manchester City
Jesus 2
(1-5 on agg)
(1) 1
Liverpool
Salah 56
Firmino 77
(0) 2
Roma
(1) 3 Barcelona
Dzeko 6, De Rossi 58pen
Manolas 82
(4-4 on agg, Roma win on away goals)
(0) 0
WOMEN?S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
Group One Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 England 2
Group Two Scotland 3 Poland 0
Group Three Northern Ireland 0 Norway 3;
Republic of Ireland 0 Netherlands 2
TIM GOODE/PA
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
P W
Wolves
41 27
Fulham
42 23
Cardiff
41 24
Aston Villa
42 22
Derby
40 18
Millwall
42 18
Middlesbrough
42 19
Bristol City
42 17
Sheff Utd
42 19
Brentford
42 17
Preston
42 16
Ipswich
42 16
Norwich
42 14
Leeds
42 15
QPR
42 14
Hull
42 11
Sheff Wed
42 11
Nottm Forest
41 13
Reading
42 10
Birmingham
42 11
Bolton
42
9
Barnsley
41
8
Sunderland
42
6
Burton Albion
42
7
?This was a moment of
decisively lost control?
Analysis
Barney Ronay Page 49 here was even more one-sided than
it had been in Liverpool?s favour at
Anfield last week. The difference, of
course, is that Liverpool scored three
in a 19-minute blitz whereas City found
it harder to turn their early superiority
into the hard currency of goals. Bernardo Silva could scarcely have come
much closer with the left-foot shot
that crashed off Karius?s right-hand
post and Guardiola?s dismissal was
sparked by a trigger-happy linesman
ruling out a perfectly legitimate goal
shortly before half-time because of a
mistaken offside call against San�.
It was true that San� would have
been offside if the ball had been
played to him by a team-mate. In this
case, however, Karius had punched a
cross against James Milner and, when
San� turned in the loose ball, the goal
should have stood. It was a huge let-off
for Liverpool and a grievous setback
for the home side.
Guardiola was enraged and went
on to the pitch at half-time to remonstrate with the Spanish referee, Antonio Mateu Lahoz, while also making
sure his players did not talk themselves into trouble. City?s manager
was entitled to be aggrieved because,
at this level, it was pretty wretched
that neither the referee nor the linesman realised their mistake. Yet he
went too far with his eyeballing and
matador-like hand movements. Lahoz
pointed to the stands and then summoned Mikel Arteta, one of Guardiola?s coaches, to make sure the message
was understood.
All the same Guardiola?s players
must still have felt reasonably encouraged at half-time. Sterling?s speed
and directness, driving through the
middle, made him a constant menace
against his old club. Liverpool did not
manage a shot until the 41st minute
and City still had Sergio Ag黣ro, the
club?s record scorer, to summon from
the bench.
Yet City were taking a calculated
gamble fielding such an experimental three-man defence. When Kyle
Walker and Aymeric Laporte doubled
up as attacking full-backs Fernandinho would drop back to keep Nicol醩
Otamendi company. Otherwise Guardiola?s entire line-up was filled with
attacking players and that always had
the potential for danger against such a
brilliantly effective counter-attacking
side. Sure enough, the killer moment
arrived in the 56th minute. Salah?s
through-ball gave Sadio Man� the first
chance and for a split second it seemed
as though Fernandinho was in danger
of conceding a penalty. Salah did not
wait for the referee?s decision. He was
on the ball in a flash, taking it round
Ederson and then shaping his body
for a tricky angled finish. He was an
island of composure and his expertly
placed shot arched over Otamendi, the
nearest defender, before dropping into
an exposed net.
Firmino?s goal was a precise finish,
in off the post, from a misplaced pass
from the accident-prone Otamendi
and that was it.
Manchester City
3-1-4-2
Ederson?; Walker,
Laporte, Otamendi;
Fernandinho; B Silva?
(G黱dogan 74),
De Bruyne, D Silva
(Ag黣ro 66), San�
Sterling, Jesus
Subs not used
Bravo, Kompany,
Delph, Zinchenko,
Foden
Liverpool
4-3-3
Karius; AlexanderArnold? (Clyne 82),
Lovren, Van Dijk?,
Robertson; OxladeChamberlain, Wijnaldum,
Milner; Salah (Ings 89),
Firmino? (Klavan 81),
Man�
Subs not used
Mignolet, Moreno,
Solanke, Woodburn
Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Sp)
D
8
12
8
10
14
14
9
14
8
13
15
8
14
9
11
14
14
7
12
7
12
13
15
11
L
6
7
9
10
8
10
14
11
15
12
11
18
14
18
17
17
17
21
20
24
21
20
21
24
F
74
72
62
66
60
54
59
59
57
58
52
50
46
54
53
64
50
43
46
32
34
42
45
30
A
36
41
35
40
38
39
41
48
49
47
44
52
52
60
63
61
59
59
61
61
64
61
74
77
GD
+38
+31
+27
+26
+22
+15
+18
+11
+8
+11
+8
-2
-6
-6
-10
+3
-9
-16
-15
-29
-30
-19
-29
-47
Pts
89
81
80
76
68
68
66
65
65
64
63
56
56
54
53
47
47
46
42
40
39
37
33
32
Aston Villa
Grealish 85
32,560
(0) 1
Cardiff
(0) 0
Bolton
13,810
(0) 0
Millwall
Elliott 34
Marshall 63
(1) 2
Bristol City
Pack 12
Reid 27
Taylor 84
(2) 3
Birmingham
Jutkiewicz 34
(1) 1
Burton Albion
3,659
(0) 0
Hull City
Wilson 5
Grosicki 33 85
Meyler 63pen
Keane 90pen
(2) 5
Fulham
Johansen 25
(1) 1
Reading
19,272
(0) 0
Ipswich
Knudsen 54
(0) 1
Barnsley
2,964
(0) 0
Nottingham Forest (0) 0
20,596
Brentford
Dalsgaard 82
(0) 1
Preston
Gallagher 49pen
Maguire 52
Browne 82
(0) 3
Leeds
Roofe 13
(1) 1
QPR
Smyth 8
Bidwell 10
Sylla 15 53pen
(3) 4
Sheffield Wednesday
Forestieri 61
Nuhiu 69
(0) 2
Sheffield Utd
Evans 2 40
26,557
(2) 2
Middlesbrough
Ayala 48
(0) 1
Sunderland
Honeyman 63
24,894
(0) 1
Norwich
Pinto 89
(0) 1
20,288
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
P
Wigan
40
Blackburn
41
Shrewsbury
40
Rotherham
41
Plymouth
40
Charlton
41
Portsmouth
41
Peterborough
41
Scunthorpe
41
Bristol Rovers
41
Fleetwood Town 42
Blackpool
42
Southend
41
Bradford
39
Gillingham
41
Doncaster
39
Oxford Utd
41
Walsall
40
AFC Wimbledon
41
Oldham
39
Rochdale
40
MK Dons
41
Northampton
42
Bury
41
W
26
25
24
21
18
17
19
16
15
16
15
13
14
16
12
12
12
12
12
11
9
10
10
7
D
8
11
9
6
9
11
5
13
16
7
9
14
11
5
15
14
11
11
10
11
15
12
10
9
L
6
5
7
14
13
13
17
12
10
18
18
15
16
18
14
13
18
17
19
17
16
19
22
25
F
81
75
55
68
53
54
54
64
58
57
56
54
49
49
43
47
55
48
39
52
44
41
36
32
A
27
36
33
51
48
49
51
51
49
61
60
52
60
61
47
45
62
58
51
66
53
59
72
62
GD
+54
+39
+22
+17
+5
+5
+3
+13
+9
-4
-4
+2
-11
-12
-4
+2
-7
-10
-12
-14
-9
-18
-36
-30
Pts
86
86
81
69
63
62
62
61
61
55
54
53
53
53
51
50
47
47
46
44
42
42
40
30
AFC Wimbledon
Taylor 45
(1) 1
Charlton
4,457
(0) 0
Blackpool
Gnanduillet 42
Longstaff 62
Ryan 74
(1) 3
Northampton
(0) 0
Gillingham
6,361
(0) 0
Blackburn
(0) 0
Oxford Utd
6,337
(0) 0
Fleetwood Town
McAleny 90
(0) 1
Rochdale
Davies 87pen
3,850
(0) 1
Wigan
Burn 17
Vaughan 54
Jacobs 60
Grigg 63
(1) 4
2,964
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
P
Accrington Stanley 40
Luton
42
Wycombe
41
Exeter
41
Notts County
42
Lincoln City
40
Coventry
41
Mansfield
42
Swindon
42
Carlisle
42
Colchester
42
Crawley Town
42
Newport County
40
Cambridge Utd
41
Stevenage
42
Cheltenham
42
Crewe
42
Yeovil
40
Port Vale
42
Morecambe
41
Grimsby
42
Forest Green
41
Barnet
42
Chesterfield
40
W
26
23
21
22
19
18
19
16
19
16
16
16
13
14
13
13
14
12
10
9
10
11
9
9
D
5
11
11
6
13
13
8
16
7
13
13
9
15
12
13
12
5
10
13
16
11
7
9
8
L
9
8
9
13
10
9
14
10
16
13
13
17
12
15
16
17
23
18
19
16
21
23
24
23
F
67
87
75
57
63
57
51
61
63
57
51
53
49
44
56
62
56
55
46
40
34
48
38
43
A
40
43
55
47
44
42
40
48
62
50
46
59
51
55
58
60
70
64
59
53
63
70
63
71
GD
+27
+44
+20
+10
+19
+15
+11
+13
+1
+7
+5
-6
-2
-11
-2
+2
-14
-9
-13
-13
-29
-22
-25
-28
Pts
83
80
74
72
70
67
65
64
64
61
61
57
54
54
52
51
47
46
43
43
41
40
36
35
Morecambe
Thompson 16
Lang 33
26,557
(2) 2
Chesterfield
Dennis 55
Kellett 74
(0) 2
Stevenage
Newton 15
2,294
(1) 1
Mansfield
Atkinson 51
(0) 1
Swindon
Taylor 11 72
5,709
(1) 2
Yeovil
Wing 68
Fisher 89
(0) 2
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Barrow 3 Eastleigh 2; Boreham Wood 0 Macclesfield 2;
Chester FC 3 Bromley 2; Ebbsfleet Utd 3 Wrexham 0;
FC Halifax 2 Sutton 1; Guiseley P Dag & Red P;
Maidenhead 2 Woking 1; Solihull Moors 1 Maidstone 0;
Torquay 1 AFC Fylde 3; Tranmere 4 Gateshead 2
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
P W D
L
F
A GD
St Mirren
32 22
4
6 60 32 +28
Livingston
32 16 10
6 53 34 +19
Dunfermline
33 14 10
9 50 33 +17
Dundee Utd
32 15
7 10 44 39 +5
Morton
33 13 11
9 46 34 +12
Inverness CT
31 12
8 11 41 34 +7
Queen of South
33 11 10 12 50 52 -2
Falkirk
32
9 11 12 37 45 -8
Dumbarton
32
7
9 16 24 48 -24
Brechin
32
0
4 28 19 73 -54
Dundee Utd 1 St Mirren 0; Inverness CT 1 Falkirk 0;
Morton 3 Dumbarton 2
Pts
70
58
52
52
50
44
43
38
30
4
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Cowdenbeath 0 Montrose 3;
Berwick P Stenhousemuir P
Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST 2018 (Australia)
Athletics: Women: 1500m final: 1 C Semenya (SA) 4min
00.71sec; 2 Beatrice Chepkoech (Ken) 4;03.09;
3 M Courtney (Wal) 4:03.44
Cycling: Men: Individual time-trial: 1 C Meyer (Aus) 48min
13.04sec; 2 H Tanfield (Eng) 48:43.30;
3 H Bond (NZ) 48:45.45
Women: Individual time-trial: 1 K Garfoot (Aus) 35min
08.09sec; 2 L Villumsen (NZ) 36:03.01; 3 H Simmonds (Eng)
36:22.09
Shooting: Men: 50m Rifle prone final: 1 D Phelps (Wal)
248.8pts; 2 N Stirton (Sco) 247.7; 3 K Parr (Eng) 226.6
Queen?s prize pairs final: 1 England 584- 61v;
2 Wales 582- 58v; 3 Scotland 582- 49v
Swimming: Men: 50m freestyle final: 1 B Proud (Eng)
21:35sec; 2 B Tandy (SA) 21.81; 3 C McEvoy (Aus) 21.92
200m Individual medley final: 1 M Larkin (Aus) 1min
57.67sec; 2 S Scott (Scot) 1:57.86; 3 C Lewis (Aus) 1:58.18
1500m Freestyle final: 1 J Mcloughlin (Aus) 14min
47.09sec; 2 D Jervis (Wal) 14:48.67; 3 M Horton (Aus)
14:51.05
4x100m Medley relay final: 1 Australia 3min 31.04sec;
2 England 3:31.13; 3 South Africa 3:34.79
Women: 400m Freestyle final: 1 A Titmus (Aus) 4min
00.93sec; 2 H Hibbott (Eng) 4:05.31;
3 E Faulkner (Eng) 4:07.35
50m Backstroke final: 1 E Seebohm (Aus) 27.78sec;
2 K Mass (Can) 27.82; 3 G Davies (Wal) 27.90
4x100m Medley relay final: 1 Australia 3min 54.36sec;
2 Canada 3:55.10; 3 Wales 4:00.75
Para powerlifting: Men: Lightweight final:
1 R Ezuruike (Nga) 224.3pts; 2 P Kehinde (Nga) 219.9;
3 A Jawad (Eng) 182.7
Women: Lightweight final: 1 E Oyema (Nga) 141.6pts;
2 Lucy Ejike (Nga) 134.1; 3 N Newson (Eng) 106.1
Tennis
ATP GRAND PRIX HASSAN II (Marrakech)
First round: R Carball閟 Baena (Sp) bt M Marterer (Ger)
6-3 6-1; A Arnaboldi (It) bt A Dolgopolov (Ukr) 6-2 6-3;
A Vatutin (Rus) bt J-L Struff (Ger) 3-6 6-3 6-2;
M Basic (Bos) bt R Haase (Neth) 4-6 6-4 7-5;
N Basilashvili (Geo) bt M Berrettini (It) 7-6 (2) 6-4;
P Andujar (Sp) bt I Ivashka (Blr) 6-3 7-5;
G Garc韆-L髉ez (Sp) bt C Hemery (Fr) 6-2 6-2;
A Ramos Vi駉las (Sp) bt A Ahouda (Mor) 6-1 6-2;
M Zverev (Ger) bt P Lorenzi (It) 6-3 6-4;
J Sousa (Por) bt P Martinez Portero (SP) 7-5 7-5;
K Edmund (GB) bt J Vesely (Cz) 5-0 ret
Fixtures (7.45pm unless stated)
Football
Uefa Champions League
Quarter-finals: Second leg Bayern Munich (2)
v Sevilla (1); Real Madrid (3) v Juventus (0)
Sky Bet Championship
Wolves v Derby
Sky Bet League One
Oldham v Walsall
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Games grief
?The tiny island
nation of England
aren?t doing so good?
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m but
the club
clu have switched to signing a
b
owler as their overseas player, with
bowler
the Sou
South Australia seamer Daniel
Worral joining until mid-July. The
b
atsme will, however, get some
batsmen
extra ssupport from Chris Rogers
in a two-month
tw
coaching role. The
all-rou
all-rounder Ryan Higgins has joined
from M
Middlesex and the bowling will
b
e lead by last year?s player of the
be
season
season, the seamer Liam Norwell.
Andrew Tye and Michael Klinger are
strong overseas players for the Blast.
The departures of Sam Northeast
to Hampshire and Matt Coles to
Essex were significant blows over
the winter. The likeable Sam Billings
takes over the captaincy from the
former (once he returns from
playing for Delhi Daredevils in the
IPL) while the South African Heino
Kuhn arrives on a Kolpak deal to
shore up the batting. Seamer Harry
Podmore has also come in from
Middlesex, with Matt Henry (),
a Kiwi quick, their overseas player
for the first half of the season. The
former ECB managing director Paul
Downton is now running the club
too.
The Foxes have undergone their
latest reboot, with club favourite
Paul Nixon expected to inject
fresh energy as head coach ? and
some T20 nous from his two
Caribbean Premier League titles ?
and Michael Carberry () arriving
from Hampshire to lead the side
in all formats. The Indian seamer
Varun Aaron and the highly-rated
Zak Chappell could combine for
the quickest pairing in the division
but will need support, as will the
batting mainstay Mark Cosgrove,
who returns to the ranks after
a disappointing spell in charge
results-wise.
Last season
seas
County Championship:
C
6th
Royal Lo
London Cup: 7th South Group
T20 Blast:
Blas 9th South Group
Champio
Championship prediction 9th
Last season
County Championship: 5th
Royal London Cup: 9th South Group
T20 Blast: 6th South Group
Championship prediction 7th
Last season
County Championship: 10th
Royal London Cup: 6th North Group
T20 Blast: Quarter-finals
Championship prediction 8th
Captains: Billy Godleman, Gary Wilson (T20)
Coaches: Kim Barnett (cricket adviser), John
Wright (T20)
Last season?s extra focus on
Twenty20 cricket, hiring John
Wright as specialist coach, returned
a second-place group stage finish
only for Derbyshire to be marmalised
by Hampshire in the quarter-finals.
Ravi Rampaul, on a Kolpak deal
from Surrey, represents one of
two additions to last season, with
South African seamer Duane Olivier
g the overseas slot for the first
filling
half of the season. The all-rounder
Shiv Thakor
Th
has left following
his conviction
con
for two charges of
indece
indecent exposure. Runs from the
top ord
order and an injury-free season
for Har
Hardus Viljoen are needed.
Last season
seas
County Championship:
C
8th
Royal Lo
London Cup: 7th North Group
T20 Blast:
Blas Quarter-finals
Champio
Championship prediction 10th
Captain: Chris Dent
Coach: Richard
R
Dawson
Big things are
expected from
Sussex?s captain
Ben Brown
Captains: Paul Collingwood, Tom Latham (50
overs) Coach: Jon Lewis
Captain: Sam Billings
Coach: Matt Walker
Middlesex
Northamptonshire
Sussex
Susse
Warwickshire
All the talk last summer was of
hitting the reset button after
lifting the title in 2016 but instead
Middlesex flopped on all fronts.
Dawid Malan?s rise to the captaincy
is likely to be stop-start given his
England commitments, while Eoin
Morgan was due to be available for
12 championship matches but will
miss at least three with a broken
thumb. Nick Compton, previously
told he would not feature as the
club look to the future, may yet
receive a lifeline. The Australian
all-rounder Hilton Cartwright arrives
as early-season燾over.
White-ball specialism made way for
a stronger first-class campaign last
summer and the club have made
some interesting signings over the
winter. The seamer Brett Hutton
gets his chance after sitting in
reserve for long spells at Notts, while
the South African wicketkeeper
Ricardo Vasconcelos (holder of an
EU passport) is highly rated in his
home country. Rory Kleinveldt
returns as overseas player from
mid-May, with the New Zealand
seamer Doug Bracewell covering
until then. Ben Duckett will miss the
early championship rounds after
finger爏urgery.
Few can dispute that Sussex have
pulled off a coup in luring Jason
Gillespie back to county cricket. The
Australian architect of Yorkshire?s
two most recent titles arrives after
winning the Big Bash League with
Adelaide Strikers. Big things are
expected from Ben Brown, the new
captain, and Michael Burgess, while
Luke Wells will look to build on last
year?s 1,292-run season. Rashid Khan
could be the signing of the summer
when the Afghan leg-spinner arrives
for the Blast and India?s Ishant
Sharma is in place for the first two
months.
The silver-lining of reaching the
Blast final thanks to a switch
of captaincy from Ian Bell to
Grant Elliott and an injection of
youth could not detract from
the black燾loud of relegation. An
ageing爏quad of high wages but
diminishing returns was to blame
? the bowling and fitness coaches
inexplicably carried the can ? but
the rebuild at least began early, with
the mid-season signings of Dom
Sibley, Adam Hose and Will Rhodes.
Jeetan Patel takes over as captain
and the hope is that Bell can find
form in Division Two. Promotion
is燿emanded.
Captain: Dawid Malan
Coaches: Richard Scott, Daniel Vettori (T20)
Last season
County Championship: 7th Division One
Royal London Cup: 8th South Group
T20 Blast: 7th South Group
Championship prediction 3rd
Captain: Alex Wakeley
Coach: David Ripley
Last season
County Championship: 3rd
Royal London Cup: 8th North Group
T20 Blast: 6th North Group
Championship prediction 4th
Captains Ben Brown, Luke Wright (T20)
Captains:
Coach: Jason
J
Gillespie
Last season
County Championship: 4th
Royal London Cup: 5th South Group
T20 Blast: 5th South Group
Championship prediction 1st
Captains: Jeetan Patel, Grant Elliot (T20)
Coach: Jim Troughton
Last season
County Championship: 8th Division One
Royal London Cup: 9th North Group
T20 Blast: Runners-up
Championship prediction 2nd
Captains: Michael Hogan, Colin Ingram
(limited overs) Coach: Robert Croft
Captain: Michael Carberry
Coach: Paul Nixon
Two days to go
The Specsavers County
Championship Second Division
begins its second season as a
10-team competition on Friday,
when Kent host Gloucestershire,
Middlesex welcome Northants to
Lord?s and Warwickshire take on
Sussex. There will be two promotion
spots up for grabs and, as last year,
teams will play 14 matches apiece.
They will each face five counties
twice and four counties once.
Middlesex and Warwickshire were
relegated into the divison last season
as Worcestershire, as champions,
and Nottinghamshire were
promoted into Division One.
In tomorrow?s Guardian
Guide to Division One
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Rugby union
45
? Ben Youngs is delighted to
be back for the season?s end
HENRY BROWNE/GETTY IMAGES
Racing
?It feels like
I燿odged
a bullet
over that
injury?
Aintree
course could
be ?toughest
since 2001?
Greg Wood
Ben Youngs thought his
season was over when injured
in Italy but he is now fit to face
Northampton on Saturday
Gerard Meagher
I
f the enduring image of
England?s opening Six Nations
victory in Italy was a quartet
of Exeter players deep in
celebration, oblivious to the
downward spiral that was to
follow, then the lingering sound was
unmistakably that of Ben Youngs
crying out in pain.
Youngs? tournament lasted only
10 minutes before suffering a knee
injury which at the time looked
likely to end his season, possibly
even his chances of touring South
Africa. The shriek of agony said as
much and Eddie Jones knew only too
well that the prognosis was not good,
seconding Richard Wigglesworth
within minutes of the final whistle.
?I got a bit of stick for the yelp,?
says Youngs. ?Sometimes it is the
fear of what it might be, especially
when it is your knee. When
something like that happens you fear
the worst. But I certainly feel like I
dodged a bullet. The results of the
scan showed that I didn?t need an
operation and that ice and corrective
rehab would get me right, and I knew
that I would still be able to play at the
back-end of the season.?
It is too simplistic to pin England?s
subsequent stumbles on one
single factor ? the breakdown, Billy
Vunipola?s absence or fatigue, for
example ? but of all the excuses
offered up, Youngs? injury seems as
valid as any. Danny Care had nowhere
near the impact he tends to when
habitually replacing Youngs after
an hour and Wigglesworth, truth
be told, toiled on his international
comeback. Leicester?s head coach,
Matt O?Connor, was not exaggerating
when he remarked that Youngs had
been ?drastically missed?.
Youngs chose to keep his distance
from the England squad during his
lay-off, opting against fulfilling any
commercial duties at Twickenham
or offering any advice in the
WhatsApp group, instead watching
from the sofa with the knee in a
brace. The road to recovery has
been a smooth one ? surgery was
avoided ? and he is ready to make his
comeback against Northampton on
Saturday with Leicester currently
third and, as they always tend to do,
timing their play-off push perfectly.
?I was just unbelievably unlucky,?
Youngs adds. ?You think of the
amount of times you get tackled, or
you make a tackle and you get up and
you are fine and [then] something
innocuous like that happens and it
puts you out. It is a bit bizarre but
there?s not a lot you can do about it.
?I was in a brace, sleeping in it, in
it 24-7. I was on crutches, I couldn?t
really do a lot so I would have been
completely in the way. It was my
decision to watch from home ? you
see a lot more on the TV. I?m not one
that gets up and down and starts
throwing things but I get a little bit
animated. I care about that group.?
If England have keenly felt
Youngs? absence, however, Leicester
have not. The Tigers have won their
last five in the Premiership, having
ended 2017 with a run of six straight
defeats. Indeed, it was not so long
ago that O?Connor?s position was
under threat but Youngs pinpoints
the victory at Saracens in February
as the seminal moment of the
season. Furthermore Leicester have
Ben Youngs
shares his
wisdom after
a training
session in Market
Harborough
FLICK.DIGITAL
?The scan showed
that I didn?t need
an operation
and ice and rehab
would get me right?
a habit of improving as winter turns
to spring ? since the Premiership
adopted a four-team format for the
2005-06 season the Tigers have been
ever-present. And victory over their
east Midlands rival Northampton
would go a long way to securing their
place this season.
?We just seem to start randomly
at the beginning of the year, then we
get our act together,? says Youngs.
?I think the pride that we?ve always
made the top four helps. Even when
we?ve had seasons when it?s been
really disruptive and we?ve had
coaches come and go, we?ve still
always had that resilience. We?ve
been able to do that even when we
were faced with adversity.?
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The going on the Grand National
course at Aintree was ?heavy in
places? last night after 8mm of rain
fell at the track in 24 hours, raising the
possibility the conditions on Saturday
will be the most demanding since Red
Marauder?s 33-1 success in 2001.
?We were due a couple of millimetres on Monday night and a couple
more early morning,? Andrew Tulloch,
Aintree?s clerk of the course, said. ?But
unfortunately we got a lot more than
that. Hopefully it looks like we?ve had
most of the rain.
?But having said that, temperatures
haven?t really got up much. It feels
more like autumn than spring but
that?s Mother Nature for you.?
The ground was close to unraceable
17 years ago, when the four finishers
from 40 starters included two horses
that had been remounted by their
jockeys, a practice now banned. The
race was the second to be run on heavy
ground in a four-year period, following
Earth Summit?s win in 1998 when six
of 37 starters completed.
Only two Grand Nationals since 2001
have been run on going any slower
than good-to-soft but with some rain
in the forecast for Aintree tomorrow
and Friday, the ground seems likely to
be soft at best. As a result, the betting
could change significantly as punters
latch on to runners with low weights
and proven form on heavy ground.
The first major gamble of the week
arrived yesterday, as Ross O?Sullivan?s
mare Baie Des Iles was backed down to
a top price of 20-1 having been available at 66-1 last week. Katie Walsh,
O?Sullivan?s wife, will be in the grey?s
saddle as she bids to become the first
female jockey to win the National,
and Baie Des Iles not only has form at
extreme distances and on soft ground
but is also set to carry only 10st 7lb.
?Baie Des Iles could end up being
our worst result,? Rupert Adams, a
spokesman for William Hill, said. ?She
will love the ground, is a grey and most
importantly has Katie Walsh on board.
It is a possible perfect storm.?
Walsh is one of three female jockeys
and Milansbar, the mount of Bryony
Frost, is another soft-ground specialist
that could attract support.
Greg Wood?s tips
Lingfield 1.40 Rattle On 2.10 Ravenhoe
2.40 New Orleans 3.15 Perfect Pastime
3.45 Geetanjali 4.20 Sandfrankskipsgo (nb)
4.50 Lubinka 5.20 Scoones
Market Rasen 2.00 Mont Des Avaloirs
2.30 The Bottom Bar 3.05 Chandos Belle
3.35 Roxyfet 4.10 Beggar?s Wishes
4.40 Shockingtimes 5.10 Akarita Lights
Kempton 5.45 Settle Petal 6.15 Magnificent
6.45 Perfect Hustler 7.15 Coverham (nap)
7.45 Paddy A 8.15 Birds Of Prey
8.45 Four Fifty Three 9.15 Red Invader
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Results
Sport
46
Football
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Quarter-finals: Second leg
Manchester City
Jesus 2
53,461
(1-5 on agg)
(1) 1
Liverpool
Salah 56
Firmino 77
(0) 2
Roma
(1) 3 Barcelona
Dzeko 6, De Rossi 58pen
56,580
Manolas 82
(4-4 on agg, Roma win on away goals)
(0) 0
WOMEN?S WORLD CUP QUALIFYING
Group One Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 England 2
Group Two Scotland 3 Poland 0
Group Three Northern Ireland 0 Norway 3;
Republic of Ireland 0 Netherlands 2
PHOTOGRAPH: CHRIS
RADBURN/PA
?I?m out of here? Mick McCarthy left his post as Ipswich manager with immediate
e?ect despite seeing his side beat Barnsley 1-0. ?I spoke with [owner] Marcus
[Evans] at the weekend and we agreed it was in the best interests for me, the
players and the club that I move on now,? he said, later adding : ?I?m out of here.?
Sky Bet Championship
Screamer
from Grealish
keeps Villa
in the hunt
Aston Villa
1
Grealish 85
Cardi?
0
Ben Fisher
Villa Park
This was a night Jack Grealish will
never forget, on which he thumped
home the winner, a stunning volley
from 25 yards that clattered in off the
post, for his boyhood club in front of
the Holte End.
It earned his side a priceless victory
? one that keeps Aston Villa primed
for a late tilt towards the automatic
promotion places in the Championship ? and brought the watching Villa
supporter Prince William, who went
into the home dressing room before
kick-off, to his feet.
As for Cardiff City, they need quickly
to swallow successive defeats that
have seen them surrender second
place to a swaggering Fulham in the
process. This may yet prove a knockout blow but their destiny is still in
their own hands with five games to
play, including a game in hand over
their rivals.
If Villa can beat Leeds United here
on Friday night, they will move to
within a point of Cardiff, and two
of Fulham. This was another match
where Neil Warnock was left scratching his head, staggered at a string of
superb saves by Sam Johnstone, the
Manchester United loanee, five days
after R鷅en Neves?s superb free-kick
earned Wolverhampton Wanderers
victory in south Wales.
?We?re value for money but we have
been done by two worldies,? Warnock
said. ?I don?t know how we?ve not won
the game. Their goalkeeper tonight
was unbelievable ? we had so many
chances.? As for his team dropping
down to third in the table, he added:
?It?s nice to be the hunter rather than
the hunted. I still think things will happen between now and the end of the
season and it is always different when
you are out in front.?
That glorious Grealish goal ? a strike
reminiscent of Paul Scholes?s effort on
this ground in 2006 ? settled a game
that looked as though it was heading
for an unwanted stalemate. A former
season-ticket holder in the Witton
Lane Stand who joined Villa aged six,
Grealish watched the ball all the way
Fulham soar into promotion places
Fulham climbed into the
automatic promotion places at
the expense of Cardiff, thanks to
Stefan Johansen. The midfielder?s
25th-minute strike was enough to
beat Reading 1-0 at Craven Cottage
and stretch Fulham?s unbeaten run
to 20 matches. Leandro Bacuna
was sent off in stoppage time for
the visitors.
Millwall made it 16 games
unbeaten to leap into the play-off
positions with a 2-0 win at Bolton.
Ben Marshall set up the first for Tom
Elliott to head home and then rifled
in after a lightning counterattack.
Middlesbrough were the team to
slip out of the top six after they were
beaten 2-1 at Sheffield United. Lee
Evans scored twice before Daniel
Ayala pulled one back for Boro, who
played for 65 minutes with 10 men
after Grant Leadbitter was sent off.
Bristol City kept their top-six
hopes alive with a 3-1 win over
struggling Birmingham. PA
as it plummeted down from Sean Morrison?s looped left-footed clearance.
Grealish powered home emphatically
with his right, the ball smacking the
post of Neil Etheridge?s goal before
resting in the opposite corner.
Johnstone had kept Villa in the
game for long periods, twice denying
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, a menace on
his return to the Cardiff starting lineup,
as well as keeping out Callum Paterson
and preventing a Glenn Whelan own
goal. Villa had struggled to seize control of a game that was going from bad
to worse when Axel Tuanzebe hobbled
off after 26 minutes, given that Birkir
Bjarnason had pulled out of the warmup with a back injury.
The captain, John Terry, was
another absentee after twisting his
ankle during the defeat at Carrow
Road on Saturday, and he is unlikely
to be fit for Friday?s meeting with
Leeds, although the Ivory Coast
international Jonathan Kodjia could
start after only his 13th appearance
of the season here. As for Grealish,
Bruce is hopeful this is another sign
that the 22-year-old, whose previous
off-field misdemeanours have been
extensively documented, is maturing.
?We?ve all known he?s a talent and
to be without him for six months
[because of a kidney injury] shows you
what we have missed,? Bruce said. ?He
has tried to play with a maturity and I
think getting a freak injury like that put
him on the back-burner a bit.
?I?d rather he gets the plaudits for
the right reasons and that he?s on the
back pages as opposed to the front or
middle. He does some brilliant stuff in
training but training?s training and this
is the big stage. It was always going to
take a little bit of magic and I thought
to a man we responded.?
Aston Villa
4-2-3-1
Johnstone?; Tuanzebe
(Bree 26), Jedinak,
Chester, Elmohamady;
Hourihane?
(Samba 88), Whelan;
Snodgrass?, Grealish,
Adomah (Kodjia? 60);
Grabban
Subs not used
Bunn, Lansbury, Hogan,
Onomah
Cardiff
4-3-3
Etheridge; Peltier?,
Morrison, Bamba,
Bennett?; Gunnarsson?,
Paterson?, Grujic;
Mendez-Laing
(Pilkington 90), Zohore
(Madine 68), Hoilett
(Ward? 88)
Subs not used
Murphy, Manga, Bryson,
Traor�
Referee Jeremy Simpson Attendance 32,560
SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP
P W
Wolves
41 27
Fulham
42 23
Cardiff
41 24
Aston Villa
42 22
Derby
40 18
Millwall
42 18
Middlesbrough
42 19
Bristol City
42 17
Sheff Utd
42 19
Brentford
42 17
Preston
42 16
Ipswich
42 16
Norwich
42 14
Leeds
42 15
QPR
42 14
Hull
42 11
Sheff Wed
42 11
Nottm Forest
41 13
Reading
42 10
Birmingham
42 11
Bolton
42
9
Barnsley
41
8
Sunderland
42
6
Burton Albion
42
7
D
8
12
8
10
14
14
9
14
8
13
15
8
14
9
11
14
14
7
12
7
12
13
15
11
L
6
7
9
10
8
10
14
11
15
12
11
18
14
18
17
17
17
21
20
24
21
20
21
24
F
74
72
62
66
60
54
59
59
57
58
52
50
46
54
53
64
50
43
46
32
34
42
45
30
A
36
41
35
40
38
39
41
48
49
47
44
52
52
60
63
61
59
59
61
61
64
61
74
77
GD
+38
+31
+27
+26
+22
+15
+18
+11
+8
+11
+8
-2
-6
-6
-10
+3
-9
-16
-15
-29
-30
-19
-29
-47
Pts
89
81
80
76
68
68
66
65
65
64
63
56
56
54
53
47
47
46
42
40
39
37
33
32
Aston Villa
Grealish 85
(0) 1
Cardiff
32,560
(0) 0
Bolton
13,810
(0) 0
Millwall
Elliott 34
Marshall 63
(1) 2
Bristol City
Pack 12
Reid 27
Taylor 84
(2) 3
Birmingham
Jutkiewicz 34
(1) 1
Burton Albion
3,659
(0) 0
Hull City
Wilson 5
Grosicki 33 85
Meyler 63pen
Keane 90
(2) 5
Fulham
Johansen 25
(1) 1
Reading
19,272
(0) 0
Ipswich
Knudsen 54
(0) 1
Barnsley
13,271
(0) 0
Nottingham Forest (0) 0
20,596
Brentford
Dalsgaard 82
(0) 1
Preston
Gallagher 49pen
Maguire 52
Browne 82
(0) 3
Leeds
Roofe 13
14,188
(1) 1
QPR
Smyth 8
Bidwell 10
Sylla 15 53pen
(3) 4
Sheffield Wednesday
Forestieri 61
Nuhiu 69
12 521
(0) 2
Sheffield Utd
Evans 2 40
26,557
(2) 2
Middlesbrough
Ayala 48
(0) 1
Sunderland
Honeyman 63
24,894
(0) 1
Norwich
Pinto 89
(0) 1
20,288
SKY BET LEAGUE ONE
P
Wigan
40
Blackburn
41
Shrewsbury
40
Rotherham
41
Plymouth
40
Charlton
41
Portsmouth
41
Peterborough
41
Scunthorpe
41
Bristol Rovers
41
Fleetwood Town 42
Blackpool
42
Southend
41
Bradford
39
Gillingham
41
Doncaster
39
Oxford Utd
41
Walsall
40
AFC Wimbledon
41
Oldham
39
Rochdale
40
MK Dons
41
Northampton
42
Bury
41
W
26
25
24
21
18
17
19
16
15
16
15
13
14
16
12
12
12
12
12
11
9
10
10
7
D
8
11
9
6
9
11
5
13
16
7
9
14
11
5
15
14
11
11
10
11
15
12
10
9
L
6
5
7
14
13
13
17
12
10
18
18
15
16
18
14
13
18
17
19
17
16
19
22
25
F
81
75
55
68
53
54
54
64
58
57
56
54
49
49
43
47
55
48
39
52
44
41
36
32
A
27
36
33
51
48
49
51
51
49
61
60
52
60
61
47
45
62
58
51
66
53
59
72
62
GD
+54
+39
+22
+17
+5
+5
+3
+13
+9
-4
-4
+2
-11
-12
-4
+2
-7
-10
-12
-14
-9
-18
-36
-30
Pts
86
86
81
69
63
62
62
61
61
55
54
53
53
53
51
50
47
47
46
44
42
42
40
30
AFC Wimbledon
Taylor 45
(1) 1
Charlton
4,457
(0) 0
Blackpool
Gnanduillet 42
Longstaff 62
Ryan 74
(1) 3
Northampton
(0) 0
Gillingham
6,361
(0) 0
Blackburn
(0) 0
Oxford Utd
6,337
(0) 0
Fleetwood Town
McAleny 90
(0) 1
Rochdale
Davies 87pen
3,850
(0) 1
Wigan
Burn 17
Vaughan 54
Jacobs 60
Grigg 63
(1) 4
2,964
SKY BET LEAGUE TWO
P
Accrington Stanley 40
Luton
42
Wycombe
41
Exeter
41
Notts County
42
Lincoln City
40
Coventry
41
Mansfield
42
Swindon
42
Carlisle
42
Colchester
42
Crawley Town
42
Newport County
40
Cambridge Utd
41
Stevenage
42
Cheltenham
42
Crewe
42
Yeovil
40
Port Vale
42
Morecambe
41
Grimsby
42
Forest Green
41
Barnet
42
Chesterfield
40
W
26
23
21
22
19
18
19
16
19
16
16
16
13
14
13
13
14
12
10
9
10
11
9
9
D
5
11
11
6
13
13
8
16
7
13
13
9
15
12
13
12
5
10
13
16
11
7
9
8
L
9
8
9
13
10
9
14
10
16
13
13
17
12
15
16
17
23
18
19
16
21
23
24
23
F
67
87
75
57
63
57
51
61
63
57
51
53
49
44
56
62
56
55
46
40
34
48
38
43
A
40
43
55
47
44
42
40
48
62
50
46
59
51
55
58
60
70
64
59
53
63
70
63
71
GD
+27
+44
+20
+10
+19
+15
+11
+13
+1
+7
+5
-6
-2
-11
-2
+2
-14
-9
-13
-13
-29
-22
-25
-28
Pts
83
80
74
72
70
67
65
64
64
61
61
57
54
54
52
51
47
46
43
43
41
40
36
35
Morecambe
Thompson 16
Lang 33
1,042
(2) 2
Chesterfield
Dennis 55
Kellett 74
(0) 2
Stevenage
Newton 15
2,294
(1) 1
Mansfield
Atkinson 51
(0) 1
Swindon
Taylor 11 72
5,709
(1) 2
Yeovil
Wing 68
Fisher 89
(0) 2
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
Barrow 3 Eastleigh 2; Boreham Wood 0 Macclesfield 2;
Chester FC 3 Bromley 2; Ebbsfleet Utd 3 Wrexham 0;
FC Halifax 2 Sutton 1; Guiseley P Dag & Red P;
Maidenhead 2 Woking 1; Solihull Moors 1 Maidstone 0;
Torquay 1 AFC Fylde 3; Tranmere 4 Gateshead 2
LADBROKES SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP
P W D
L
F
A GD
St Mirren
32 22
4
6 60 32 +28
Livingston
32 16 10
6 53 34 +19
Dunfermline
33 14 10
9 50 33 +17
Dundee Utd
32 15
7 10 44 39 +5
Morton
33 13 11
9 46 34 +12
Inverness CT
31 12
8 11 41 34 +7
Queen of South
33 11 10 12 50 52 -2
Falkirk
32
9 11 12 37 45 -8
Dumbarton
32
7
9 16 24 48 -24
Brechin
32
0
4 28 19 73 -54
Dundee Utd 1 St Mirren 0; Inverness CT 1 Falkirk 0;
Morton 3 Dumbarton 2
Pts
70
58
52
52
50
44
43
38
30
4
LADBROKES SCOTTISH LEAGUE TWO
Cowdenbeath 0 Montrose 3;
Berwick P Stenhousemuir P
Commonwealth Games
GOLD COAST 2018 (Australia)
Athletics: Women: 1500m final: 1 C Semenya (SA) 4min
00.71sec; 2 Beatrice Chepkoech (Ken) 4;03.09;
3 M Courtney (Wal) 4:03.44
Cycling: Men: Individual time-trial: 1 C Meyer (Aus) 48min
13.04sec; 2 H Tanfield (Eng) 48:43.30;
3 H Bond (NZ) 48:45.45
Women: Individual time-trial: 1 K Garfoot (Aus) 35min
08.09sec; 2 L Villumsen (NZ) 36:03.01; 3 H Simmonds (Eng)
36:22.09
Shooting: Men: 50m Rifle prone final: 1 D Phelps (Wal)
248.8pts; 2 N Stirton (Sco) 247.7; 3 K Parr (Eng) 226.6
Queen?s prize pairs final: 1 England 584- 61v;
2 Wales 582- 58v; 3 Scotland 582- 49v
Swimming: Men: 50m freestyle final: 1 B Proud (Eng)
21:35sec; 2 B Tandy (SA) 21.81; 3 C McEvoy (Aus) 21.92
200m Individual medley final: 1 M Larkin (Aus) 1min
57.67sec; 2 S Scott (Scot) 1:57.86; 3 C Lewis (Aus) 1:58.18
1500m Freestyle final: 1 J Mcloughlin (Aus) 14min
47.09sec; 2 D Jervis (Wal) 14:48.67; 3 M Horton (Aus)
14:51.05
4x100m Medley relay final: 1 Australia 3min 31.04sec;
2 England 3:31.13; 3 South Africa 3:34.79
Women: 400m Freestyle final: 1 A Titmus (Aus) 4min
00.93sec; 2 H Hibbott (Eng) 4:05.31;
3 E Faulkner (Eng) 4:07.35
50m Backstroke final: 1 E Seebohm (Aus) 27.78sec;
2 K Mass (Can) 27.82; 3 G Davies (Wal) 27.90
4x100m Medley relay final: 1 Australia 3min 54.36sec;
2 Canada 3:55.10; 3 Wales 4:00.75
Para powerlifting: Men: Lightweight final:
1 R Ezuruike (Nga) 224.3pts; 2 P Kehinde (Nga) 219.9;
3 A Jawad (Eng) 182.7
Women: Lightweight final: 1 E Oyema (Nga) 141.6pts;
2 Lucy Ejike (Nga) 134.1; 3 N Newson (Eng) 106.1
Tennis
ATP GRAND PRIX HASSAN II (Marrakech, Morocco)
First round: R Carball閟 Baena (Sp) bt M Marterer (Ger)
6-3 6-1; A Arnaboldi (It) bt A Dolgopolov (Ukr) 6-2 6-3;
A Vatutin (Rus) bt J-L Struff (Ger) 3-6 6-3 6-2;
M Basic (Bos) bt R Haase (Neth) 4-6 6-4 7-5;
N Basilashvili (Geo) bt M Berrettini (It) 7-6 (2) 6-4;
P Andujar (Sp) bt I Ivashka (Blr) 6-3 7-5;
G Garc韆-L髉ez (Sp) bt C Hemery (Fr) 6-2 6-2;
A Ramos Vi駉las (Sp) bt A Ahouda (Mor) 6-1 6-2;
M Zverev (Ger) bt P Lorenzi (It) 6-3 6-4;
J Sousa (Por) bt P Martinez Portero (SP) 7-5 7-5;
K Edmund (GB) bt J Vesely (Cz) 5-0 ret
Fixtures (7.45pm unless stated)
Football
Uefa Champions League
Quarter-finals: Second leg Bayern Munich (2)
v Sevilla (1); Real Madrid (3) v Juventus (0)
Sky Bet Championship
Wolves v Derby
Sky Bet League One
Oldham v Walsall
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Football Women?s World Cup qualifying
47
? Toni Duggan celebrates her
second-half goal in England?s
victory in Zenica
IAN WALTON/FA/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
How they stand
England
Wales
Russia
Bosnia?Herz
Kazakhstan
P
5
5
4
5
5
W
4
3
2
1
0
D
1
2
1
0
0
L F A GD Pts
0 17 0 17 13
0 3 0 3 11
1 9 7 2 7
4 3 13 -10 3
5 0 12 -12 0
7 June Wales v Bosnia-Herz
8 June Russia v England
Duggan ?nds a way for England
through Bosnia?s bus blockade
Bosnia
0
England
2
Duggan 56, Taylor 90pen
Louise Taylor
Toni Duggan and Jodie Taylor brightened Phil Neville?s horizon by returning England to the top of their World
Cup qualifying group as Bosnia?s initially obdurate defence came undone.
Rodriguez ready
for hearing in
racial-abuse case
Stuart James
Jay Rodriguez?s attempt to clear his
name after a Football Association
charge of allegedly racially abusing
Brighton?s Ga雝an Bong will start
today, when the West Brom forward
appears before an independent commission at a Wembley hearing that will
also be attended by Alan Pardew.
Rodriguez strenuously denies the
allegation that he used ?abusive and/or
insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour
A match featuring two sendings off
? the first, involving Liverpool?s Alex
Greenwood, was highly controversial
? concluded with second-half goals
lifting the Lionesses two points clear
of Wales.
For a while it had seemed as if England were about to take a wrong turn
along the road to the 2019 finals in
France. By the final whistle, though,
Neville had secured the second victory of his five games in charge and
was all smiles. ?We talked about Bosnia parking the bus but this was three
or four buses,? he said. ?It was football
like I had never seen before. It was a
patient performance. We had to wait
but the girls stuck at it. The first goal
was always going to be key.?
After playing in front of a 25,000plus crowd at Southampton, where
they were held 0-0 by Wales last Friday, the Lionesses were watched by
a few hundred locals on a mountain
fringed practice pitch in Zenica.
Yet if the Bosnian football federation?s training centre was low on
atmosphere and spectators, Samira
Hurem?s side exhibited a fierce determination to frustrate their guests at
and/or race? during the game at the
Hawthorns on 13 January. The former
Southampton striker claims he merely
referenced the Cameroon defender?s
?bad breath?.
Rodriguez and West Brom were
shocked when the FA announced in
February it was bringing a case against
the player who had already been interviewed by the governing body and has
maintained his innocence throughout. FA officials have also spoken to
other West Brom and Brighton players,
including Bong.
Pardew, who lost his job as the West
Brom manager last week after a miserable run of results that leaves the
club all but resigned to relegation, has
been supportive of Rodriguez from the
moment Bong?s allegations surfaced.
West Brom have made their stance
clear in a statement. Richard Garlick,
the director of football, said the club
are ?fully committed to backing Jay
throughout this process?. Rodriguez is
also expected to call on former managers for character references as he seeks
to prove his innocence.
A three-person independent commission, made up of football and legal
experts, will hear evidence from both
sides. Rodriguez, who joined West
Brom from Southampton for �m last
summer, faces a minimum five-match
ban which would rule him out for the
rest of the season.
? Jay Rodriguez will appear before
a hearing at Wembley today
every turn. Ranked 57th in the world,
Hurem?s players were dominated by
their opponents but nonetheless soon
had England jettisoning sweet passing ideals in favour of a series of long
diagonal balls.
Envera Hasanbegovic, Bosnia?s
goalkeeper, looked uncertain on
crosses but, protected by that reassuring defensive blanket, was surprisingly
underworked in a low-key first half.
Its highlight was Hasanbegovic?s
diversion of Jade Moore?s 30-yard shot
as the keeper demonstrated her skill.
If England could not be blamed for
turning slightly direct against such
bloody-minded opponents, they initially lacked sharpness and incision.
Although Moore, especially, did some
very good things in a holding midfield
capacity, her team could have done
with a few more crisp one- and twotouch passing moves.
As Hasanbegovic repelled Ellen
Football
In brief
Arsenal
Teenager Nelson to
sign new contract
Reiss Nelson is hopeful he will
soon sign a new contract at Arsenal
after making his full Premier
League debut in Sunday?s 3-2 win
over Southampton. ?It is a big
achievement to sign for a big club
like Arsenal, so I?m just delighted
with the contract and hopeful that
I can sign it soon,? the 18-year-old
forward said. Mohamed Elneny
will be available for Arsenal?s next
three Premier League games after an
independent regulatory commission
White?s header Neville cut an increasingly frustrated presence.
Watching Amira Spahic collect a
booking for time-wasting after delaying taking a Bosnia throw it was easy
to appreciate why.
Neville?s problems intensified two
minutes into the second half when, following a perceived dive, Greenwood,
already booked for dissent, received
her second yellow card despite the
left-back having a case for a penalty
for what looked like a trip.
As he consoled a tearful Greenwood, Neville must have been aware
that this was the sort of game which
his tactically intelligent predecessor
Mark Sampson invariably found a way
to win.
The new manager?s mood visibly improved when the increasingly
inventive Duggan ? who is now at Barcelona ? volleyed beyond Hasanbegovic after connecting with Lawley?s
superb cross. ?Toni scored a brilliant
goal,? Neville said. ?She was fantastic.?
Shortly afterwards Spahic was
dismissed for her second bookable
offence, a tug on Beth Mead, the Arsenal forward. Duggan?s 25-yard leftfoot drive hit the woodwork, Hasanbegovic saved White?s volley and Mead?s
excellent movement ruffled Bosnia?s
backline.
When the latter was felled by Lidija
Kulis, England won a late penalty.
Hasanbegovic dived the right way but
could not deny Taylor her 17th goal in
37 internationals.
Bosnia
4-5-1
E Hasenbegovic; Amira
Spahic?, M
Hasenbegovic, Aleksic,
Radeljic; Kulis, Sakotic
(Lukic 74), Hadzic?,
Alisa Spahic (Medic 90),
Krso (Kapetanovic 66);
Nikolic
Subs not used
Gvozderac, Piskic,
Denda, Likovic
England
4-3-3
Telford; Bronze, McManus,
Houghton, Greenwood?;
Nobbs, Moore,
Christiansen (Daly 80);
Lawley (Mead 57), White,
Duggan (Taylor 87)
Subs not used
Bardsley, George,
Williams, Parris
Referee A Tsiofliki (Gr)
ruled he was ?wrongly dismissed?
against Southampton. PA
Newcastle
Shirt logo breach
leads to FA fine
Newcastle have been fined �500
after admitting to breaking the
Football Association?s rules on kit
advertising. Their under-18 side
wore shirts that displayed a betting
company?s logo. PA
Paris Saint-Germain
Tuchel prepares way
to replace Emery
Thomas Tuchel?s representatives
have held talks with PSG over
succeeding Unai Emery as manager
next season. Fabrizio Romano
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? Cardiff ?s Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
(left) jostles for possession with Aston
Villa?s Axel Tuanzebe
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Champions League
Manolas
seals Roma?s
historic
comeback
Roma
3
Dzeko 6, De Rossi 58pen, Manolas 82
Barcelona
0
Roma win 4-4 on agg by away goals
Jacob Steinberg
Stadio Olimpico
Sky Bet Championship
Grealish winner dumps
Cardi? out of top two
Aston Villa
1
Grealish 85
Cardi?
0
Ben Fisher
Villa Park
Cardiff City dropped out of the top two
after Jack Grealish?s spectacular late
winner at Villa Park condemned them
to a second defeat in succession, while
the hosts climbed to within four points
of Cardiff and five of Fulham, who are
now in second place.
Expectations appear to have
weighed Villa down in recent weeks,
and they have picked up just one win
since demolishing rivals Wolves at
Villa Park last month. After crumbling against Norwich, Bruce tweaked
personnel although two of the four
changes were enforced, with the cap-
tain, John Terry, absent with an ankle
injury sustained at Carrow Road on
Saturday and Birkir Bjanarson picking
up a knock in the warm-up.
Things got worse after kick-off, with
Axel Tuanzebe limping off inside half
an hour to be replaced by James Bree,
who was only drafted into the matchday squad after Bjanarson had pulled
up. Tuanzebe had earlier been left
exposed when Cardiff bore down on
goal, with Nathaniel Mendez-Laing?s
low effort cannoning off the post.
The hosts actually began brighter,
with Cardiff lax when Lewis Grabban
? a January transfer target for Warnock
? rattled the side-netting inside two
minutes after being slipped in by Robert Snodgrass. At the other end, half of
the Holte End thought it was in.
Villa failed to seize control, with
Cardiff ?s captain Sean Morrison and
his defensive partner, Sol Bamba,
repelling hopeful balls forward. But,
unusually, Cardiff struggled to cope
? The former Aston Villa and Norway striker John Carew watches the game
with the Duke of Cambridge PAUL HARDING/PA WIRE
with set-pieces, with Albert Adomah
hooking just wide and Neil Etheridge,
the visitors? goalkeeper, making a
mess of another caressed inswinging
Snodgrass delivery.
Callum Paterson surrendered a
free-kick after being booked for a foul
on Jack Grealish, much to Warnock?s
ire, moments after Conor Hourihane
scythed down Mendez-Laing, with the
winger making strides after flicking on
the afterburners. The fourth official,
Robert Madley, bore the brunt of much
of Warnock?s anger.
It perhaps would have been forgotten on the brink of half-time, when
Sam Johnstone?s goal came under
bombardment, with the Manchester United loanee making a superb
point-blank save to deny Whelan an
unwanted own goal, moments after
Morrison sent an effort fizzing across
goal.
Half-chances came and went for
Villa, with Grabban nodding wide from
Grealish?s cross before Cardiff enjoyed
a prolonged spell of pressure, which
culminated in another fine Johnstone
save. Once Kenneth Zohore untangled
his feet, he poked an effort goalwards,
only for the Villa goalkeeper to deny
him with his legs. With Villa vulnerable, Bruce introduced Jonathan
Kodjia, for only his 13th appearance
this term.
The substitute had the desired
impact, bamboozling Morrison to
navigate into the box before forcing
Etheridge into a superb save. Kodjia?s
arrival combined with Villa upping
the ante, with Grabbing feeding Hourihane, who prodded wide with just
the Cardiff goalkeeper to beat. Warnock sought a striking change himself,
with Gary Madine summoned in place
of Zohore.
But it was Grealish who had the final
say with a glorious volley five minutes
from time to give Villa the win.
Aston Villa
4-2-3-1
Johnstone?; Tuanzebe
(Bree 26), Jedinak,
Chester, Elmohamady;
Hourihane?
(Samba 88), Whelan;
Snodgrass?, Grealish,
Adomah (Kodjia? 60);
Grabban
Subs not used
Bunn, Lansbury, Hogan,
Onomah
Cardiff
4-3-3
Etheridge; Peltier?,
Morrison, Bamba,
Bennett?; Gunnarsson?,
Paterson?, Grujic;
Mendez-Laing
(Pilkington 90), Zohore
(Madine 68), Hoilett
(Ward? 88)
Subs not used
Murphy, Manga, Bryson,
Traor�
Referee Jeremy Simpson Attendance 32,560
There cannot have seen many better celebrations at this stadium. One
glance off Kostas Manolas?s head was
enough to spark scenes of utter bedlam. The Roma coaches and substitutes had all leapt off the bench to join
in, it was barely possible to hear yourself think and Barcelona were stunned.
They had been reduced to such
a state of desperation that Lionel
Messi, the world?s greatest player,
had been reduced to hacking at Aleksandar Kolarov. Luis Su醨ez?s main
contribution was picking up a booking for timewasting and in the end
Barcelona?s third consecutive exit in
the quarter-finals came in the most
incredible circumstances.
Roma had trailed 4-1 from the first
leg, yet they were inspired by Edin
Dzeko and Manolas?s header was
enough to take them through on away
goals and into their first European Cup
semi-final since 1984.
?Mission Impossible,? was the
headline in one Italian newspaper,
yet the locals sought to disguise that
air of pessimism by making the atmosphere as intimidating as possible and
any hope Barcelona had of silencing
the deafening Roman din went out of
the window after six minutes.
Faith in Roma?s ability to stage an
incredible turnaround was weighed
down by the knowledge that only 11
sides had recovered from positions
of similar peril in the competition?s
63-year history and even their most
devoted followers could have been forgiven for thinking this was a foregone
conclusion.
Roma had made life awkward for
themselves with an eccentric effort at
the Camp Nou, from the sloppiness of
conceding two own-goals to the frustration of the error from Federico Fazio
that allowed Barcelona to pull clear
in the dying stages, and it was clear
Eusebio Di Francesco?s side would
require something special to pull this
one out of the bag.
Yet there was no point in Roma feeling downbeat. Red smoke billowed
out of the brilliantly boisterous Curva
Sud, heightening the sense of occasion, and the home team?s task did not
look quite as imposing once Dzeko had
highlighted the frailties in Barcelona?s
defence.
Alessandro Florenzi?s long pass was
perfectly flighted and Dzeko, who had
kept the tie alive with an artful piece
of poaching in the first leg, used his
strength to bustle Jordi Alba and Sam-
uel Umtiti aside before rolling the ball
past Marc-Andr� ter Stegen.
Ernesto Valverde?s focus was defensive, which is why he favoured Sergi
Roberto instead of the more offensive
Paulinho but Barcelona were vulnerable against Roma?s high-octane
approach in midfield, where Daniele
De Rossi, Radja Nainggolan and Kevin
Strootman dominated. Su醨ez?s difficulties were encapsulated by the
moment when he failed to run clear
of Roma?s back three after an excellent
pass from Andr閟 Iniesta and although
Messi almost silenced the crowd with
a free-kick that whistled just too high,
the forward?s team-mates struggled to
involve him.
Alisson Becker could not have
anticipated enjoying such a quiet 45
minutes in goal for Roma. The action
was happening at the other end and
the damage for Barcelona would have
been more severe if Patrik Schick had
shown greater precision with two free
headers or Dzeko had snuck another
effort past Ter Stegen.
The question at the start of the second half was whether Roma would
begin to tire after such a frenzied
effort. It felt as though the slightest
dip in intensity would prove costly,
especially when Barcelona were able
to gather their thoughts and exert a
measure of control.
The clock was Roma?s enemy. Yet
the mood changed when Strootman
hounded Iniesta out of possession in
the 55th minute, allowing Schick to
run at Umtiti. The forward tumbled
and appealed in vain for a penalty, but
Roma had a second wind and moments
later the outstanding Dzeko was outmuscling Gerard Piqu�. Piqu�s foul
was desperate and this time Clement
Turpin, the French referee, awarded a
penalty that De Rossi converted.
It was a cathartic moment for the
Roma captain, who sent the ball into
the wrong net last week. Roma continued to tear forward, Nainggolan
volleying at Ter Stegen. But they
would not be denied. Eight minutes
were remaining when Kolarov swung
in a corner from the left, Manolas
darted to the near post and his flicked
header finally shattered Barcelona?s
resistance.
Roma
3-5-2
Alisson; Manolas,
Fazio?, Jesus?;
Florenzi, Strootman,
De Rossi, Nainggolan
(El Shaarawy 77),
Kolarov; Schick
(躰der 73), Dzeko
Subs not used
Skorupski, Pellegrini,
Gonalons, Peres,
Gerson
Barcelona
4-4-2
Ter Stegen; Semedo
(Demb閘� 85), Piqu�,
Umtiti, Alba; Roberto,
Rakitic, Busquets
(Alc醕er 85), Iniesta
(Gomes 81); Messi?,
L Su醨ez?
Subs not used
Cillessen, D Su醨ez,
Paulinho, Vermaelen
Referee Cl閙ent Turpin (Fr)
? Edin Dzeko scores for Roma to
reduce the deficit against Barcelona
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Analysis
Barney Ronay Etihad Stadium
? Leroy San� slumps to his heels
as City?s momentum begins to run
out during the second half
TOM FLATHERS/MAN CITY VIA GETTY IMAGES
Best shot at being
kings of Europe
disappears in
self-immolating fury
A
nd fade to blue.
Two billion pounds,
10 years, and an
entire Gulf State
marketing plan in the
making: in the end
Manchester City?s best shot yet at
becoming champions of Europe
was extinguished in 19 minutes of
tailspin at Anfield; and here in the
reverberations from two minutes
of pointless, self-immolating fury
from Pep Guardiola.
For a master of detail, a man so
obsessed with marginal gains upon
marginal gains he recommended
his players eat a tofu turkey
substitute called Tofurkey the
Christmas just past, this was a
clunkingly avoidable piece of
self-harm.
Even worse it came at the end
of a thrilling first half that saw
City gliding up through that highspec automatic gearbox, already
1-0 up in a game they could have
been winning by at least one goal
more. At which point, enter Pep. Or
rather, exit.
In fairness Guardiola had a valid
point. Moments before half-time
Leroy San� had bundled the ball
into the net only for the goal to be
disallowed, incorrectly, for offside.
Guardiola sails very close to the
edge of his emotions at the best of
times, and appears now and then
to be unaware the edge even exists
in the first place. Injustice, bad
luck, that wider sense of a vast,
multi-tiered, impossibly wellfinanced plan being derailed in real
time before his eyes: whatever the
reason, he lost control.
As he came on to the pitch to
? Gabriel Jesus fires home the
City goal after only two minutes
usher his players off Guardiola used
the moment to shout angrily at
the referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.
It was graceless, unwise given the
precarious nature of the game, and
a little unhinged in a tie his team
might just about have felt was within
their grasp, yielding, just a little, to
those sky blue fingernails.
Instead Pep was off, consigned
to the stands for the second half
and forced to relay instructions by
improvised word of mouth. Ten
minutes after the restart, with
City?s momentum stilled, Mohamed
Salah scored for Liverpool, a lovely
little dink that bulged the net like the
most elegant of knives through the
heart.
It would, of
course, be wrong
to dwell too much
on Guardiola?s red
card as a turning
point. Liverpool
were still in control
of this tie at the
time. But still, there
it is. Somehow
Guardiola, the
architect of this
brilliant team, has
also made himself the central figure
in their most bruising low point.
Above all, this seems to have been
an issue of control, of mastering
these high-stakes two-leg ties that
are beco
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