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Man for the job: The Queen
with Charles at yesterday’s
gathering PICTURES: GETTY
2 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
Leading from front:
The Queen poses
with Theresa May and
the Commonwealth
leaders at the formal
opening of their
meeting in London
PICTURES: GETTY
I’ll champion
global family
of countries,
says Charles
» Continued from Page 1
activities I believe we will secure a prosperous and more sustainable world for
those who follow us.’
The Queen’s grandson Prince Harry
had been tipped as a possible candidate
to lead the Commonwealth.
And some critics have argued that the
organisation should make a point of
electing leaders from other countries to
mark a break from the days when the
member nations were British colonies.
But Charles set out his credentials by
saying he wanted the organisation to
become a ‘cornerstone for the lives of
future generations’.
‘It has been a fundamental feature of
my life for as long as I can remember,
beginning with my first visit to Malta
when I was just five,’ he said. Leaders
assembled in London for the biennial
Commonwealth heads of government
meeting will debate the issue tomorrow.
The Canadian prime minister Justin
Trudeau said: ‘I very much agree with
the wishes of Her Majesty.’
And Maltese prime minister Joseph
Muscat said: ‘We are certain that, when
called upon to do so, Charles will provide solid and passionate leadership.’
The Queen, who will be 92 tomorrow,
was praised by prime minister Theresa
May as the Commonwealth’s ‘most
steadfast champion’.
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Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 3
THE LOOK OF LOVE
Be
esotted Meghan and Harry with only a month to go to the wedding
by DANIEL BINNS
She
looks
O
lovely:
Meghan
in the
Jackie O
dress
IT WAS unmistakable... the look of love
radiaated from Prince Harry and Meghan
Marrkle last night, exactly a month before
theirr wedding in Windsor.
Thhe candid photograph captured the
priincce and his bride-to-be at a London
recepption promoting Women’s Empowermeent – a cause dear to Meghan’s heart.
She wore a £266 elegant black dress –
dubbbed the Jackie O after America’s
form
mer first lady – by Los Angeles companyy Black Halo. Harry, 33, was in a dark
bluee suit.
Thhe event, part of the Commonwealth
headds of government meeting, brings
togeether charities and organisations
workking to promote global gender equality through girls’ education. More than
BOTH Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have made this year’s Time
magazine list of the 100 most influential people. Their romance has
‘made a cynical world believe in fairy tales again’, actress Priyanka
Chopra wrote in a piece to accompany Meghan’s entry. The Indian
actress, a friend of the American, added: ‘Standing shoulder to shoulder
with Harry, she will be a princess for the people.’
130million girls around the world are
not in school, and those in conflict zones
are twice as likely to be out of education
as boys.
Meghan, 36, is known for her commitment to gender equality, being a former
Women’s Advocate for the UN.
And, at the age of 11, she wrote a letter
to then first lady Hillary Clinton complaining a soap advert implied women
belonged in the kitchen – persuading the
manufacturer to change it. At last night’s
event, hosted by foreign secretary Boris
Johnson, she and Harry met Ziauddin
Yousafzai, co-founder of the Malala
Fund and the father of Malala Yousafzai,
20, who in 2012 was shot in the head for
daring to go to school in Pakistan.
Describing her own chat with Meghan,
Hope, an 18-year-old from Kenya who
campaigns on girls’ education, said:
‘Meghan was talking about how it is a
rippling effect when you empower girls,
they empower the next generation.’
Girl power: The couple meeting guests
4 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
Poison victim ‘left no toxic
traces on trip from Russia’
by DANIEL BINNS
POISONING victim Yulia Skripal left
no traces of toxin as she travelled across
Moscow on her way to visit her father
in Britain, Russia said yesterday.
The 33-year-old was shown arriving
at the city’s Sheremetyevo airport in
CCTV released by the Kremlin’s
investigative committee.
It came as Britain’s representative to
the UN said the government continues
to believe that the Russian state tried to
murder Ms Skripal (pictured) and dad
Sergei, an ex-KGB double
agent exiled in Salisbury.
Police say the deadly
novichok that caused
the pair to collapse was
probably smeared by
an assassin onto Mr
Skripal’s front door,
where the highest concentration was found.
The Russian statement
related to earlier concerns
that the 66-year-old’s
daughter may have
unwittingly carried the
poison in her luggage
as she came to visit
him. The committee
Flight: Yulia Skripal arrives at a Moscow airport on her way to visit her father, shortly before they were poisoned AP
said it had traced the route of her
cab journey to the airport and
tracked down all the passengers
on her flight to Britain, none of
whom had been ill.
Ambassador Karen Pierce
pointed the finger at Russia as
the UN security council was
briefed on findings reached about the
March attack by the Organisation for
the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
She said there was ‘no plausible
alternative explanation than Russian
State responsibility’.
Referring to the 2006 poisoning of
Russian Alexander Litvinenko in Lon-
don, she said Moscow had a ‘proven
track record’ of assassinations.
Ms Skripal was taken to an MI5 safe
house after recovering from the effects
of the novichok attack.
Her father, a former MI6 informant
who had been given refuge in Britain,
is recovering in hospital.
Missile strikes
on Syria free
of casualties,
Pentagon says
MISSILE strikes on Syria last week
after a suspected chemical weapons
attack resulted in no civilian
casualties, the US said yesterday.
The Pentagon said the result
showed the accuracy of weapons
fired by Britain, France and the US
and disputed Russian claims that a
number were shot down.
Marine Lt Gen Kenneth
McKenzie said the US is confident
chemical agents were present at all
three sites attacked, which likely
included chlorine gas and sarin.
Meanwhile, the Organisation for
the Prohibition of Chemical
Weapons has still been blocked
from reaching the scene of April 7
attack in the former rebel town of
Douma, where activists said 40
people died on April 7. It comes
after a UN security team were fired
upon near the site on Tuesday.
Syrian president Bashar alAssad’s regime has denied
responsibility for the attack, which
Russia has claimed was staged by
Britain. However, the Syrian
foreign minister blamed the rebels
and claimed its troops had found
‘containers with chlorine, the most
terrible kind of chemical weapon,
from Germany’.
Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 5
Sizzling sun: Dawn
breaks in Liverpool
yesterday. Inset, how
Metro reported this
year’s record heat
PICTURE: PA
by THOMAS HORNALL
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Looking cool: London’s Green Park
Thursday, April 19, 2018
T h e w o r l d ’ s m o sT p o p u l a r fre e n e w spap e r
IN BRIEF
Anger at school’s
5p water charge
A SCHOOL has been slammed
for charging children 5p for a
drink of water.
The mother of a pupil at
Onslow St Audrey’s school in
Hatfield, Hertfordshire wrote
in a Facebook group: ‘Can’t
believe that our children can’t
even get water at school
anymore without paying.’
Other parents slammed the
policy as ‘disgraceful’.
Headteacher David Croston
said the 5p charge was for a
plastic cup and that free
water was available to pupils
who brought their own bottle.
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Former fighter pilot who saved stricken jet
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May turns the tables on Corbyn over Windrush
Chase abandoned
after horse dies
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RUNNERS planning to don fancy
HOTTEST
dress for the London Marathon on
APRIL 19
Sunday are being urged to reconsider
amid warnings it could be the hottest
race on record.
The alert came as scorching sun
across much of the UK yesterday made
it the hottest April 19 since records
began in 1841.
England, Wales and Scotland all saw
their hottest days of the year so far,
with a high of 29.1C in London’s St
James’s Park, 23.5C in Usk, Monmouthshire, and 21.2C at Fyvie Castle
in Aberdeenshire.
And, as thousands of runners prepared to make their way to the capital
for the marathon, event director Hugh
Brasher warned: ‘The forecast is currently predicting the hottest London
Marathon on record at around 23C.
‘The previous highest temperature on
race day was 22.2C in 1996 and
2007.’
He said: ‘Our contingency plans
records dressed in outfits including
include increasing the supply of
a Paddington Bear costume and
water to all drinks station,
ski boots. Army sergeant Paul
increasing the number of
Beddows, from Sawtry in
showers on the route and
Cambridgeshire, is hopincreasing the supply of ice
ing to break the record
to first aid stations.
for running a marathon
‘Runners should adjust
in a suit of armour.
their goal and plan to
The
33-year-old
Heat of the
run at a slower pace. If
will be encased in
they were planning to
35kg of metal as he
knight: Sgt
run in fancy dress, they
tries to complete the
Paul Beddows will
should think carefully if
26.2 mile course in
run in armour
that is appropriate.’
less than six hours
There are almost 100
and 46 minutes to
runners attempting world
raise money for the
EvER!
Spring scorcher forecast as Britain
swings from snow to golden glow
Bark life: A woman
and her dog enjoy the
sunshine on Primrose
Hill, north London
GETTY
TODAY is set to be the hottest April
19 since records began in 1841 –
with bosses being warned to expect
sickies ‘left, right and centre’.
Temperatures surged to a toasty
25C in central London yesterday, a
by dOmInIc yEATmAn
month after the capital’s last snow.
The mercury is tipped to rise yet
higher today and should hit the 20s
as far north as Newcastle. ‘The big
headline temperature could be 28C,
somewhere across the south-east
corner of England,’ BBC forecaster
Matt Taylor said. ‘That’s hotter
Continued on Page 3 »
MARATHON
MELTDOWN
Fancy dress warning for ‘hottest race ever’
forces charity SSAFA. ‘It seemed like
a brilliant idea at the time,’ he said,
‘but now the realities are sinking in.’
He said he was ‘quietly confident’.
Met Office meteorologist John
West said: ‘Potentially we’re looking at highs of 23C but we could
see some showers which could
take a degree off.’ However, he
added they could make it ‘that little
bit more humid for runners’.
Most of the country can expect
another day of sun today although
there may be some coastal fog.
Colin Murray: Page 43 »
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SOARING temperatures forced
Cheltenham racecourse chiefs
to abandon a race after a horse
died in 26C heat.
The decision not to run the
three-mile-two-furlong JRL
Group Mares’ Handicap Chase
was made on welfare grounds.
It came after horse Dame
Rose collapsed and died after
finishing fourth in the Huw
Stevens, Jo Whiley Afterparty
Onsale Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle.
After consulting stewards,
vets, trainers and jockeys, the
fourth race was called off ‘due
to the distance and heat’, said
course officials.
Troops in running
for ticket charity
THIRTY members of the
armed forces will be running
in the London Marathon this
weekend to raise funds for
Tickets For Troops.
The runners – 20 men and
ten women – hope to give
more than £15,000 to the
charity which provides free
entrance to major sporting,
music and theatre events for
servicemen and women.
The charity was launched in
2009 and has donated more
than 1million tickets to the
forces.
www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk
6 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
Plight of broke parents ‘skipping
meals and running up card debt’
MORE than a third of low-paid
working parents are so ‘desperate’
they cannot afford regular meals,
a survey found.
Two out of five have fallen
behind on household bills, while a
similar number top up their
monthly income with a credit
card or loan.
Half of 1,000 low-paid adults
quizzed in the Living Wage
Foundation poll said they had
borrowed money from a friend or
relative and almost one in three
walk to work to save on travel.
Foundation director Tess
Lanning said: ‘These findings
LABOUR would build a million ‘genuinely affordable’ homes over
ten years, Jeremy Corbyn has said. The party’s leader also said he
would rip up Conservative rules that homes worth up to £450,000 or
rented at 80 per cent of market value – more than £1,500 a month in
some areas – are classed as affordable. Tory housing minister Dominic
Raab said: ‘Labour always make big promises and always fail to deliver.’
reveal the desperate choices lowpaid families have to make, and
show why it’s so important that
more employers take a stand by
paying the real living wage, based
on what they need to live, not just
the government minimum.’
Margaret Greenwood, shadow
work and pensions secretary, said
it laid bare ‘the reality of life on
low pay for working families’.
The government said it had
increased the national living wage
on April 1, with full-time workers
earning £2,000 more than in
2016. ‘Poverty rates are falling
while the employment rate is at a
record high,’ a spokesman said.
Gove denies
Windrush ‘is
similar’ to
Nazi policies
CLAIMS that Theresa May’s ‘hostile
environment’ for illegal immigrants
could be compared to the policies of
Nazi Germany have been dismissed by
ministers.
The allegation by a former head of the
Civil Service – coming amid anger at
the government’s treatment of the Windrush generation – was rejected yesterday
by Michael Gove.
Lord Kerslake said some ministers in
the former coalition were so unhappy
with the changes brought in by Mrs May
when she was home secretary they spoke
of them in the same terms as the Nazis.
His comments came after Labour said
the tightening of immigration rules in
2014 was responsible for Commonwealth
citizens who came to Britain in the decades following World War II being
wrongly threatened with deportation.
But environment secretary Michael
Gove, who was a minister in the coalition, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I have never heard anyone
make that [Nazi] comparison before
Lord Kerslake did. It is not for me to
criticise a distinguished former public
servant but I respectfully disagree.’
In an interview with BBC2’s News-
by GAVIN CORDON
night on Wednesday, Lord Kerslake said
the 2014 Immigration Act had been a
‘very contested piece of legislation’
across Whitehall.
‘Now I can’t say, and shouldn’t say
precisely who gave what advice to
whom. But I can tell you... it was highly
contested and there were some who saw
it as almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the way it’s working,’ he said.
Asked if he was referring to people in
the civil service, Lord Kerslake said:
‘No, some in the ministers were deeply
unhappy.’ Downing Street defended the
changes, saying they had been thoroughly debated by MPs at the time.
The prime minister’s spokesman said:
‘Where there are issues in relation to the
Windrush generation not having received
sufficient support to establish their status, she has apologised and the home
secretary has apologised.’
Paperwork proof of near-continuous
UK residence is required. But many lack
these records, having never applied for
British citizenship or passports.
Rivers of Blood legacy: Page 18 »
May stopped ‘go home or face arrest’ vans
THERESA May was not to
blame for the ‘go home or
face arrest’ vans, a former
adviser said. The then
home secretary was on
holiday when the muchcriticised vans (pictured)
toured the UK in 2013. She
ordered their withdrawal
when she returned, Nick
Timothy said. ‘She killed
off the scheme, but by
then the damage had
been done,’ he said.
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Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 7
IN BRIEF
Complaints spike
in wake of Oxfam
HUNDREDS of new serious
cases of charity beneficiaries
and staff being put at risk of
harm have emerged in the
wake of the Oxfam Haiti ‘sex
parties’ scandal.
The Charity Commission has
opened 440 new cases after
receiving 523 fresh reports in
February and March.
Anger: Sentine
Bristol, a Windrush
mother, tells Channel
4 News her son
Dexter (inset) feared
losing his flat
CHANNEL 4
You should be ashamed of yourself, prime minister
A WINDRUSH mother whose son
died after becoming ‘depressed’
over immigration problems has
said prime minister Theresa May
‘should be ashamed of herself’.
Sentina Bristol, who had a
British passport, moved from
Grenada to the UK in 1968 with
eight-year-old son Dexter.
Mr Bristol, who spent the rest of
his life in the UK, lost his job as a
cleaner because of questions over
his right to be in the country,
Channel 4 News reported.
His mother said: ‘Dexter was
very depressed over the whole
situation. He said if he didn’t get
this passport they would cut off his
benefits, he would lose his flat and
he couldn’t afford to do that.’ Mr
Bristol died on March 29, aged 57,
before receiving a letter suggesting
a breakthrough in his case.
Mrs Bristol told the broadcaster:
‘Theresa May should have another
look at the situation she created in
this country for the Caribbean and
African people. She should be
ashamed of herself and all the
other MPs who are on her side
they should be ashamed because
we are human beings.’
A Home Office spokesman told
The Guardian they offered
condolences after hearing of Mr
Bristol’s death. He said he was not
subject of a removal action.
Last night the Home Office said
it was looking into 232 cases as a
result of calls to a helpline.
Denying 90 people
benefits cost £5m
IT COST £5million to bring in
benefit reforms that affected
only 90 people before they
were scrapped in a U-turn, the
government has admitted.
The money was spent on
preparations after ministers
decided to deny 18- to 21-yearolds the automatic right to
housing benefit.
Passports ‘may be
made in Far East’
POST-BREXIT blue passports
could be produced in the Far
East and eastern Europe, MPs
were told. Gateshead-based
De La Rue, who lost the fight
for the contract, believed this
was where Franco-Dutch firm
Gemalto would make them
based on their costings, said
local Labour MP Ian Mearns.
Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 9
Tormented TV star Dale
‘found it hard to be happy’
New home:
Star had
moved to
Whetstone,
north
London,
three weeks
ago PA WIRE
Much loved: On Supermarket Sweep
by ANDREI HARMSWORTH
TV STAR Dale Winton was
‘not quite right’ in the days
leading up to his death,
neighbours have said.
Police are treating the
Supermarket Sweep presenter’s sudden death, at the age
of 62, as ‘unexplained’ after
his body was found at his
north London home on
Wednesday.
Winton had moved from his
Regent’s Park flat to Whetstone three weeks ago. Neighbours told how the TV star ‘did
not look that great’ in recent days.
Britain’s Got Talent judge David
Walliams alluded to Winton’s
unhappiness in an online
tribute, saying: ‘He found
it hard to be happy. I pray
he has found peace.’
LBC presenter and
long
time
friend Steve
Allen said
Winton
struggled
with the
‘ageing
process’.
He
said:
Tribute: David
‘He used to
Walliams with
say to me
Winton
“I’ve
had
PICTURE: CAN NGUYEN
e n o u g h ” .’
Bad year:
Winton spoke
about his
depression REX
Winton’s father
died when he
was 13, on the
day of his bar
mitzvah, and his
mother Sheree
killed
herself
with an overdose
when he was 21.
He spoke about his own depression
on Loose Women two years ago,
saying he had had a ‘very bad year’.
More tributes poured in yesterday, with Strictly judge Craig Revel
Horwood tweeting: ‘So sad to wake
up to the news that Dale Winton had
passed. RIP gorgeous man. You’ll
be missed terribly.’
Van kills woman, 90, in her home
Smash: The van and (right) victim Joan Woodier
SWNS
A WOMAN of 90 was killed when a
van crashed into her home.
Joan Woodier was on the phone to
her great-granddaughter when the
white Transit smashed into the
property in Clevedon, Somerset, a
neighbour said.
Julie Elson, 57, said: ‘She heard
the whole thing over the phone, the
poor girl. She came down
the road in her nightie.
She was hysterical,
screaming.’ Neighbours
said Mrs Woodier died
instantly beneath the
rubble.
Police arrested a
woman, 34, and a 33-yearold man on suspicion of
causing death by
dangerous driving.
First female
top cop at uni
in 400 years
BRITAIN’S first female bomb
disposal expert has now
become the first woman to
lead Cambridge university’s
private police force.
Lucy Lewis (pictured), 54,
was appointed as University
Marshal – a post that dates
back to 1620 – and leads the
institution’s
constabulary, which
was set up in 1825.
She has the powers
of a regular
constable within a five
miles radius of
Great St Mary’s
in Cambridge.
The mumof-two, who
was in the
Army from
1989 to
1998, said:
‘I am
delighted
and deeply
honoured.’
10 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
Causing a
flap: Belted
kingfisher
(right),
native to US
was seen on
St Mary’s in
Isles of
Scilly (left)
APEX NEWS
TWITCHERS GO ALL
SCILLY OVER BIRD
AN UNUSUAL visitor from the US is getting bird
watchers in a flap – because it is only the fourth
time it has been seen in the UK.
The arrival of a belted kingfisher on St Mary’s in
the Isles of Scilly is a bit of a mystery, said
ornithologist Will Wagstaff.
‘We’ve had the wrong wind for it. We expect
American birds with westerlies but we’ve had
southerlies and southeasterlies,’ he said.
The mild autumn may have seen the bird ‘hang
around in Europe’ before heading north. Another
US bird – a laughing gull – was recently seen on
the nearby island of St Martin’s. ‘That’s not as
rare by any stretch but still a good rarity,’ he said.
School with
teachers,13
Under threat: Felindre primary PICTURE: WNS
A VILLAGE school faces the threat of
closure over its tiny number of pupils.
Felindre primary has four teachers and
13 governors – but only 15 children.
Swansea Council is worried youngsters
are being denied the same breadth of education as pupils in larger schools.
Nearby Craigcefnparc primary is also
under threat because just 55 children
attend and numbers are expected to fall to
25 inside five years.
‘The educational challenges at these two
schools will only increase as the pupil
numbers continue to shrink,’ councillor
Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 11
Dealer tried to sell
tiger head online
AN ANTIQUES dealer tried to
sell a tiger’s head on Gumtree,
a court heard.
Richard Wales, 49, also listed
adverts for tiger and leopard
claws on eBay. He admitted
contravening regulations
protecting endangered
species from illegal trade.
The tiger’s head, which Wales
said was removed from a rug,
was found during a search of
his home in 2015, Jedburgh
sheriff court heard yesterday.
Wales, of Melrose, in the
Scottish Borders, was fined
£1,000 and an order was
granted to forfeit the head,
worth £3,200.
15 pupils, 4
governors
by NINO WILLIAMS
Jennifer Raynor said. Felindre, where 70
per cent of pupils come from outside the
catchment area, has struggled to attract
teachers because of the low numbers.
The overall funding per child is £7,381,
the highest figure in the council’s area.
Children are missing out on team sports
and other extra-curricular activities, the
authority says.
The Welsh government rates the school
‘amber’ – meaning staff need 15 days of
extra support a year to help them make
improvements. Craigcefnparc – also in a
village – gets £5,156 per pupil, compared
with the Swansea average of £3,481.
It has a yellow rating, with ten days of
extra support required.
There are good primaries near both the
threatened schools, says the council,
which is to carry out a consultation before
deciding whether to shut them.
Ms Raynor said: ‘Pupils may well be
better off at other local schools which are
performing well. Because of their larger
pupil numbers, these schools can provide
a more rounded education.’
Army of bidders battle for 250,000 toy soldiers
A 250,000-strong army of toy soldiers
– believed to be the largest collection
in the world – is to be sold at auction.
The collection was the life’s work of
Carmelo Mazzotta, who began it as a
boy. He died of leukaemia at the age
of 55. The soldiers were on parade in a
garage, in their regiments, along with
miniature forts, weapons and die
cast model planes. The collection is
so vast it took two people nine days
to box it up, said Wessex Auction
Rooms, which expects it to fetch
more than £10,000 next Saturday.
Leah, 15, died after taking
three ‘Netflix’ ecstasy pills
A GIRL aged 15 died after taking
three ecstasy tablets dubbed
‘Netflix and Chill’ at an end of
term party, an inquest was told.
Friends of Leah Kerry
(pictured) left her on a park
bench to ‘sleep it off’
after she became
unwell in Newton
Abbot, Devon, a
coroner heard.
They found
Leah, from
Salisbury,
Wiltshire,
unresponsive
and called an
ambulance.
But it was sent to a park with the
same name 12 miles away. The
hearing was told this would have
made no difference to the outcome
last July.
Leah’s mother, Sarah Forbear,
said her daughter was ‘not a
habitual drug user’ and called it
an ‘impulsive act’.
South Devon coroner Ian
Arrow said Leah died of
MDMA poisoning, adding:
‘There is no safe level of
ecstasy.’
Dealer Jacob Khanlarian,
20, admitted selling the pills
and was jailed for three
years in September.
12 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
A twister the knife ffor tornado Posh
VICTORIA BECKHAM looked more than happy to
sink a beer after being publicly dissed by her
friend-turned-foe Stefano Gabbana.
When Vogue Brazil marked her 44th birthday this
week by posting an Instagram snap of Posh in the
magazine, Gabbana, 55, responded with three ‘thumbs-down’ emojis. Stefano – the Gabbana in Dolce &
Gabbana – is believed to have fallen out with her in
2014 when he questioned her credentials, saying: ‘She
make a good job but... for us, she don’t make the same
way like a fashion designer.’
Meanwhile, Victoria exercised her acting skills for the
first time since 1997’s Spice World. Guesting on
James Corden’s Late Late Show in the US, she filmed
a spoof called Shaqnado – fighting a tornado made
up of multiple versions of basketball star Shaquille
O’Neal. Scrubbing in as Dr Poshowitz, she took to
the skies in a helicopter and chucked basketballs
into the eye of the storm before she and Corden,
39, rewarded themselves with a couple of lagers.
A N D R E I H A R M S W O RT H ’ S
Lager than life:
Posh in a rare
acting role with
Corden
THAT’S SO
UNEX-SPEC-TED!
ZAYN AT GIGI’S PAD
Back in the ’hood:
Zayn outside Gigi’s
pad, and talking to
the concierge GC
The
ZAYN signalled he has
unfinished business wit
h
his ex Gigi Hadid – or
per
he forgot his favourite haps
hoo
die –
when he bowled up
unexpectedly at her apa
rtm
ent
in New York.
The Let Me singer, wea
ring
clear specs and a red
hoodie,
seemed pleased to be
back on
familiar turf when he
and
building’s concierge hap the
pily
greeted each other.
The 25-year-old’s visi
t
after the pair, who spl comes
it
month after more tha last
n
years together, insiste two
d
would remain friends they
.
Last week, talking abo
how the romance wit ut
h 22year-old Gigi affected
his
music, Zayn said: ‘I was
love, and I think that’s in
pretty
evident. I was aspirin
g to be
in love with someone
for
rest of my life and the the
rest
of theirs, as we all do.
‘Times change, but tha
what I was thinking wh t’s
en I
wrote it.’
Gutter
Richard Geres
up for 3rd bride
Ariana leaves
execs in tears
Jorja unveils
her debut album
RICHARD GERE’S
new Pretty
Woman is half his age.
The 68-year-old actor,
previously wed to
Cindy Crawford and
Carey Lowell, married
publicist Alejandra
Silva, 35, earlier this
month.
MUSIC executives
were reportedly
‘crying hysterically’ at
a listening party for
Ariana Grande’s new
track No Tears Left To
Cry, inspired by the
terror attack at her
Manchester concert
last year.
BRITS Critics’
Choice winner
Jorja Smith is finally
ready to show fans
what she is made of.
The 20-year-old
announces today that
her debut album will
be called Lost &
Found, out on June 8.
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Newman: Health fear
won’t hold me back
Love Me Again star to wed after brain tumour fight
W
EDDING BELLS will
soon be ringing for
John Newman as he
puts his brain tumour
battle behind him.
The Love Me Again singer says a trip
down the aisle is imminent after a
‘breakdown’ over his health.
In an exclusive chat, Guilty Pleasures
asked John if he had set a date after
proposing to his Danish girlfriend Nana
last summer. ‘Quite shortly,’ he teased.
This year? ‘Maybe…’
The Yorkshire lad then revealed the
romantic details of his proposal to
Nana, an air stewardess he met on a
flight from Copenhagen. ‘I took her up
north to where I grew up,’ he recalled.
‘There is this one place where, if I
wasn’t having a great time, I’d go there
Wedding plans: John
with his fiancée Nana
by myself and just stare at the wall.’ He
said he told Nana: ‘This is where I used
to come to clear my mind, it was my
own special space. I never wanted
anyone near it, but I want you here, you
are my space, you are this to me now.’
The 27-year-old underwent surgery to
remove a growth in 2012, but the
tumour returned four years later. ‘I
remember being in a field and I just had
a bit of a mental breakdown,’ John
sighed. He said his surgeon told him the
tumour was ‘frozen in time’ and had
stopped growing.
She added: ‘It’s still there, but we
can’t operate on it.’ John admitted that
it wasn’t what he wanted to hear, adding
that he realised he now had to ‘live with
the anxiety’. Days later he decided:
‘Kids and people are dying and
suffering… and I’m moaning because I
have to live with a little anxiety.’
John now embraces ‘positivity’, the
fuel running through his new single Fire
In Me, out now. ‘I wanted to burn off all
the crap I had inside me and turn it into
a fire,’ he said.
Ready to hear No.4? Now
Dua has a new New Rules
DUA LIPA has a
fourth tip on how to
recover from a break-up.
The pop star listed the
first three on her hit
New Rules – ‘Don’t
pick up the
phone,’ ‘don’t let
him in’ and ‘don’t
be his friend’.
But now 22-yearold Dua adds another:
‘Block them on social
media.’ The IDGAF
singer, who recently
split from US musician Paul
Klein, insists she is no
man-hater, though: ‘A lot
of men come up to me
and say, “You really hate
men, don’t you?”’ she
told Teen Vogue, adding:
‘That’s a total
misconception.
‘Some of the songs
I count ’em:
are unfiltered, and I
don’t hold back… I
Dua unveiled
want to keep not
New Rule
being afraid of my
No.4 REX
own thoughts.’
Robot phwoars... it’s Xtina
CHRISTINA AGUILERA gets down and Dirrty
as a robot prostitute in a new sci-fi movie.
The Bionic singer will appear as a synthetic sex
worker in Zoe, which also stars Ewan McGregor.
Director Drake Doremus, 35, described 37-yearold Xtina as top of the ’bots, saying: ‘She was
the best person. She won the role.’
Is ring signet-ificant , Gwyn?
GWYNETH
PALTROW picked
something borrowed
over something new
when she wore her
rumoured new hubby
Brad Falchuk’s
signet ring as a
wedding band.
Gwynnie, 45,
stepped out at a
theatre do in San Francisco on
Wednesday wearing the
unusual bling – engraved with
the 47-year-old Glee
producer’s initials – on her
ring finger. While they
haven’t said if they
exchanged ‘I dos’, at
their weekend party in
LA, they thanked pals
for sharing their night.
14 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
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THANKS to Yvonne and other
passengers for being so
understanding when I suddenly
took very ill on the Jubilee line
from West Ham at lunchtime.
In place of my lost dignity you
gave me your orange scarf,
Joseph
and I am so grateful.
THANK you to the gentleman
on the Jubilee Bridge who
temporarily joined me on my
afternoon jog to hand back
the pass I’d unknowingly
dropped. So kind, especially
considering the weather!
Mez, London
HUGE thanks to the gentlemen,
one of whom was a doctor,
who came to my aid when
I collapsed at East Acton
station on Tuesday morning.
Your concern, kindness and
care were much appreciated.
Jane, Mottingham
THANK you so much to the
man in the suit who saved my
puppy when he almost fell
between the train and platform
at Galashiels station on
Tuesday at midday. He’s only
six months old and had jumped
off before I knew it.
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Should Know Better
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n Claudia from London and
your hopes on Marty Martinez,
who Facebook live-streamed
the Southwestern Airlines
engine explosion this week
(Metro, Wed). What a muppet.
Alan, Wigan
n Paul suggests Essex people
give Kent a wide berth. I’m
Gary, Kent
happy with that.
n It’s the start of a mini-
Paul from Essex (MetroTalk) are
arguing as to which place is
the rudest. I suggest you visit
Surrey, where we’re all lovely.
Dave Bradley, Surrey
n Want a fight, Paul? Bill, Kent
n In an emergency don’t pin
heatwave (Metro, Thu) and it’s
all smiles. Yet if this goes on
even for a short time, we’ll
moan about the heat and long
for proper British weather –
rain! Paul Casey, Walthamstow
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I will no longer say
I’ve got Asperger’s
Name of ‘Nazi’ professor should be expunged
n I wish my autism ‘label’ was not
named after Prof Hans Asperger, the
Austrian paediatrician claimed to be
a Nazi collaborator who ‘actively
assisted’ in the murder of disabled
children (Metro, Thu). I value life!
I am no eugenics supporter and want
nothing to do with such a monster.
From today onwards I will say that
I am HFA: high-functioning autistic.
Isobel, Brighton
n A name change to something more
humane for sufferers should be
considered.
Jennifer, Wembley
n I read with revulsion your article
about Prof Asperger. If true, his name
n Words can’t describe how evil that
man must have been. My son has a
lifelong physical disability and we
know of many children with autism
and Asperger’s.
I only wish that man was alive
today for justice to do its job with
execution as the punishment.
Sarah, Rufford
‘Eugenics supporter’: Hans Asperger
should be expunged from the
language. There can be no greater
betrayal of the Hippocratic oath than a
doctor who used his position to do the
Nazis’ despicable work for them.
Peter Webb, Bexhill
n Have we arrived at a time when
‘claims’ are regarded as truth, without
investigation or verification? It goes
without saying that if proved, these
heinous crimes will have enormous
consequences – but until then we
should reserve judgement. What next,
lynch mobs?
Pete A, South Shields
Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 15
Title challenger:
But Ronnie
O’Sullivan will
not have to play
anywhere near the
145 frames of a
post-war final PA
RUSH-HOU R C RU SH
Love is all around us, as shown by the messages left by our commuter cupids.
Are they talking about you? Don’t forget to tell us if you get together!
TO the bus driver with the
lovely smile on the No.231 bus
out of Manchester on Tuesday
night, I spoke to you as I got
off but wish I’d asked you out
for a drink.
Lady Sat At Front, Manchester
CURIOUS bus driver (Crush,
Tue), I got off the First No.27
bus at the Linburn Centre,
No.1 Fan
West Lothian.
SHALL I compare you to a
summer’s day? You had a skyblue coat and golden blonde
hair, and sat to my left on the
tram from MediaCity to Ashton
at around 6.30pm on Tuesday.
We exchanged smiles until
I got off at St Peter’s Square.
RONNIE, SNOOKER ACES NOW HAVE IT EASY
n Snooker champ Ronnie
O’Sullivan complained that playing
an opponent over two or three
days was ‘a long time to be playing
the same guy’ (Metro Sport, Thu).
He should count himself lucky he
was not about just after the war.
The first four World Snooker finals
on the resumption were all over
145 frames over two weeks. I don’t
think O’Sullivan would appreciate
a match of that length! The first
Crucible final in 1977 (John Spencer
v Cliff Thorburn) was the best of 49
frames over three days, still
probably too much for O’Sullivan,
who faces at most 35 in the final.
He can win his sixth world
championship but needs his mind
on the job.
Bill Kay, Oldham
I had no idea where you were
going but I’d love to join you
next time.
Man In Black Jacket,
Specs And Green Rucksack
TO Jake in his mid-twenties
(Crush, Wed), I was on the c2c
with black coat and pink bag
but I don’t have fur. If it’s me,
let’s grow old together.
Young Lady in Black Coat
And Pink Bag, Opposite
TO the hot, silver-haired rock
babe on the 9am Dalmeny to
Haymarket Edinburgh train
every day. Game of pool? PTB
SHY Brunette, Ponteland
(Crush, Wed), could we have a
bit more information on the
X78 driver – hair colour, etc?
X78 Driver
TO the blonde speccy darling
who gets on at Dumbarton
Central. Choo-choo-choose a
coffee break with me? Speccy
Guy With Dodgy Ginger Beard
THE tall Scots security guard
with the beautiful stare, you
got on the Tube at Russell
Square and off at Hyde Park
Corner. Your eyes never left
me. Dinner? Shaniqua, London
Text CRUSH followed by your
Rush-Hour Crush, name and
where you live to 65700.
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Puzzled by Heathrow Express advert
n The Heathrow Express puzzle
advert is misleading in saying it
takes 15 minutes to get to the
airport from London (Metro, Thu).
Most tourists stay in central
London and getting to Paddington
to get the Express could take 30plus minutes. It’s also extremely
expensive. Getting the Piccadilly
line, which runs through major
tourist areas, is cheaper, more
direct and takes about the same
Tricia, Staplehurst
overall time.
n Sat in the quiet zone with
some zombie on his phone, loud
as he can get. Why? If I say
anything, I will just get a mouthful
of filth. Now some woman has
started a loud conversation on
her phone. Why do we have quiet
Edward, Solihull
zones?
n The Glasgow Subway always
reminds us to mind the gap. In
addition to being annoying, it is
also utterly pointless, as there is
less than a six-inch gap. Who is
the announcement aimed at, rats?
Confucious, Glasgow
60
16 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
Is Chess considered
an ‘unlucky’
show? It isn’t
performed
much…
It’s considered troubled. It had
with a full orchestra and it’s
a difficult time getting on to the
going to sound incredible.
stage here and on Broadway,
and it’s been reworked several
times. The music is fantastic
Why does Chess divide
– but it will always
audiences so much?
Favourite things:. The story. Can people get
split audiences. This
The Sound Of Music into it and find the idea of
time it’s being done
SECONDSwith
MICHAEL BALL
The musical star, 55, on the
politics of Chess, magic with
Alfie Boe – and why starring
in the worst musical ever
turned into a mighty laugh
chess sexy? And it will be interesting
to see if the current situation between
the West and Russia will inform
the audience. I hope it will tickle
people’s interest – it’s a useful
reminder of how things used to be.
It’s a historical document, as it’s set
during the Cold War, but it has a
relevance to the world of today.
What’s your favourite musical?
Hairspray – it’s a brilliantly constructed,
joyous, moving and entertaining show.
The one that made a big impact on
me was Jesus Christ Superstar, which
I went to see when I was 12. I was
overwhelmed – it was music of the time,
a story that was told in a believable way
and made human. It had a profound
effect on me. Like all kids of my
generation I loved musical films such as
The Sound Of Music and Bedknobs
And Broomsticks. I was never worried
about people breaking into song, it was
an art form I understood.
If people don’t like musicals
where should they start?
Les Mis – it’s full of songs people
know, it’s full of characters people can
relate to, it’s an epic, it looks and
sounds glorious, it makes sense and it
isn’t trite. And it’s sung like opera.
People don’t suddenly burst into song,
which people who don’t like musicals
complain about. Personally, I’ve never
understood that, as people bursting into
song is what happens in musicals.
We’d wink to the
audience and let them
know we knew it was
awful but it made the
ENO a lot of money
REX
Tell us about Chess, which
you’re starring in...
It’s a musical by Benny and Björn
from Abba and Tim Rice. It’s set in
the 1980s during the Cold War and
it’s about a Russian and an
American falling in love. Alexandra
Burke plays my Russian wife, who
I leave to defect to the US.
lot of elections and referendums and a
lot of disharmony – but this was just two
friends getting together and doing music
we loved, and it resonated with people.
It was a nice thing to be part of and we’ll
certainly work together again.
You came second in Eurovision
in 1992 . Can we place as highly
What’s the worst musical
again and should we just leave?
you’ve ever seen?
I was in one of them – Kismet at the
I think it’s unlikely unless they change
ENO. It was a shocker. It’s set in
the structure but we shouldn’t leave – it’s
Baghdad and we were bombing Baghdad a great night’s entertainment. We need
at the time. Rather than ignore that, it
big events to bring everyone together –
we’re living increasingly isolated lives.
started with the sound of machine
gunfire, Alfie Boe dressed as a soldier
But if we’re doing it, we need to go for
shouting, ‘It’s hell here!’ and the narrator it and find great artists with great songs.
saying, ‘The history of Baghdad is one
of turmoil…’ We were told the man who Any career regrets?
wrote it had passed away and there’d be I wish I’d done Sunset Boulevard in the
a new writer modernising it but
West End but I turned it down.
he hadn’t died. He was 92 and
I’d done all the workshops for
came over from LA and said,
it but they cast an American.
‘You aren’t changing a thing
I was miffed. A year later
about my show.’ The director
they closed the show for
sacked the choreographer
two weeks, made changes
three days before we opened
and asked if I’d do it but
so we had no dances. It was
I said no. That was because
.A great partnership:. I was busy but also my nose
a car crash.
.Singer Alfie Boe. was out of joint. I should
have done it.
Was it a bit dated?
You have no idea. I had the time of my
life. In those situations you can either
What lessons has your career in
throw a wobbly and flounce out or try to showbiz taught you?
have fun. We’d wink to the audience and The harder you work, the luckier you
let them know we knew it was awful but become. And that musicals are all about
it made the ENO a lot of money.
the show and not about the individual.
ANDREW WILLIAMS
Why has your partnership with
Alfie Boe proved so popular?
When we started doing it there were a
Chess previews from April 26 at the
London Coliseum, chessthemusical.com
Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 17
by COLLEEN LONG
A NANNY who butchered two children in her care while their parents
were out has been convicted of murder
in New York.
Yoselyn Ortega repeatedly stabbed
Lucia Krim, six, and her brother Leo,
two, in a jealous rage at their parents’
Manhattan apartment before trying to
knife herself in a failed suicide bid.
Their mother, Marina Krim, had
been at a swimming class with her
other daughter Nessie, then three, and
had expected to pick up Lucia from a
dance class. She discovered their
blood-soaked bodies in the bathroom.
Mrs Krim told Ortega’s trial she ran
with Nessie and started screaming. ‘It
was a scream you can’t imagine is
even inside of you,’ she said. ‘I don’t
even know where it came from. I just
thought: “I’m never going to be able to
talk to them ever again. They are dead.
I just saw my kids dead.”’
Lucia, nicknamed Lulu, was stabbed
more than 30 times, and Leo suffered
five knife wounds in October 2012.
Their father, Kevin Krim, was on a
business trip and received the news
when his plane landed. He spoke of
seeing their bodies in hospital.
‘They still had this perfect skin and
these long eyelashes,’ he said. ‘They
had sandy brown hair.
‘You could see they tried really hard
to wash all the blood out, but there was
still kind of an auburn tint to it that I
remember to this day.’
Ortega’s lawyer Valerie Van LeerGreenberg did not dispute the 55-yearold killed the children but contended
she had an undiagnosed mental illness
that ‘sneaks up and nestles in before
anyone takes notice’.
Prosecutors said Ortega, who is from
the Dominican Republic, acted out of
jealous hatred of Mrs Krim.
In his closing remarks, assistant district attorney Stuart Silberg said: ‘She
did it intentionally with a full understanding of exactly what it was she
was doing – every stab, every slash.’
A tearful Mr Krim thanked jurors
after they decided Ortega was not
insane and was responsible for murder. After an emotional seven-week
trial, juror David Curtis said: ‘It is
horrifying to think of having to
experience the process that
the Krims had to go
through.’ The cou-
IN BRIEF
Butchered
in the
bathroom:
Leo and
Lucia Krim
were killed
at their
Manhattan
home in
2012 AP
999 call told cops
to trail Red Arrows
POLICE got a 999 call saying:
‘The Red Arrows have just
flown over, my dog is barking
and my baby is crying. What
are you going to do about it?’
Someone else rang to moan
that a fuse had been stolen so
he couldn’t watch an England
football match on TV.
Nottinghamshire Police say
they receive up to 15 timewasting calls a week.
‘Each call is preventing us
answering other calls to the
public who could be reporting
a crime in progress,’ said Supt
Paul Burrows.
Ab Crunchies the
way to earn chocs
‘Perfect’ children
stabbed to death
by a jealous nanny
Pleaded insanity:
Yoselyn Ortega
PICTURE: AP
ple have since had two children, Felix,
in 2013, and Linus, in 2016 and started
a fund in Lulu and Leo’s name to support children’s art schemes.
After the verdict they shared images
of Lulu and Leo online. Their mother
also posted a photo on top of the
Empire State Building. Mrs Krim
wrote: ‘You two never made it to
the top but I’m up here now for the
first time, in peace, on top of the
world, remembering another
lifetime and thinking of you.
NYC, Lulu and Leo loved
you and I love you too!’
Ortega will be sentenced next month.
MORE than a third of women
hit the gym to ‘earn’ the right
to eat chocolate and drink
wine, instead of exercising
purely to get fit.
The figure of 38 per cent
emerged in a study of 2,000
gym-goers by snack brand
Yushoi. It found 86 per cent
enjoy eating calorific foods
with more than eight in 10
seeing diet and exercise as a
‘balancing act’.
Chocolate is the top treat
gym-goers work out to reward
themselves with, followed by
cake and pizza.
Coach is guilty of
abusing students
A TOP private school sports
coach has been convicted of
indecently assaulting pupils.
Ajaz Karim, 63, abused six
girls aged 14 to 18 while at
Christ’s Hospital School, in
Horsham, West Sussex,
between 1985 and 1993.
A jury convicted him of nine
charges at Brighton crown
court yesterday. He will be
sentenced later.
Karim, of Hammersmith,
west London, is the third
former teacher at the school
to be convicted of historic sex
abuse since December.
Rebuilding their lives: Kevin and Marina Krim with Nessie
Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 19
‘Dangerous’
words: Selina
Ullah. Fathima’s
daughter, on her
wedding day
ITN PRODUCTIONS
Three generations:
Makeda Ansah, her
Ghana-born grandmother
Ekua (inset), and (right)
her father Julian
OF BLOOD
ODch
Scotsman and the couple have two mixed
race children. ‘It was really important that
the kids knew about both sides of their
heritage. My children don’t see the colour of
someone’s skin,’ she says.
ESTHER JEFFERS
New home:
Immigrants in
Toxteth, Liverpool,
in 1969 NICK HEDGES
Aged 82, arrived in Birmingham from
the Caribbean nation of Nevis in 1958.
Esther remembers experiencing racism, such
as signs from landlords banning black and
Irish guests. She says her family were not
treated like ‘humans’ when they arrived.
But she says some parts of Mr Powell’s
speech, if seen as a prediction of conflict,
could one day come true.‘What he said
about the rivers of blood, and so on, it’s
going to happen. It might not happen
tomorrow, or the next day, but definitely
something’s going to happen. Because these
youngsters coming up today, they are not
going to turn the other cheek.’
Rivers of Blood: 50 Years On airs
tonight at 10pm on Channel 5
DANIEL BINNS
Early life:
Fathima in
Bangladesh
as a young girl
Son killed by
racist: Fathima
Ullah today
20 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
Bake Off’s Mel is
let down by odd
mix of ingredients
Match: John Hopkins and Mel Giedroyc swap insults
REVIEW
Much Ado About Nothing
Rose Theatre, Kingston, Surrey
HH
by JOHN NATHAN
M
EL GIEDROYC may always be best
known as one half of TV’s longest
running co-presenting marriages.
But since she and Sue Perkins left
The Great British Bake Off, life is
offering opportunities to strike out on her own,
and one of them is this Shakespeare comedy
about two confirmed singletons.
Giedroyc’s Beatrice hasn’t so much been left on
the shelf as clambered up there to escape the life
compromises of arranged marriage.
You could say the same of Benedick (Poldark’s
John Hopkins), the bloke with whom she has a
long-term antagonistic relationship.
They can’t say hello without barbed insults
being attached. In other words, they are perfect
for each other, if only they knew it.
Director Simon Dormandy keeps the original
Sicilian setting but bases the action in a modernday spa hotel where the Mafia are regular guests.
It’s a potentially neat way of updating the play
while keeping the old-school conventions needed
to make sense of formal courting rituals and
honour killings. But it falls down because the two
stars are about as Sicilian as a Bakewell Tart.
Giedroyc’s Beatrice, who works at the reception
desk, is very funny and has an air of subversive
irony about her that undermines male authority.
Hopkins is a talented comic actor and the
swagger of his Benedick turns into likeable
awkwardness after he eventually decides to woo
Beatrice. But they’re both more Surrey than Sicily.
Also, Naomi Dawson’s design might be typical of
a sleek, modern hotel, but its rather colourless
construction is not evocative of anywhere. Why
the cream of Sicilian society would want to spend
time there is hard to see. Rather like this
production, it is hard to recommend.
Knockabout: The cast get lively PICTURES: MARK DOUET
Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 21
IN BRIEF
Trump could still
scrap Kim summit
DONALD TRUMP has said he is
optimistic a historic summit
with North Korean leader Kim
Jong-un will go ahead – but he
could still pull out ‘if it’s a
meeting that is not going to
be fruitful’.
The US president said CIA
director Mike Pompeo and Mr
Kim ‘got along really well’ in a
meeting and said ‘we’ve never
been in a position like this’, to
address concerns over
Pyongyang’s nuclear tests.
The two leaders, who traded
bitter insults last year, could
meet by early June.
A SHOAL LOT
OF SARDINES
Mafia hunt police
make 22 arrests
ITALIAN police have arrested
22 suspected Sicilian mafiosi
in the hunt for top fugitive
Matteo Denaro.
The raids in Trapani, western
Sicily, attacked the ‘pizzini’ coded messages sent on tiny
pieces of paper between
mafia members.
Denaro, 55, has been on the
run since 1993 over his
alleged role in the killing of
magistrates and other hits.
He is a possible successor to
‘boss of bosses’ Salvatore
‘Toto’ Riina, who died behind
bars last year.
Basque militants
‘ready to disband’
BASQUE militant group Eta is
tipped to dissolve itself next
month, formally ending
decades of violent struggle for
independence from Spain.
The organisation, which
claimed more than 820 lives
through bomb attacks and
assassinations, was reported
by regional broadcaster ETB
to be ready to fold.
Spain’s government said Eta,
which abandoned its armed
campaign in 2011 and last year
destroyed its arsenal, had
been defeated without
achieving any of its goals.
THIS cloud has a silver lining...
packed with hundreds of thousands
of sardines.
A diver found herself dwarfed by a
huge school of the fish in the deep.
The spectacular moment was caught
on camera by Josh Vergara, 32, during
a dive in Moalboal in the Philippines.
The town attracts divers from all
over the world eager to experience
the sardine run – when millions of the
fish join together to form majestic
swirling shoals. PICTURE: JOSH VERGARA/CATERS
Secrets of the deep... tribe
evolve to thrive under sea
A TRIBE who have been catching fish
with spears for centuries have evolved
to enable them to dive to extreme
depths.
The Bajau can hunt hundreds of feet
below the surface because their
enlarged spleens raise their oxygen
levels, a study shows.
It is the first known example of a
human adaptation to deep diving.
Melissa Ilardo, from Cambridge
University, started the project as a PhD
by JOHN VON RADOWITZ
candidate. She said: ‘We know deep
diving seals, like the Weddell seal,
have disproportionately large spleens.
‘I thought that if selection acted on
the seals to give them larger spleens, it
could do the same in humans.’
The Bajau, known as Sea Nomads,
have wandered the oceans for more
than 1,000 years. They live in boats
and stilt houses around Indonesia and
Malaysia. Renowned for their breathholding ability, they can dive up to
230ft aided only by a set of weights
and wooden goggles.
Ms Ilardo found the spleens of Bajau
living off Jaya Bakti, Indonesia, were
50 per cent larger than those of their
land-dwelling neighbours the Saluan.
It helps their diving because the
spleen reacts to submersion in water
by injecting oxygenated red blood
cells into the circulation.
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Scene
Music | Film | TV | Comedy
PAINTING
PICASSO
A
NTONIO Banderas slips so
quietly into the Malaga hotel
room where we’re due to
meet that when I glance up
from my phone, I mistake
him for a waiter. Shaven-headed and
dressed down, there’s a refreshing
absence of Hollywood entourage about
Spain’s biggest movie star.
‘Hi, I’m Antonio,’ he says with a
gentle twinkle in the eye, clocking that
I was about to order a cortado. The
shaven-headed part was the trick. The
night before, I’d seen him wigged up and
wielding a paintbrush at the premiere
screening of the first episode of Genius:
Picasso in which Banderas takes the title
role of Malaga’s most famous son. The
transformation is remarkable.
It might be stretching a point to say
Banderas was born to play Pablo
Picasso but as Malaga’s second most
famous son, the part of the acclaimed
but controversial artist was never going
anywhere else. Banderas, 57, was
brought up with the legend.
‘When I was growing up my mother
took me past his house every day and told
me: “Picasso was born
here”,’ he says. ‘He was
a hero, for me and all of
Malaga, the only one we
had here, even though he
only lived in the city for
ten years. He was like a sun
that radiates a lot of
light – but the sun can
burn you as well.’
There’s an edge
to his remark, as
Banderas is conscious
of keeping his
distance from a man
who, while celebrated
for his pioneering talent,
has drawn criticism for his
selfish, not to say cavalier,
personal life. It was
Picasso and his art first,
everyone else a distant
second. Genius: Picasso
doesn’t dodge those
issues – it’s far from
a hagiography.
‘Would I have been
friends with Picasso if
we’d been born at the
same time?’ ponders
Banderas. ‘Maybe
not. This series is
not a defence of his
character because
there were definitely
dark sides to him. Do
I like him? I don’t
know. But to play
him I don’t have to
1932 BY CECIL BEATON
Antoniio Banderas shows the
darker shades of the painter, his
fellow son of Malaga, in a new
TV series, says Keith Watson
Surreal deal: Banderas, left
ft,,
and Pablo Picasso, above
like him, I just have to
understand him.’
The central controversy
surrounding Picasso is his
attitude to women. His
restlessly shifting artistic
periods were mirrored by his
ability to attract and discard
lovers as swiftly as he
completed a picture – and his
artistic output was prodigious.
Genius: Picasso features
Clémence Poésy, Poppy
Delevingne and newcomer
Samantha Colley as three of
the principal women in his life.
‘I don’t think Picasso abused
the women in his life,’ says
Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 23
Music | Film | TV | Comedy
Down to a fine art: Antonio Banderas in Genius: Picasso
Banderas, ‘but he was capable of being
cruel to everybody – men as well as
women. He was very unfaithful and he
didn’t hide it.’
The role took a physical toll on
Banderas, though he’s the picture of
health when we speak, making light of
a health scare – he suffered a minor heart
attack last year. To achieve the Picasso
look he spent many hours in make-up each
day but the effect is impressive: he bears
an uncanny likeness to a photograph of
Picasso currently on display at the Picasso
1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy exhibition at
Tate Modern in London.
‘For many days I was acting an old
man, I had to move like an old man, it
makes you tired,’ he sighs. ‘We only
finished filming a few days ago so I have
no idea about what I have done.’
What is certain is that the stock of
Banderas, already a hometown hero
thanks to a career that has successfully
straddled Hollywood blockbusters and
European arthouse movies, will be at
an all-time high in Malaga thanks to a
project that, to put it romantically, brings
Picasso back home.
‘At the end of his life Picasso dreamed
of coming back and people say to me,
“Oh you’re bringing Picasso back”,’ he
says. ‘It makes them feel warm, whatever
happened in the past.’
Asked if there’s a Picasso he’d love to
own, there’s a quick flash of the wellhidden superstar. ‘I already own one,’ he
smiles, ‘but it’s just a drawing. I really
want an oil – but I’ll have to do a lot
more movies for that to happen.’
Later that night, at the premiere party at
a Malaga hotel complete with naked bodypainted Picasso models and flamenco
dancers, a different Banderas appears. The
people want star-power glamour and he
delivers, designer threads accessorised by
Dutch girlfriend Nicole Kimpel. This is
Banderas in Zorro mode, the hometown
boy made good. Picasso would be proud.
Genius: Picasso opens with
a double bill on National
Geographic on Monday at 8pm
Scene
Womaniser: Banderas with Samantha Colley as Dora Maar
24 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
Beast from the east
mauls Debenhams
by KALYEENA MAKORTOFF
DEBENHAMS profits plunged 85
per cent due to icy weather brought
by ‘the beast from the east’.
The retailer said its bottom-line
pre-tax profits fell from £87.8million
to £13.5million over the 26 weeks to
March 3 after it had to temporarily
close about 100 stores.
It is now forecasting that full year
pre-tax profits will be at the lower
end of forecasts of £50million to
£61million. Chief executive Sergio
HOUSE of Fraser has
appointed KPMG to advise
on a restructuring plan that could
involve closures and job losses. It
comes after Christmas sales fell
at the group, which has 59 stores.
Bucher said: ‘The extreme weather
in the final week of the half had a
material impact on our results. But I
am hugely encouraged by the progress
we are making to transform Debenhams.’ The retailer also blamed a
‘disappointing Christmas’ and competitor discounting for a 39.3 per
cent fall in underlying UK earnings.
Mr Bucher added: ‘We are holding
share in a difficult fashion market,
and, in other categories such as furniture, exciting new partnerships have
the potential to transform our offer.’
Russ Mould, an investment director
at AJ Bell, said the forecast adds ‘to a
grim sequence of declines’.
The chain has closed two stores
since October to reduce costs, and a
further ten could be shut.
BUSINESS BRIEFING
Unilever sales
down, divi up
UNILEVER has
upped its
dividend and
announced a
£5.2billion
share buyback
amid investor opposition
to basing its HQ in
Rotterdam. The move
came despite a five per
cent slump in first
quarter sales. Boss Paul
Polman (pictured) said it
reflected ‘confidence’ in
the company’s outlook.
Board quits
over takeover
THE entire board of
engineering giant GKN
have resigned after an
£8.1billion takeover by
Melrose Industries was
made unconditional.
New owner Christopher
Miller said an ‘in-depth’
review was under way to
‘improve GKN’s business’.
Sellers ‘slash asking prices’
NEARLY a third of
homes for sale
across Britain have
had their original
asking price reduced
with an average
£25,000 markdown
since December.
Reporting the
findings, Zoopla said
‘bargain hunters’
should consider
Bradford, Doncaster
and Blackburn – or
Twickenham closer
to the capital.
Mothercare chief departs
THE chairman of troubled Mothercare, Alan
Parker, has retired weeks after the departure
of its chief executive. He will be succeeded by
Clive Whiley, who is among the leadership at
China Venture Capital Management.
Sky flies above takeover talk
SKY has notched up
a ten per cent rise in
earnings to
£1.7billion for the
nine months to
March 31. The TV
giant, which serves
22.9million homes, is
subject to a bidding
war between Rupert
Murdoch’s Fox and
US firm Comcast.
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THE COVER STORY
Q&A
Keira Walsh
The striker’s
Manchester City side
host Lyon in the
Champions League
semi-final on Sunday
INTERVIEW
BY MATTHEW NASH
HOW MUCH DID LAST
WEEK’S 2-0 FA CUP SEMIFINAL DEFEAT AT CHELSEA
HURT YOU?
There isn’t much turnaround
between games and we’re all very
disappointed after losing on
Sunday but we still have two
trophies (the Women’s Super
League title and the Champions
League) to play for. We can’t allow
ourselves to dwell on the past.
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH A
RARE LOSS LIKE THAT?
Everyone prepares to win, of
course, but we stick together when
we lose a match. Our manager
Nick Cushing always
tells us: ‘There’s another game
coming along.’
IS THERE A FEELGOOD
FACTOR AROUND CITY
AFTER THE MEN CLINCHED
THE PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE
ON SUNDAY?
We try to emulate the way they
play, with attractive football. If you
could have both teams winning
their leagues in the same year, that
would be unbelievable.
ARE YOU LOOKING
FORWARD TO WELCOMING
BACK OLD TEAM-MATE
LUCY BRONZE, WHO NOW
PLAYS FOR LYON, AT THIS
WEEKEND’S FIRST-LEG TIE?
Lucy is a world-class player and
all of us know that. Lucy and I are
also good friends and we’ll look
forward to having her back but she
knows there’s no friends when the
whistle goes.
THIS IS A REPEAT OF LAST
YEAR’S SEMI-FINAL SO
WHAT SORT OF TIE ARE
YOU EXPECTING?
Lucy will know our strengths and
weaknesses and we know theirs as
a team. We will look to put Nick’s
gameplan into place. Last season
we beat them 1-0 at their home
ground and that will be a huge
factor in the tie.
DESPITE THAT YOU LOST
3-2 ON AGGREGATE. WAS
THAT TIE LOST IN THE FIRST
LEG IN MANCHESTER?
At home, I think we gave them too
much respect and time on the ball.
They have great players in every
single position, no doubt about
that, and really you have to admire
the confidence and maybe
arrogance they have on the ball.
We weren’t as good a team as we
are now. This season we’re all
close and also have a stronger
squad, I think.
HAVE YOU ALLOWED
YOURSELVES TO DREAM
ABOUT AN ALL-ENGLISH
FINAL WITH CHELSEA?
We’re not a team that focuses on
the end goal – first we have to
make the final. I don’t think either
us or Chelsea will be thinking
about an all-English final. In any
case, they have also got very tough
opposition in Wolfsburg in their
semi-final.
MANCHESTER UNITED
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MILLWALL v FULHAM
7.45pm, Sky Sports
SATURDAY
WEST BROM v LIVERPOOL
12.30pm, Sky Sports
MAN UNITED v TOTTENHAM
5.15pm, BBC1
CARDIFF v NOTTM FOREST
7.45pm, Sky Sports
COPA DEL REY FINAL:
SEVILLA v BARCELONA
8.30pm, Sky Sports
E
VER
o win a
trophy but this weekend’s
FA Cup semi-finals matter
to different clubs for
different reasons, and it
feels like winning next month’s
Wembley final might mean more to
some than others.
SUNDAY
ARSENAL v WEST HAM
1.30pm, Sky Sports
CHELSEA v SOUTHAMPTON
3pm, BT Sport
MAN CITY v SWANSEA
4.30pm, Sky Sports
JUVENTUS v NAPOLI
7.45pm, Sky Sports
MONDAY
EVERTON v NEWCASTLE
8pm, Sky Sports
The last United manager to lift the
FA Cup was sacked before the
confetti had landed, which suggests it
takes more than winning football’s
oldest trophy to impress the Old
Trafford powerbrokers.
Jose Mourinho is unlikely to suffer
the same fate as Louis van Gaal even
if United lose tomorrow but the
Portuguese put some of his
underachieving star names on notice
after last Sunday’s dispiriting defeat
to West Brom. How they respond to
that challenge represents something
of a referendum on his management.
Mourinho, as he was not shy to
point out after Manchester City
y’s title
triumph, is a serial trophy winner and
while United may have struggled to
mount a serious challenge for the
Premier League title in the five years
since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement,
three major trophies in the last three
years (sorry Jose, the Community
Shield doesn’t count) shows they
remain reliable performers on the
biggest stage.
Securing another FA Cup in May
might not mean as much at Old
Trafford as it would in north London
or the south coast, but it would offer
some reassurance Mourinho still
holds the ear of his best players.
110th
Minute winner
from Jesse
Lingard as United beat Crystal
Palace 2-1 in the 2016 final
5
FA Cup victories for United
under the leadership of Sir
Alex Ferguson
TOTTENHAM
Spurs are likely to finish the current
season in the top four for the third
consecutive year and, impressively,
they have only finished outside the
top five once since 2009.
Under Mauricio Pochettino, the
north London club have become
authentic top-four perennials and
Champions League regulars.
But when it comes to winning pots,
Tottenham are perhaps the biggest
underachievers in English football.
One trophy this century – the 2008
League Cup – is a poor return for a
club of their stature and if you scratch
out that, plus another League Cup (in
1999), Spurs have not lifted a major
honour since 1991. That year they
won the FA Cup but they have since
reached seven semi-finals without
making it to the final.
Just this week Kyle Walker said it
was ‘devastating’ not to have won the
Premier League during his eight years
with Spurs and the fact he has picked
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Four points from two games for
the caretaker West Brom boss
after knocking off Manchester
United at Old Trafford. Moore
clearly has the respect and
goodwill of a squad who had
been resigned to their fate. It’s
easy this management lark, eh?
BURY
After the first relegation from
the top four divisions, players at
League One Bury went down
with a flea in their ear. ‘It
doesn’t mean enough to certain
people,’ said Shakers boss Ryan
Lowe. On the subject of passion,
he added: ‘We haven’t got any.’
SCOTT FENWICK
up
p two tropphies in his first season at
Manchester City will not have been
lost on some of his highly rated
former team-mates.
Spurs may have overtaken Arsenal
in the league but the Gunners have
landed three of the last four FA
Cups. Tottenham need silverware
because clubs of their current calibre
should not be finishing the season
empty-handed.
2
Replays required by
Tottenham this season,
after draws at Newport and
Rochdale
Goals Tottenham have
conceded in their last
three semi-final defeats
11
SOUTHAMPTON
For a club purportedly as well-run
as Southampton, a season which
ends in relegation from the Premier
League would be disastrous. A
season which ends with them
winningg just the second majjor
trophy of their 132-year existence
would be momentous. A season
which ends in both would be the
ultimate curate’s egg, then. And yet,
Saints’ fans (like Wigan in 2013)
would settle for that wouldn’t they?
For the 14 clubs outside the
current top six, relegation is like the
grim reaper – it will come for you
eventually. Major trophies, as
Southampton know only too well,
are rather harder to come by.
Mark Hughes remained bullish
about their survival chances even
after watching them throw away a
2-0 lead to a largely disinterested
Chelsea last Sunday, but optimists
are in short supply at St Mary’s after
a 3-2 defeat left the Saints five
points from safety with five to play
before last night’s trip to Leicester.
To make matters worse, Chelsea are
unlikely to give them a one-hour
head start at Wembley on Sunday
but, should the south-coast side
somehow make it to the final,, they
y
may emulate the boys of 1976.
1
42
Goal conceded by Saints in
this season’s FA Cup
Years since Saints beat
Manchester United 1-0
to win their only FA Cup
CHELSEA
Are Chelsea suffering their
traditional down year and playing
out time before the arrival of their
next title-winning manager? Or is
the decline real and more deep set?
If the Blues beat Southampton on
Sunday, the final seems certain to be
Antonio Conte’s final game in
charge after two years at the helm.
His successor will take charge of a
club which has won two titles in
four years but, paradoxically, is on
course to miss out on a top-four
finish for the third time in seven
seasons. No one can match
y’s financial
firepower but the suspicion is
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich
has lost the desire, as well as the
means, for his club to dominate the
English game like it once did.
Despite the misgivings, Chelsea’s
squad remains stuffed with players
who know what glory tastes like and
know what it takes to do it again.
A first FA Cup win since 2012
will not solve all their ills but, like
Manchester United, it will show,
when it comes to picking up pots,
they remain ahead of London rivals
Tottenham. And things like that
matter to players as much as they do
to fans.
22
7
Semi-final appearances
for Chelsea, with 12
victories and ten defeats
FA Cup successes for the
Blues, most recently
2012’s 2-1 win over Liverpool
Chelmsford City’s new striker
showed nerves of steel to score
two successive hat-tricks of
penalties in 4-2 National League
South wins over Whitehawk and
East Thurrock. ‘Any penalty that
hits the back of the net is a good
penalty in my eyes,’ he said.
GIANLUIGI BUFFON
Many people sympathised over
his red card in Juventus’ Champions League exit to Real Madrid.
But repeating his inflammatory
critique of referee Michael Oliver
suggests it is Buffon who has ‘a
bag of rubbish for a heart’.
28 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
WEEKEND PREVIEW
PREMIER LEAGUE
West Brom v Liverpool
Stoke v Burnley
Saturday, 12.30pm, Sky Sports
That West Ham goal may well
have condemned the Potters to
the drop and the unambitious
tactics before they threw on
Peter Crouch at the London
Stadium hardly suggest their
S
to
op-flight presence would be
missed. Burnley, on the other
m
hand, deserve all the plaudits
h
going for their performances
g
th
his season. Sean Dyche has to
be manager of the year.
b
It may not be enough to stave
off relegation but the Baggies’
1-0 victory at Manchester
United begs the question as to
how they havve
managed to get
g
10
it so wrong
GAME
throughout
WINLESS RUN
WEST BROM
the season.
ENDED AT
It was their
UNITED
first victory
since an equaally
stunning 3-2 FA Cup
success at Liverpool in January.
The drop could be confirmed
tomorrow but, with Jurgen
Klopp having one eye on next
week’s Champions League
semi-final against Roma, could
the Baggies delay the
inevitable a little longer?
Sunday, 1.30pm
Man City v Swansea
M
Sunday, 4.30pm, Sky Sports
FA CUP SEMI-FINAL
Manchester United v Tottenham
Saturday, 5.15pm, BBC1
FOR all the plaudits Tottenham have
rightly earned over the past few
years, the statistics illustrate the glass
ceiling they need to break tomorrow.
While Spurs have won just two
League Cups since beating
Nottingham Forest in the 1991 final,
United have won 13 league titles,
five FA Cups and four major
European pots.
So although boss Mauricio
Pochettino may say the game will not
define Spurs’ season, he is only right
in the sense that it defines so much
more than that.
Finishing in the top four again is all
well and good, but what sort of
message does it send to Harry Kane –
Golden Boot winner in the last two
Watford v Crystal Palace
Arsenal v
West Ham
Sunday, 1.30pm
METRO
If you would have any doubt
how important Wilfried Zaha –
two-goal hero against Brighton
last weekend – is to Crystal
Palace, consider this. In the 25
games in which he has featured,
Palace have taken 34 points. In
the nine he has missed, they
have taken precisely zilch. If,
as now seems likely, Palace
join the Hornets in retaining
their Premier League status for
next term, they should build a
statue of Wilf in the new main
stand being proposed at
Selhurst Park. One point from
their last five games suggests
the beach can’t
come soon enouugh
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Saturday, 3pm
Piers Morgan may
m
have felt a 2-1 defeat
f t att
Newcastle was worthy of a
weak ‘Wenger Out’ gag on
Good Morning Britain but even
the most spoilt Arsenal fan
must surely accept the Europa
League now has to be Arsene
Wenger’s top priority. Aaron
Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Laurent
Koscielny and Jack Wilshere
all missed the trip to the northeast and there may be more
changes here with one eye on
next Thursday’s semi-final with
Atletico Madrid. West Ham
have not lost since their fans’
protests against Burnley. Andy
Carroll’s fine equaliser was the
very least they merited against
Stoke on Monday night.
ve
erton v Newcastle
Mon
nday, Sky Sports, 8pm
The biggest transformation of
all could be taking place on
Tyneside, where the Rafael
Benitez revolution is changing
the mood of a city. Four
straight wins have taken a
team without a
star into the top
p
2019
YEAR SAM
half of the
ALLARDYCE’S
Premier
EVERTON
League. The
CONTRACT
bond between
RUNS OUT
fans and boss
looks unbreakaable.
Meanwhile, at Everton, the
club has sent fans a survey
asking them to rate boss Sam
Allardyce on a scale of nought
to ten. Awkward.
SPURS
WINS:
42
DRAWS:
43
T AD
AN
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Tottenham to beat
Manchester United
23/20
Champion: Guardiola
Such acclaim for Dyche is
certainly no slight on Pep
Guardiola and City are the
worthiest of champions, even
if being out on the golf course
when it was clinched has to be
an anti-climax when you think
of what could have been
against Manchester United.
C los Carvalhal can’t count
Carl
Swaansea’s chickens just yet
but his transformational effect
POINTS
waas probably the most
ARSENAL
TRAIL BEHIND une
expected turnaround we
CHAMPIONS hav
ve seen this season.
MAN CITY
UNITED
WINS:
84
ALL-TIME
MEETINGS:
169
seasons and coveted by the biggest
clubs in Europe – if the only honours
he can win are the individual ones?
That is not to downplay the progress
Spurs have made since being the team
Sir Alex Ferguson loved to play most
– going 26 games without defeat until
a Spurs win in his 2012/13 swansong.
The last seven meetings have gone
with home advantage, which is why
United boss Jose Mourinho may
be a little prickly this tie is being
played at Wembley, Spurs’
temporary digs.
However, after Romelu Lukaku and
Chris Smalling netted in their 2-0 win
at Bournemouth, United have shown
their best form on the road, winning
four and drawing the other since
losing 2-0 ‘at’ Spurs on January 31.
6
Years out of the top
flight for promoted
W
Wolves who can wrap up the
Championship title with a
point at Bolton tomorrow
8
Career promotions for Neil
Warnock if Cardiff win three
of their last four Championship
games, starting at home to
Nottingham Forest tomorrow
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FA CUP SEMI-FINAL
Chelsea v Southampton
ALL-TIME
MEETINGS: 101
UNITED
GOALS:
277
GOA
G
SCORED
SCORE
CHELSEA
GOALS:
154
CHELSEA
WINS:
43
DRAWS:
28
SPURS
S
GOALS:
209
SAINTS
WINS:
30
GOALS
SCORED
IF Sunday’s clash is anything like as
dramatic as the league game
between these two sides seven days
b
eearlier, nobody will be complaining.
It was a match that in many ways
ssummed up the Saints. For spells
tthey look like a good team, and were
worth their 2-0 lead at St Mary’s.
w
But they pressed the self-destruct
button in a remarkable eight-minute
spell as Chelsea hit back to claim
victory, with Olivier Giroud
crowning their fine recovery.
Whether or not they have stopped
playing for manager Antonio Conte,
it is hard to imagine the Blues
offering Saints such a headstart
this time.
Chelsea have a strong semi-final
METRO
|I
N
The way forward:
(From left) Lukaku,
Kane, Long and Giroud
SAINTS
GOALS:
129
Sunday, 3pm, BT Sport
T AD
AN
ST
Chelsea to beat
Southampton with a
-1 handicap
5/4
record, having won 11 of their last
14, while Saints are in the last four
for the first time since reaching
the 2003 final.
However, the bulk of the squad that
beat Liverpool in both legs of last
season’s EFL Cup semi-final is still in
place including Shane Long, who is
lucky to be fit after the appalling
Marcos Alonso tackle that, despite
going unpunished at the time, means
he will be serving the second of a
retrospective three-game ban.
Mark Hughes has never reached a
final as a manager and it would be an
irony if he broke that duck with
Southampton in the same season as a
humiliating FA Cup third-round exit
at Coventry spelt the end of his reign
in charge of Stoke.
BY JOHN PAYNE
17
League games
unbeaten for sixthplaced Millwall, who Cardiff’s
closest challengers Fulham
face at the New Den tonight
6
Points from safety with
three games left means
Sunderland could go down for a
second successive year if they fail
to beat Burton Albion tomorrow
9
Goals in six games
for Will Grigg of
Wigan, who are three
points clear of Blackburn
at the top of League One
10
Years since last
being in League
One. Luton will be back
with a victory at Carlisle.
Accrington are already up
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DALE HAS THE
STOMACH FOR
ROVERS FIGHT
League Two
Forest Green Rovers
v Chesterfield
Saturday, 3pm
Vegan Bennett expects Green to become giants
INTERVIEW
BY MATT TAYLOR
PICTURE: GETTY
D
ALE BENNETT is a
lean, green machine
after switching to a
vegan diet.
And the right-back
is a living embodiment of the never-say-die attitude of eco-warriors Forest Green Rovers.
The League Two minnows, who
only serve vegetarian food to fans,
seem to be winning their fight for
survival in their first season in the
English Football League.
Despite suffering a near careerending accident early in his career, 28-year-old Bennett feels
better than ever after ditching
meat and dairy in June 2017.
‘I was getting up early to drive
in and was struggling,’ says Rovers’ longest-serving player.
‘I used to get bad stomach
cramps when I had dairy products and eating too much meat
made me feel heavy in games.
‘Now I feel so much more vibrant and energetic. It has cleared
up my skin and it helps me have a
clearer mind making decisions,
whether it is on or off the pitch. I
feel definitely a lot trimmer.’
Team-mates tease him about
going to Nando’s but Bennett is
Still hungry:
Bennett is
desperate to help
Rovers preserve
their EFL status
over his meat-lust. ‘In pre-season
I beat all my fitness results from
the year before quite significantly,’ he says.
‘It was something me and my
wife did together after watching
some documentaries about what
we were eating.’
Bennett rebuilt his career at
Rovers after being forced to leave
boyhood club Watford five years
ago after he got rear-ended while
driving to loan club Wimbledon
and damaged his spine.
‘I had a small car so when I got
hit the car went pretty much up
to the back of my seat,’ he adds.
‘I went back to Watford where
Gianfranco Zola was in charge
and it was very hard to get treatment because they had so many
people coming in from Italy.
‘Some of them weren’t even
signed players but I was literally
waiting hours to get seen by a
179
League appearances
Bennett has made
for Forest Green since joining
the club from Watford in 2013
3-2
Chesterfield beat
Forest Green in
November but the Spireites
are bottom of League Two
physio at a club where I had been
for over ten years.’
Bennett then hooked up with
ex-Hornets coach David Hockaday, who was bossing Forest
Green in the Conference, but to
start with he could not even finish
training sessions because of pain.
‘People said I made a jump
down but I had to go where I
could trust someone, get the treatment I needed and get games,’ he
says. ‘I was wondering if it was
ever going to shift. Eventually it
did. I took me a good year of playing until I was injury-free. And
here I am today.’
Now he is dedicated to digging
Rovers out of the drop-zone and
beating Chesterfield tomorrow
would virtually their status.
‘I’m very confident we will survive, just from seeing the quality
of people we have both playing
and on the bench,’ he insists.
It would be some achievement
for side based in Nailsworth, the
smallest town to ever support a
league club with only 5,800 inhabitants, but Bennett does not
believe his club, which plans to
build an all-wooden £100million
stadium, has peaked.
‘When I first came there was literally only a few hundred supporters,’ he says. ‘The growth I
see every week is crazy.’
Would Barca trade title for Real glamour?
La Liga
with
Terry Gibson
The Sky Sports expert
says it is a tough ask to
win at home and abroad
M
IXED emotions in
Europe last week when
surprisingly there were
no wins at all for the
four La Liga representatives.
Barcelona crashed out of the
Champions League after giving up
a three-goal advantage at Roma,
while Real Madrid got through by
the skin of their teeth in dramatic
fashion against Juventus.
Sevilla went out against Bayern
Munich while Atletico Madrid
sneaked past Sporting Lisbon in
the Europa League.
Most of the focus has been on
Barcelona’s wretched exit. Roma’s
role in the sensational comeback
has not gone unrecognised but
there has been much criticism of
Barca and their coach Ernesto
Valverde in particular.
Unfairly in my opinion but it
certainly raises the subject of how
we view the success and failure of
the big clubs and how much of that
is based purely on one competition
– the Champions League.
It is inconceivable to suggest
Valverde (pictured) has failed in
his first season as manager. After
his rotated team drew with Celta
Vigo in midweek, they are just five
games away from becoming the
first team to go undefeated in an
entire 38-game La Liga season.
It is also, of course, only a matter
of when, not if, they win the title.
Barca go into tomorrow’s Copa
del Rey final with Sevilla as firm
favourites but their season appears
tarnished by the fact they have not
won in Europe. It shouldn’t go
unnoticed it is incredibly hard to
compete in all tournaments
nowadays. If you look at the last
four in the Champions League,
only Bayern are going to win their
league this season.
Roma, Liverpool and Real are
miles off the pace, emphasising the
onus on a team being successful in
the ‘glamour’
competition which
entails three rounds
of two-legged ties and
a final. That’s seven
games! It’s
reasonable to say the
group stages are a
mere formality for
most of the big teams.
Pep Guardiola and
Manchester City have
received similar
criticism to Barca
and the Champions
League now appears to
favour teams who are not
fighting on all fronts. Teams that
rest players and keep them fresh
for Europe have an advantage.
If you rotate at home, you don’t
get the consistency Barca and City
have enjoyed in the league.
If you do rotate you can end up
like Madrid, who haven’t been
consistent in the league but are
again in the last four in Europe.
Casemiro is the Real player who
has played the most minutes this
season for club and country, yet
eight Barcelona players have
appeared more.
Barcelona are on the
verge of their seventh
title in the last ten. Real
Madrid have claimed
just two and yet are
competing for their
fourth Champions
League in the last five.
Can you have both, and
which satisfies most?
Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 31
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TABLES/FIXTURES
PREMIER LEAGUE
P
(C) MANCHESTER CITY 33
MANCHESTER UTD
34
LIVERPOOL
34
TOTTENHAM
34
CHELSEA
33
ARSENAL
33
BURNLEY
33
LEICESTER
33
EVERTON
34
NEWCASTLE
33
BOURNEMOUTH
35
WATFORD
34
BRIGHTON
34
WEST HAM
33
HUDDERSFIELD
34
CRYSTAL PALACE
34
SWANSEA
33
SOUTHAMPTON
33
STOKE
34
WEST BROM
34
CHAMPIONSHIP
W
28
23
20
20
18
16
14
11
11
11
9
10
8
8
9
8
8
5
6
4
D
3
5
10
8
6
6
10
10
9
8
11
7
12
11
8
10
9
13
10
12
L
2
6
4
6
9
11
9
12
14
14
15
17
14
14
17
16
16
15
18
18
F
93
65
78
66
57
62
33
49
39
35
41
42
32
41
27
36
27
33
31
27
A PTS
25 87
26 74
35 70
31 68
33 60
45 54
29 52
47 43
54 42
42 41
58 38
60 37
47 36
59 35
54 35
54 34
46 33
53 28
64 28
52 24
(NOT INCLUDING LAST NIGHT’S GAMES)
FIXTURES (3pm unless stated)
Saturday
Watford v Crystal Palace ..........................
West Brom v Liverpool.............(12.30pm)
Sunday
Arsenal v West Ham ...................(1.30pm)
Man City v Swansea...................(4.30pm)
Stoke v Burnley ...........................(1.30pm)
LADBROKES TIP:
CRYSTAL PALACE TO BEAT
WATFORD 31/20
LADBROKES TIP:
LIVERPOOL TO WIN AT
WEST BROM 1/2
LADBROKES TIP:
LACAZETTE TO SCORE FOR
ARSENAL 23/20
LADBROKES TIP:
MAN CITY -3 TO BEAT
SWANSEA 12/5
LADBROKES TIP:
BURNLEY TO WIN AT
STOKE 12/5
LADBROKES TIP:
EVERTON AND NEWCASTLE
TO BOTH SCORE EVENS
Monday
Everton v Newcastle........................(8pm)
FA CUP SEMI-FINALS
(3pm unless stated)
Saturday
Man United v Tottenham ........... (5.15pm)
Sunday
Chelsea v Southampton ...........................
TOP SCORERS
30 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
26 Harry Kane (Tottenham)
21 Sergio Aguero (Man City)
17 Raheem Sterling (Man City, below),
Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
15 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool), Romelu
Lukaku (Man United)
(P) Wolves
Cardiff
Fulham
Aston Villa
Middlesbrough
Millwall
Derby
Preston
Sheff Utd
Brentford
Bristol City
Ipswich
Norwich
Leeds
QPR
Sheff Wed
Nottm Forest
Hull
Reading
Bolton
Birmingham
Barnsley
Burton
Sunderland
P
43
42
43
43
43
43
42
43
43
43
43
43
43
43
43
43
42
43
43
43
43
42
43
43
W
29
25
23
23
20
18
18
17
19
17
17
16
14
15
14
12
14
11
10
9
11
8
8
6
D
8
8
13
10
9
15
14
15
9
14
14
8
14
9
11
14
7
14
13
13
7
14
11
16
L
6
9
7
10
14
10
10
11
15
12
12
19
15
19
18
17
21
18
20
21
25
20
24
21
F
78
64
73
67
61
55
61
54
58
59
60
51
46
54
54
51
45
64
48
36
32
44
33
47
A
36
35
42
40
42
40
43
45
50
48
50
54
54
61
65
59
60
62
63
66
63
63
78
76
Pts
95
83
82
79
69
69
68
66
66
65
65
56
56
54
53
50
49
47
43
40
38
38
35
34
W
27
25
24
22
18
16
18
19
16
17
14
16
13
15
14
12
13
13
12
11
10
11
10
7
D
9
12
10
7
11
16
10
6
13
6
14
8
15
9
11
16
11
10
12
14
16
10
12
10
L
6
5
8
14
14
10
13
18
13
18
15
18
13
19
17
15
19
19
18
17
16
22
20
26
F
82
76
55
69
56
59
53
55
64
52
56
58
52
57
49
44
57
42
51
54
45
39
42
37
A
27
37
35
51
50
49
48
54
52
62
53
62
49
62
62
49
63
53
62
68
53
74
61
68
Pts
90
87
82
73
65
64
64
63
61
57
56
56
54
54
53
52
50
49
48
47
46
43
42
31
LEAGUE ONE
P
Wigan
42
Blackburn
42
Shrewsbury
42
Rotherham
43
Charlton
43
Scunthorpe
42
Plymouth
41
Portsmouth
43
Peterborough 42
Bradford
41
Blackpool
43
Bristol Rovers 42
Doncaster
41
Fleetwood
43
Southend
42
Gillingham
43
Oxford
43
Wimbledon
42
Walsall
42
Oldham
42
Rochdale
42
Northampton 43
MK Dons
42
(R) Bury
43
FIXTURES (3pm unless stated)
Today
Millwall v Fulham ........................(7.45pm)
Saturday
Birmingham v Sheff Utd ............................
Bolton v Wolves...........................................
Brentford v QPR ..........................................
Bristol City v Hull.........................................
Cardiff v Nottm Forest ............... (7.45pm)
Derby v Middlesbrough..............................
Ipswich v Aston Villa ..................................
Leeds v Barnsley.........................................
Preston v Norwich ......................................
Sheff Wed v Reading ..................................
Sunderland v Burton Albion......................
LADBROKES TIP:
WOLVES TO WIN AT BOLTON
EVENS
LADBROKES TIP:
PRESTON TO BEAT
NORWICH 3/4
FIXTURES (3pm)
Saturday
AFC Wimbledon v Oldham.........................
Doncaster v Oxford.....................................
Fleetwood Town v Wigan...........................
Gillingham v Blackpool ..............................
Northampton v Plymouth .........................
Portsmouth v Charlton ..............................
Rochdale v Bradford...................................
Rotherham v Bristol Rovers......................
Scunthorpe v Walsall..................................
Shrewsbury v Bury......................................
Southend v MK Dons..................................
LADBROKES TIP:
POMPEY AND CHARLTON
TO BOTH SCORE 20/23
(P) Accrington
Luton
Wycombe
Exeter
Notts County
Lincoln
Coventry
Mansfield
Swindon
Carlisle
Colchester
Newport
Crawley
Cambridge
Stevenage
Cheltenham
Crewe
Yeovil
Port Vale
Morecambe
Forest Green
Grimsby
Barnet
Chesterfield
P
42
43
43
43
43
42
42
43
43
43
43
41
43
42
43
43
43
42
43
42
42
43
43
42
W
27
24
22
23
20
18
20
17
19
16
16
14
16
15
13
13
14
12
11
9
12
10
9
9
D
6
11
12
7
13
14
8
16
7
14
13
15
9
12
13
12
5
10
13
17
7
12
10
8
L
9
8
9
13
10
10
14
10
17
13
14
12
18
15
17
18
24
20
19
16
23
21
24
25
F
70
90
76
60
66
57
53
62
64
58
52
51
54
46
56
62
57
55
47
41
49
36
40
44
A Pts
41 87
44 83
55 78
49 76
45 73
43 68
41 68
48 67
64 64
51 62
49 61
52 57
61 57
55 57
60 52
61 51
73 47
67 46
59 46
54 44
70 43
65 42
65 37
74 35
The
Payne
game
19 Matej Vydra (Derby)
18 Bobby Reid (Bristol City), Leon
Clarke (Sheff Utd)
League One
EFL WITH JOHN PAYNE
26 Jack Marriott (Peterborough)
22 Brett Pitman (Portsmouth)
18 Will Grigg (Wigan)
League Two
24 Billy Kee (Accrington)
20 Danny Hylton (Luton), Mohamed
Eisa (Cheltenham)
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Top eight
Macclesfield
Tranmere
Aldershot
Sutton United
Boreham Wood
Fylde
Ebbsfleet
Wrexham
P
44
43
44
44
44
44
43
44
W
25
23
20
21
19
20
18
17
D
11
10
14
10
15
11
16
18
(Not including last night’s game)
L
8
10
10
13
10
13
9
9
F
63
74
62
64
59
81
58
49
A
46
42
49
52
43
55
46
38
Pts
86
79
74
73
72
71
70
69
FIXTURES (3pm unless stated)
Saturday
Aldershot v Barrow....................................
Bromley v Boreham Wood........................
Chester FC v Maidstone............................
Dag & Red v Maidenhead .........................
Dover v Gateshead ....................................
Eastleigh v Macclesfield ..........(12.30pm)
Ebbsfleet v Sutton Utd..............................
Fylde v Solihull Moors ...............................
Guiseley v Woking......................................
Halifax v Tranmere.....................................
Hartlepool v Torquay .................................
Leyton Orient v Wrexham.........................
WOMEN’S
LADBROKES TIP:
ROTHERHAM TO BEAT
BRISTOL ROVERS 4/5
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
SEMI-FINALS
LADBROKES TIP:
FIXTURES
Sunday
Chelsea v Wolfsburg...................(6.05pm)
Man City v Lyon ................................. (1pm)
ROCHDALE TO WIN 4/5
(Not including last night’s game)
LEAGUE TWO
EFL TOP SCORERS
Championship
FIXTURES (3pm unless stated)
Today
Coventry v Stevenage................ (7.45pm)
Saturday
Barnet v Newport........................................
Cambridge v Cheltenham..........................
Carlisle v Luton............................................
Crewe v Morecambe...................................
Exeter v Crawley .........................................
Forest Green v Chesterfield ......................
Lincoln City v Colchester ...........................
Mansfield v Port Vale .................................
Notts County v Yeovil .................................
Swindon v Grimsby.....................................
Wycombe v Accrington ..............................
LADBROKES TIP:
LUTON TO WIN AT CARLISLE
21/20
WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE 1
FIXTURES (3pm unless stated)
Saturday
Sunderland v Bristol City................ (6pm)
Yeovil v Arsenal ...........................................
Sunday
Reading v Everton..................... (12.30pm)
SCOTLAND
FIXTURES (3pm unless stated)
Saturday
Dundee v St Johnstone ..............................
Partick v Hamilton ......................................
Ross County v Motherwell ........................
Hibernian v Celtic...................... (12.30pm)
Kilmarnock v Aberdeen..............................
Sunday
Rangers v Hearts ......................(12.30pm)
LADBROKES TIP:
LADBROKES TIP:
NOTTS COUNTY TO WIN
BOTH HALVES 15/4
CELTIC TO WIN AT
HIBERNIAN 6/10
4
ITALY SERIE A
GERMANY BUNDESLIGA
P W D L
Bayern Munich 30 24 3 3
Schalke
30 16 7 7
Leverkusen
30 14 9 7
B Dortmund 30 14 9 7
RB Leipzig
30 13 8 9
Hoffenheim
30 12 10 8
E Frankfurt
30 13 7 10
M’gladbach
30 11 7 12
Hertha Berlin 30 9 12 9
Stuttgart
30 11 6 13
Augsburg
30 9 10 11
Werder Bremen30 9 10 11
Hannover
30 9 9 12
Wolfsburg
30 5 15 10
Mainz
30 7 9 14
Freiburg
30 6 12 12
Hamburg
30 5 7 18
Cologne
30 5 6 19
FIXTURES
Today
Leganes v Deportivo La Coruna.......(8pm)
Saturday
Celta Vigo v Valencia .................... (3.15pm)
Eibar v Getafe .................................(12noon)
Sunday
Atletico Madrid v Real Betis ........(7.45pm)
Girona v Espanyol ............................. (11am)
Las Palmas v Alaves ....................(5.30pm)
Malaga v Real Sociedad.............. (3.15pm)
Monday
Athletic Bilbao v Levante ..................(8am)
P W D L F A Pts
Juventus
33 27 4 2 78 19 85
Napoli
33 25 6 2 70 23 81
Roma
33 19 7 7 52 27 64
Lazio
33 19 7 7 79 43 64
Inter Milan
33 17 12 4 54 22 63
AC Milan
33 15 9 9 44 37 54
Atalanta
33 14 10 9 50 34 52
Sampdoria
33 15 6 12 51 49 51
Fiorentina
33 14 9 10 47 37 51
Torino
33 11 14 8 47 39 47
Bologna
33 11 5 17 37 44 38
Genoa
33 10 8 15 26 33 38
Sassuolo
33 8 10 15 24 53 34
Udinese
33 10 3 20 42 54 33
Cagliari
33 9 5 19 30 56 32
Chievo
33 7 10 16 29 51 31
Spal
33 5 14 14 30 52 29
Crotone
33 7 7 19 30 58 28
Verona
33 7 4 22 26 65 25
Benevento
33 4 2 27 28 78 14
FIXTURES (2pm unless stated)
Saturday
AC Milan v Benevento ..................(7.45pm)
Sassuolo v Fiorentina ........................(5pm)
Spal v Roma ....................................................
Sunday
Atalanta v Torino ...........................................
Cagliari v Bologna ....................... (11.30am)
Chievo v Inter Milan ......................................
Juventus v Napoli ..........................(7.45pm)
Lazio v Sampdoria ........................................
Udinese v Crotone .........................................
Monday
Genoa v Verona .............................(7.45pm)
BARCELONA TO BEAT SEVILLA
AND KEEP A CLEAN SHEET 2/1
JUVENTUS TO BEAT NAPOLI WITH
A -1 HANDICAP EVENS
16
Years since
Barcelona last
started a game
without an academy
graduate before their 2-2
draw at Celta Vigo
SPAIN LA LIGA
F
81
47
55
57
45
55
41
39
35
27
38
34
38
30
32
26
23
29
A
22
33
37
41
42
42
37
48
35
35
40
36
44
37
47
50
48
58
FRANCE LIGUE 1
Pts
75
55
51
51
47
46
46
40
39
39
37
37
36
30
30
30
22
21
FIXTURES (2.30pm unless stated)
Today
B M’gladbach v Wolfsburg .......... (7.30pm)
Saturday
B Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen (5.30pm)
Eintracht Frankfurt v Hertha Berlin ...........
Hamburg v Freiburg ......................................
Hannover v Bayern Munich .........................
RB Leipzig v Hoffenheim .............................
Stuttgart v Werder Bremen .........................
Sunday
Augsburg v Mainz .........................................
Cologne v Schalke ..............................(5pm)
RB LEIPZIG TO BEAT
HOFFENHEIM EVENS
THOSE who complain the
same old faces walk into all
of the managerial jobs
cannot say Fleetwood have
taken the easy option by
appointing Joey Barton.
The 35-year-old boasts
vast experience as a player
and has done his coaching
badges but it does beg the
question, what exactly are
the qualifications for being
a football manager?
Barton, a close friend of
Cod Army chairman Andy
Pilley, has no coaching
experience – unlike, for
example, Craig Bellamy or
Kieron Dyer who are
cutting their teeth working
with younger players.
And he cannot take up his
new role until June as he
completes an 18-month
ban from the game for
SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP
EUROPE
Successive Copa del
Rey titles and 30
overall for Barcelona
if they beat Sevilla at the
Wanda Metropolitano
Stadium in Madrid
tomorrow (8.30pm)
Cod Army
taking risk
by placing
trust in Joe
P W D L F A Pts
PSG
33 28 3 2 103 23 87
Monaco
33 21 7 5 78 41 70
Lyon
33 19 9 5 72 36 66
Marseille
33 19 9 5 67 40 66
Rennes
33 13 8 12 42 40 47
Nice
33 13 8 12 44 45 47
Montpellier
33 10 16 7 32 29 46
St Etienne
33 12 10 11 38 45 46
Nantes
33 12 9 12 32 36 45
Bordeaux
33 12 7 14 39 43 43
Guingamp
33 11 9 13 38 48 42
Dijon
33 11 9 13 46 61 42
Angers
33 8 13 12 38 44 37
Amiens
33 10 7 16 29 37 37
Caen
32 10 5 17 23 42 35
Strasbourg
33 8 10 15 38 58 34
Toulouse
32 7 9 16 29 44 30
Lille
33 7 8 18 32 53 29
Troyes
33 8 5 20 27 49 29
Metz
33 6 7 20 31 64 25
FIXTURES (7pm unless stated)
Today
Dijon v Lyon .........................................(8pm)
Nantes v Rennes ..........................(6.30pm)
Saturday
Amiens v Strasbourg ....................................
Guingamp v Monaco .....................................
Marseille v Lille ...................................(4pm)
Metz v Caen ....................................................
Toulouse v Angers .........................................
Sunday
Bordeaux v Paris Saint-Germain ....(8pm)
Nice v Montpellier ..............................(2pm)
St Etienne v Troyes ............................(4pm)
MONACO TO WIN AT
GUINGAMP 20/23
Worth a punt? Barton
betting on 1,260 matches
over a ten-year period.
Yes, Barton speaks with
intelligence and eloquence
on a wide range of
subjects, not just football.
But how will he be able to
tell young players how to
behave when his own track
record includes a whole
host of bust-ups including
stubbing a cigar out in one
team-mate’s eye, leaving
another needing hospital
treatment, plus a jail term
for assault and affray?
The three-year deal given
to Barton certainly was not
on offer to John Sheridan,
who makes way despite 21
points from his 11 games
so far to steer Fleetwood
away from relegation
trouble in League One.
Sheridan is no angel
either, having been sacked
by Notts County last year
after an X-rated tirade at
match officials, although a
tribunal did award him
£125,000 in compensation.
But he has a proven track
record. Appointing Barton
is, at best, a gamble.
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Final Third
W
ITH his latest
clanger for West
Ham on Monday
night, Joe Hart
may finally have
lost his grip on a place in England’s
World Cup team, but there’s another
30-something former Manchester
City cast-off who Gareth Southgate
might consider taking to Russia.
James Milner last played for
England in 2016 and, as it stands,
is retired from international
football. But that decision
T AD
was taken under a former
AN
manager, Sam Allardyce,
ST
and at a time when Jake
Livermore and Lewis
Cook were not considered
two of England’s
James Milner to
midfield options.
make England’s
Livermore has not let
World
Cup squad
Southgate down and Cook
looks a star of the future,
but the very real prospect of
them making the plane this
summer illustrates the paucity of
midfielders available to Southgate.
But is the perception the reality?
The Liverpool team that
steamrollered Manchester City out
of the Champions League at Anfield
last month featured three
Englishmen in the engine room –
Jordan Henderson, Alex OxladeChamberlain, and Milner.
When Henderson was suspended
for the second leg, Milner captained
the team as Gini Wijnaldum was
drafted into the midfield three.
Henderson is likely to wear the
England armband at the World Cup
and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s recent
form looks to have convinced
Southgate he was wrong to doubt
his qualities as a central midfielder.
Now he just has to convince
by Gavin Brown
MILNER IN
THE MIDDLE
METRO
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LIVERPOOL ENGINE ROOM CAN FIRE FOR ENGLAND
25/1
Indian
summer:
Milner has
shone in this
season’s
Champions
League
PICTURE: GETTY
Milner to revise his plans for a
summer off.
The 32-year-old has 61 caps for
his country and offers a wealth of
experience and versatility – being
able to fill in at full-back or in wide
midfield, as well as in the heart of
the park. He boasts two Premier
League winners’ medals and,
though he has played for his country
at four major tournaments, Milner
does not carry the stench of
underachievement which attached
itself to the ‘golden generation’.
As for much of his career (25 of
those caps came as a substitute),
Milner may not make England’s
best XI in Russia. With Dele Alli,
Jack Wilshere and Eric Dier also in
the frame, Southgate’s cupboard is
not as bare as it seems. Indeed,
should he play a midfield and attack
of Dier, Henderson, Alli, Raheem
Sterling, Oxlade-Chamberlain and
Harry Kane, the Three Lions would
boast a front six who have all tasted
knockout football in the Champions
League this season.
If he did select Milner, Henderson
and Oxlade-Chamberlain in a three,
England could find themselves
fielding a Champions Leaguewinning midfield. Talk about your
weakness being your strength.
Leaders: Klopp and Henderson
Henderson
puts Euro
dreams on
backburner
LIVERPOOL captain Jordan
Henderson admits he cannot get
carried away by the chance to
fulfil his childhood dream of
winning the Champions League.
Boss Jurgen Klopp’s side have
a trip to West Brom to negotiate
tomorrow before next Tuesday’s
continental semi-final, first leg
against Roma at Anfield.
On hopes of lifting Liverpool’s
sixth European Cup, Henderson
said: ‘You dream about those
things when you are a kid.
‘Of course I have, as many
other players have, but one step
at a time. Roma are a fantastic
team and it will be a tough test.
‘We certainly won’t underestimate them. They beat
Barcelona 3-0 and they are a top
team. It will be a difficult game
both home and away.’
Henderson believes last
Saturday’s 3-0 win against
Bournemouth, on the back of
their quarter-final victory over
Manchester City, is proof of
Liverpool’s attitude.
‘It is a young team but they are
mature at the same time and are
hungry to want more, learn and
improve,’ he said.
‘To put in the performance we
did against Bournemouth shows
the mentality of the players.’
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Our verdict on
God Of War
Games: Page 38 »
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More than ever, the gaming and movie industries are inspiring each other
and cross-pollinating. Gareth May checks in with the key players
I
N 2012, Guy Ritchie directed a trailer for Call Of Duty: Black
Ops 2. The 60-second TV spot took 12 weeks to shoot and
involved a crack team of 30-plus computer graphics (CG) artists
in order to render decimated downtown 2025 LA, complete with
razed buildings, zombies and Robert Downey Jr… in a jet.
As a piece of sheer visual entertainment it was more meh than
masterpiece. However, it does mark an early example of the crosspollination of visual effects between Hollywood and the videogame industry – and in its wake the crossover has gone from
strength to strength. Though Steven Spielberg’s nostalgia-infused
Ready Player One and Channel 4’s virtual-reality drama Kiss Me
First are examples of the way mainstream cinema and television
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Innovative: Tallulah Haddon stars as Leila in new thriller Kiss Me First
Role play: Hollywood actor Liam Neeson starred in the game Fallout 3
» Continued from Page 33
have been tapping into videogame culture in 2018, it’s not just
the stories on screen that are
learning from the realm of joysticks
and pixels.
Press Play
Axis Studios has worked on video
games including Destiny 2, Halo 5
and League Of Legends. It also
provided animation for new
thriller Kiss Me First.
Richard Scott, Axis CEO, says
the worlds of animation, video
games and television have long
been following similar paths.
Each area has been influenced by –
and has borrowed from – the others
across technology and techniques,
as well as creative execution.
‘Blockbuster games have looked
at movies and television to guide
them on what is considered high
production values, from casting
Hollywood talent as lead characters
[Liam Neeson, Charles Dance and
Kiefer Sutherland have all been in
video games], to creating massive
action-heavy set pieces that rival
any movie made by directors like
James Cameron or Michael Bay,’
says Scott. ‘The influences have
always been there and probably
always will.’
The difference today, he adds,
is that this generation of games
technology and consoles can
produce visuals and sound that feel
more like these movies – and, as
gamers demand higher-end visual
and cinema-standard effects, the
technology crosses between the two
worlds. The most obvious area is in
software used to create VFX for
film and games, such as Autodesk,
which brands its tools as being for
‘the entertainment industry’ for
exactly that reason, says Scott.
Another technology crossover is
the use of motion capture, where an
actor’s movements are tracked by
hundreds of cameras
in a 3D space. These
movements can
then be applied
to CG
characters
Virtual set: The Jungle Book (2016)
and creatures, and can be further
augmented by animators to create
even more exaggerated movement.
For Kiss Me First the actors’
performances had to cross
seamlessly from the live-action
world to the virtual and back.
Performance capture was the perfect
solution for this.
‘We used full performance capture
in Kiss Me First,’ says Scott. ‘This
means we captured the actor’s body
and facial performance together.’
These are the same techniques
used to create the apes in the Planet
Of The Apes and the Hulk in The
Avengers, as well as being utilised
in just about every blockbuster
video game from Call Of Duty to
Assassin’s Creed, he says.
Build a jungle
Just like
the movies:
Destiny 2
At the National Film and
Television School, which
recently won an Outstanding
British Contribution to
Cinema Bafta, games
students collaborate with film
students – and head of digital
effects John Rowe agrees
with Scott that the crossover
starts with the software.
However, he also believes
there’s an artistic trade-off
between the disciplines.
‘Film students constantly
think about ways to make things
look more real,’ he says. ‘Games
people constantly think about ways
to make things go faster.’
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Battle Of Shadow And Light: Axis Studios worked on video games such as Halo 5
Full performance capture: The technique was used for the Hulk in The Avengers
The Jungle Book (2016) is the perfect industries has enabled a creative
example. Rowe explains how it was
freedom too.
made with a technique known as virtual
‘The coming together of the worlds of
cinematography, where a team of CG
drama, gaming and VFX means there
artists built a jungle in 3D, took it to the are new perspectives and fresh ideas
studio and filmed the actor on the green available on creativity because of the
screen as they rendered the jungle
experience of artists and conceptualizers
behind him on a computer.
meeting, sometimes for the first time,
‘Essentially, it’s a virtual set,’ Rowe
across forms,’ says the writer of
says. ‘If you look on screen,
seminal show Skins.
Mowgli appears to be
An example of this in Kiss
walking through a jungle
Me First is a fantasy iceand the only way you do
skating sequence Elsley
that is to use a gaming
says would never work
engine to play back
in a live-action setting.
the jungle on the set
The sequence was key
and film the actor in
framed (animated
real time.’
frame by frame without
Rowe says that a
a motion-capture
computer game wouldn’t
process) with the
be able to make as
backgrounds changing
good-looking a jungle
.Technology crossover: War. colour constantly – and
because it’s too much
.For The Planet Of The Apes. Elsley says the gameinformation to render all
based animators were
at once. Games systems just aren’t that
relaxed with the idea of mood being
powerful – yet.
expressed through colour and a
‘Computers and the engines driving
constantly shifting backdrop.
the games are becoming more
‘The making of a parallel world so
sophisticated [the Xbox One X, for
different from the real one was the
example, runs 4K at 60 frames per
tangible add-on to live drama,’ he says.
second],’ he says. ‘They’re getting up to ‘Gamers have an ease with the creation
a level where they can create similar
of alternative environments, which is so
work. The two worlds are getting closer much more open-minded than our
and closer together.’
sometimes earthbound views in the
drama field.’
So will we see more convergence
New Skins
between these two disciplines? Elsley
The gaming VFX invasion isn’t just
believes so. ‘It’s certainly an exciting
about looks either. Bryan Elsley, writer
time ahead with a world of new young
and executive producer of Kiss Me
contributors with whom to work.’
First, explains that the crossover of
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Last month at the annual Game
Developers Conference in San
Francisco, video game and
software development company
Epic Games showcased the
kind of cinematic effects that
could be achieved thanks to
improvements to its graphics
engine and ray tracing, a
rendering technique designed
to produce realistic lighting
effects typically associated
with hours of PC processing
time. Powered by Nvidia’s nextgen graphics tech, and with
help from a bunch of digitally
On reflection: The new tech
gets an airing in San Francisco
animated Star Wars
Stormtroopers, the company
demonstrated real-time light
reflections and shadows
alongside photorealistic
reflections rendered in Unreal
Engine 4, which powers
many of the highest-quality
video games.
What this ultimately means is
the technology and techniques
driving gaming graphics forward
could one day see video game
engines like Unreal being used
to create impressive visuals for
film, signifying a huge step
forward when it comes to the
convergence of film and games.
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Uuni 3 Pizza Oven
With spring finally in
full swing, die-hard pizza
lovers can bring the mouthwatering quality of woodfired oven pizza straight to
their back garden. Did
someone say party?
£199, uk.uuni.net
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B&O Beoplay P6
B&O has joined forces with
award-winning Danish designer
Cecilie Manz and the result is this
seriously stylish speaker that
oozes the brand’s luxurious good
looks and attention to detail while
spewing out 360-degree sound
for up to 16 hours.
£349 (avail on Mon), beoplay.com
Gorenje Special
Edition VW
Camper
Van Fridge
This retro-inspired
fridge takes its design
cue from the iconic
Volkswagen camper van.
Complete with the VW
logo, an A+++ energy
efficiency rating and 254
litres of storage space,
it will look so good
parked in your kitchen.
£1,069, marks
electrical.co.uk
Apple iPad (2018)
It’s a case of design déjà vu for Apple’s
latest slab of metal and glass but it boasts
a faster engine and optional support for
Apple’s Pencil. It also happens to be the
cheapest slate in the iPad family.
From £319, apple.com/uk
Limited Edition God Of War
PS4 Pro Bundle
If your excitement about Kratos making his
highly anticipated return (see page 38) is higher
than average, this exclusive gaming bundle, with
a fully customised axe-inspired console and
Dualshock 4 controller, has your name all over it.
£379.99, game.co.uk
Fitbit Ace
Alcatel MoveTrack
Fitbit’s first wearable
for kids tracks steps
and sleep, and will
occasionally tap
them on the wrist to
encourage them to
stretch their legs in
between Peppa Pig
marathons. Results
are thrown into a
companion app for
parents to view.
£79.99, fitbit.com
Worried your bag will go walkies? This GPS locator
lets you stalk your belongings live by tracking their
location straight to your phone even when you’re not
near them. You can also set Safe Zone alerts when
they’re moved outside predetermined parameters.
£59 (£3 per month service fee), vodafone.co.uk
LEGO Jurassic Park
Velociraptor Chase
To celebrate Spielberg’s
dinosaur-flick franchise
turning 25, everyone’s
favourite brick now comes in
a 360-piece set. It features minifigures of
the main characters as well as cool features
like eight dino embryos and a cabinet to
recreate that kitchen raptor scene.
£44.99, shop.lego.com
Flexispot
Deskcise Pro
Sitting at your desk all
day has been widely
accepted as a necessary
evil in order to get
work done. Pedal hell
for leather instead?
It’s one way to work
off the extra doughnut
you had at lunch.
£499.99, flexispot.com
Polaroid Snap Touch
Digital meets analogue
for this 13-megapixel
shooter with retro charm
that does double duty as
a printer, spitting out
snaps on adhesive-backed
paper. A companion
app makes it easy for
smartphone-savvy
photographers to
customise snaps.
£139.99, argos.co.uk
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The HTC Vive Pro ####$
The new HTC Vive Pro headset may
offer only a small upgrade in terms
of resolution but it’s enough to
make average-looking games jawdroppingly good. It’s fair to say it
offers the best VR experience going.
But increasing the pixel count to
2880x1600 from the 2160x1200 of
its predecessor is just half the story.
The kit itself is lighter, with a better
weight distribution and superior head
harness. New built-on earphones fit
much more snugly and boost sound.
It seems churlish to moan
about the complicated set-up
process, as this is a failure in all
VR headsets, but it would be
great to see HTC tackle the
drawn-out set-up. Then there’s
the issue of money: this
requires a lot of kit,
including
a high-end
PC with
a top-notch graphics card. And
whether that’s the NVIDIA GeForce
GTX 1060, the AMD Radeon RX480
or better, it’s going to set you back
some cash. The controllers also cost
an extra £200 (note that there are
no upgrades on the trackers and
controllers for now) – this on top of
a headset that costs £800 alone.
In short, if you have the hardware
and haven’t already got on the VR
wagon, this is probably the time to
do so as more and
more VR games are
hitting the Vive
library. But for
those waiting for
a budget VR
experience... keep
twiddling those
thumbs. GM
Good God! Is this
game of the year?
The real deal:.
The Vive Pro is the.
best in its class.
Axe of bravery:
Your character Kratos
must now do battle
against Norse gods
THE BIG RELEASE
GOD OF WAR
PS4 #####
T
HE mythological actionadventure series that
started in 2005 returns
reinvigorated, switching
its setting from Ancient
Greece to the land of Norse gods.
Bursting out of the cocoon is
returning demigod Kratos, bearded
and now fully three-dimensional.
Yet this bloodthirsty hero is now a
thoughtful father to Atreus, whose
wounds he heals with snow – not
that parental responsibility means
he’s gone soft.
As before, it’s Kratos’s adventures
we follow, which initially involve a
quest to release the ashes of Atreus’s
dead mother on a mountaintop.
From the first steps in the Nordic
wilds of Midgard you’re aware this
is going to be a cinematic and often
brutal ride. Along the way Kratos
must teach and take care of Atreus
and, as he does, so you too become
involved with the father-son bond.
It’s slow and gentle storytelling
punctuated with intense,
blockbuster-worthy set pieces but
boy, does it pull you in. By the end
it’s up there with The Last Of Us in
terms of the sort of action-packed
storytelling only games can deliver.
Every essence of God Of War
teems with quality, from the fierce,
thoughtful voice acting to the
grand settings and creatures you
encounter. There are heavy
overtones of the North in Game Of
Thrones, a haunting and electric
score from Bear McCreary (The
Walking Dead) and breathtaking
visuals that render it the bestlooking game on the PS4.
All this would be a waste,
however, if combat wasn’t up to
scratch. God Of War combines the
simplicity of classic hack-and-slash
with involved swordplay, resulting
in battles where you’ll fly into a
flurry of heavy-hitting moves
before retreating to a well-needed
bout of patient blocking.
The addition of the son barking
mid-battle advice such as ‘Behind
you!’, as well as flinging off arrows
to stun and distract foes, adds
further tactical elements. Overall,
it’s an intuitive but complex and
rewarding system that for many
will strike the perfect balance
between the button-bashing, ballsto-the-wall pugilism of Darksiders
and the considered and careful
swordplay of Dark Souls. That’s no
mean feat. Throw in Kratos’s
ability to magically summon his
weapon to hand à la Luke
Skywalker and you’ve got yourself
a Jedi trick to boot.
God Of War does its predecessors
proud: it’s a majestic visual and
technical achievement – from the
cave trolls to the ‘skill tree’ – and
without doubt one of the bestlooking and most accomplished
console games ever created.
GARETH MAY
THE VERDICT
Quest: Kratos and Atreus set off to scatter the ashes of the boy’s mother
Breathtaking, familiar
and thoughtful, God Of War
is worth building an altar
for and then some
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Pass-words:
Toys: A Raleigh
Vektar, 64in Panasonic
TV, plus Beats
Studio3 headphones
and Pill+ speaker
RIO FERDINAND
The former England captain, 39, on
childhood tech, having two phones and
the ultimate boy’s toy. By James Day
You’re a football pundit on BT
Sport. The studio must have
TVs everywhere…
Yeah, there are massive screens to
watch when we have lots of games to
keep an eye on. The producers are
constantly cueing up replays and
making sure arrows for analysis are in
place so the information is always at
our fingertips. I took to the tech quite
easily. The hard bit is having someone
talk in your ear when you’re trying to
commentate at half-time.
What’s your set-up when you
watch football at home?
I’ve just ordered a new Panasonic 65in
OLED 4K TV and Technics home
cinema system so I’ll be kitted out for
this year’s World Cup.
What tech is essential in your
everyday life?
My phone feels like an extension of my
body. I’ve got a Samsung Galaxy S9
and an iPhone X but I like them for
different reasons – they offer variety
when it comes to sound quality, taking
pictures and watching videos.
What travels with you when
you’re covering games abroad?
My Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones
come with me everywhere because they
offer the best balance of sound quality
and practicality, and my Beats Pill+
speaker comes if I want a bit of music
in my hotel room. I used to be the tune
selector in the changing room when
I played at Manchester United so I know
my way around Spotify.
Do you use tech to keep in
shape now?
I use the MapMyRun app and a boxing
timer app to keep tabs on my threeminute rounds when I’m in the ring.
How does that compare to
when you played football?
You would be put through all kinds of
sports science tests on a daily basis to
make sure everything was fine but the
tech has evolved so much. It could be
considered intrusive but I didn’t mind
the sports scientists looking over my
shoulder because they could highlight
when I might get ill or risk an injury.
What gadgets did you have
growing up?
I had a Raleigh Vektar computer bike,
a Technics stack music system for tapes
and CDs, and a Sega Master System
games console, playing Shinobi,
Wonder Boy and World Soccer.
What’s on your tech wish list?
When I was on holiday with the kids
we saw someone messing around with
one of those water jetpacks and it
looked incredible, like the ultimate big
boy’s toy. I’d love to give one of those
a try.
Ferdinand is Panasonic’s grooming
ambassador. See #playwithstyle at
panasonic.co.uk/panasonicgrooming
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CRYPTIC CROSSWORD
Across
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Across
1. Curative treatment involving
listening to the wireless? (12)
2. Nonsense coming back in eloquent
oratory (3)
3. Far from just a description of a
brunette! (6)
4. Body of matter for
under-standing! (9)
5. A stone ring brought up - often
mentioned in Greek texts (5)
6. It won’t be used in lively
communication (4,8)
7. Sounds like the style by which the
Israelites were fed (5)
10. What rain before autumn will
produce? (9)
13. A species of large African
antelopes seen around the
East (5)
14. Unequally matched, so it’s not on
the level (6)
16. A pleasant spot in the ocean that
leads to the altar (5)
20. Hat and cloak shortened (3)
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orchestra (12)
7. Tom will return if dominant theme
is required (5)
8. Note that comes back in
reverberations (5)
9. How not to be a proprietor
inside (3)
10. Sash superfluous, we hear, to the
orchestra (9)
11. He has a poor try to give this kind
of welcome (6)
12. Lack of order in game - it may be
difficult to solve (6)
15. Bring up the stove and place in a
different position (9)
17. Keep finding fault with poor
horse (3)
18. Father has upset the Ottoman
governor (5)
19. As bad habits, they are difficult to
break free from (5)
21. A race for disposing of a dish (7,5)
Yesterday’s solutions
Cryptic
Across: 4 Cricket; 8 Enrobe; 9 Asserts;
10 Indeed; 11 Gashes; 12 Vacation;
18 Ordnance; 20 Drivel; 21 Artful; 22 Ability;
23 Solemn; 24 Legends. Down: 1 Believe;
2 Dry dock; 3 Absent; 5 Resigned; 6 Crease;
7 Entree; 13 Isolated; 14 Sniffed; 15 Sealing;
16 Treble; 17 Evolve; 19 Narrow.
Down
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Filleted (5)
Matter (6)
Shooting star (6)
Lukewarm (5)
Parched with heat (4)
Vegetable (6)
Book of words (7)
Number (3)
Umbilicus (5)
Stiff (5)
Glossy fabric (5)
Accepts (5)
Bleat (3)
Neckwear items (7)
State without proof (6)
Vend (4)
Scottish landowner (5)
Leisurely walks (6)
Religious festival (6)
Shabby (5)
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Metroku
Quick
Across: 5 Acre; 7 Pugnacious; 8 Halo; 10 Here; 12 Hue;
13 Stages; 16 Chart; 18 Tax; 20 Site; 21 Lame; 22 Oar;
24 Venal; 25 Arrive; 26 Too; 27 Pass; 29 Duet; 33 Heavensent; 34 Gene.
Down: 1 Buy; 2 Once; 3 Acne; 4 Coo; 5 Ash; 6 Rules; 9 Whist;
10 Hector; 11 Eat; 13 Stove; 14 Gala; 15 Exalts; 17 Hear;
19 Depot; 23 Rip; 25 Azure; 27 Pier; 28 Sash; 30 The; 31 Bad;
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the background as this alternative
history, told by the immigrants who
have made new lives here, outlines
the tough challenges they’ve faced –
challenges that aren’t over.
Rivers Of Blood: 50 Years
On Channel 5, 10pm
The City And The City
Has Britain moved on since Enoch
Powell’s notorious speech, which
predicted the destruction of the
British nation if immigration went
unchecked? That question lurks in
BBC2, 9pm
So, should the title really be The
City And The City – And The City?
Because it seems there are not
two but three settlements floating
about the topography of this
psychogeographical drama. David
Morrissey’s cop Borlú tries to make
sense of the murder and mystery.
NEW Home From Home
BBC1, 9.30pm
It’s funny, in a peculiar way, to see
yesteryear’s edgy comics turn into
middle-of-the-road sitcom stalwarts.
Yes, that really is Johnny Vegas
fronting up the working-class end of
a culture-clash comedy set in a Lake
District country park. KEITH WATSON
42 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
Sport
RACING
STABLEBITES
Frankie to ride
Aussie raider
at Royal Ascot
FRANKIE DETTORI (pictured)
has been booked to ride top
Australian sprinter Redkirk
Warrior in the Diamond Jubilee
Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Trainer David
Hayes said: ‘We
have decided to
go with
someone who
has the
experience, and
no one [riding
currently] has had
more winners at Royal Ascot
than Frankie Dettori.’
Redkirk Warrior has won
Group One events on his two
latest starts.
Masar with Coral
to win the 2,000
Guineas next month after
the colt romped home in
yesterday’s Craven Stakes
7/1
FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH
RACING NEWS, VIEWS AND TOP TIPS
in association with
RELENTLESS ELLIOTT
EYES GRAND TREBLE
GORDON ELLIOTT could probably
win a race with a three-legged donkey
at the moment, such has been the
Irishman’s Midas touch.
The leading Cheltenham Festival
trainer again last month, Elliott
followed that feat up by winning the
Irish Grand National on Easter
Monday, and then last weekend’s
Aintree showpiece with Tiger Roll.
It would be no surprise, then, to see
Fagan, and Saturday’s English Grand
National-winning jockey Davy
Russell, land the Coral Scottish Grand
by JUSTIN PALMER
National at Ayr tomorrow and
complete a stunning treble.
Fagan, who has not been seen since
chasing home Black Corton at
Cheltenham in October, is a 14/1
chance with the sponsors to land the
prize. He is Elliott’s only contender
after Folsom Blue was a notable
absentee among the final declarations.
Nicky Henderson, who famously
has never won a Grand National in
any country, runs both top weight
Gold Present and Beware The Bear.
Vicente, trained by Paul Nicholls, is
bidding to join an elite list who have
won the race three times, while
Vintage Clouds, set to go off as
favourite, will run in the same Trevor
Hemmings colours as he tries to make
up for missing the cut at Aintree.
Nigel Twiston-Davies runs the
novice Ballyoptic and last year’s
placed horses Cogry and Benbens,
while Colin Tizzard sends Sizing
Codelco, Sizing Tennessee and West
Approach up from his Dorset base.
TOMORROW’S BIG RACE AT AYR
n SOARING temperatures at
Cheltenham yesterday saw the
fourth race scratched. The
British Horseracing Authority
tweeted: ‘Three mile two
furlong race abandoned on
horse welfare grounds due to
the heat and extreme distance
of the race.’ The remainder of
the card went ahead.
n NOEL MEADE reports Road
To Respect, fourth in last
month’s Cheltenham Gold Cup,
is firmly on course for the Coral
Punchestown Gold Cup next
Wednesday. The trainer said:
‘He had an easy enough time
for a while and we’re building
him back up now. He’s not a
horse that takes a lot of work.’
n VERBAL DEXTERITY, a Group
One winner last season for Jim
Bolger, and Roger Varian’s
Willie John have been ruled out
of the 2,000 Guineas at
Newmarket after setbacks.
4.05
CORAL SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE 3)
(Class 1) 4m £215,000
(32 runners)
1
-11P GOLD PRESENT 39 N Henderson 8-11-12..................................................................N De Boinville
2
-2UP VICENTE 39 (CD) P Nicholls 9-11-7...................................................................S Twiston-Davies(H)
3
6PP4 SIZING CODELCO 9 C Tizzard 9-11-7 ....................................................................... Paul O’Brien (5)
4
2414 BALLYOPTIC 38 N Twiston-Davies 8-11-6 ..........................................................................T Bellamy
5
-1P4 BEWARE THE BEAR 39 N Henderson 8-11-6 .....................................................................J McGrath
6
-122 FAGAN 176 (BF,C) G Elliott (IRE) 8-11-4...........................................................................D N Russell
7
3P60 LABEL DES OBEAUX 56 (C) A King 7-11-4 ............................................................ W Hutchinson(P)
8
1233 SIZING TENNESSEE 39 C Tizzard 10-11-2 ........................................................................R M Power
9
1211 REGAL FLOW 35 R Buckler 11-11-2 ..................................................................... Sean Houlihan (5)
10 1356 WEST APPROACH 37 C Tizzard 8-11-1.............................................................................................(B)
11 05U4 SILSOL 35 (C) P Nicholls 9-10-13................................................................................................... (B,T)
12 2423 VINTAGE CLOUDS 39 Mrs S Smith 8-10-12 .............................................................................D Cook
13 1120 GET ON THE YAGER 35 D Skelton 8-10-11..........................................................................H Skelton
14 U5P1 HENRI PARRY MORGAN 20 P Bowen 10-10-10..........................................................S Bowen(B,T)
15 410P BENBENS 35 N Twiston-Davies 13-10-9.................................................................... Mr Z Baker (5)
16 6-0U LOOKING WELL 77 N Richards 9-10-8..................................................................................R Day (3)
17 2U30 COGRY 39 N Twiston-Davies 9-10-8 ............................................................................... J Bargary(P)
18 1F12 INDY FIVE 42 David Dennis 8-10-7.......................................................................................B Hughes
19 2-P3 MYSTEREE 63 (C) M Scudamore 10-10-7......................................................................................(P,T)
20 65P1 STRAIDNAHANNA 68 Mrs S Smith 9-10-7...........................................................................H Brooke
21
-434 DOING FINE 133 N Mulholland 10-10-6 .........................................................................N Fehily(P,T)
22 2431 JOE FARRELL 29 Miss R Curtis 9-10-6 ...................................................................................A Wedge
23 F260 WORK DU BRETEAU 59 D Skelton 8-10-6..................................................Bridget Andrews (3)(T)
24
1-00 PEARL SWAN 7 P Bowen 10-10-5 ................................................................................................. (B,T)
25 2131 GLENCAIRN VIEW 29 A Mullins (IRE) 8-10-4 .................................................................. D E Mullins
26 63P6 THE YOUNG MASTER 37 N Mulholland 9-10-3....................................... Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)(P)
27 2124 ALZAMMAAR 21 Sam England 7-10-1............................................................................C Bewley (3)
28 P-00 BOA ISLAND 174 J Moffatt 8-10-1.....................................................................................................(P)
29
4-32 ALVARADO 127 (BF) F O’Brien 13-10-1.................................................................................................
30 013P FACT OF THE MATTER 161 J Snowden 8-10-0...........................................................H Bannister(T)
31
523/ RACING EUROPE 811 (BF) B Ellison 9-10-0.......................................................................Reserve 1
32 6433 PORTRAIT KING 37 P Griffin (IRE) 13-10-0..................................................................Reserve 2(P)
Betting: 7 Vintage Clouds, 8 Vicente, 10 Ballyoptic, 12 Fagan, Doing Fine, 14 Label Des
Obeaux, Gold Present, Henri Parry Morgan, 16 others.
National treasure: Elliott
TIP OF THE DAY
RASTRELLI 4.35 NEWBURY
Gronkowski
bandwagon
lures in NFL
namesake
A DEAL has been struck for
NFL star Rob Gronkowski to
acquire a share in his
Kentucky Derby-contender
namesake, trained in
Newmarket by Jeremy Noseda.
Gronkowski has won his last
four starts and is firmly on
course for the ‘Run for the
Roses’ at Churchill Downs
on May 5.
New England Patriots
tight end Gronkowski
(above), a two-time Super
Bowl winner, has been
attracted by growing
attention in Noseda’s runner.
He said: ‘This horse is a
winner and I love a winner.
‘When I heard about the
racehorse being named after
me, I started watching and
got really stoked when he
started winning. He’s won his
last four races and is now
headed to the Derby. I’m all in:
Welcome to the Gronk Family,
Gronkowski the Horse!’
He added: ‘I can’t think of
anything cooler than having a
top-class thoroughbred
named after me.
‘Except maybe having him
win the Derby.’
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AT H L E T I C S L O N D O N M A R AT H O N
PICTURE: AFP/GETTY
Sport
Amir admits his
comeback has
been inspired
by AJ’s success
BOXING
AMIR KHAN fights in Britain for the first time in
five years tomorrow and admits the emergence of
other English boxers like Anthony Joshua has
fuelled his enthusiasm for a comeback.
The Bolton man faces Canadian Phil Lo Greco in
Liverpool 23 months after he was beaten by Saul
‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas.
Joshua had not even started his professional
career when Khan last boxed on these shores in
2013 but the world heavyweight champion’s
ascent, in bouts that have all taken place in Britain,
has ensured boxing’s popularity has risen.
And Khan, who has buried the hatchet with
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn to sign a threefight deal with Matchroom, admits watching highprofile bouts in Britain from ringside partially
motivated him to return.
‘You look at these great fighters like Joshua
cleaning up, doing really well, knocking guys out,
selling out stadiums and I’m like, “wow, this is
where I want to be again”,’ the 31-year-old said.
‘I’ve done it in the past and I want to do it again.
I know I’ve got a style where the crowd will come
and watch me and want to see me.
‘Fighters like Joshua out there give you that
inspiration to do well and sell out stadiums again.
Boxing’s on a high. What Eddie’s doing, this is
what we needed. British boxing was really dying.’
But Lo Greco told Khan: ‘I think you’ve done
great. I honestly believe your best years are done.’
o
COLIN MURRAY
T
HERE are two main
reasons why I’ve never
signed up for the
London Marathon.
Firstly, and I kid you
not, I once had a nightmare about
being overtaken by an old-age
pensioner dressed as a giant rhino.
It was live on BBC1 and everyone
was pointing and laughing at me.
It was like that scene in Alan
Partridge when he’s pole dancing
in the tight leather panties, only
John Inverdale was involved.
Secondly, I draw your attention
to what Paula Radcliffe told me
about what happened to her immediately after she smashed the
women’s marathon world record
in London in 2002. I asked her,
‘Was there blood?’
‘Basically, this is pretty gross,
but I’d taken off the lining of the
last part of my colon,’ she said.
‘Just with the bouncing up and
down, the running hard. The
blood supply isn’t going as much
to there and the minute you stop
the blood supply goes back there.
It was horrible.’
Now, call me old fashioned, but
if I am going to rip the lining off
my colon in London of a week-
@colinmurray
end, it ain’t going to be from running the marathon.
Luckily then, more than 40,000
people will take part this Sunday,
from a record 386,050 applicants.
We become a little blase about it,
but when you stop and just think
about that for a second, it’s absolutely ****ing amazing.
Those tens of thousands of people who train to run 26.2 miles, to
put their bodies through absolute
set Parkinson’s at 39, and is ready
to go the distance to help others in
her position.
Aside from charity, there are
random stories, like Mel Elliott
and James Parker, who are getting
married at the crack of dawn, then
running together. In just hours
they’ll go from ‘I do’ to ‘I f***ing
never will again’.
I can guarantee their wedding
night will involve special lubrica-
‘Newlyweds Mel and James will quickly go
from “I do” to “I f***ing never will again”’
hell, in the hope that a couple of
quid raised will bring a smile to
someone’s face or make someone
else’s life a little easier.
Often, they will be raising money for a cause that connects directly to a loved one, that drives
them on through every excruciatingly painful step of the course.
The stories are everywhere. The
firefighters running for Grenfell
to Diane Hastings, wife of Scottish rugby great Gavin Hastings,
who discovered she had early on-
tion but not the kind you’d wish
on any newlyweds.
It’s so easy to become anaesthetised to the seismic effect this race
has every year, from charity to
mental and physical health. Genuinely, if you are running, good
luck. I’m in total awe of you.
As for the professionals, the
biggest story in town is Mo Farah,
who will attempt to win the race,
but is more likely to break the European record, which would still
be quite the achievement. The
stage is set for Eliud Kipchoge,
the greatest marathon runner of
the modern era, with his remarkable eight major wins and one
second place to date.
It will also be a thrill to watch
Mary Keitany and Tirunesh Dibaba push each other all the way in
the women’s race, with the former
talking up chasing Radcliffe’s
record, although the searing heat
could thwart that.
In the men’s wheelchair battle,
legend David Weir looks for an
astonishing eighth victory after
making it a magnificent seven 12
months ago, with Swiss superstar
Marcel Hug again his nemesis.
Another Swiss in the women’s
wheelchair race, Manuela Schar,
who broke the course record in
2017, is hoping for a repeat.
However, for me, it’s about the
countless tales filling the streets
of London this weekend, just like
in the Great North Run and many
like it across our nation.
Maybe, one day, I’ll add my
story to it, and just hope that it
doesn’t end in Inverdale, ridicule
and a ruined rectum.
Marathon meltdown: Page 5 »
Facing up: Khan (left) and Lo Greco yesterday
44 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
Sport
CRICKET
ECB launches sale of the century
THE England and Wales Cricket Board
has proposed a revolutionary 100-ball format for the new eight-team domestic competition which launches in 2020.
The men’s and women’s tournaments
would take place in a five-week window in
the middle of summer and would be ‘distinct’ from the existing T20 Blast.
Under the proposal, each team will face
15 traditional six-ball overs with a ten-ball
over to round off the innings.
The plan was put to the chairmen and
chief executives of the first-class counties
and the MCC by the ECB yesterday. It is
hoped the competition can rival the Indian
by JACK FOX
Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash
in terms of popularity.
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said:
‘This is a fresh and exciting idea which
will appeal to a younger audience and attract new fans to the game.’
England bowler Stuart Broad said: ‘I’m
hugely optimistic. I love the fact it’s different to all the other tournaments worldwide
– 15 six-ball overs and then the pressure of
a ten-ball over to finish.’ Asked how he
would feel about bowling the ten-ball over,
he added: ‘I think I’d prefer the first set!
You’re stepping into the unknown a little
bit because that tactical side of the game
hasn’t been used anywhere in the world.’
But concerns have been raised over the
new format, with suggestions from some
quarters it is an unnecessary gimmick being introduced simply to appease television companies who want matches to last
no longer than two-and-a-half hours.
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan
Agnew is worried how it could affect longer forms of the game, tweeting: ‘I want to
know how ECB will give quality time to
the championship in 2020 to preserve the
England Test team.’
PICTURE: GETTY
THEY
S A I D I T. . .
‘Anything is
possible this
weekend. I do
see this tie as
being very
much 50-50.’
Great Britain
captain Anne
Keothavong on this
weekend’s Fed Cup
tie in Japan, where
Jo Konta (pictured)
will spearhead the
team’s bid for a
victory which
would return them
to the World Group
for the first time
since 1993.
5
Set points
Novak Djokovic
saved in the
first set before
losing 6-7 (2-7),
6-2, 6-3 to
Dominic Thiem
in Monte Carlo
65
Career wins to
four defeats in
Monaco for
Rafael Nadal,
an easy victor
over Karen
Khachanov
OPEN IN PRIME POSITION
TENNIS
THE US Open will become the first grand slam to be
broadcast solely on a digital platform in the UK after
Amazon Prime Video signed a five-year agreement.
The deal runs until 2022 and follows a similar contract
signed between Amazon and the ATP. That will see
Amazon show 37 tournaments next year, taking over
from Sky, who had held the UK rights for the US Open for
25 years until 2016. Eurosport screened the event for the
last two years.
S P O RT I N B R I E F
Setback for England as surgery sidelines JJ
RUGBY UNION
BATH centre Jonathan
Joseph is likely to miss
England’s summer tour to
South Africa because of a
foot injury.
The 26-year-old, who has
won 40 caps, was injured
during the 41-6 defeat at
Saracens on Sunday.
Bath’s rugby director Todd
Blackadder said: ‘JJ is going
to need surgery to correct
his injury. He will then need
a lengthy period of time
to rehabilitate.’
Joseph’s Bath and
England team-mate
Anthony Watson is already
sidelined from the summer
tour with an Achilles injury.
England will play three
Tests against the
Springboks in June.
GOLF
BRADLEY DREDGE and Alvaro Quiros
share the lead after the opening day of the
Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. Welshman
Dredge (above) carded seven birdies and
two bogeys on his way to a five-under-par
67. Quiros joined him at the top late on
with two birdies on the last two holes.
Powell gets into the groove
RUGBY LEAGUE
CASTLEFORD will be looking to close the gap
at the top of the table when they visit
second-placed Wigan tonight.
The Tigers are just two points adrift of their
hosts and coach Daryl Powell said: ‘We are
finding a groove for ourselves. It has taken a
bit of time but now I can see there’s some
real potential in us in 2018.’
Maguire first up for Ronnie
SNOOKER
FAVOURITES Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark
Selby have been handed tough starts for the
world championship, which begins tomorrow.
Five-time champion O’Sullivan was paired
with Stephen Maguire, while current title
holder Selby will take on Joe Perry.
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘I think what’s
said and how it’s
said will be very
different going
forward.’
New Australia Test captain
Tim Paine says his team
will tone down the sledging
they became infamous for,
adding that he is looking
forward to ‘winning back
the trust’ of fans after the
ball-tampering scandal
which saw his predecessor
Steve Smith banned
Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 45
FO OTBALL
Sport
WEMBLEY WON’T GIVE
US AN EDGE, SAYS POCH
OCTOBER
DATE FOR
NFL GAME
TOTTENHAM manager Mauricio
Pochettino does not believe the
Wembley factor will give his
side any advantage in their FA
Cup semi-final against
Manchester United.
Spurs, playing at Wembley
this season while their new
White Hart Lane home is built,
will be on familiar turf – albeit
using the away dressing room
– but Pochettino insists it will
be a level playing field.
‘Now it feels different
because we will share facilities
with Manchester United,’ said
Pochettino. ‘During the season
only we own the stadium and
we feel like home. Now we are
THE NFL has confirmed next
season’s game at Tottenham’s
new stadium between the
Seattle Seahawks and
Oakland Raiders will be on
October 14
at 6pm.
going to share with United. Of
course it’s special, it’s a
different competition and [I’m]
sure that the atmosphere will
be completely different to the
Premier League.
‘I don’t believe (it helps us]
because Manchester United
have the experience to play in
Wembley too.
‘It’s not an advantage for us,
not a disadvantage for them. I
think it will be a game that will
be typical FA Cup at Wembley.’
Pochettino says winning the
FA Cup would not ‘change our
life’, but admitted: ‘It would be
fantastic to finish the season
with a trophy.’
TOP-flight clubs posted record profits last season, thanks
to strong broadcast revenues and Financial Fair Play rules
keeping wage inflation under control. According to analysis of
the clubs’ accounts by Deloitte, the Premier League made a
collective pre-tax profit of £500million, well above the previous
record of £200m in 2013/14.
Hot-shot Spurs: Pochettino enjoys a hot day’s training with (from left) Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and Dele Alli
Jose: That’s Mour
like it but we’re
too inconsistent
by MATTHEW NASH
JOSE MOURINHO has told his
Manchester United players they
must buck up their ‘inconsistent’ attitudes if they are to close the gap to
Manchester City next season.
Mourinho believes a better mental
approach will see United challenge
City for the title next term.
Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Bournemouth, with a much-changed team,
restored pride following the embarrassing defeat by West Brom.
Ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup
semi-final with Tottenham, the
United boss believes his team has
improved this year, but not enough.
‘The change has to be based on
their attitude, their mentality,’ said
Mourinho of his players.
‘This season of course was a much
better season in the Premier League
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘I was probably on the
verge of... yes, I was
depressed at times,
yes. I told the FA,
“Look, please don’t
pick me”.’
Manchester United’s Michael
Carrick has revealed he asked
not to be selected by England
after becoming ‘depressed’ on
international duty
for us than the last one – the last one
we finished sixth. We are quite safe
now in the top four and we have a
big chance to finish second. We already have more points than at the
end of last season.
‘But we need to be more consist-
ent in our approach. No doubts
about City’s quality and that in any
circumstances they’d win this title
because they are the better team.
‘I think we are inconsistent. And
we are inconsistent many times in
our attitude.
‘We didn’t lose points in the duels
against direct opponents, we lost
points against teams that were promoted. And we’ve lost points
against teams that are probably going to be relegated.
‘We were not consistent and
we’ve paid the price.’
Mourinho admitted he will make
further alterations against Spurs at
Wembley this weekend, adding:
‘Obviously I’m going to change the
team. I gave a rest to [Nemanja]
Matic and [Antonio] Valencia.
‘All the players told me they are
here, they want to play.’
THE TIPSTER
@tipstermetro
Chas ‘n’ Dave must hope for a bus pass
NEUTRALS finding it difficult to
Manchester United and with Jose
choose who they want to win
Mourinho likely to park the
tomorrow’s FA Cup semibus, this could be a tense
final may have to decide
affair which boils down to
whether or not they
a lucky bounce of the
fancy humming along to
ball or a bad error.
Chelsea
to
lead
a new Chas ‘n’ Dave
United were our pick
HF/FT
against
song before next
after the third round
Southampton
draw so we will stick with
month’s final.
(Ladbrokes)
that and back under 2.5
There’s not much
goals at 4/5 (William Hill).
between Tottenham and
27/20
15/8
Leroy
Sane
(above) to score
as champions Man
City beat Swansea
on Sunday (Betfair)
PICTURE: GETTY
46 METRO Friday, April 20, 2018
Sport
F O O T B A L L P R E M I E R L E AG U E
Sam slams survey ‘slip-up’
and gives himself 11/10
EVERTON boss Sam Allardyce has
labelled a club survey asking fans to
mark him out of ten a ‘big mistake’.
The Toffees supporters’ panel has
been sent a questionnaire which
includes them being asked for a score
based on the statement: ‘I have a high
level of trust in the current manager
and coaching staff of Everton, eg in
making the right decisions to get the
best out of the team’.
Asked about the survey, Allardyce
(pictured) said: ‘I’m only answering
this question once – in fact I’m not
taking the question.’
But having stated he would not be
giving himself a mark out of ten, he
was asked anyway, to which he
jokingly replied: ‘P*** off. Eleven!’
Other areas in the survey – which
VIC RESCUES A
3
Match
Football
Association
ban for Chelsea’s
Marcos Alonso for
his challenge on
Southampton’s
Shane Long last
Saturday. He
denied the violent
conduct charge
but was found
guilty by a
disciplinary
hearing. The
Spaniard began
his ban last night,
will miss the FA
Cup semi-final
against Saints on
Sunday and the
league trip to
Swansea
contained the same questions last
May when Ronald Koeman was boss
– include an assessment of the
connection between fans and the club.
Allardyce, who revealed chairman
Bill Kenwright apologised for the
survey, added: ‘The director of
marketing and communications has
clearly slipped up. From my point of
view it was a big mistake.’
PICTURE: REX
AN England player’s complaint of racist abuse during last year’s Under17 World Cup final has been dismissed by Fifa. Rhian Brewster said he
overheard a Spain player call team-mate Morgan Gibbs-White a ‘monkey’.
However, Fifa decided there was insufficient evidence to sanction the player.
Saints keep Foxes at bay but
survival remains a long shot
Leicester
0
Southampton
0
by JUSTIN PALMER
SOUTHAMPTON’S hopes of
avoiding relegation remain bleak
after their winless Premier
League run continued at the
King Power Stadium last night.
Saints, 18th in the table and
four points adrift of safety, have
now gone eight league games
without a win since beating West
Brom on February 3.
They have remaining matches
against Bournemouth, Everton,
fellow strugglers Swansea and
Manchester City, but have
played a game more than Carlos
Carvalhal’s Swans, who sit just
above the drop zone.
Saints are not in league action
this weekend, instead playing
Chelsea in an FA Cup semi-final
on Sunday, eight days after
losing 3-2 to the Blues having led
2-0 at St Mary’s.
Neither side went close to
All-square: Jamie Vardy holds off Saints defender Jan Bednarek
breaking the deadlock in an
insipid first 45 minutes, although
the hosts looked the sharper.
But both keepers made one
outstanding save apiece to keep
the game goalless after the break.
First, Foxes stopper Ben
Hamer, deputising for Kasper
Schmeichel, brilliantly denied
Shane Long from close range.
Then Alex McCarthy, who also
had little to do, made a fingertip
save to keep out Jamie Vardy’s
stinging drive.
Friday, April 20, 2018 METRO 47
Sport
LVARO’S OFF NIGHT
Cool finish: Moses
(second left) is
congratulated after
his winning goal
last night
IN BRIEF
Arsene still hopeful
Jack Wil sign deal
Moses ups fight
for fourth after
Morata howler
Burnley
ARSENAL have offered a longterm contract to Jack Wilshere and
the club expect his future to be
sorted before the World Cup.
Wilshere has less than three
months remaining on his current
deal and the midfielder has yet to
agree fresh terms.
Manager Arsene Wenger said:
‘Jack has an offer that is on a longterm contract, and I hope at some
stage that he will sign it. He knows
that I want him to stay.’
1
Barnes 64
Chelsea
2
Long og 20, Moses 68
6
by DANNY GRIFFITHS
VICTOR MOSES kept Chelsea in the
hunt for Champions League football
last night at Turf Moor, sparing Alvaro
Morata’s blushes in the process.
The wing-back played a key part in
the Blues’ opener and then lashed in
the winner as his men moved to within
five points of Tottenham, who occupy
fourth place in the Premier League.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte left
‘I saw a fantastic spirit
tonight – we must
continue this way’
Eden Hazard and Willian on the bench
with Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final
against Southampton in mind and his
side broke the deadlock in the 20th
minute when Kevin Long turned a
Moses cross into his own net.
But it was an off-night for striker
Morata, who failed to capitalise on a
couple of first-half chances and fluffed
a sitter ten minutes after the break.
The Spaniard was released from just
Year ban for former Lincoln
defender Bradley Wood for 25
breaches of integrity and betting
rules. The Football Association
ruled Wood ‘influenced betting
markets’ by deliberately picking up
two yellow cards last year
Wide of the mark: Morata fires past the post after being put through
inside his own half by N’Golo Kante
Premier League
but somehow managed to slot his finP W D L F A Pts
ish wide with just Nick Pope to beat.
(C) Man City
33 28 3 2 93 25 87
Man Utd
34 23 5 6 65 26 74
It proved to be a costly miss as the
Liverpool
34 20 10 4 78 35 70
Clarets levelled nine minutes later
Tottenham
34 20 8 6 66 31 68
when Johann Gudmundsson’s shot
Chelsea
34 19 6 9 59 34 63
Arsenal
33 16 6 11 62 45 54
from distance was deflected into the
Burnley
34 14 10 10 34 31 52
opposite corner by Ashley Barnes.
Leicester
34 11 11 12 49 47 44
The Blues refused to cave in and
Everton
34 11 9 14 39 54 42
Newcastle
33 11 8 14 35 42 41
Moses restored the lead in the 68th
Bournemouth 35 9 11 15 41 58 38
minute, beating Pope at the near post
Watford
34 10 7 17 42 60 37
when Burnley failed to clear a cross.
Brighton
34 8 13 14 32 47 36
West Ham
33 8 11 14 41 59 35
Morata was not happy when substiHuddersfield 34 9 8 17 27 54 35
tuted but it wasn’t clear if his fury was
Crystal Palace 34 8 10 16 36 54 34
Swansea
33 8 9 16 27 46 33
aimed at himself or his manager.
Southampton 34 5 14 15 33 53 29
The home side could have climbed
Stoke
34 6 10 18 31 64 28
above Arsenal into sixth with a win
West Brom
34 4 12 18 27 52 24
but Chelsea deserved their victory.
Conte said: ‘For sure we will try to
Results
reach the FA Cup final. It won’t be
Premier League
easy but we must be ready to fight. I
Burnley ........................1 Chelsea................2
Leicester.....................0 Southampton.....0
saw a fantastic spirit tonight. We must
Sky Bet League One
continue this way.’
Blackburn...................3 Peterborough......1
Palace get go-ahead
CRYSTAL Palace have been
granted permission by Croydon
Council to proceed with the
£100million redevelopment of
their Selhurst Park home.
The council’s planning
committee voted unanimously in
favour of proposals to increase
capacity to 34,000 from 26,000.
Palace hope to begin work at
the end of next season.
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘Like most people, he has
made mistakes in the past
but has learned from
those. I’m confident it will
be a great appointment.’
Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley on
naming Joey Barton as manager.
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