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Issue № 53,390
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Government
knew of risk
to Windrush
generation
Exclusive Letter from 2016
reveals minister was aware of
hostile environment’s effect
Anne Perkins
Amelia Gentleman
The government came under further
pressure over the Windrush scandal yesterday, with a letter from a
Home Office minister dated May 2016
obtained by the Guardian showing
that the government has been aware
for years of the effect of its so-called
“hostile environment” policy on the
Windrush generation.
Home Office sources are indicating that legislation could be rushed
through parliament to give citizenship
to those affected amid a growing clamour for the government to act.
Theresa May is facing accusations
that the government’s policies have
delivered “institutional racism”, while
the home secretary, Amber Rudd, has
had further calls for her resignation
from the Labour frontbenches.
The letter seen by the Guardian
relates to a Londoner called Trevor
Johnson. In a story that has shocked
even veteran immigration rights
campaigners, Trevor and his brother
Desmond have had their lives wrecked
by hostile environment policies.
They arrived as boys from Jamaica
in 1971. Trevor has faced deportation
threats, while Desmond has not been
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Puffins in
peril as one
in eight bird
species risk
extinction
allowed into Britain, where he has a
daughter, since he went to Jamaica for
his father’s funeral in 2001. He has not
seen his daughter for 16 years.
The letter in question came from
James Brokenshire, immigration minister from 2014 to 2016, and was sent
to Kate Hoey, the Labour MP who had
raised the case of Trevor, one of her
constituents in south London. It set
outs that he was liable to be deported
despite having lived in Britain for 45
years because he could not show he
had arrived before 1973, when the law
changed. Nor could he provide the
documentary evidence demanded by
the Home Office of continuous residence over periods in the 1980s and
90s. In 2014 he was told he was here
illegally and his benefits were stopped.
Asked about the letter on ITV’s
Peston on Sunday programme, Brokenshire, who is now on the backbenches
and has been receiving treatment for a
lung tumour, said he had not seen the
letter before. However, he said: “We
did, as a Home Office, look compassionately over a number of individual
cases. And you do try to make the right
decisions. It is about being firm but
fair. And I think that’s the issue that’s
been striking for me.”
Ministers insist the Windrush victims are suffering from a failure at
official level, not a bad policy. David
Gauke, the justice secretary, insisted
the flaws were in the implementation.
“It is right that we take illegal
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Patrick Barkham
One in eight bird species are threatened with global extinction, and once
widespread creatures such as the
puffin, snowy owl and turtle dove are
plummeting towards oblivion, according to the definitive study of global bird
populations.
The State of the World’s Birds, a fiveyear compendium of population data
from the best studied group of animals
on the planet, reveals a biodiversity
crisis driven by the expansion and
▲ Trevor Johnson, centre, and brother Desmond with their eldest sister in Jamaica just before coming to England in 1971
intensification of agriculture. In all,
74% of 1,469 globally threatened birds
are affected, primarily by farming.
Logging, invasive species and hunting are the other main threats.
“Each time we undertake this
assessment we see slightly more species at risk of extinction – the situation
is deteriorating and the trends are
intensifying,” said Tris Allinson, senior
global science officer for BirdLife International, which produced the report.
“The species at risk of extinction
were once on mountaintops or remote
islands, such as the pink pigeon in
Mauritius. Now we’re seeing once
widespread and familiar species –
European turtle doves, Atlantic puffins
and kittiwakes – under threat of global
extinction.”
According to the report, at least
40% of bird species worldwide are
in decline, with researchers blaming
human activity. After farming, logging is a key factor in declines of 50% of
the most globally endangered species,
followed by invasive species (39%),
hunting and trapping (35%), climate
change (33%) and residential and commercial development (28%).
The illegal killing of
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The Guardian Monday 23 April 2018
Inside
Monday 23 April 2018
National
London marathon
National Pages 5-17
Brexit May could face cabinet revolt
over U-turn on customs union | Page 5
Verne Troyer Tributes paid after star
of Austin Powers dies at 49 | Page 6
Sentencing Courts told to cut number
of suspended jail terms | Page 12
Ambulance attacks Figures reveal sharp
rise in sexual assaults against staff | Page 17
World Pages 19-23
Afghanistan Suicide bomber kills dozens of people at voter
registration centre | Page 19
Spain Hunt starts for civil war dead buried in
unmarked graves next to Franco’s | Page 21
Bombay Beach Artists and intellectuals create
bohemia in Californian desert resort | Page 23
Financial Pages 24-29
‘Dirty hands’ IMF to target City as part of
crackdown on money laundering | Page 24
Martin Lewis Money-saving expert sues
Facebook for defamation | Page 25
Journal Centre section
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▲ Brothers Mark
and Sebastian
Lemon, aka
Batman and
Robin, who were
raising money
for children with
cancer
G2 Centre section, tucked inside Journal
Many runners
were in fancy
dress despite the
record heat
None for the road Will drinking soon be as
taboo as smoking? | Pages 4-5
From Rio with love How a wartime gift led to
a Brazilian art invasion | Pages 10-11
St John
Ambulance said
more athletes
needed help than
in past races
Sport Back section
FA Cup final Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud sets up
Manchester United showdown | Page 46
Arsenal Wenger says disunity of supporters
played role in departure | Page 49
Puzzles G2, page 16 | Journal, page 12
Everyday heroes Runners
feel the heat in record year
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Nicola Slawson
T
ens of thousands of
people lined the streets
of the capital yesterday
to cheer on friends,
family and complete
strangers running the
London Marathon in record heat.
As the temperature reached 23.2C
(74F), runners who had trained
throughout the unusually long and
cold winter struggled to cope.
The conditions failed to stop Sir
Mo Farah from setting a new British
record of two hours, six minutes and
21 seconds, beating the time set in
1985 by Steve Jones. However, Farah
– who retired from the track last year
to focus on road racing – was just
over two minutes behind Kenya’s
Eliud Kipchoge, who won in London
for the third time, with Tola Shura
Kitata of Ethiopia finishing second.
Lily Partridge was the first British
woman, in eighth, while David Weir
won the men’s wheelchair race for
an unprecedented eighth time.
Warnings from organisers about
the heat failed to deter some
entrants from wearing costumes and
fancy dress, ranging from trees and
bananas to rhinos.
In the minutes before and after
71-year-old Kathrine Switzer – who
in 1967 was the first woman to run
the Boston Marathon as a registered
entrant – passed the 11-mile mark,
three runners required medical
attention, including one who
collapsed against the barrier.
St John Ambulance said more
runners needed treatment than in
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▼ From top, a Japanese competitor
keeps cool; participants stop for a
selfie near the Cutty Sark; legs give
way at the finishing line
▼ Mo Farah, top, was third in the
men’s race and set a British record
of two hours, six minutes and 21
seconds; Wonder Woman celebrates
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ROB PINNEY/LNP
past races, although no numbers
were available by 6pm yesterday.
At the nine-mile mark the
newspaper columnist Bryony
Gordon and plus-size model Jada
Sezer were all smiles as they went
past in their underwear. Raising
money for Heads Together, a
coalition of eight mental health
charities, the pair vowed to run in
their knickers to prove that anyone,
no matter their size or shape, could
compete in the race.
Later on at Tower Bridge,
Sebastian and Mark Lemon, who
were running as Batman and Robin
and carrying a makeshift Batmobile,
stopped to hug family and friends.
Sebastian Lemon said running in the
heat was “awful but the crowd are
getting us through”.
Asked why he and his brother had
entered, he said: “We’re glutton for
punishment. We went as Batman
and the Joker a couple of years ago
and we wanted to up the ante a bit.
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/GETTY
We are raising money for children
with cancer.”
Near mile 23, Mandy Arrindell
was waiting by the barrier for her
friend Lorraine to pass. Arrindell
has terminal brain cancer and
Lorraine was running on her behalf.
She said: “It’s her first marathon, so
I might be here all night – but I’m not
worried about her. She is dynamite.”
Lorraine was diagnosed with
a tumour a year before Arrindell,
but hers was benign. “When I got
diagnosed and they said it was
terminal, she was adamant she
was going to do it for me. I’ve had
to survive a year and half just to be
here. I said if she can do it, I can do
it. It was good motivation for her
and good motivation for me as well.”
Nearby a group of supporters
wearing green T-shirts emblazoned
with the Macmillan Cancer Support
logo were cheering loudly as some
of those running for the charity
passed by. Anna Middleton from the
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Mr Potato
Head
risked
being
baked by
the sun
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charity said: “We’ve got 850 people
running and we’re hoping to raise
up to £1.45m. We have got lots of
supporters on both sides of the road
and we’re hoping to cheer people
on for the last three miles and make
their journey a bit better. We wanted
to be a sea of green.”
Despite the conditions, runners
for charity appeared to be coping.
“Everyone seems to be doing really
well and they don’t seem to be
struggling because of the heat,”
Middleton added.
At the finish line, Max Randalf
was greeted by cheers from friends
and wellwishers: “It was hell. It was
hot. I’ve done two marathons before
and it was definitely the toughest
one because of the heat but it was
also the best because of all the
inspirational people and the crowd
waving to you. Throughout the race
people were shouting my name.
I had so many people saying ‘go Max’
– it was really, really good.”
STEPHEN CHUNG/ALAMY LIVE NEWS
Rob Pope, who broke a world
record for the fastest time as a film
character, said he had run more
than 15,000 miles in the past 19
months in an attempt to recreate
Forrest Gump’s fictional run across
the United States in the 1994 film
starring Tom Hanks.
Speaking after the marathon, the
39-year-old from Liverpool, said: “I
can run like the wind blows. Today
was unbelievable. I had so many
‘Run Forrest run’ shouts – a couple
of ‘beardy man’ and a couple ‘Jesus’
but mostly Forrest Gump!”
Pope, who was raising money
for WWF and Peace Direct, added:
“In the film Forrest Gump they ask
him: ‘Why are you doing this? Are
you running for women’s rights?
World peace? The homeless? The
environment? Animals?’ And
between those two charities they
cover all those bases.”
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End fossil fuel
investment,
Cambridge
academics
tell university
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National
Matthew Taylor
Hundreds of academics, scientists
and authors have signed an open letter urging Cambridge University to
stop investing in fossil fuel companies, marking an escalation in a bitter
divestment campaign.
The university council is set to consider the issue at a meeting today. In
a sign of growing tensions, students
occupied and shut down the university
finance building last week, warning
there could be “no more business as
usual whilst the university remains
complicit in the destruction of the
planet and vulnerable populations
across the globe”.
The letter’s signatories include Sir
David King, until recently the UK’s
permanent special representative
for climate change, and the writer
and Cambridge academic Robert
Macfarlane.
The author of books including
Mountains of the Mind, Macfarlane
said the letter underlined growing concern about the university’s attitude.
“If it fails to divest, Cambridge will be
on the side of dirty money over a sustainable future,” he said. “Evidence is
everywhere now of companies, countries and institutions taking stands
against fossil fuel investment: why is
Cambridge not following the lead of
Stanford and Edinburgh universities,
and of the whole of New York city?”
Dr Drew Milne, a fellow in the
English department, said it was “inconceivable any university can continue to
profit from fossil fuel extraction without damaging [its]core values”. “The
scientific consensus around climate
change is clear … the university must
now put their money where their science is and divest from fossil fuel
investment as soon as possible.’
The university has received money
from oil companies including BP,
ExxonMobile and Shell. Campaigners
estimate it has £377m invested in fossil fuel firms, directly and indirectly.
A university spokesman said yesterday that he could not answer questions
about the dispute, but confirmed the
council, whose members include
elected staff and students, would consider the issue today.
Iran warns Trump on
dangers of pulling out
of nuclear agreement
Ed Pilkington
New York
Iran’s top diplomat has told Donald
Trump that if the US president follows
through on his threat to scrap the 2015
nuclear agreement, he will have to face
the consequences, which will “not be
very pleasant for the US”.
Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad
Javad Zarif, painted a bleak picture of
the prospects for the nuclear deal,
which Trump has threatened to tear
up on 12 May by refusing to waive a
set of sanctions, a move that is integral to the agreement. Zarif indicated
that should the US effectively pull out,
Iran would refuse to stay in the deal.
An option being considered by Tehran is to withdraw entirely from the
deal by returning to uranium enrichment. Other proposals being floated
in the Iranian parliament, Zarif said,
involved more “drastic” measures.
Zarif said the Trump administration had the option to kill the deal but
would have to face the consequences.
“We will make our decision based on
our national security interest when
the time comes, but whatever it is it
will not be very pleasant for the US,”
he said.
Trump indicated in January that
he would refuse to sign the sanctions waiver when it came up for its
next renewal unless Iran agreed to
accept new restrictions. But Zarif
made it clear that the Iranian regime
had no intention of accepting any
new demands, and turned the argument around by accusing Washington
of already violating the deal, known
as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action (JCPOA).
He accused the US of doing everything in its power to prevent Iran from
engaging economically with the rest
of the world, blocking Tehran from
benefiting from the easing of sanctions permitted under the JCPOA. He
said that and other moves by the US
amounted to a breach of the deal over
the past 15 months.
Zarif is in New York to attend a UN
meeting on peace-building. In the
course of a six-day stay, he will have a
one-on-one meeting with the UN secretary general, Antonio Guterres.
As the next sanctions waiver deadline approaches, European states are
scrambling to see what can be done to
salvage matters should Trump stand
by his word and scuttle the deal.
The French president, Emmanuel
Macron, will arrive in the US today for
a state visit, during which he will urge
Trump to stick with the Iranian nuclear
accord, arguing there is no “plan B”.
Zarif said it was “highly unlikely”
that Iran would stay inside the JCPOA
if the US effectively pulled out. “It’s
very important for Iran to receive the
benefits of the agreement – there’s no
way that Iran would do a one-sided
implementation of it,” the minister
said.
France and Germany could try to
persuade the US to deflect from the
collision course it was on, but Zarif
predicted such efforts would be “fruitless”. And he warned of the danger to
world peace posed by Trump’s stance.
“The US is sending a very dangerous
message to the people of Iran and the
people of the world. It says you never
come to an agreement with the US.
The situation is creating an impression globally that agreements don’t
matter,” he said.
The Iranian regime has been heavily
criticised in recent months for its role
in propping up the Syrian president,
Bashar al-Assad, despite his complicity
in the death of thousands of civilians.
Zarif insisted that Iran was not
engaged in the Syrian civil war to
assist Assad but to combat the threat
of extremist groups, notably Islamic
State.
High stakes in Washington Page 20 ‘The US is sending
a very dangerous
message to the people
of Iran and the
people of the world’
Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iran’s foreign minister
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Quotas ‘vital’ to get
women in key roles
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How to avoid the
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Four killed in
Saudi Arabia
after pilgrims’
coach hits
petrol tanker
Helen Pidd
North of England editor
PHOTOGRAPH: KEITH
HODGINS/PA
A whale of a time A pod of killer whales has been spotted in the river Clyde, apparently hunting
seals or porpoises. Videos on social media show about half a dozen orcas, between Dunoon and
Gourock. Orcas are sociable animals that travel in groups of up to 50. They are often seen near
Arran in the Firth of Clyde, but have not been regular visitors to the upper Clyde for years.
U-turn on customs union could
provoke Brexiter cabinet revolt
Anne Perkins
Deputy political editor
Theresa May could face a cabinet
revolt on a customs union as peers
prepare to inflict more defeats on the
government over the EU withdrawal
bill in a key week for the future of the
UK’s relations with Europe.
Amid Brexiter threats of a leadership challenge, the former cabinet
minister Nicky Morgan, who chairs the
Treasury committee, told them to be
careful what they wished for.
“This sabre-rattling is not coming
from the section of the party that I
represent. It is coming from the proBrexit section of the party and it is
deeply unhelpful ,” she said.
Government hopes of avoiding a
hard border in Ireland through either
technological innovation or regulatory alignment have been set back
after they were rejected in preliminary
negotiations in Brussels. That has led
to speculation that May is preparing
to concede on a customs union, which
has been a red line since the prime
minister’s conference speech in October 2016.
Reports over the weekend
suggested a “wargaming” exercise
into the consequences of a concession
showed that not even leading Brexiters
such as Michael Gove, the environment secretary, or Boris Johnson, the
foreign secretary, would resign.
But yesterday a source close to Gove
reiterated the environment secretary’s
opposition. “Michael believes respecting the referendum result means
taking back control of trade policy.
He fully supports the prime minister’s position that this means leaving
the customs union.”
Although the loss of other pledges
in talks has been reluctantly accepted –
such as the promise to reclaim control
over fishing quotas from March 2019
– accepting continued membership of
a customs union would be on a much
larger scale. No 10 sources dismissed
the idea. “We don’t think staying in a
or the customs union is the right thing
to do and it isn’t government policy to
do so,” a spokesperson said.
Any customs union makes it in
effect impossible to negotiate free
trade deals – one of the government’s
key ambitions and a central justification for leaving the EU.
But there is likely to be a vote on
remaining in the customs union in the
next few months. At least 10 Tory backbenchers have signed an amendment
to the trade and customs bill supporting continued membership.
Morgan is one of 12 select committee
▲ Nicky Morgan accused pro-Brexit
Tories of plotting a leadership bid
chairs backing a potentially difficult
debate in the Commons on Thursday
on customs union membership. She
said it would be an opportunity for a
calm discussion about the reality of
leaving the customs union based on
the evidence the committees were
hearing as they investigated its potential impact.
“If every time we debate these issues
or pass an amendment all we end up
with is this hysteria and leadership
speculation, that is not in Britain’s
interest,” she said. “The majority of the
party would not entertain a leadership
contest at the moment and those who
want to … should think very carefully
if they really want to intervene in the
negotiations in the way a leadership
contest would.”
Meanwhile in the Lords, the
government is braced for more defeats
as peers begin a second week of votes
on the EU withdrawal bill today.
Last week, 24 Tory peers backed the
customs union amendment.
The most difficult vote today
is likely to be on the EU charter of
fundamental rights. The government
nearly lost a vote in the Commons on
a similar amendment, which seeks to
incorporate the charter into the legislation. It is one of the few major aspects
of EU law that has been left out.
Journal Polly Toynbee Page 1 Four Britons have been killed in a crash
in Saudi Arabia after their coach collided with a petrol tanker. The accident
happened on Saturday morning on the
road between the holy cities of Mecca
and Medina, according to Gulfaraz
Zaman, a director of the Blackburnbased Hashim Travel, which organised
the trip.
A woman and her son were among
the dead, he said. The two others killed
were a man and woman in their 60s or
70s, Zaman added. All were taking part
in a pilgrimage.
The crash happened near Al Khalas, roughly 30 miles north of Mecca,
the Foreign Office said. A spokesman confirmed Britons were among
the victims, but said details were still
emerging. “We are supporting the British families of those who have died
and those injured following a serious
road traffic accident near the town of
Al Khalas,” he said.
Many of the 14 other British pilgrims were injured. “There are broken
legs, broken noses, one person has a
brain haemorrhage,” Zaman said.
“Those who survived were thrown
out of the bus, which set on fire, along
with the oil tanker. If you see photographs of the bus there’s just the frame
of it left.”
Five or six people remain in hospital
with burns and broken limbs, he said.
Eighteen pilgrims were on the bus at
the time, all guests of Hashim Travel.
They were from Blackburn, Preston,
Birmingham, Wolverhampton and
Northampton, said Zaman. The youngest, a girl of about six, hurt her head,
he added.
They were halfway through a twoweek pilgrimage when the accident
happened. While the hajj takes place
on fixed dates in the Islamic calendar,
pilgrims can go to Mecca to perform
the rituals of umrah at any other time
of the year.
The Foreign Office is helping survivors to return home, Zaman said: “All
of their belongings have been burned,
their passports and everything.” The
families of those who died have been
informed and the travel company
has arranged for them to fly to Saudi
Arabia.
‘Survivors were
thrown out of the bus,
which set on fire’
Gulfaraz Zaman
Hashim Travel director
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▼ Verne Troyer, said to be ‘the
consummate professional’, at a Los
Angeles awards ceremony in 2011
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Myers leads tributes
after Mini-Me actor
Troyer dies at 49
Martin Pengelly
New York
Tributes have been paid to the actor
Verne Troyer, who found fame in Mike
Myers’ Austin Powers spy spoof movies and has died at the age of 49.
Myers said the actor, who was 80cm
(2ft 8in) tall and played Mini-Me, a
clone of the villain Dr Evil, would be
greatly missed. “Verne was the consummate professional and a beacon of
positivity for those of us who had the
honour of working with him. It is a sad
day, but I hope he is in a better place.”
The last Austin Powers film, Goldmember, was released in 2002. He had
roles in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Myers’ The Love
Guru, as well as playing Percy in Terry
Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor
Parnassus. He was also in Madonna’s
‘Verne was a beacon
of positivity... It is a
sad day, but I hope he
is in a better place’
Mike Myers
Austin Powers star
video for her 1999 song Beautiful
Stranger and appeared on reality TV.
Having struggled with alcoholism, Troyer was admitted to hospital
this month. His family announced his
death in a statement posted to Facebook and Instagram, which said: “It
is with great sadness and incredibly
heavy hearts to write that Verne passed
away today. Verne was an extremely
caring individual. He wanted to make
everyone smile, be happy, and laugh.
Anybody in need, he would help to any
extent possible. Verne hoped he made
a positive change with the platform
he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday.”
The actor Marlee Matlin tweeted
that Troyer had “a lovely smile with a
caring and big heart, he helped raise
money for free hearing aids for deaf
and hard of hearing people. RIP.”
The Troyer family statement added
that “Verne was also a fighter when it
came to his own battles... but unfortunately this time was too much”.
In 2015, he told the Guardian he
“grew up Amish, but my parents left
the religion when I was a child”. “All
my family is average-sized, apart from
me. I didn’t really think about my size
until I got older, a few years before high
school. It had never really fazed me
that much.”
Troyer’s family statement did not
give a cause of death but it added:
“Depression and suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind
of battle someone is going through
inside. Be kind to one another. And
always know, it’s never too late to
reach out to someone for help.”
The Samaritans can be contacted on
116 123
Working-class
students pay
premium for
being poor,
report says
Sally Weale
Education correspondent
Working-class students are penalised
by a “poverty premium”, often paying
higher costs to continue studying in a
university environment in which they
may feel isolated and as though they
do not belong, according to a report.
Research for the National Union of
Students finds that student expenditure routinely outstrips income from
loans, leaving many whose parents
cannot afford to subsidise them without the means to pay for basics such as
food and heating.
Fees for halls are often unaffordable
for those struggling on maintenance
loans, with many universities raising
rents above inflation to generate additional income, the study says.
It quotes the results of a freedom of
information request by the University
of East Anglia students’ union, which
found that more than 20 higher education institutions generated more than
£1,000 profit per bed space a year.
One student reportedly had to
find an additional £700 on top of the
maintenance loan to pay for accommodation alone. “This pricing policy
risks segregating working class students in lower-cost accommodation
from others who have access to additional funds from their families,” the
report said.
Working-class students – who are
most likely to have a job that requires
more than the recommended 15 hours
a week while studying – also struggled
to afford to participate in social events
with their wealthier peers, leaving
them feeling ostracised.
Worcester students’ union submitted evidence from one contributor
who said: “[If you are] working class
you are shunned by students too … It’s
ridiculous. I remember feeling inferior to everyone else because I wasn’t
pretty enough, I didn’t dress nicely
enough, I had pack[ed] lunch rather
than canteen food.”
An annual survey by the University of Bristol students’ union found
just over a third of respondents had
witnessed bullying, harassment or
discrimination based on a person’s
economic or class background.
The NUS report, Class Dismissed:
Getting In and Getting On In Further
and Higher Education, goes on to point
out that university drop-out rates are
highest among working-class students, who are more likely to be debt
averse than their wealthier peers, yet
can end up paying more.
Fees for access courses mean
many working-class students pay an
additional year of fees to gain qualifications, and they can struggle to find a
guarantor to rent in the private sector,
leading them to use private schemes
with higher fees and interest rates.
The report calls for the introduction
of a minimum living income for students in further and higher education.
It also recommends the restoration of
maintenance grants, the education
maintenance allowance and NHS bursaries for healthcare students.
£700
Shortfall in maintenance loan
compared with housing costs alone
that was reported by one student
15
Suggested weekly maximum hours
of paid work for students. Many
working-class students exceed this
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Campaigners call for quotas
to tackle gender inequality
Alexandra Topping
Quotas to get more women into key
positions in politics, business and the
arts must be introduced to address a
massive imbalance of power in Britain,
equality campaigners say.
With a statue of the suffragist Millicent Fawcett due to become the
first statue of a woman in Parliament
Square in London tomorrow, new analysis from the Fawcett Society Sex and
Power Index shows that men still overwhelmingly dominate positions of
power in every sector of society.
Figures show that women make up
▲ Caroline Criado Perez says the
reality does not always match the law
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just 6% of FTSE 100 chief executives,
16.7% of supreme court justices, 17.6%
of national newspaper editors, 26%
of cabinet ministers and 32% of MPs.
Sam Smethers, chief executive
of the Fawcett Society, said: “When
we see this data brought together it
is both shocking and stark. Despite
some prominent women leaders, men
haven’t let go of the reins of power and
progress is painfully slow.
“Equality won’t happen on its own.
We have to make it happen. That is why
we are calling for time-limited use of
quotas and making all jobs flexible
by default.”
She called for legislation to force
companies to advertise all jobs on a
flexible basis unless there were business reasons not to do so.
The Fawcett Society is urging the
government to enact section 106 of the
Equality Act, which requires political
parties to report the diversity of their
candidates. Despite the law no data is
collected and there is no monitoring
of party representation regarding disability, ethnicity and gender.
Reflecting on how long it took to get
a female statue in Parliament Square,
Smethers said: “It is no coincidence
The 2018 Sex and Power Index
reveals that women make up ...
0%
20
40
60
80
74% of top-selling magazine editors
18% National newspaper editors
65% Theatre audiences
39% Theatre cast members
38% Secondary school headteachers
26% University vice-chancellors
34% Art gallery directors
2.7% Art gallery statues
32% MPs
26% Peers
31% Film producers
16% Film directors
28% Business directorships
6% FTSE 100 CEOs
Source: Fawcett Society
100
that male-dominated decision making has commemorated so few of [our]
great women. We have to correct this
imbalance.”
Fawcett Society data also shows
that black and minority ethnic women
make up 7% of the UK population
but account for only 4% of MPs; and
there are no BAME CEOs in the FTSE
100. Only two women MPs identify
as disabled.
Caroline Criado Perez, who
campaigned for a female statue in Parliament Square, said: “The past 100
years for women have been momentous – at least in law. But equality on
paper isn’t the same as equality in real
life, and as the dismal figures outlined
in this report reveal we still have a long
way to go.”
The Fawcett index shows that
women make up 26% of cabinet ministers, although the shadow cabinet
achieves gender parity. Women lead
33% of select committees and make
up 26% of the House of Lords.
In local government, 17% of council leaders are women, compared with
33% of councillors, and 17.5% of police
and crime commissioners are female.
None of the six metropolitan mayors
are female.
Women account for 26% of university vice-chancellors, 62.5% of
secondary school teachers, and 38%
of heads. In NHS trusts, 31.6% of chairs
are female.
Women are also under-represented
in the arts, the analysis found. Only
21.7% of gallery and museum chairs are
women, and 34% of directors.
Women behaving Bardly Local people dressed in period costume during a parade over
the weekend to mark William Shakespeare’s birthday in Stratford-on-Avon – a tradition
going back to 1824. The playwright was born in the Warwickshire town in 1564.
New £6m fund
and dedicated
minister will
help children
of alcoholics
Matthew Taylor
Children whose parents are alcoholic will be offered help under new
plans announced today by the government. The £6m package of measures
is designed to help the estimated
200,000 children in England living
with alcohol-dependent parents,
offering rapid access to support.
The move comes after Jonathan
Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, spoke out about an upbringing
in which his father would fall over
drunk at the school gates. In an interview with the Guardian, the Labour
MP also told how he would return
home to a fridge stacked with cheap
alcohol, but no food.
The measures were announced by
the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt,
who said alcohol abuse was “devastating for those in the grip of an addiction
– but for too long the children of alcoholic parents have been the silent
victims. This is not right, nor fair.”
He added: “These measures will
ensure thousands of children affected
by their parent’s alcohol dependency
have access to the support they need
and deserve.”
Hunt also paid tribute to Ashworth:
“Some things matter much more than
politics, and I have been moved by my
Labour counterpart Jon Ashworth’s
bravery in speaking out so honestly
about life as the child of an alcoholic.”
The programme will include rapid
access to mental health services and
support for children and their families
where there is a dependent drinker,
funding to identify and support
at-risk children more quickly, and early
intervention to reduce the numbers of
children needing to go into care.
The government has also appointed
a dedicated minister – Steve Brine
– with specific responsibility for children with alcohol-dependent parents.
Of the 200,000 children in England
living with such parents, the NSPCC
reports a 16% rise in calls involving
alcohol or drug abuse in recent years.
The charity gets one call an hour about
drug or alcohol abuse.
Research shows that children of
alcoholics are twice as likely to have
problems at school, three times as
likely to consider suicide and five
times as likely to develop an eating
disorder. More than a third of all child
serious case reviews involve a history
of alcohol abuse.
The Labour MP Liam Byrne, founder
and chair of the cross-party group in
parliament for children of alcoholics,
welcomed the announcement. “We
know as children of alcoholics that we
can’t change things for parents – but
we can change things for our country’s
kids,” he said.
“This is a huge step forward for Britain’s innocent victims of booze: the
kids of parents who drink too much
and end up scarred for life.”
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Yellow-breasted bunting
Continued from page 1
The expansion and intensification
of agriculture threatens 74% of the
1,469 bird species globally at risk
One in
eight bird
species
at risk of
extinction
traditional hunting – results in an estimated 12 to 38 million individual birds
dying or being taken each year in the
Mediterranean region alone.
One victim of illegal hunting is the
yellow-breasted bunting, which the
report warns could suffer the same
fate as the passenger pigeon, once a
common bird across North America
before being rapidly driven to extinction in 1914.
The yellow-breasted bunting was
one of the most widespread birds
across Europe and Asia but its population has declined by 90% since 1980
and its range has contracted by 3,000
miles. Although officially banned,
large-scale hunting of this Chinese
delicacy continues, with the birds
caught while roosting communally
in reedbeds.
Overfishing and climate change are
affecting seabird species, particularly
the Atlantic puffin and the black-legged kittiwake, which are both now
considered vulnerable on the International Union of Conservation of
Nature’s red list of imperilled species.
The decline of the snowy owl is linked
to climate change, with snowmelt in
the Arctic affecting the availability of
prey, while the European turtle dove’s
rapid disappearance is caused by both
hunting and habitat loss through modern farming.
Neonicotinoids – widely implicated
in flying insect declines (a key bird
food source) – have also been found
to be directly detrimental to some bird
species. One recent study from the US
Species at risk of extinction, by threat
0
Snowy owl
200
400
600
800
1000
Agriculture
A
L
Logging
IInvasive species
H
Hunting and trapping
Climate change and severe weather
Residential and commercial development
R
F
Fire and fire suppression
Energy production and mining
E
Transport corridors
Pollution
Guam rail
Human disturbance
Dams and water management
Fisheries
Plant gathering
Atlantic puffin
Source: BirdLife International
Black-legged
B
kittiwake
White-crowned
sparrow
found that migrating white-crowned
sparrows exposed to neonicotinoids
lost a quarter of their body mass and fat
stores. The neurotoxin also impaired
the birds’ migratory orientation.
But there are conservation success
stories: according to BirdLife, 25 bird
species would have gone extinct this
century without targeted conservation work, which has helped remove
these species from the critically
endangered list. The Guam rail, which
is classified as extinct in the wild, has
been successfully bred in captivity and
returned to safe haven islands cleared
of the snake that is its predator.
“Everything is reversible because
everything is unfortunately of humankind’s making,” said Allinson. “It’s one
thing to work at the last minute on particular species and drag them back
from the edge, but what we do need
is wide-scale solutions to agricultural
intensification and expansion in particular – they are the biggest driver of
extinction in birds.”
With bird declines also being driven
by logging – 10bn trees are being
destroyed each year – one large-scale
conservation response is the Trillion
Trees project, in which BirdLife, the
WWF and the Wildlife Conservation
Society are coming together to plant,
protect and restore a trillion trees by
2050.
Allinson added: “We could easily
feed the world’s population and leave
room for birds and other wildlife if we
were more sensible and reduced our
food waste and pesticide use and put
the right crops in the right areas. They
are big challenges but there are successful systems that marry wildlife
conservation and productive landscapes for people.”
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▼ The former Home Office minister
James Brokenshire tells Robert
Peston: ‘It is about being firm but fair’
PHOTOGRAPH: KEN MCKAY/ITV/REX
‘People have died,
people have lost
their jobs, lost their
futures. It could
not be worse’
Emily Thornberry
Shadow foreign secretary
Government knew for years
of risk to Windrush children
Continued from page 1
course I stress we are not talking about
illegal immigrants in the Windrush
case – but it is perfectly reasonable
to, for example, want to ensure when
we are providing public services they
are being provided to people who are
entitled to them,” he told BBC One’s
Andrew Marr Show.
“The objective was for this to be
focused on illegal immigration … most
people … believed it would be possible
to tighten up the provision of public
services without there being an impact
on people here legally.”
However, a former cabinet minister,
Sayeeda Warsi, said there was bitter
opposition in cabinet to some policies
pursued by May while she was home
secretary from 2010 -16. Lady Warsi, a
former Tory party chair, told Peston on
Sunday it was a failed policy caused by
the party’s obsession with cutting net
migration. “I think we were all responsible. I would hold myself responsible
as part of the government,” she said.
“What happened unfortunately
during those years and has continued
is that we had an unhealthy obsession with numbers. We were wedded
to unrealistic targets, targets that we
still haven’t met unfortunately a decade on – and yet we continue to remain
wedded to targets. And what we ended
Explained
Who knew what, and when?
2012 Then home secretary Theresa
May said: “The aim is to create
here in Britain a really hostile
environment for illegal migration.”
2012 Cross-department hostile
environment working group
set up.
2013 Sarah Teather MP raised
concerns in 2013 about the
working group and its stated aims.
2013 Government introduced
an immigration bill that became
the Immigration Act 2014 and
introduced the key measures of
the hostile environment.
2014 Chasing Status, a charityfunded report, warned of a
“virtually invisible ... group who
can’t easily prove their legal
status” who are surprised to find
their right to live in the country
where they have lived all their
adult life being challenged. Home
Office responded: “It is up to
anyone who does not have an
established immigration status to
regularise their position – however
long they have been here.”
2014 80 civil society organisations
briefed parliament during the
passage of the Immigration Act that
“forcing ordinary citizens who are
not qualified in immigration law
to check someone’s legality will
result in mistakes and inadvertent
discrimination”.
2014 Internal, governmentcommissioned impact assessment
of a Right to Rent scheme,
threatening landlords with jail if
they did not check tenants had
the right to be in the UK, warned:
“Some non-UK born older people
may have additional difficulties in
providing original documentation.”
Officials responded that they had
“undertaken significant work to
ensure” that checks “do not have an
adverse impact on any age group”.
May 2016 A letter from immigration
minister James Brokenshire
revealed he was aware of at least one
Windrush victim having extreme
difficulty proving he had arrived
in the UK before 1971, and knew
that repeated legal action had been
mounted to try to persuade the
Home Office to recognise the rights
of a man who had lived here for 49
years. Amelia Gentleman
up with was, I think, the unintended
consequences of the policy we are now
implementing.”
Warsi’s remarks, which reinforce
criticisms by the former deputy prime
minister Nick Clegg, who chaired the
cabinet sub-committee on immigration from 2010-15, undermine Rudd.
She has said the problem was merely
that officials lost sight of people in
their concern for enforcing the policy.
Rudd was further embarrassed
when the Guardian was passed a document sent by her to May pledging to
escalate the hostile environment. In
it she set out her “ambitious” plan to
increase removals and focus officials
on “arresting, detaining and forcibly removing illegal migrants” while
“ruthlessly” prioritising Home Office
resources to that programme.
The shadow foreign secretary, Emily
Thornberry, told Nick Robinson on the
Marr show that there was something
“rotten at the heart of government”,
and called for Rudd to resign. She said:
“People have died, people have lost
their jobs, lost their futures. People
working in the National Health Service
all their lives suddenly lose their jobs.
It could not be worse and yet the home
secretary thinks, ‘I can apologise and
it will be all right’. Well, it won’t be. I
really think she should quit.”
The shadow women and equalities
secretary, Dawn Butler, said May’s policies were delivering “institutionalised
racism”. Asked if she could be accused
of racism, Butler told Sky News: “Yes,
she is the leader. She is presiding over
legislation ... discriminating against a
whole group of people who came from
the Commonwealth, who suffered racism when they came over – the ‘no
blacks, no Irish, no dogs’ – and now
they are having to re-live that trauma
all over again because of Theresa May.”
Pressed on whether May was racist,
she said: “In my own personal opinion, and I’m speaking as myself as
Dawn Butler, the daughter of Jamaican parents, I’m saying that Theresa
May has presided over racist legislation that has discriminated against a
whole generation of people from the
Commonwealth. Her policies, that
she has implemented, have disproportionately affected people from the
Commonwealth and people of colour.”
The Joint Council for the Welfare of
Immigrants and the civil rights organisation Liberty want an independent
commission set up to review the
workings of the Home Office and the
legal framework of the “hostile environment”. After an unsatisfactory
meeting with May last week where
they say there was no sign of a proper
investigation, they have released a
2014 dossier showing how many warnings the government received about
the impact of its policies.
In further evidence that the government has known for many years of the
problems faced by children of Windrush immigrants, a blog from May
2013, written by a Foreign Office official responsible for resettling deported
Jamaicans, is still on the Foreign Office
website. “Many consider themselves
British, having moved to the UK as
a young child with their parents or
grandparents and granted indefinite
leave to remain (ILR).”
The blog shows clearly that there
were recognised and worrying issues
related to Home Office policy.
Last night an email from a junior
government whip, Mike Freer, MP
for Finchley, emerged in which he
dismissed any government responsibility for the Windrush victims and
instead blamed Labour.
“It is so sad that opposition parties
would seek to deliberately misquote
and misinterpret what Theresa May
said. The Windrush issue is absolutely nothing to do with immigration
reforms introduced under the Cameron government. Then the policy
was to make it harder for ILLEGAL
immigrants to settle in the UK. The
Windrush people were and are legal.
Wholly separate and unconnected.
“I would also point out that the decision to destroy the landing cards of the
Windrush people was taken by the last
LABOUR government, so it really is the
height of opportunism and hypocrisy
for the Oppositon [sic] to take some
moral high ground.”
Freer has not responded to requests
for a comment.
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Left destitute
‘I had to beg for
money to pay
for electricity’
The Home Office told Trevor
Johnson he was ineligible to
work; his brother was refused
re-entry from Jamaica
Amelia
Gentleman
T
revor and Desmond
Johnson flew from
Jamaica to London in
1971 as unaccompanied
minors to join their
parents, who had
moved to the UK several years earlier
hoping for a better life for the family.
The brothers were 10 and 11 when
they arrived, both excited about the
future. But almost half a century
later, the lives of each have been
shattered by the Windrush scandal.
Trevor, a widowed single parent
looking after two teenage daughters,
was wrongly told in 2014 that he was
in Britain illegally, and he had his
benefits stopped. An employee from
Capita, the private company used
by the Home Office for immigration
work, called to tell him that officers
would come to his house to deport
him back to the country he had left
as a child. He spent a night waiting
up with his daughters, listening for
the knock at the door.
Because he was told he was not
allowed to work and was not eligible
for benefits, the family became
destitute and for two years had
to rely on food banks. Sometimes
Trevor was forced to beg on the
streets of Brixton so that he could
heat his home.
As he struggled to avoid
deportation to Jamaica, his older
brother, Desmond, who had gone
back to Jamaica in 2001 for their
father’s funeral and had stayed on
to support his widowed mother,
was fighting a reverse battle to be
allowed back into the UK.
He has failed, and remains stuck
in Jamaica, meaning he has not seen
his daughter for 16 years.
Both men are devastated at the
way the government’s “hostile
environment” policy has destroyed
their families. But their anger is
subdued, deadened by the thought
that this is how British officials
routinely treat people in their
situation.
This sense that there was nothing
particularly remarkable about Home
Office cruelty partly explains why
the full extent of this scandal has
taken so long to emerge. Trevor tried
repeatedly to explain to Home Office
staff that he was in Britain legally,
but no one believed him, even the
then Home Office minister James
Brokenshire.
Responding to a complaint
about Trevor’s treatment from his
local MP, Brokenshire stated: “Mr
Johnson’s application was refused
because he had failed to provide
the Home Office with evidence to
show that he was in the UK prior to 1
January 1973.”
The minister was apparently
unaware of the profound difficulties
that thousands of Windrush
generation residents were having as
they tried to gather the enormous
amount of paperwork required to
persuade Home Office staff that they
were not illegal immigrants.
Asked about the case on the
ITV show Peston on Sunday,
Brokenshire said that during his time
in the Home Office staff had looked
“compassionately” at a number of
cases, and added: “It’s about being
firm but fair.”
Trevor, who was watching
Brokenshire talk about the crisis
on television, said this was not an
accurate summary of how he had
been treated. His entire family had
been terrified by the deportation
threats. “I was scared, my kids were
scared. The worst was that there
was no money. I had to go out on
the street, asking people for money
for electricity. It was very, very,
degrading,” he said.
The Home Office finally relented
in his case after two years when his
sister posted his story on Facebook,
and an 81-year-old retired dinner
lady from his primary school
recognised his picture and got in
touch. She sent a letter to the Home
Office, which issued him with a
biometric card recognising his
right to be in the UK (a temporary
measure that needs to be renewed
in 2024).
His difficulties have still not
been fully resolved because the
Department for Work and Pensions
has refused to repay months of
unpaid benefits, and he is receiving
bailiffs’ letters which threaten
removal of his valuables.
In Jamaica, Desmond was having
difficulties returning to the UK
for his daughter’s 21st birthday.
He remained in Jamaica, to look
after his mother, but in 2014,
she was coming to England for a
family wedding and suggested he
▲ While Trevor
Johnson,
above, fought
deportation,
his brother
Desmond, below,
was barred from
returning to his
family in the UK
MAIN PHOTOGRAPH:
ANDY HALL/GUARDIAN
accompany her. “She said, ‘come
and give her a surprise for her
birthday’,” he said. He applied for
a visa to return to the UK, but the
application was rejected on the
grounds that he had not provided
details on the application form of a
historic, trivial and spent criminal
conviction.
“I had no recollection of it,” he
said. Officials had found records of a
drunk and disorderly offence dating
back about 20 years. “They said I lied
on the form. I had no idea what they
meant,” he said. They sent back his
application with a note stating that
his application had been refused and
he could not reapply for 10 years.
“It was a bombshell. It has been
so painful. I wonder if my son or
daughter died tomorrow, what
would I do? I don’t want to come
back to live in England, I just want to
see my kids,” he said. “It hurts. The
last time I saw my daughter she was
about seven. I feel so bad about it.”
Desmond, who went to secondary
school in London and spent 25
years working as a greengrocer on a
market stall and later as a plasterer,
said he felt betrayed. “My mother
and father came to England to do the
work that other people didn’t want
to do,” he said.
His father worked first in a
television factory and later as a
baker, and his mother worked as
a cleaner. By 1972 they had six
children under 16 in London, three
of whom had been born in Jamaica
and three in London. They worked
hard and instilled in their children
the idea that it was crucial to work
hard and do well.
“I feel disgusted by what
has happened,” Desmond
said. He has been watching the
unfolding political crisis in the
UK from Jamaica and said he was
unimpressed by the government’s
response. The prime minister’s
decision to apologise three times
in the space of three days was not
enough. “She should resign, and the
home secretary too,” he said.
Trevor said he felt equally
betrayed. “I’ve been here since I
was 10. I grew up with white people
all around me. I worked with white
people, I felt I was English. When
this happened I didn’t feel English
any more.” He worked on a market
stall and as a security guard, then
cared full-time for his daughters
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when they were two and five. He
remembers receiving two calls from
a Capita employee in July 2016,
informing him that staff would be
coming to remove him. The call
came as he was fighting to get official
recognition that he was in UK legally.
“The first time, it sounded like
it was a young lady, a Scottish lady,
she was really rude. I said, ‘I’m
sorry love, I’m not going anywhere,
I’ve got a right to be here’, and put
the phone down. I was up all night
worried sick about it. I explained
to my daughters what the problem
was. I said ‘the Home Office is trying
to remove me’. We all sat down and
waited to see if they would come.
I thought they would come and
remove me in the night.”
No one came and the following
morning he went to the Lambeth
Law Centre.
Trevor first became vaguely aware
of possible immigration-related
complications when his father died
and he wanted to go back to Jamaica
for the funeral with the rest of his
family in 2001. He had never applied
for a British passport (he had never
contemplated a holiday abroad, and
had no reason otherwise to incur
‘It has been
so painful. I
don’t want to
come back
to live in
England. I
just want to
see my kids’
Desmond
Johnson
the expense of an application). He
had difficulties working out what to
do before, until he managed to get a
temporary travel warrant from the
Jamaican high commission. Because
this was a more relaxed era, he was
able to return to the UK on this paper
– which would be impossible now.
The problems began in 2014,
when the jobcentre sent him back
to college for a literacy course. “The
college started asking me for papers.
I said ‘I don’t need papers’. I thought
I was here legally since I had been
here since I was a kid,” he said.
Somehow officials must have
tipped off the Home Office. When
Trevor went to his GP for a repeat
document indicating that he was
eligible for sickness benefits, he was
told he would not get such a letter
“because the DWP has told us, don’t
issue one”.
“All the benefits, the child tax
credits and the rent got cut off. It
was very hard. Four old ladies on my
estate gave us food at Christmas,”
he said. “It was horrible. I had
no clothes, my daughters had no
clothes. My sisters came and gave
me food. I ate less. I was struggling
to eat because of all the worry.”
▲ The letter
from James
Brokenshire
and the Johnson
family in the
1970s: from left,
Cardlin, Sonia,
Jeniffer, Trevor,
Desmond and
Martina
Trevor is profoundly grateful
to those people who helped him
during that period. He has been
trying repeatedly to get the DWP to
issue several thousand pounds he is
owed in sickness benefits that were
stopped. He wants to extract himself
from the debt he got into when he
was left penniless.
The London borough of Lambeth
quickly repaid housing benefit so he
could get rid of his rent arrears, but
the DWP has been less helpful.
“They don’t want to give me
anything. I called and asked, what
about my back payment? She said
‘you’re getting benefits aren’t you?’
I said I was owed two years’ money.
She put the phone down on me. I’m
not getting anywhere. All I’m asking
for is what was owed to me,” he said.
Officials have recently told him
that they have lost his paperwork.
“I have loads of bailiffs’ letters
starting from 2015. I couldn’t pay the
television licence,” he said. Before
this problem, he was never in debt.
“I used to pay my bills every week.”
His mother, in Jamaica, was
extremely upset about the situation.
“She did everything she could to
help. She was really angry.” His
younger sister, Cardlin Johnson, 51,
has been working for years helping
her brothers sort out their wrongful
immigration issues.
She spent free time inbetween
looking after her children and
working as a network traffic
controller for Transport for London
visiting records offices, archives,
trying to track down school records,
struggling to find paperwork that
showed Trevor had been in the UK
before 1 January 1973.
Brokenshire, writing to the MP
Kate Hoey, pointed out that Cardlin’s
efforts failed. Brokenshire noted
(with a precision that gives a clear
insight into the extraordinarily high
evidence requirements made by
the Home Office) that not only had
Trevor failed to provide evidence
that he was in the UK before 1
January, he had also “been unable
to demonstrate that he has been
continuously resident in the UK
for the years 1989 to 1990, 1994 to
1995 and 1997 to 1998”. The letter
concluded that the Home Office was
maintaining “the refusal decision”.
Cardlin said: “It has been very
distressing for the whole family. I
know the hard work and chasing
around I had to do. The government
says organisations aren’t allowed
to retain documentation for too
long. Sometimes data protection
laws meant I wasn’t allowed to get
the information. Trevor got very
depressed. He worried about what
was going to happen to his daughters
if they deported him. He came here
when he was 10. The system is a total
disgrace.”
She was puzzled why such a
shocking case had not attracted
much attention from MPs or local
papers when it was going through
the courts. The Windrush generation
were “law abiding, hard working,
keep their heads down, and [they]
don’t usually make a fuss”, she said.
Trevor also said he felt angry.
“Someone should resign. Theresa
May was there at the time. She
should go. It was something to
do with racism. It is funny how it
is all black people affected. They
destroyed evidence so I couldn’t
show who we were.”
Asked to comment on the case,
the Home Office responded by email,
stating that Trevor Johnson had
made a “no time limit” application
in 2015 but it had been rejected due
to an incorrect fee and incomplete
form. His sister maintained that that
was not correct. In August 2016 he
was granted the application.
An official said that Desmond
should contact the new Windrush
hotline and indicated that officials
would now have the flexibility to
look again at his case.
Yesterday afternoon Trevor was
phoned for the first time by a Home
Office official. He refused to speak
to the official and told the person to
call his sister, Cardlin. She said that
someone who worked for “premium
services” and had been drafted in to
help deal with the Windrush issue
was calling everyone affected to
update them on the issue.
Cardlin was told that the
government was “pushing through
legislation in the next couple
of weeks to offer those affected
citizenship”. However, a Downing
Street spokesperson said they were
unaware of that move.
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Legal affairs correspondent
Judges, magistrates and probation
officers have been told to stop handing
down or recommending so many suspended prison sentences and switch
to giving community orders.
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Courts told to cut number
of suspended jail sentences
Owen Bowcott
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A leaked circular this month by the
chairman of the Sentencing Council,
Lord Justice Treacy, to courts across
England and Wales warns that a
punitive culture has developed –
imposing suspended sentences “as
a more severe form of community
order” when they are not legally
appropriate.
Probation officers have now been
told to cease recommending suspended sentences in pre-sentence
reports on those found guilty.
The letter highlights a stark trend
that has emerged over the past decade of suspended sentence use rising
sharply while the number of community orders has almost halved.
Suspended sentences are given
to convicted offenders on the
understanding that if they reoffend
or fail to observe their conditions they
are liable to be sent to prison.
Treacy’s circular has been sent
at a time when prisons remain
overcrowded. In 2005, he points out,
courts handed out almost 203,000
community orders. By 2010 that had
fallen to 188,000 and in 2015 it was
fewer than 108,000.
By contrast, the number of
suspended sentence orders has
soared. They stood at 4,000 in 2005,
had reached 46,000 in 2010 and were
more than 52,000 in 2015.
In order to give effect to his warning,
Treacy has agreed with the director of
the National Probation Service that
probation officers will “refrain from
In brief
Police
Former adviser accused
of race-related offence
A former race relations adviser to
the police who was allegedly injured
when an officer fired a stun gun at
him has been charged with a racially
aggravated offence.
Judah Adunbi, also known as Ras,
was arrested at his home in Bristol
last week and will appear in court
next month.
Adunbi, of Easton, Bristol, was
charged with a racially aggravated
public order offence after an alleged
recommending SSOs in pre-sentence
reports”. He noted: “This in no way
impacts upon the judicial discretion
to suspend custodial sentences: it
merely seeks to reinforce good sentencing practice.”
Penelope Gibbs, director of the sentence reform group Transform Justice,
said: “Banning the probation service from recommending suspended
sentence orders is not the right strategy. If a suspended sentence is not
recommended, judges may use a
prison sentence instead, and we know
short prison sentences are ineffective.”
incident at a betting shop in the city
on 29 March. The 64-year-old, a
former member of an independent
advisory group to Avon and
Somerset police, has been released
on conditional bail to appear at
Bristol magistrates court on 22 May.
His solicitor, Tony Murphy, of
Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, said he
would be challenging the charge.
“Ras Judah has a long history of
challenging racism in all its forms
and he shall be resisting this
prosecution,” Murphy said.
Last year, Adunbi was allegedly
shot by a police officer using a Taser
electrical weapon in Easton. A
video of the alleged incident made
headlines around the world.
PC Claire Boddie is due in court
today for a pre-trial hearing in
relation to that case. She denies
common assault. Steven Morris
Culture
New film needed male
star for finance – Peake
Maxine Peake has revealed her latest
film had to have a male star to get
financed.
The British actor, right, stars in
Funny Cow, playing an aspiring
stand-up comic on the Yorkshire
working men’s club circuit.
In an interview with The Big
Issue, Peake said the film would not
have been made if her co-star, Paddy
Considine, had not agreed to take
part. “Ironically, we had to have a
male star to get it financed ... And
that is where Paddy Considine, bless
him, stepped up and said he would
be in it. And he is brilliant.”
Peake, who has voiced support for
the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn,
said Britain’s immigration policy
was “cruel and criminal and it is
bullying”. PA
Society
Domestic violence
Up to £200 payouts for
Scottish rough sleepers
Call for some abusers to
have satellite tracking
Outreach workers in Scottish cities
can make instant payouts of up to
£200 apiece to help rough sleepers
pay for a variety of needs, from
hotel rooms to haircuts, as part of a
radical approach to the issue by the
government.
Scottish government funding is
available to frontline staff working
with homeless people on the street
who refuse to engage with services
or take accommodation on offer.
Staff can cover needs such as
clothing or replacement of lost
documents, which they say can help
build trust with some of the hardest
to reach among the homeless. Larger
sums of up to £2,000 are discussed
at base with a manager. Workers
for the Simon Community Scotland
charity in Glasgow said it had
already made a dramatic difference
to their work. Libby Brooks
Electronically tagging domestic
abusers subject to restraining orders
will not go far enough to protect
victims, campaigners have warned.
In their response to a government
consultation on the domestic abuse
bill, the Victims’ Rights Campaign
and Plaid Cymru suggest fitting
perpetrators with satellite trackers.
Harry Fletcher, the Campaign’s
director, said: “The evidence is overwhelming that tagging and house
arrests have no impact on crime.”
The campaigners and Welsh party
also called for a domestic violence
offenders’ register and preventive
schemes for released convicts.
Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru’s
justice spokeswoman, said that to
reduce re-offending victims could
be given receivers and get alerts if
their abusers entered court-imposed
exclusion zones. Jamie Grierson
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▼ Conservator Caroline Rawson
checks for moth damage at
Brodsworth Hall, South Yorkshire
PHOTOGRAPH: PRESS ASSOCIATION
Hate moths? Live in the
east Midlands, avoid
flats and vacuum a lot
Maev Kennedy
Got a lovely collection of cashmere
sweaters you don’t want devoured
by moths? Then maybe you should
move to a new-build house in the
east Midlands. That is the type of
dwelling and region in England least
likely to be tormented by the pesky
insects, according to a study by English Heritage.
The charity’s conservators have
been monitoring the remorseless
rise in moth numbers, blamed on a
string of exceptionally mild winters
– although the survey ended before
the bitter weather last winter – and
last year invited visitors to their properties to help by collecting free moth
traps and reporting their haul.
More than 5,000 traps were distributed across 42 counties – compared
with the 11 sites English Heritage
had been monitoring. The results
will not be news to anyone living in
the south-east of England, where
supermarkets stock an array of moth
remedies of dubious effectiveness.
In London and the south-east each
trap caught an average of 23 moths,
while those in the east Midlands
caught just three. South-west England
took second place, with 17 per trap,
closely followed by the West Midlands
with 16.
The conservators are concerned
about the dramatic rise in a particularly
destructive species, the pale-backed
clothes moth. Traps set by the public
caught 460, compared with 15 on the
English Heritage sites. The results suggest flats, with shared walls between
properties, and pre-1950s houses with
more voids, fireplaces and attics than
modern houses are the most likely to
be affected.
Amber Xavier-Rowe, head of collections conservation, said the help from
the public had been invaluable. “Now
that we know where the clothes moth
concentration is the highest, we can
put in place extra measures to ensure
that our historic houses in these areas
are fully protected and preserved for
future generations. We wouldn’t have
been able to do that without the public’s help. Operation Clothes Moth has
really resonated with a lot of people
who, yes, want to help us protect our
collections but also to protect their
favourite woolly jumpers.”
English Heritage has collated its
advice into a book published tomorrow, which advocates a daunting
housekeeping routine, including
▲The common clothes moth, winged
menace of many a cupboard
checking the undersides of chairs,
moving and vacuuming under all furniture once a month – and emptying
the contents of the machine and sealing the rubbish bag each time – taking
all clothes out of wardrobes and checking and shaking them once a month,
and regularly checking attics and
chimneys.
Adult moths, eggs and larvae can
be killed by placing affected garments
in sealed bags and freezing them for
a fortnight.
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National
Local elections
▼ John Biggs, the mayor of Tower
Hamlets, sets out to greet constituents
outside Old Ford primary school
PHOTOGRAPH: ALECSANDRA RALUCA DRAGOI
East London
Diverse and politically engaged
In Tower Hamlets, big City
money mixes with migrants
and a history of controversy
Dan Sabbagh
H
alf a dozen Labour
leafleters wait
outside a primary
school in London’s
East End, just off the
Roman Road street
market on a warm afternoon in the
gentrifying suburb of Bow.
The party’s message is that
schools are facing spending cuts
imposed by central government;
the target audience are the
predominantly Bengali women
picking up children, a group that
party campaigners otherwise
struggle to reach in an area where
the Bangladeshi vote is critical.
Outside the school is the
diminutive figure of John Biggs,
the directly elected mayor. But the
Labour politician’s path to the top
job in the borough that contains the
gleaming towers of Canary Wharf as
well as the traditional East End has
been anything but easy.
He won 55% of the vote in 2015
in a byelection held after Lutfur
Rahman had been disqualified in
an election court for, among other
offences, telling local Muslims it
was their spiritual duty to vote
for him and giving out grants
inappropriately.
Today while Biggs’s principal
opponent, Rabina Khan, a local
councillor who leads the People’s
Alliance for Tower Hamlets (Path),
is the same, much else has changed.
Rahman, who once backed Khan,
is supporting another independent
candidate, Ohid Ahmed, from
the Aspire party. With Labour’s
popularity in London higher than
it was in 2105, and his opponents
divided, it appears to be Biggs’s
election to lose.
“When I became mayor it was the
end of a period of some controversy
in the borough. The easy bit was
clearing out the politics; the harder
bit was improving the quality of
our services,” Biggs says, arguing
that Labour is the only party that
represent the borough as a whole.
“Whatever Lutfur Rahman did,
whether it was good or bad, it
was about a very divisive politics
that was very segregated. He
predominately focused on one
community.”
The census from 2011 records a
diverse borough. The Bangladeshi
residents make up 32% of
population; white British residents
make up 31%, which is the fifth
lowest for any borough in England.
There are significant Chinese and
Somali ethnic minorities.
But what distinguishes Tower
Hamlets is the Bangladeshi
community’s intense interest in
politics: there are six newspapers,
six television stations, and a strong
oral tradition reflected in WhatsApp
groups that spread news and
information widely. Turnout in the
community could be as high as 75%
of those registered to vote, against
an average percentage in the 30s for
the rest of inner London.
Rabina Khan, however, believes
she can put together an alternative
coalition to take on Labour. The
councillor, who is Bengali, talks
about “a Tower Hamlets for all” and
says that she would like to create
“a cross-party cabinet with all the
political groups”.
Khan emphasises how she
has “shared a platform with the
Green Party, challenging austerity
measures” that she says were
implemented by Labour.
“We have to learn from Tower
Hamlets right from the beginning.
Let’s not forget Cable Street when
Oswald Mosley and his blackshirts
tried to march through and people
came together,” Khan says, and
highlights the need to combat
Islamophobia and antisemitism in
the borough today.
At Tower Hamlets, the mayor
appoints a cabinet, although most
of the power resides in the directly
elected leader, who needs the
support of the full council to ensure
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‘The greatest
power that
any mayor
has is the
power to
bring people
together’
Dan Jarvis,
Labour mayoral
candidate, on the
campaign trail in
Scawsby, South
Yorkshire
Dan Jarvis
Candidate
PHOTOGRAPH:
CHRISTOPHER
THOMOND/GUARDIAN
Croydon
Tower Hamlets
Population 317,200 (2018 estimate)
Mayoral election 11 June 2015
(including second preferences)
John Biggs Labour 32,754
Rabina Khan Independent 26,384
Council (as of now)
Labour 21; Aspire 10; Path 6; Con 5;
Ind 2; LD 1
EU referendum remain 67.5%; leave
32.5%
MPs Rushanara Ali (Labour) Bethnal
Green & Bow
Jim Fitzpatrick (Labour) Poplar &
Limehouse
Newham mayoral result May 2015
Sir Robin Wales Lab 47,095 61%
elected first preferences.
‘Let’s not
forget when
Mosley’s
blackshirts
tried to
march …
people came
together’
Rabina Khan
Candidate
their budget is passed. Khan was a
cabinet member for housing when
Rahman was executive mayor. She
says her experience demonstrates
it is possible for council leaders to
succeed outside the mainstream
political parties. “I was 1,400 votes
behind Biggs last time on first
preferences, and he had a party
machinery against me,” she adds.
But such is her falling out with
the Rahman-backed Ahmed (who
did not respond to requests for
an interview) that the two were
reported by the East London
Advertiser as having had a public
shouting match at a community
centre. Some independents say it
is far from certain that preference
votes would transfer from Khan’s
Path to Ahmed’s Aspire or vice versa
in an anti-Labour challenge.
Such personality driven politics is
arguably encouraged by the system
of directly elected mayors, which is
used only by a minority of London
boroughs. Rahman became Britain’s
first directly elected Muslim mayor
in 2010 despite the Labour party
stripping him of his nomination;
but Biggs says that brought further
difficulties. “Lutfur Rahman tested
what happened when you get a
maverick person elected,” he says.
In neighbouring Newham,
where Labour is expected to win
easily, Labour’s first-time mayoral
candidate, Rokhsana Fiaz, wants
to have a referendum on whether
to continue the system after she
wrested the nomination from
Robin Wales, who had been mayor
since 2002. Amongst her policies,
Fiaz wants to consult residents on
big decisions and developments
using citizen assemblies. “I can
understand why people might
feel cynical. But I am committed,
my instinct is to be very open and
involving. The council has become
too remote,” Fiaz says.
Sheffield With powers for
new mayor still uncertain,
candidates press on
Frances Perraudin
O
n a grey weekday
morning in Scawsby,
Doncaster, Dan
Jarvis is out knocking
on doors to garner
support for his
attempt to become the first mayor
for the Sheffield city region – a role
that comes with no agreed powers,
no agreed budget and no agreed
salary. “Apart from that, what’s not
to like about it?” he jokes.
The government’s decision to
push ahead with the election on
3 May, despite South Yorkshire’s
local authorities – Sheffield,
Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster
– failing to agree a devolution
settlement, has been criticised as
strange and undemocratic.
In September, Barnsley and
Doncaster pulled out of an initial
deal, which had been agreed in 2015,
after disputes over the route of HS2.
The two authorities are now among
18 out of 20 Yorkshire councils to
back proposals for a Yorkshire-wide
devolution deal.
The role of Sheffield city region
mayor is, therefore, less about
wielding power and more about
trying to obtain some.
“If I’m elected mayor then the
very first thing that I will do on my
first day is sit down with the four
leaders and work out precisely how
we are going to reach an agreement
that satisfies all of the constituent
parts of South Yorkshire,” says the
Labour MP for Barnsley Central
between door-knocks. “We need an
agreement that enables us to start
drawing down on the maximum
amount of power and the maximum
amount of money.”
The former army major, once
tipped as a possible future Labour
leader, was finally endorsed as
the party’s candidate this month,
following a vote by local members,
after a row with the party’s NEC over
whether he should be able to keep
his parliamentary seat if he won.
Jarvis was permitted to plan to stay
on in Westminster after protests by
the Yorkshire and Humber group of
Labour MPs.
As far as Jarvis is concerned, the
Sheffield city region devolution deal
is an interim step. He is one of an
increasing number of politicians to
have been converted by arguments
for a Yorkshire-wide devolution
deal, something Jeremy Corbyn, the
Labour leader, endorsed last week.
While Jarvis admits this is not a
particularly catchy electoral pitch,
he insists it is one that works.
“There is a strong awareness of the
arguments for a wider devolved
arrangement for Yorkshire,” he says.
In December, 85% of those who
voted in a community poll held by
Barnsley and Doncaster councils
said they would prefer to be part
of a Yorkshire deal as opposed to a
Sheffield city region one. “There is
solid support for it,” says Jarvis. “Not
just in Barnsley and Doncaster, but
across South Yorkshire as well.”
In what has been dubbed
the Socialist Republic of South
Yorkshire, a win for Jarvis seems
pretty certain. All of the county’s 15
MPs are Labour, apart from Jared
O’Mara in Sheffield Hallam, who
was suspended by the party after
Leeds
Scunthorpe
Doncaster
Mansfield
Sheffield city region
Population 1,819,500
Districts
Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley,
Doncaster, Chesterfield, North East
Derbyshire, Bolsover, Bassetlaw and
Derbyshire Dales
EU referendum
38% voted to remain in the EU, 62%
voted to leave
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complaints about homophobic and
sexist comments. Jarvis’s main
opposition in the mayoral race is
split, with pockets of strong Green
party and Liberal Democrat support
in parts of Sheffield, and some Tory
support in Barnsley and Doncaster.
Jarvis has six opponents,
including candidates for the
Yorkshire party, South Yorkshire
Save Our NHS and the English
Democrats. The Conservative
party candidate, Ian Geoffrey
Walker, stood against Nick Clegg
in Sheffield Hallam in the general
elections in 2015 and 2017. The Lib
Dem candidate, Hannah Kitching,
is also standing to be a councillor in
Barnsley. The Green party candidate
is Robert Murphy, a councillor in
Sheffield.
Out canvassing with Jarvis is
Kevin Rodgers, a Labour councillor
in Doncaster. He says he would
be astonished if Jarvis didn’t win,
but adds: “Thinking back to 2009
in Doncaster, at the height of the
expenses scandal, we got a real
protest vote and we got an English
Democrat mayor.” (Peter Davies
served a four-year term.) “So, never
say never.”
Unlike Sheffield and Rotherham,
Barnsley and Doncaster are not
holding council elections in May,
meaning turnout could be low.
While a prominent campaign
against a programme of tree-felling
in Sheffield could cost Labour
council seats in the comparatively
affluent south-west of the city, it is
not an issue Jarvis thinks will affect
the mayoral race. He welcomes
the council’s decision to pause
the felling.
Many people opening their doors
to Labour activists in Doncaster
seem unaware of the mayoral
election. Rebecca Chambers, 20,
is coming out of her newly built
council house, on her way to her
first day in a beauty therapist job,
when she runs into the canvassers.
“I’d vote if I understood it,” she says.
Asked whether she identifies as
being from the Sheffield city region,
she says no. “Donny first, then
Yorkshire.”
Even if the four south Yorkshire
councils reach a devolution
agreement, the new mayor is
unlikely to be rolling in cash – the
offer on the table includes only
£30m a year over 30 years. But
Jarvis argues that the power of
the mayor goes beyond what is
given by central government. “The
greatest power that any mayor
has is the power to bring people
together,” he says. Jarvis is running
on a Labour and Co-operative ticket
and he boasts that his manifesto
has “co-op principles hardwired
through it”, with plans to help set
up more mutuals, co-operatives and
community interest companies in
South Yorkshire.
“I think I’m possibly the only
person who was simultaneously
in the Parachute Regiment and the
Co-op party,” he says. “And although
there are many differences between
those organisations, there is one
very strong principle that underpins
both and that is the need and
importance of working alongside
other people. At a point when
resource is scarce, we have to think
even more carefully about how we
pool our resources.”
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Figures reveal rise in sexual
assaults on ambulance staff
Denis Campbell
Health policy editor
Growing numbers of frontline ambulance staff are being sexually assaulted
at work or having lewd comments
made to them, NHS figures reveal.
The number of such incidents
involving ambulance workers in England has almost trebled since 2012-13,
rising from 52 to 145 in 2017-18 (covering 10 months to last February).
Figures from eight of the 10 NHS
regional ambulance trusts in England reveal that, in total, 662 physical
and verbal sexual assaults occurred
between April 2012 and February 2018,
the annual number rising year-on-year
over the period.
“The fact that this is happening
to our ambulance workers as they
try to save lives is particularly sickening,” said Rehana Azam, national
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secretary for public services of the
GMB union, which represents 15,000
staff and which obtained the data
under freedom of information legislation. “These figures show there is
a national problem, with disgusting
attacks on emergency workers, and it
is getting worse.”
Ambulance crew have described
how patients have subjected them to
sexual harassment, indecent exposure and sexual assault, leaving them
traumatised and in fear. Alcohol was
involved in some of the incidents.
“I was the victim of a sustained
incident which began with verbal
and sexual abuse and harassment.
My assailant indecently exposed himself, made lewd and derogatory sexual
remarks and gestures, grabbed hold
of me and twisted my arm, and also
kicked out at me and again tried to grab
hold of me,” said one crew member.
Another said: “I have been sexually
assaulted twice and been punched in
the side of my face.” A third said: “[I
have been] sexually assaulted, verbally threatened with assault, [and]
fallen on by an aggressive patient
whilst in the ambulance.”
Some female paramedics are now
reluctant to respond to a call about a
male patient if they are working alone.
One admitted to being frightened at
finding herself in such situations.
The East of England ambulance
trust had 238 incidents, the most
among the trusts, during the past six
years. However, it gave the GMB its figures for all incidents involving “sexual
abuse and assault”, which included
inappropriate sexual comments not
just sexual assaults.
One experienced male paramedic
said: “To female members of crew it’s
a daily thing. When there is alcohol
and a good-looking woman involved,
it almost always ends in someone
662
Physical and verbal sexual attacks
logged by English ambulance trusts
from April 2012 to February 2018
wanting their number and trying to
grope [them]. These figures are probably an underestimate of the real size
of the problem, because it has become
so regular it’s only reported when contact is made. Then the paperwork is so
long and in our trust that kind of paperwork is filled in at the end of shift when
it’s more important to go home.”
Corbyn denies
Welsh leader is
leaving top job
‘under a cloud’
The figures come as MPs prepare
to debate a private member’s bill that
would lead to those abusing or attacking emergency service crew in the
course of their work getting heavier
sentences. The bill, sponsored by the
Labour MP Chris Bryant, will be heard
in the Commons on Friday.
Bryant and the GMB have written to
the justice minister Rory Stewart asking him to amend the bill to include
sexual assaults.
Research last week by Unison found
that attacks on all types of NHS staff
rose sharply last year.
Martin Flaherty, the managing
director of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, said his
organisation “would always encourage its members to prosecute anyone
found guilty of any type of attack
against ambulance staff ”.
He added: “All attacks against staff
who are trying to help and care for
patients are abhorrent and must be
stamped out by whatever means available within the boundaries of the law.”
NHS England said: “We have a zero
tolerance policy to threats, abuse or
violence to any NHS staff, including sex assaults on paramedics. This
behaviour from patients or the public will never be tolerated and should
be reported to the police.”
Investigators
in Finsbury Park,
north London,
after a 20-yearold was fatally
stabbed early on
Saturday
PHOTOGRAPH:
LNP/ TOLGA AKMEN
Steven Morris
Jeremy Corbyn has brushed off suggestions the Welsh first minister is leaving
office under a cloud, after Carwyn
Jones announced he was stepping
down as the pressure over the death
of a sacked colleague intensified.
Corbyn thanked Jones for his
“tireless” work as leader of Labour in
Wales and said he had been a strong
voice for democracy and devolution.
Asked if Jones was leaving under
a cloud, Corbyn said that he was
departing with a great deal of affection.
However, there is little doubt
Jones’s nine-year spell as first minister
will be most remembered for the
tragedy of Carl Sargeant, the former
Welsh communities secretary who
killed himself shortly after he was
sacked by Jones amid allegations of
harassment.
Among the early frontrunners to
take Jones’s place is Mark Drakeford,
the finance secretary, who said he
was thinking “very seriously” about
standing. Another possible candidate
is Vaughan Gething, who five years ago
became the first black minister in any
devolved UK administration.
Announcing his departure, which
will not be until the autumn, Jones
said he had faced the “darkest times”
in recent months.
The first minister has been under
intense pressure since Sargeant’s
death and his position had been
made more awkward by the election
of Sargeant’s son, Jack, to the Alyn and
Deeside seat in north Wales.
Khan plea after violence in
capital claims another life
Matthew Taylor
London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, said
he was deeply saddened following a
series of stabbings in the capital over
the weekend that left one man dead
and several others injured.
A 20-year-old was killed in Finsbury
Park in the early hours of Saturday
following reports of a fight. Police later
arrested a 21-year-old, who had also
been stabbed, on suspicion of murder.
It is believed the pair were involved
in a fight “involving a number of other
people” before emergency services
were called, the Met police said.
Near Tooting Bec tube station, south
London, two men were stabbed during a fight at about 6pm on Saturday.
Police said one of the men had been
left with non-life-threatening injuries,
while the condition of the other man
was not known.
Less than half an hour later paramedics were called to Walthamstow,
east London, after a 14-year-old boy
was stabbed in the leg.
A second man died on Friday night
after being seriously injured in an
assault in Morden, south London, on
Thursday. Police said the victim had
been involved in a fight in the street.
A 31-year-old man was arrested on
suspicion of murder on Friday and
taken to a south London police station, where he remained in custody.
London has been rocked by the
recent stabbings and shootings, with
more than 60 murder investigations
launched by the Metropolitan police
so far this year.
In an online post Khan said he
was deeply saddened by “another
life unnecessarily lost to violent
crime on our streets”. Speaking at
a St George’s Day event in Trafalgar
Square on Saturday afternoon, Khan
urged anyone with information to
come forward.
He said: “There is no honour
in staying silent when you know
something. There is no honour in
allowing someone to carry a knife that
can lead to harm being caused. All of us
have a responsibility to help the police
keep us all safe.”
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Macron travels to US
for Trump state visit
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Death toll in
Nicaragua
protests rises
to at least 25
Guardian correspondent
Managua
The death toll from anti-government
protests in Nicaragua rose to 25 yesterday as the national police were
accused of using live ammunition
against demonstrators.
Those killed include Ángel Gahona,
a journalist who was shot dead while
presenting a live broadcast on protests
in Bluefields, a town on the country’s
Caribbean coast.
Grainy night-time footage shows
Gahona holding up a mobile phone as
he approaches city hall, reporting live
via Facebook on four days of protests
in the Central American country.
Seconds later a gunshot rings out
and Gahona slumps lifeless to the
kerb. Voices cry his name and someone presses a piece of cloth to his head
to try to staunch the stream of blood.
Footage of the incident quickly spread
on local and social media.
According to human rights groups,
25 people have died since 18 April in
unrest over changes to social security
planned by President Daniel Ortega’s
government. At least 67 people have
been shot by the police with live
rounds or rubber bullets, or beaten by
members of the Sandinista Youth and
other pro-government groups. A further 43 people were reported to have
“disappeared” over the weekend.
Speaking to tens of thousands of
people during his Sunday address in
St Peter’s Square, Rome, Pope Francis called for “an end to every form of
violence” in Nicaragua.
The disturbances turned increasingly violent on Friday, with police
using teargas and live rounds against
protesters armed with stones.
Ortega, who is facing the biggest
crisis of his leadership, said on Saturday that he was ready to consider
changing an unpopular social security overhaul announced last week,
which would increase worker contributions and lower pensions. He said,
however, that talks would be held only
with business leaders and not other
sectors of society.
He also appeared to try to justify the
heavy-handed response by the government and allied groups, accusing
protesters – most of them university
students – of being manipulated by
rightwing parties funded from the US
and infiltrated by gangsters.
Ortega said: “The kids do not even
know the party that is manipulating them … Gang members are being
brought into the kids’ protests and are
criminalising the protests. That is why
they are put at risk.”
Agencies contributed to this report
Suicide bomber kills dozens
of Afghans queuing outside
voter registration centre
Haroon Janjua Islamabad
Agencies Kabul
A suicide bomber killed at least 57
people outside a voter registration
centre in Kabul yesterday.
An Afghan public health ministry spokesman, Wahid Majro, said
another 54 people were wounded in
the attack, for which Islamic State
claimed responsibility. Gen Daud
Amin, Kabul’s police chief, said the
bomber had targeted hundreds of
civilians who were queuing for identification cards to vote in legislative
elections scheduled for October.
The explosion echoed across the
city, shattering windows miles away
from the attack in the Dasht-e-Barchi
neighbourhood, where many of the
country’s Shia Hazara minority live.
Majro said five children were among
the dead.
“I was lined up with my family
members to process the voting registration and suddenly saw chaos after a
huge blast,” Bilal Amiri told the Guardian. “People were crying, some of the
injured breathed their last in front of
me and I was helpless.”
Isis claimed responsibility in a statement carried by its Amaq news agency,
saying it had targeted Shia “apostates”. Isis is opposed to the country
holding democratic elections.
A witness to the attack, named
Akbar, told Tolo TV: “Now we know
the government cannot provide us
security. We have to get armed and
protect ourselves.”
Afghan security forces have struggled to prevent attacks by Isis as well
as the more firmly established Taliban
since the US and Nato concluded their
combat mission at the end of 2014.
Both groups regularly launch
attacks, with the Taliban usually
targeting the government and security forces and Isis singling out the
country’s Shia minority. They also
want to establish a harsh form of
Islamic rule in Afghanistan.
Recent attacks have underscored
concerns about security in the run-up
to legislative elections scheduled for
20 October, which are seen as a test
run for next year’s presidential poll.
Over the next two months, the
authorities hope to register up to
14 million adults at more than 7,000
polling centres for the parliamentary
and district council elections. Officials
have been pushing people to register
amid fears a low turnout would undermine the credibility of the polls.
Last week, militants killed three
police officers responsible for guarding voter registration centres in two
Afghan provinces.
Meanwhile, at least five people were
killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the northern Baghlan
province yesterday. Zabihullah Shuja,
spokesman for the provincial police
▲ Hospital staff tend to a woman
after the attack in the Dasht-e-Barchi
neighbourhood, home to many of
Afghanistan’s Shia Hazara minority
PHOTOGRAPH: MOHAMMAD ISMAIL/REUTERS
chief, said four other people were
wounded in the blast in Pul-e Khomri,
the capital of the province.
The Taliban routinely target security forces and government officials
with roadside bombs, which often end
up killing civilians.
In the northern Balkh province, a
district police chief died of his wounds
after being shot on Saturday during a
gun battle with insurgents, according
to Sher Jan Durrani, spokesman for the
provincial police chief. He said about
a dozen insurgents were also killed in
the battle, which was still going on.
Durrani identified the killed commander as Halim Khanjar, police chief
for the Char Bolak district. The Taliban
claimed responsibility for the killing.
The Afghan capital is also braced for
the Taliban’s launch of its customary
spring offensive. The group is under
pressure to take up President Ashraf
Ghani’s peace offer made in February,
but so far the group has given only a
muted response.
Some western and Afghan officials
expect 2018 to be a particularly bloody
year. Gen John Nicholson, the top US
and Nato commander in Afghanistan, told Tolo TV last month that he
expected the Taliban to carry out more
suicide attacks this fighting season.
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World
▼ The globalist Emmanuel Macron
and the protectionist Donald Trump
PHOTOGRAPH: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS
Analysis
Angelique Chrisafis
High stakes in Washington
as Macron the ‘Trump
whisperer’ comes to town
T
hey call him the
Trump whisperer.
France’s President
Emmanuel Macron
– who believes
his diplomacy,
persuasion and personal charm
can sway the thinking of his US
counterpart, Donald Trump –
arrives in Washington today for the
deeply symbolic first state visit by
a foreign leader since Trump came
to power.
The stakes are high, with
Macron expected to raise future
plans on Syria after the recent joint
missile strikes, as well as France’s
determination to preserve the
landmark Iran nuclear deal of 2015,
which Trump wants to quit. On
Fox News yesterday, Macron said
he would urge Trump to stick with
the accord, arguing there is no
“Plan B”.
Macron is also expected to bring
Trump a gift – an oak sapling that
sprouted at the first world war battle
site of Belleau wood, where 2,000
US troops died in June 1918.
Élysée officials said the highly
choreographed visit, including an
intimate dinner with the two leaders
and first ladies at Mount Vernon
tonight, was aimed at cementing
what they called an “intense, close
relationship built on trust”.
Macron’s drive for influence in
Washington is built on a surprisingly
close relationship forged between
two men who appear to be polar
opposites. Trump, 71, is an
antiglobalist and a protectionist
elected on a pledge of America First,
who had once appeared to favour
Macron’s opponent, the far-right
Marine Le Pen. Macron, 40, believes
in a kind of cosmopolitan globalism
and is an ardent pro-European.
The intellectual French president
is the same age as Trump’s eldest
son, Donald Jr, and believes a head
of state should read literature or
philosophy every night lest they
lose touch with reality. US observers
wonder if Trump can finish a book.
Yet Macron, driven by a keen sense
of pragmatism, has built perhaps
the closest personal relationship to
Trump of any world leader.
“What’s the secret of Trump
whispering in 2018?” asked Gérard
Araud, the French ambassador
to Washington, as he attempted
to sum up the Macron-Trump
relationship at an Atlantic Council
event in Washington this month.
He acknowledged that, although
the presidents had different
personalities, they were both
“disrupters” whose elections had
surprised and challenged the old
political order in their countries.
And both men can be brutally frank.
“Donald Trump has never hidden
what he thinks, and Emmanuel
Macron is the same – so they have
built a dialogue,” he said.
But the American media
talk of “bromance” irks French
‘Donald Trump has
never hidden what
he thinks, and
Emmanuel Macron
is the same – so they
have built a dialogue’
Semi-naked
gunman kills
four in Waffle
House attack
Associated Press
Nashville
A near naked man wearing nothing
but a jacket stormed a Waffle House
restaurant in Tennessee before dawn
yesterday and shot four people dead,
according to police, who credited a
customer with saving lives by wresting a weapon away from the gunman.
The Nashville police department
tweeted that officers were searching
for 29-year-old Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois, in connection with the
shootings. Police said he was named as
a person of interest because the pickup
truck the gunman drove to the restaurant was registered to him.
A police spokesman, Don Aaron,
said three people died at the scene
and one at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Two other people were
being treated for gunshot wounds. A
spokeswoman for the Vanderbilt centre, Jennifer Wetzel, said one was in
critical condition and the other was
critical but stable.
Aaron said the gunman arrived at
the restaurant, sat in the parking lot for
four minutes and shot two people with
an assault rifle. He then went inside
and continued firing.
A 29-year-old male patron in the
restaurant grabbed the rifle from the
suspect and tossed it over a counter,
Aaron said.
diplomats who view the smiling and
backslapping when Macron grandly
invited Trump to Paris’s Bastille
Day military parade last summer as
logical diplomacy. “It’s simply that
there is a common interest on both
sides to reach an understanding,”
Araud said. “Any French president
wants to have a good relationship
with the president of the US.”
Macron’s notorious whiteknuckled handshake with Trump
at their first meeting has given
way to honouring and flattering
the US president, namely with last
summer’s visit to Paris and dinner at
the Eiffel Tower. The two men talk
in English, without intermediaries, a
nod to Macron’s belief that Trump is
“not a classical politician”.
Although they agree on some
topics – such as counter-terrorism
and Syria – they maintain what
diplomats call “gentlemen’s
disagreements” on others, including
Trump’s resolve to leave the Paris
climate accord, the Iran nuclear
accord and economic protectionism.
Crucially, the Macron-Trump
relationship has flourished while
other traditional US allies appeared
weakened: Germany during its
long wait to form a government
and the UK, where Theresa May
has not capitalised on the LondonWashington “special relationship”.
But how much has Macron
actually swayed Trump’s thinking?
“Sometimes,” Macron said this
year, “I manage to convince him.
Sometimes I fail.”
“No doubt he saved many lives by
wrestling the gun away and tossing it
over the counter and prompting the
man to leave,” Aaron said. He called
the patron a hero.
Aaron said Reinking was known to
law enforcement officers in Illinois
and in the federal system. The suspect
shed a green jacket – the only item he
was wearing when he began his attack
–after fleeing the restaurant.
Aaron said Reinking lived at an
apartment complex in the area.
According to witness reports, the gunman went to the complex and put on
a pair of trousers.
The police spokesman said witnesses saw a man in a nearby wooded
area and officers were still tracking the
man hours after the shooting, which
began at 3.25am.
Nashville’s mayor, David Briley,
said the shooting represented “a tragic
day” for the city. “My heart goes out
to the families and friends of every
person who was killed or wounded in
this morning’s shooting. I know all of
their lives will be for ever changed by
this devastating crime,” Briley said on
Twitter.
Although police were referring to
Reinking as a person of interest, Aaron
said “person of interest is synonymous
to suspect” in this case.
▲ A 29-year-old restaurant patron
wrested a rifle from the assailant
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About 34,000
dead from the
Spanish civil
war were dug
up and reburied
alongside Franco
at the Valley of
the Fallen, near
Madrid
PHOTOGRAPH: PAUL
WHITE/AP
‘Beyond the
fact they were
murdered,
their remains
were taken
and placed
next to those
of Franco’
Franco victim’s
granddaughter
Hunt starts for civil
war dead in Franco’s
Valley of the Fallen
Sam Jones
Madrid
Structural engineers will enter Spain’s
most controversial monument today
to begin a search for the remains of
four of the 34,000 civil war dead who
have lain next to the body of Francisco Franco for more than half a
century, unnamed but not forgotten.
The basilica of the Valley of the Fallen,
a hulking mausoleum that lies 40
miles outside Madrid, is ostensibly
dedicated to all those killed on both
sides between 1936 and 1939.
And yet only two graves are marked:
that of Franco and that of José Antonio
Primo de Rivera, the founder of the
Falangist party. Around them lie the
bodies of tens of thousands of people
– both republicans and nationalists –
which were disinterred from resting
places across Spain and buried
anonymously in the church in an
apparent attempt at reconciliation.
Efforts to reclaim the remains came
to nothing until 2016, when a court
finally approved the exhumation of
two brothers who were executed by
Francoist forces early in the war.
The bodies of Manuel Lapeña, a vet,
and his brother Antonio, a blacksmith,
were dumped in a mass grave in
Calatayud, north-eastern Spain, but
dug up decades later and reburied in
the basilica without their families’
knowledge or permission.
Although the Benedictine abbot
who presides over the Valley of
the Fallen has repeatedly opposed
efforts to exhume the dead, arguing
that the site’s religious status must
come before its political significance,
Spain’s national heritage authority has
backed the court ruling and ordered
the experts to begin work today.
Manuel Lapeña’s granddaughter,
Purificación, has spent eight years
fighting to find and reclaim his and
Antonio’s remains. After the many
setbacks and disappointments she
and her family have endured, she is
trying not to get her hopes up.
“We’re not overly confident it will
go ahead but it should be an important
moment,” she said.
“If we find them, we’ll do what
my father says, which is take my
grandfather to the cemetery in his
village, Villarroya de la Sierra.”
Were it not for her family duty, said
Purificación Lapeña, she would never
have set foot in the valley, which is
dominated by a 150-metre-high cross.
“It’s a place that makes your hair stand
on end” she says. But, like her father,
she wants the brothers back where
they belong. “Everyone has dead
relatives and you want them to be
in a dignified place,” she said. “But,
beyond the fact they were murdered,
their remains were taken and placed
next to those of Franco, who was the
biggest killer, and José Antonio [Primo
de Rivera].”
Also waiting for news are the
families of Pedro Gil and Juan González
Moreno, who died fighting for Franco
and whose bodies were reburied
in the valley. “The fact that they’ve
recognised our right to exhumation is a
huge step,” said Gil’s grandson, Héctor.
Like Purificación Lapeña, Héctor
and his cousin Rosa scorn the suggestion that the basilica should be seen
as an apolitical monument to the
500,000 people killed in the civil war.
“The Valley of the Fallen was built
during a dictatorship: it was the work
of a dictator and was dedicated to his
own glory,” said Héctor.
“It was an attempt by El Caudillo
[Franco] to create a symbol of
reconciliation but, in our case and in
most cases, families weren’t asked
for their permission to have their
relatives’ remains dug up and taken
there. It’s nothing more than the
egocentric symbol of a dictator that
uses the dead of both sides.”
Purificación Lapeña wants the
bodies of the basilica – and those of
the 100,000 civil war dead lying in
mass graves across Spain – identified
and returned to their families. She
also wants the immense cross to
come down and the basilica to be
deconsecrated and turned into an
educational centre.
“The Benedictines should take
the church somewhere else,” she
said. “And the remains of Franco and
José Antonio should be given to their
families so they can decide where they
want them buried.”
Rosa Gil hopes the coming days
will bring her 82-year-old father some
closure. He was one when his father
died of a bullet wound at the age of 27.
“Our grandfather was from a little
village in Soria and we’re going to take
him back to the village cemetery,” she
said. “Like my dad says, what we want
to do is take him home.”
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In brief
Armenia
South Korea
Opposition leader held
amid street protests
‘Nut rage’ heiress and
her sister quit airline
Armenian police detained an
opposition leader, Nikol Pashinyan,
yesterday as protests against the
former president Serzh Sargsyan’s
appointment as prime minister
entered a 10th day.
Police said Pashinyan had
been forcibly taken from a rally
shortly after Sargsyan rejected
demands to step down as riot
police and demonstrators clashed
in the capital, Yerevan. Nearly 200
protesters were detained.
Demonstrators accuse Sargsyan
of clinging to power after 10 years
as president. Tens of thousands of
opponents have marched through
Yerevan in recent days, blocking
streets and staging sit-ins.
Under a revised constitution
approved in a 2015 referendum,
most state powers in the small
former Soviet state have shifted
to the prime minister and the
presidency has become largely
ceremonial. Opponents say the shift
in effect makes Sargsyan Armenia’s
leader for life.
Opposition supporters have
criticised Sargsyan, 63, over poverty,
corruption and the influence of
oligarchs in the country of 2.9
million people. Agencies
The chair of Korean Air, Cho Yangho, has apologised for what he
called the immature behaviour of
his two daughters and said they
would both immediately resign
from their company posts following
separate controversies.
Cho Hyun-min, the younger
daughter, a marketing executive
at the South Korean flag carrier,
is under police investigation for
assault after she was accused of
throwing water in a man’s face at a
China
Seventeen rowers dead
as dragon boats capsize
PHOTOGRAPH: SOE
ZEYA TUN/REUTERS
A splash of colour Thai-Mon people from the
north of the country take part at the weekend
in their Songkran water parade in Bangkok,
celebrating the beginning of the Thai new year.
Seventeen people died after two
dragon boats capsized in strong
currents in southern China,
authorities said yesterday.
The crews in the long, narrow
rowing boats were practising on
Saturday for a race on the Taohua
river in Guilin, the city’s fire
department said.
Television pictures showed one
of the boats, packed with paddlers,
going over. Another dragon boat
arrived, also full of paddlers, and it
business meeting. Four years ago,
her older sister, Cho Hyun-ah, made
headlines for kicking a cabin crew
member off a plane after being
served macadamia nuts in a bag
rather than a bowl, an incident that
became known as “nut rage”.
“As chairman of Korean Air,
as well as a father, I feel terrible
about the immature actions of my
daughters,” Cho said in a statement.
“Everything is my fault and my
wrongdoing. I apologise to the
people.”
The nut rage heiress was jailed
after the incident but returned to
work as an executive of Korean Air’s
hotel affiliate last month. AFP Seoul
too capsized, the pictures showed.
Most of those who went into the
river were not wearing lifejackets,
media reports said.
The accident happened where
two flows of the river converge,
causing a powerful current, the
CCTV broadcaster said.
Search efforts involving eight
boats and more than 200 rescuers
ended late on Saturday and 17
people were confirmed dead. A total
of 60 people fell into the water.
Two practice organisers from the
village of Dunmu were detained.
The dragon boat festival, on 18 June,
is a traditional holiday in China.
Agencies
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▼ Tao Ruspoli with Bombay Beach
Biennale art. ‘The energy here is really
fresh,’ explains Melody Sample, right
PHOTOGRAPHS: DAN TUFFS/GUARDIAN
California dreaming
Artists and intellectuals create
bohemia in dying desert resort
Bombay Beach was forgotten
when its lake turned toxic,
but it’s enjoying a rebirth
Rory Carroll
Bombay Beach
W
hen ecological
disaster hit
Bombay Beach,
a resort town
marooned by
a dying lake
in California’s desert, the result
looked apocalyptic. Birds and fish
died. Toxic dust swirled. The air
stank. Tourists and most residents
fled, leaving a virtual ghost town of
abandoned, decaying homes.
For decades the only regular
visitors were film-makers, who came
to shoot horror flicks about zombies
and Armageddon. Now, Bombay
Beach, population 295, is enjoying
a rebirth of sorts with an influx of
artists, intellectuals and hipsters
who have turned it into a bohemian
playground.
There is an opera house, a
gallery, a “hermitage” museum, a
conceptual pavilion and a drive-in
cinema. Which sounds rather grand,
but the desert wind whistles through
the cracks and it looks like Mad Max
did the decorating. The closest thing
to a hotel – a shipping container
with plywood floors and walls – is
adorned with photographs of the
criminally insane.
There are also giraffe sculptures, a
defunct sensory deprivation tank, a
representation of a four-dimensional
hypercube called a tesseract and a
fake particle accelerator made of
gold-painted junk. Plus a festival,
the Bombay Beach Biennale, with
exhibitions, philosophy seminars,
ballet and poetry. Sandstorms and
scorching sun can make it feel closer
to Mars than Venice’s biennale.
“People are engaging with the
idea of creating this outpost of
freedom and creativity. Hopefully
it just stays authentic and weird,”
said Tao Ruspoli, a photographer,
musician and film-maker who has
led the charge. Ruspoli, 42, started
coming in 2007, making the threehour drive from Los Angeles, and
friends followed, intrigued by his
declaration that here was the most
interesting town in America.
Several have bought property –
trailers, bungalows and empty lots
– as homes, studios and exhibition
spaces. “We don’t want it to be a
passing thing. We want to leave a
mark, though with the knowledge
that everything is impermanent.
We’re attacked from all directions
– vandalism, extreme heat, 50mph
winds,” said Ruspoli, the son of an
Italian prince.
He considers the corporate
razzmatazz of the Coachella festival,
40 miles north, the antithesis of the
“dadaist” experiment unfolding
in Bombay Beach, which has little
commerce besides two grocery
stores and two bars. The nearest
petrol station is 20 miles away.
An influx of artists may sound
ominous to those pushed out of
homes by gentrification in formerly
run-down parts of Brooklyn,
Oakland and Los Angeles. Some
activists say artists pave a path for
moneyed investors and speculators.
Prices are rising in Bombay Beach.
Some bungalows that cost a few
thousand dollars 15 years ago now
fetch tens of thousands of dollars.
“They’re buying up all the old
stuff, it seems like they’re taking
over,” grumbled an 80-year-old at
the Ski Inn bar, who gave his name
only as Wacko. “A lot of the buildings
are painted ridiculous colours.”
Vandalism and petty theft have hit
some exhibits, suggesting there are
other detractors.
Still, Wacko appeared to be in
a minority. Of a dozen residents
interviewed at random, 11 welcomed
the bohemians. “The town was
dying. They’re bringing in young
people, fixing places up,” said Mark
Hagedorn, 65.
Without wind, from a distance,
Bombay Beach looks ravishing. It
sits by the Salton Sea, California’s
biggest lake, a 360 sq mile swath
of tranquil water ringed by white
‘They’re buying up all
the old stuff, taking
over. A lot of the
buildings are painted
ridiculous colours’
‘Wacko’
Below, in the Ski Inn
▲ Salinity and pollution killed the Salton Sea PHOTOGRAPH: DAMIAN DOVARGANES/AP
beaches. But the lake is dying. It
formed in 1905 when the Colorado
river breached a canal and poured
into this dry desert basin, creating
a habitat for hundreds of species of
fish and birds. Bombay Beach and
a few other resorts sprang up and
thrived in the 1950s.
Then growing salinity and
agricultural pollution killed the
fish. Their bones are what makes
the beaches white. Hunger and
disease ravaged the birds. The lake is
receding, leaving winds to whip up
toxic, odiferous soil.
The Bombay Beach Biennale –
which despite the name takes place
each year – riffs on its environs. The
first, in 2016, was themed on the “art
of decay”. This year’s, held in March
and aided by a Getty foundation
grant, was themed “God’s silence”.
Melody Sample, 31, built a “dream
house” installation in a ruined
bungalow that included a bath and
a table set for tea. “The energy here
is really fresh. It’s like a forgotten
place in a death-rebirth cycle,” she
said. But thieves stole the benches,
incense and other artefacts.
Stefan Ashkenazy, who owns
the Petit Ermitage hotel in West
Hollywood, is Bombay Beach’s
svengali. He has bought several
abandoned lots and brings in artists
to transform them. “Of all the things
I do this is the most free, the most
inspiring,” he said. He wants to turn
one street into a cultural hub to host,
among other things, film premieres
at the drive-in, populated with
vintage, wrecked cars.
Wacko, the refusenik, was not
impressed. “They wouldn’t allow
that in LA. Down here they get away
with it.”
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IMF to target City as part of
crackdown on dirty money
Larry Elliott
Washington
The City of London will come under
the spotlight of the International Monetary Fund as part of a crackdown
on corruption that will investigate
whether Britain and other rich countries are taking tough enough action
against bribery and money laundering.
In a hardening of its approach, the
IMF said it needed to look at those giving bribes and financial centres that
laundered dirty money as well as
improving the existing clampdown
on wrongdoing in poor countries.
London has won the unenviable
reputation of being the global centre for money laundering, partly as
a result of cases such as the Global
Laundromat, under which Britishregistered companies and banks
helped move at least £20bn of money
from criminal activities out of Russia.
All the G7 industrial nations – Britain, the US, Germany, Japan, France,
Italy and Canada – together with Austria and the Czech Republic will be
examined by the IMF to see whether
their legal systems criminalise bribery
and have the right mechanisms to prevent the laundering of dirty money.
Christine Lagarde, the managing
director of the IMF, said: “The flip
side of every bribe taken is a bribe
given. And funds received through
corruption are often funds concealed
outside the country, often in the financial sectors of major capitals. It is quite
possible for countries to have ‘clean
hands’ at home but ‘dirty hands’
abroad.
“To truly fight corruption, therefore, we need to address the facilitation
of corrupt practices by private actors.
To do this, we will be encouraging
our member countries to volunteer
to have their legal and institutional
frameworks assessed by the fund –
to see whether they criminalise and
prosecute foreign bribery and have
mechanisms to stop the laundering
and concealment of dirty money.”
Lagarde said the willingness of the
G7 plus Austria and the Czech Republic
to allow their anti-corruption regimes
to be tested was “a major vote of confidence in the new framework”.
The investigation will form part of
‘Poor governance
is associated with
higher inequality’
Christine Lagarde
IMF managing director
the annual article IV health check that
the IMF conducts on every member
country. The chancellor, Philip Hammond said in Washington that the
City’s size meant he could not definitively say that there was no illicit
money flowing through the UK financial system, but the government was
working to eliminate illicit flows.
Lagarde said there was empirical
evidence to show that high levels of
corruption were linked to significantly
lower growth, investment, foreign
direct investment and tax revenues.
A country that slid from halfway
to three-quarters of the way down a
league table of corruption and governance was likely to see growth of
national income per head decline by
half a percentage point or more.
“Our results also show that corruption and poor governance are
associated with higher inequality and
lower inclusive growth.”
Lagarde added that the IMF was
developing a clear and transparent
methodology to assess how big a problem corruption was in individual poor
countries. This would involve looking
at the quality of government departments in charge of tax and spending,
and the integrity of central banks. The
IMF would then look at the impact of
any governance weaknesses on longterm growth.
Penny Mordaunt, the international
development secretary, said: “Corruption is a threat to prosperity, security
and trust in institutions. It is a barrier
to development. We need collective
international action by governments,
business and civil society to fight it.
Unless we tackle corruption, we won’t
make the gains in development which
we need to.
“The UK is working with international partners to end impunity
for those engaged in corruption, to
recover assets stolen from developing countries and to empower citizens
to stand up to and report corruption.”
Go-ahead for
Whitbread
split could be
just days away
Gwyn Topham
A potential break-up of Whitbread
could be signalled as early as Wednesday’s full-year results amid growing
speculation that the group is becoming
more receptive to the idea of spinning
off its Costa coffee division.
Investors who have built up stakes
in the group over the past year believe
Whitbread should be split into its two
component parts, Costa and the Premier Inn hotel and restaurant chains
– the latter including restaurant brands
such as Brewers Fayre and Beefeater.
According to the Sunday Times,
City sources believe Whitbread’s chief
executive, Alison Brittain, is “not philosophically opposed” to hiving off
Costa, regarding it as a case of “when,
not if”.
Brittain has already announced
plans to beef up the chain, including
further expansion in China and more
branches in rail and air transport hubs,
while continuing to cut costs. Analysts
expect Brittain to spell out more costcutting measures on Wednesday.
Pressure for a break-up has been
▲ Activist investors say spinning off the Costa chain would boost Whitbread’s value PHOTOGRAPH: BAX WALKER/ALAMY
brought to bear by US hedge funds
which increased their holdings in
recent months. Elliott Advisors last
week announced it had built a stake of
over 6%, becoming the largest investor in the company, and is expected to
add to its £400m holding.
While it has made no formal comment, Elliott is understood to believe
Costa should be a separate entity
because it and Premier have minimal
overlap in their management teams.
On this basis, Whitbread is trading at
a discount as one corporate entity, and
creating a standalone Costa would see
the value of both units boosted by up
to 40%, or £3bn – an idea viewed with
some scepticism by other observers.
Another activist investor, Sachem
Head, which has bought a 3.4% holding in Whitbread, is also urging a
break-up the two major brands.
News of Elliott’s growing shareholding helped push Whitbread’s
shares nearly 8% higher last week,
underscoring the idea that other investors believe a split would be desirable.
Costa represents about 30% of Whitbread’s business, contributing £158m
to the group’s £565m pre-tax profit last
year, and is by some distance Britain’s
biggest coffee chain with more than
2,300 shops, plus 1,300 in 29 other
countries.
Whitbread declined to comment on
the speculation.
Bank needs
new tools to
beat recession
– thinktank
Richard Partington
The Bank of England is “dangerously
ill-equipped” to avert the next recession and remains mired in fighting the
last downturn, according to a report
calling for radical new policy tools to
be made available.
According to the Institute for Public
Policy Research thinktank, the likelihood of a recession every 10 to 15
years means Threadneedle Street
needs additional firepower for when
the economy next begins to falter.
As the central bank considers raising interest rates above 0.5% from
next month, the report suggests they
should be set closer to 5% to give the
Bank any chance of keeping the economy running smoothly.
In all three of the last recessions
interest rates were cut by 4.5 to five
points to sustain demand. In the
downturn after the financial crisis, the
Bank had to provide additional stimulus from quantitative easing, opting
to pump £445bn into the economy by
buying government bonds from the
financial industry to help consumers
and companies keep spending.
The IPPR said an interest rate cut of
that size would not be available any
time soon given the low rates at present. Quantitative easing would be
unreliable because it raised the wealth
of homeowners and shareholders at
the expense of pensioners and young
people renting homes.
Alfie Stirling, the author of the
report, said: “Current macroeconomic
policy is dangerously ill-equipped to
tackle the next recession, whenever
it comes. Interest rates will already be
too low to allow for the cut that will
be needed to stimulate demand. We
are heading for a car crash if nothing
is changed.”
Alternatives to keep the economy
running could include a new national
investment bank, which would be
similar to a policy put forward by
Labour and used in Germany, France
and China. The IPPR suggested it
could have a mandate for borrowing
to finance economically and socially
productive lending during downturns.
Another option could be to order
the Bank to target economic growth or
lower levels of unemployment alongside its normal mandate of steering
inflation towards 2%. Finally, the
report said higher government spending or tax cuts could help to drive
forward economic growth.
Michael Jacobs, the director of the
IPPR commission on economic justice,
said: “The Bank of England has run out
of tools to compensate. We badly need
a new approach.”
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Consumer expert sues
Facebook over fake ads
Gwyn Topham
Martin Lewis, the consumer advice
and money-saving expert, is suing
Facebook for defamation after it published dozens of fake adverts featuring
his face and name.
Lewis is seeking exemplary damages in the high court from the social
media firm, arguing Facebook has
failed to prevent or swiftly remove
false advertising that has both tarnished his reputation and lured
unwitting victims into costly scams.
Lewis said he would donate any
damages won from Facebook to charities combating fraud, but hoped that
the action would prompt the site to
stamp out scam adverts.
The TV presenter, who founded
the consumer website MoneySavingExpert.com, said vulnerable people
were being targeted with adverts for
get-rich-quick schemes with titles
such as Bitcoin Code or Cloud Trader,
fronts for binary-trading firms based
outside the EU.
One woman, Lewis said, had parted
with £100,000 in “a binary-trading
EY Item Club
in warning on
UK growth
Nick Fletcher
The UK economy is heading for
another year of uninspiring growth
in 2018, according to the latest forecasts from the EY Item Club.
This week’s first-quarter figures
are expected to show GDP growth
of just 0.2%-0.3%, according to club
economists, mainly due to the severe
weather at the end of February and
beginning of March. Growth in the
final three months of 2017 was 0.4%.
Analysts have cut their estimate for
full-year growth from 1.7% to 1.6%,
despite an expected pick-up to 0.5%
quarter-on-quarter growth in the second three months of the year. For 2019,
their estimate remains 1.7%.
Howard Archer, chief economic
adviser to EY Item, said: “The UK economy is chugging along at a fairly steady
but uninspiring rate. On the surface,
the outlook appears stable. [However]
rising interest rates, a recovery in sterling’s value and still appreciable Brexit
uncertainties [may bring] new headwinds over the year.”
The club expects two rate rises this
year, with another two in 2019.
▲ Martin Lewis accused Facebook of
enabling scams on ‘a constant basis’
nightmare” with an operation that had
attached his name to its advertising.
She was eventually able to recover her
money, having paid by card. He said: “I
get about five messages day from people saying, I’ve just seen your bitcoin
ad and wanted to check it. If that is the
number who get through to me, how
many more must be just taken in?”
He said Facebook had failed to stop
the adverts despite his complaints and
action. “It’s consistent, it’s repeated.
Other companies such as Outbrain
who have run these adverts have taken
them down. What is particularly pernicious about Facebook is that it says
the onus is on me – so I have spent
time and effort and stress repeatedly
to have them taken down. It is facilitating scams on a constant basis in a
morally repugnant way. If Mark Zuckerberg wants to be the champion of
moral causes, then he needs to stop
his company doing this.”
He said Advertising Standards
Authority rulings against the offenders
had little effect. “Criminal scammers
from outside the EU are not really
interested in the ASA. These adverts
are in a lacuna of regulation. No newspaper would have run these adverts
– and certainly not over 50 times.”
A defamation case against Facebook
will have to establish that the UK has
jurisdiction and that the Silicon Valley
firm is the publisher. But Mark Lewis,
of Seddons, the solicitor leading the
action, said: “Facebook is not above
the law – it cannot hide outside the
UK and think that it is untouchable.
Exemplary damages are being sought.
This means we will ask the court to
ensure they are substantial enough
that Facebook can’t simply see paying
out damages as just the ‘cost of business’ and carry on regardless.”
Facebook said: “We do not allow
adverts which are misleading or false
on Facebook and have explained to
Martin Lewis that he should report
any adverts that infringe his rights
and they will be removed. We are in
direct contact with his team, offering
to help and promptly investigating
their requests, and only last week
confirmed that several adverts and
accounts that violated our advertising policies had been taken down.”
EBRD plans to
fuel progress in
southern Africa
Larry Elliott
A bank set up to help countries of the
former Soviet bloc is poised to extend
its operations into sub-Saharan Africa
in order to speed up progress in meeting ambitious development goals set
by the United Nations.
Sir Suma Chakrabarti, president
of the London-based European Bank
for Reconstruction and Development,
said his organisation had the money
and the expertise to stimulate the
growth of private sectors in some of
the world’s poorest countries.
Speaking in Washington, Chakrabarti said he was enthusiastic for
expansion into sub-Saharan Africa if
the member governments that own the
bank give the go-ahead. “Our shareholders need to start a debate about
whether they want us to add to our
capacity,” he said. “We have increased
our geographical reach – to Mongolia,
then Turkey, then the Middle East and
north Africa, then Greece and Cyprus.
“The biggest gap is in sub-Saharan Africa. The biggest need there is
private sector development, which
is what we do. If we get involved, we
need to do so gradually and incrementally. Countries we work with must
have a commitment to democracy
and market economics.”
With the EBRD prevented from
lending to Russia since the Ukraine
crisis in 2014, Chakrabarti said the
bank could increase its lending by
€2.5bn-€3bn a year.
The World Bank and the African
Development Bank already operate
in sub-Saharan Africa, but Chakrabarti said he did not envisage a turf
war if the EBRD joined them. “There
is so much to do. The African Development Bank was the biggest cheerleader
for us to extend into north Africa and
has said it would welcome us with
open arms because there is a need for
a strong private sector.”
He said the EBRD’s business model
was successful because it employed
local staff, with only the mission heads
being non-nationals, adding that the
UK government should be celebrating
his bank as an example of the global
Britain it wants to create after Brexit.
The EBRD is one of only two multilateral bodies based in London.
Chakrabarti said India would soon
join China as a shareholder in the bank,
which had a strong development policy focus and is profit-making.
€3bn
Amount the EBRD potentially could
lend to the region as a result
of sanctions on loans to Russia
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Class Leander crosses the Forth
Bridge during an excursion at the
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▼ John Maynard Keynes addresses
the 1944 Bretton Woods conference,
which set up the IMF and World Bank
PHOTOGRAPH: UNIVERSAL HISTORY ARCHIVE/UIG
Analysis
Larry Elliott
Trump’s lone ranger approach
on trade may provide a chance
to reassess a failing system
D
onald Trump is
playing with fire.
That thought
permeated last
week’s spring
meetings of the
International Monetary Fund and
World Bank in Washington.
The US president’s go-it-alone
approach – especially on trade –
has certainly shaken things up. It is
not just the threat of tariffs, or that
the US has brought the dispute
settlement system at the World
Trade Organization to a standstill.
Rather, it is a concern that
Trump is rejecting the multilateral
system that has operated for more
than 70 years and risks sending
the world back to the 1930s. This
is not entirely accurate. After hard
bargaining the US agreed to fund
an increase in World Bank capital
that will allow it to lend more.
But everyone knew what
Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s
managing director, meant when
she said international cooperation
since the second world war
had helped reduce poverty and
deliver more progress than at any
time in history. The rules-based
system needs to be cherished, not
attacked.
This argument is fine as far as it
goes, but as Richard Kozul-Wright,
the chief economist at Unctad
(the United Nations Conference on
Trade and Development) pointed
out, the multilateral system
operating in 2018 is by no means
the one envisaged by its original
architects in the 1940s.
The Bretton Woods conference
in 1944 that set up the IMF and the
World Bank was dominated by the
US and the UK, with the former
having far more clout over the
eventual outcome. Harry Dexter
White, the US representative, did
not always see eye to eye with his
UK counterpart, John Maynard
Keynes, but they were in broad
agreement on three ideas. The first
was that full employment was the
main economic goal. The second
was that the lesson from the Great
Depression was that finance had to
be controlled. The third was that
the new institutions would not
prescribe one-size-fits-all remedies
and would allow countries to
fashion policies for themselves.
All this has changed in the past
seven decades. The prevailing
orthodoxy at the IMF is that curbing
inflation is more important than
full employment, which is why it is
recommending – on the scantiest
of evidence – that the US Federal
Reserve and the Bank of England
should be raising interest rates.
A messianic belief in free
movement of capital for all
countries prevailed in the years
leading up to the deep crisis of 2008,
and was in large part responsible
for it. Financial markets remain
vulnerable: risk has migrated from
banks to other parts of the system.
What’s more, the idea that
countries that run into trouble
should be allowed policy space has
long disappeared. There is a basic
structural adjustment template
when the IMF arrives in town:
Labour courts councils with
£250bn regional spending plan
Richard Partington
Labour is to begin courting regional
city mayors and councils over its plans
for £250bn of transport and infrastructure spending, promising to prioritise
productivity-boosting projects to help
other areas catch up with London.
Peter Dowd, shadow chief secretary
to the Treasury, said the party would
start consultations with local leaders
in the coming months over its proposals to help close the regional divide.
Dowd, a former leader of Sefton
council, Merseyside, would have
responsibility for allocating the funding. He said decisions would be made
in consultation with local areas.
Some cities outside London, such
as Stoke, are up to 25% less productive than the national average. Dowd
pledged to address the gap by allocating funds to local authorities from the
transformation fund drawn up before
the last election.
Research at the Centre for Cities
thinktank estimated that Britain’s
economy would be more than £200bn
bigger if all cities were as productive as
the capital and the south-east.
Ahead of next month’s local elections, the first big test for Labour since
the general election, Dowd said: “We
need to make a monumental effort
for the north of England to deal with
years of under-investment, and
spark a regional renaissance for our
£200bn
Estimated boost to the economy
if all cities were as productive
as London and the south-east
squeeze the domestic economy in
order to get costs down, privatise
in order to make industries more
efficient and devalue the currency
to foster export-led growth.
But it is not just a question of
returning to the 1944 blueprint.
Other changes are needed. The WTO
provides a rules-based system for
trade, but there is no rules-based
system for debt restructuring. Plans
for a sovereign-debt bankruptcy
mechanism were floated in the late
1990s and early 2000s but pressure
from Wall Street killed off the idea.
‘The multilateral
system operating in
2018 is by no means the
one envisaged by its
original Bretton Woods
architects in the 1940s‘
country. There’s a terrible imbalance
in infrastructure spending across the
country. London and the south-east
get significantly more than northwest, south-west and north-east
regions.”
Research compiled by Labour
showed government spending of
almost £600 per person on transport
in London is almost 15 times that for
Yorkshire and the Humber, where
the figure is £41.23. The proportion of
construction spending in the capital
is more than the entire north of England combined.
The government wants to close
the regional productivity gap with its
industrial strategy, which includes a
£31bn investment fund for infrastructure projects and R&D. A slow recovery
in growth of efficiency among British
workers has been blamed for holding
back wage rises and living conditions.
Dowd said austerity had acted as a
drag on recovery for parts of Britain.
“Some regions have been denuded of
resources for years, but they’ve also
been denuded of any sense of ability
to influence government.”
This did not seem to matter that
much at the time, because two
rounds of debt relief culminating
in the 2005 Gleneagles agreement
seemed to sort out the debt
problem. One of the features of
last week’s meeting, however, was
a belated recognition that debt
is back. The IMF said 40% of low
income countries were at high risk
of, or already in, debt distress, a
doubling in the past five years.
Jim Yong Kim, the World Bank’s
president, said he was watching the
situation “very, very closely” and
he is right to do so. Many countries
have borrowed heavily in US dollars
in the world’s capital markets at a
time when American interest rates
are being ratcheted up.
Another fundamental weakness
of the international system –
highlighted by the trade tension
between the US and China – is that
it lacks a way of dealing fairly with
current account imbalances. The
IMF can force a deficit country that
asks for help to import less and
export more, but it has no sway
over surplus countries. Attempts
by Keynes to ensure both creditor
and debtor nations had to make
adjustments were thwarted by the
US at Bretton Woods, a time when
it was the world’s leading creditor
nation. Trump, it appears, would
be a lot keener on a system that
enshrined reciprocal action.
Finally, the governance of the
Bretton Woods institutions fails
to reflect the changes to the global
economy since 1944. Despite some
tweaks, voting power is still vested
in developed countries. Every
managing director of the IMF has
been a European, every president
of the Bank an American. The US
retains a veto over all important
decisions at both institutions.
There is a difference between
multilateralism as a concept
and multilateralism as it has
been practised for the past few
decades. The current state of
affairs is not perfect, far from it.
If Trump facilitates a long overdue
assessment of what a properly
functioning international system
might be, that’s to be welcomed.
It would look quite different.
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his is an achingly sorry
tale about thwarted
personal effort, the
slow death of an
industry, the worrying
nature of changes in
employment practice and, most of
all, about the dangers of monopoly.
The fact that the central character
in this story is my own newsagent,
does not indicate special pleading
because, after looking deeper into
the issue, it is clear – as will emerge –
the crisis is a national one.
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The only winner
in this sorry game
of monopoly is
the wholesaler
My Brighton newsagent,
efficient and amiable,
has decided to close his
business. This is why
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in Brighton for the best part of 40
years. The shop changed hands
several times before it was acquired
in 2007 by a man who soon proved
to be far more efficient than any
previous owner.
Guy Wright imposed order on
the enterprise, oversaw a wellorganised delivery system and
introduced computerised billing.
Most important of all, he was helpful
and amiable, always stressing that
business is about people. By 2009,
he was doing so well that I reported
on his opening of a second shop, at
Brighton Marina.
That certainly bucked the
national trend because newsagents
were closing down across Britain
in the face of competition from
supermarkets and petrol stations.
Although his spin-off venture
didn’t last long, his central concern,
a corner shop in Brighton’s
Kemptown known as The Kiosk,
thrived. At the time, despite the
gradual decline of newsprint,
his team of adult delivery men –
because, he says, “they are more
dependable than schoolchildren”
– were serving 250 people a day.
Gradually, that number has
dwindled to 150.
Even so, that’s a substantial
total in these online times and his
business remains profitable. But
Wright has reluctantly decided to
close down after suffering what he
regards as “months of hell” due to
the service he has received from
the region’s newspaper wholesaler,
Smiths News, part of the Connect
Group, which boasts: “We win trust
by giving outstanding service.”
Along with other customers,
I have been upset by the number of
times our newspapers have arrived
late. Wright patiently explained to
complainants, including me, that it
was due to the late delivery of the
papers to his shop by the wholesaler.
Further investigation revealed
the astonishing reasons for that
lateness. The wholesaling system,
the key link between newspaper
publishers, retailers and, ultimately,
customers, has all but collapsed in
the Brighton region.
Wright believes that customers
who pay for papers to be delivered
should have them by 7.30am. That
was easy enough to achieve when
the bundles arrived at his shop at
6am, as was the case for 10 years.
But the wholesale delivery time
has become a moving target over
the past few months. It is rare for
the papers to reach him in time to
give customers an adequate service.
There have been occasions when
they have arrived beyond 8am.
On one infamous Saturday, the day
when papers achieve their highest
sales, the delivery was at midday.
Getting in touch with the Smiths
News depot, in Lancing, West Sussex
▲ Guy Wright has reluctantly decided
to shut up shop after difficulties with
his regional wholesaler PHOTOGRAPH:
ALECSANDRA RALUCA DRAGOI/GUARDIAN
– about 10 miles from Brighton –
proved difficult and expensive.
“I was often held in a queue on a
premium-rate line,” says Wright.
“Many times, after 20 minutes, it
simply dropped the line.” There is an
app, but this doesn’t enable him to
deal with problems in real time.
So Wright took matters into his
own hands. On days when he was
able, instead of awaiting the late
arrival of his papers, he drove to
the depot to collect them himself,
as did a neighbouring newsagent,
Kanak Patel of Shiv News. Yet Smiths
News still insisted that they pay the
carriage charge.
It enabled Wright to talk at
length to the depot manager who
was sympathetic. There was little
she could do, she told him. It was
down to the drivers, who are selfemployed freelancers. Some hold
contracts and employ drivers, while
some subcontract the work.
Wright found that several drivers
assigned to his route were new
immigrants with poor English and
no knowledge of the area.
Wright and Patel cannot go
elsewhere for a better service,
however, because Smiths News
‘Independent
news retailers feel
under siege from
all corners of the
supply chain’
Linda Sood
President, NRFN
holds the wholesale monopoly in
the area, as it does in many regions
across Britain.
I thought this might be an
untypical incidence, a one-off. So I
contacted the body that represents
newsagents across Britain, the
National Federation of Retail
Newsagents (NFRN) and told
Wright’s story to its communications
manager, Anne Bingham.
She wasn’t surprised. “It’s
happening up and down the
country,” she says. “We have scores
of examples.” It is one of the main
reasons the NFRN called two weeks
ago for the Competition and Markets
Authority (CMA) to examine the
news supply chain.
The NFRN’s president, Linda
Sood, submitted what she
referred to as “an explosive
32-page document”, which argues
that hundreds of independent
newsagents have been forced to
close because of the monopolistic
nature of newspaper distribution.
It states that because news
wholesalers enjoy “absolute
territorial protection”, they have
little incentive to provide an
adequate service to retailers who
cannot switch suppliers. It refers
to the deteriorating service – as
evidenced by Wright – and points
to spiralling carriage charges and
reduced margins.
These problems led to a protest
in September last year by a group of
30 retailers outside Smiths News’s
headquarters in Swindon. As Sood
says: “Independent news retailers
feel under siege from all corners of
the supply chain.”
Of course, there are two other
big factors. Corner shops have been
dying for years and it is undeniable
that newspaper sales have been
falling with increasing rapidity
throughout the past 20 years. Even
so, should we be happy about
hastening the demise of both?
Smiths News concedes that
Wright has suffered from “a serious
issue”, which the company says it is
investigating. “Mr Wright has a fair
point and, based on our findings,
we’ll be looking at this in as broad a
way as possible,” says Freda Cronk,
head of brand and marketing.
She contests some of his claims,
arguing that – according to company
records – he has picked up bundles
of papers from the depot on only
three occasions. A fourth occurred
last Friday. But she adds: “We do not
expect, or want, customers picking
up their supplies.”
Cronk defended the use of selfemployed contract drivers as “the
most efficient and flexible model
for delivering newspapers” and says
their performance was “actively
managed”, adding: “We will
terminate contracts if they do not
meet the expected standards.”
Whatever the investigation
discovers, it will probably be too
late to change Wright’s mind about
closing his business. And he will
take his place in a lengthening line
of discouraged former newsagents.
As for editors and journalists
who put so much effort into
producing newspapers, they will
surely read this story and weep.
They might do better, however,
to ask why their publishers are
so relaxed about monopolistic
practices in the wholesale trade.
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Rugby union
Football
Munster fall just
short to Racing
in final pursuit
City stroll to win
in first game
as champions
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choirboy, playing in his 11th professional game. As he
cheerfully admitted to Jim Rosenthal beforehand, he was
“very nervous” and “hadn’t had a good night’s sleep”.
The omens were not good. Yet at least half the 95,000
fans stuffed into Wembley that day were from Luton
and their noise, perforating and relentless – like the
London 2012 Super Saturday on steroids – inspired the
Hatters. They scored early through Brian Stein and had
the better of much of the match.
I remember I stood behind a large advertising board
for Gola and touched the ball once – although rewatching
the match recently I was horrified to see myself pogoing
as Mark Stein cut inside Tony Adams’s sliding tackle
during the second half only to shoot over the bar.
Perhaps that was not a surprise: if Opta had been around
back then, Stein’s chances-spurned ratio would have
been higher than anyone else’s.
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▲ Triumphant Luton
players celebrate
with the League Cup
after their thrilling
3-2 defeat of Arsenal
in April 1988
ALLSPORT VIA GETTY
Greatest final ever?
When Luton’s
‘plastic fantastics’
lit up Wembley to
topple regal Arsenal
Sean Ingle
Specialist correspondent of the year
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omorrow marks the 30-year anniversary
of one of the great Wembley cup finals
– perhaps even the greatest. It was
Luton versus Arsenal in the League
Cup, underdog versus coming force,
and to these eyes it had everything: four
goals and a penalty save in the last 19
minutes, a whirler-twirler of a match
that swung one way and then the other and ended in a
shock 3-2 win. Then again I am horribly biased, given I
enjoyed my only experience as a ballboy that day.
Even as a 13-year-old it felt like an out-of-body
experience. How many kids are fortunate enough to
get changed in a Wembley dressing room – in my case
swapping a Luton Schools Under-13 side shirt and tie for
an official white and green Littlewoods Cup tracksuit? Or
get to play keepie-uppie with the Luton captain, Danny
Wilson, in the Wembley tunnel?
The venerable David Lacey, in his preview for the
Guardian, had warned that “it would be unwise to expect
too much – both teams use the offside trap as an easy
defensive option, so Wembley could be in for a whistlestop game”. Yet for once he was proved wrong.
Arsenal were huge favourites. Luton’s “plastic
fantastics” had won only once on grass in three and a
half months and their first-choice keeper, Les Sealey, and
midfield enforcer, Darron McDonough, were injured. In
the official programme the Gunners’ sponsors, JVC, had
an advert for their PC-V2 portable sound system with
a cutting tagline: “The best thing you’ve heard since
getting Luton in the final.”
Arsenal were battle-hardened while Luton had the
19-year-old Kingsley Black, who looked more like a
et increasingly Arsenal took control
and, when they scored twice in three
minutes through Martin Hayes and
Alan Smith, Luton supporters felt a
familiar tang of dread. A month earlier
they had reached the Simod Cup final,
only to be smashed 4-1 by second
division Reading. A fortnight after that
they lost 2-1 to Wimbledon in the FA Cup semi-final
in a half-empty White Hart Lane (my main memory is
of my brother repeatedly getting car sick on the North
Circular). Suddenly a season that had fizzed with
possibilities was going horribly flat.
Arsenal should have put the game to bed. They had six
great chances in three minutes, only for a combination
of bad finishing and the 22-year-old Andy Dibble to keep
them out – once with a brilliant penalty save from Nigel
Winterburn. If expected goals had been a thing 30 years
ago, the models would have overheated. Yet while Luton
had been beaten up, they were not knocked out. And
somehow they were able to fight back and produce a
comeback worthy of Rocky.
It helped that Arsenal had Gus Caesar, who
became a byword for hapless incompetence in Luton
playgrounds for years afterwards, at centre-half. First
he miscontrolled a header from Winterburn, then he
swung and barely connected with his follow-up before
falling over in his own box, and the Hatters had hope.
After Caesar had fallen, Luton twisted the knife.
Within seconds Wilson headed the
equaliser. Then, eight minutes later,
Luton
Brian Stein slotted home Ashley
partied
Grimes’ cross and suddenly the
Luton players were celebrating –
for 48
about 20 metres from me.
hours and
After the game I wanted to ask
accidentally the Arsenal keeper, John Lukic, if I
could have his gloves as a souvenir
damaged
as I walked past him on the Wembley
the trophy. turf but I felt I would be intruding on
We ballboys private grief.
Luton celebrated by partying for 48
had to settle hours and accidentally damaging the
trophy. We ballboys had to settle for
for some
some cold chips from a Wembley van.
cold chips
It has not exactly been plain
sailing for the Hatters since. They
were relegated four years later and at one point had a
chairman who proposed building an F1 track round a
50,000-seat stadium off the M1 as he drove the club
towards enforced bankruptcy. In less than a decade they
went into administration three times, had 40 points
worth of deductions and endured four relegations.
Not everyone has cared either. The legacy of banning
away supporters from Kenilworth Road after Millwall
fans ran riot in 1985 or having as chairman David Evans
– a Tory MP whose calls for cat o’ nine tails to be used
on hooligans made Thatcher appear almost liberal – has
taken a long time to shift.
Watching some of their football on the way to gaining
promotion to League One, achieved at Carlisle on
Saturday, offered hope for a brighter future. But nothing,
surely, will top that glorious April day in 1988.
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Doncaster, Haydock, Leicester, Ripon,
Sandown, Wolverhampton
Sunday
Football (2pm unless stated)
Premier League
Man Utd v Arsenal (4.30pm) SSPL;
West Ham v Man City (2.15pm) SSPL
Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Celtic v Rangers (noon) SSF
FA Women’s Super League
Birmingham v Arsenal; Liverpool v
Everton; Sunderland v Reading (noon)
FA Women’s Super League Two
Brighton v Aston Villa; Sheffield v
Oxford Utd; Tottenham v Durham
(1pm); Watford v Millwall (3pm)
Rugby union
Aviva Premiership
London Irish v Saracens (3pm);
Wasps v Northampton (3pm) BTS1
Rugby league (3pm unless stated)
Betfred Super League
Castleford v Wakefield (3.30pm)
Betfred Championship
Featherstone v Batley; Leigh v
Barrow; Rochdale v Sheffield
Women’s Super League
Castleford v Bradford (2pm);
St Helens v Featherstone (2pm);
Wigan v Leeds (2pm)
Formula One
Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Baku Sky Sports F1
Racing
Salisbury, Wetherby
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
Manchester City (C)
Manchester United
Liverpool
Tottenham
Chelsea
Arsenal
Burnley
Leicester
Everton
Newcastle
Bournemouth
Watford
Brighton
Crystal Palace
West Ham
Huddersfield
Swansea
Southampton
Stoke
West Brom
P
34
34
35
34
34
34
35
34
34
33
35
35
34
35
34
34
34
34
35
35
W
15
13
11
10
10
14
7
6
9
7
6
6
6
5
6
6
6
3
5
2
D
1
2
6
4
3
2
4
6
3
4
5
6
8
5
5
5
3
7
5
9
Home
L
F
1 58
2 35
0 41
2 32
4 28
2 49
6 15
5 22
5 26
6 18
7 25
6 25
4 23
7 22
5 20
6 16
7 16
7 18
8 19
7 20
A
13
8
10
12
15
20
15
19
21
16
30
30
25
27
21
22
20
24
28
29
W
14
10
9
10
9
3
7
5
2
4
3
4
2
3
2
3
2
2
1
2
D
2
3
5
4
3
4
7
5
6
4
6
2
4
6
6
3
6
7
6
4
Away
L
F
1 40
4 30
4 39
4 34
5 31
9 17
4 20
7 27
9 13
8 17
8 16
11 17
10
9
9 14
10 22
11 11
10 11
8 15
10 13
11
9
A
12
18
27
19
19
26
17
28
33
26
28
30
22
27
42
32
31
29
37
25
GD
+73
+39
+43
+35
+25
+20
+3
+2
-15
-7
-17
-18
-15
-18
-21
-27
-24
-20
-33
-25
Pts
90
74
71
68
63
57
53
44
42
41
38
38
36
35
35
35
33
29
29
25
Next three games
West Ham (a) 29/04, Huddersfield (h) 06/05, Brighton (h) 09/05
Arsenal (h) 29/04, Brighton (a) 04/05, West Ham (a) 10/05
Stoke (h) 28/04, Chelsea (a) 06/05, Brighton (h) 13/05
Watford (h) 30/04, West Brom (a) 05/05, Newcastle (h) 09/05
Swansea (a) 28/04, Liverpool (h) 06/05, Huddersfield (h) 09/05
Man Utd (a) 29/04, Burnley (h) 06/05, Leicester (a) 09/05
Brighton (h) 28/04, Arsenal (a) 06/05, Bournemouth (h) 13/05
Crystal Palace (a) 28/04, West Ham (h) 05/05, Arsenal (h) 09/05
Newcastle (h) today, Huddersfield (a) 28/04, Southampton (h) 05/05
Everton (a) today, West Brom (h) 28/04, Watford (a) 05/05
Southampton (a) 28/04, Swansea (h) 05/05, Burnley (a) 13/05
Tottenham (a) 30/04, Newcastle (h) 05/05, Man Utd (a) 13/05
Burnley (a) 28/04, Man Utd (h) 04/05, Man City (a) 09/05
Leicester (h) 28/04, Stoke (a) 05/05, West Brom (h) 13/05
Man City (h) 29/04, Leicester (a) 05/05, Man Utd (h) 10/05
Everton (h) 28/04, Man City (a) 06/05, Chelsa (a) 09/05
Chelsea (h) 28/04, Bournemouth (a) 05/05, Southampton (h) 08/05
Bournemouth (h) 28/04, Everton (a) 05/05, Swansea (a) 08/05
Liverpool (a) 28/04, Crystal Palace (h) 05/05, Swansea (a) 13/05
Newcastle (a) 28/04, Tottenham (h) 05/05, Crystal Palace (a) 13/05
Europe
LA LIGA
(top 11)
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Barcelona
33 25
8
0 83 19 +64 83
Atletico Madrid
34 21
9
4 54 18 +36 72
Real Madrid
33 20
8
5 80 36 +44 68
Valencia
34 20
6
8 62 36 +26 66
Real Betis
34 17
5 12 54 53 +1 56
Villarreal
33 15
6 12 45 40 +5 51
Sevilla
33 14
6 13 41 52 -11 48
Getafe
34 13
9 12 39 31 +8 48
Girona
34 13
8 13 46 52 -6 47
Celta Vigo
34 12
9 13 53 47 +6 45
Real Sociedad
34 12
7 15 60 54 +6 43
Atlético Madrid 0 Real Betis 0; Celta Vigo 1 Valencia 1;
Eibar 0 Getafe 1; Girona 0 Espanyol 2; Las Palmas 0 Alavés 4;
Málaga 2 Real Sociedad 0. Friday Leganés 0 Deportivo La
Coruña 0. Today Athletic Bilbao v Levante (8pm)
COPA DEL REY
Final Sevilla 0 Barcelona 5
SERIE A
(top 11)
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Juventus
34 27
4
3 78 20 +58 85
Napoli
34 26
6
2 71 23 +48 84
Roma
34 20
7
7 55 27 +28 67
Lazio
34 20
7
7 83 43 +40 67
Inter Milan
34 18 12
4 56 23 +33 66
Atalanta
34 15 10
9 52 35 +17 55
Milan
34 15
9 10 44 38 +6 54
Sampdoria
34 15
6 13 51 53 -2 51
Fiorentina
34 14
9 11 47 38 +9 51
Torino
34 11 14
9 48 41 +7 47
Bologna
34 11
6 17 37 44 -7 39
Atalanta 2 Torino 1; Cagliari 0 Bologna 0; Chievo 1
Internazionale 2; Juventus 0 Napoli 1; Lazio 4 Sampdoria 0;
Milan 0 Benevento 1; Sassuolo 1 Fiorentina 0; Spal 0 Roma 3;
Udinese 1 Crotone 2. Today Genoa v Verona (7.45pm)
BUNDESLIGA
(top 11)
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Bayern Munich C 31 25
3
3 84 22 +62 78
Schalke
31 16
8
7 49 35 +14 56
Borussia Dortmund 31 15
9
7 61 41 +20 54
Bayer Leverkusen 31 14
9
8 55 41 +14 51
Hoffenheim
31 13 10
8 60 44 +16 49
RB Leipzig
31 13
8 10 47 47
0 47
Eintracht Frankfurt 31 13
7 11 41 40 +1 46
B M’gladbach
31 12
7 12 42 48 -6 43
Hertha Berlin
31 10 12
9 38 35 +3 42
VfB Stuttgart
31 12
6 13 29 35 -6 42
Augsburg
31 10 10 11 40 40
0 40
Augsburg 2 Mainz 0; Borussia Dortmund 4
Bayer Leverkusen 0; Köln 2 Schalke 2; Eintracht Frankfurt 0
Hertha Berlin 3; Hamburg 1 Freiburg 0;
Hannover 0 Bayern Munich 3; RB Leipzig 2 Hoffenheim 5;
VfB Stuttgart 2 Werder Bremen 0.
Friday Borussia Mönchengladbach 3 Wolfsburg 0.
LIGUE 1
(top 11)
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
PSG C
34 29
3
2 104 23 +80 90
Monaco
34 21
7
6 79 44 +35 70
Lyon
34 20
9
5 77 38 +39 69
Marseille
34 20
9
5 72 41 +31 69
Nice
34 14
8 12 45 45
0 50
St-Étienne
34 13 10 11 40 46 -6 49
Rennes
34 13
9 12 43 41 +2 48
Montpellier
34 10 16
8 32 30 +2 46
Nantes
34 12 10 12 33 37 -4 46
Guingamp
34 12
9 13 41 49 -8 45
Bordeaux
34 12
7 15 39 44 -5 43
Amiens 3 Strasbourg 1; Bordeaux 0 PSG 1; Guingamp 3
Monaco 1; Marseille 5 Lille 1; Metz 1 Caen 1; Nice 1
Montpellier 0; Toulouse 2 Angers 0; St-Étienne 2 Troyes 1.
Friday Dijon 2 Lyon 5; Nantes 1 Rennes 1
PRIMEIRA LIGA
(top nine)
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Benfica
31 24
5
2 77 19 +58 77
Porto
30 24
4
2 73 16 +57 76
Sporting
31 23
5
3 60 21 +39 74
Braga
31 23
2
6 72 27 +45 71
Rio Ave
30 13
5 12 36 39 -3 44
Marítimo
31 12
8 11 33 43 -10 44
Chaves
31 11
8 12 39 50 -11 41
Boavista
31 11
5 15 32 43 -11 38
Guimarães
31 11
4 16 40 54 -14 37
Chaves 2 Portimonense 1; Estoril 1 Benfica 2; Feirense 2
Guimarães 1; Moreirense 2 Rio Aves 1; Paços Ferreira 1
Belenenses 1; Sporting 1 Boavista 0; Tondela 3 Aves 0.
Friday Braga 2 Marítimo. Today Porto v Vitória Setúbal (8pm)
SÜPER LIG
(top nine)
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Galatasaray
30 20
3
7 68 32 +36 63
Besiktas
30 18
8
4 59 25 +30 62
Istanbul Basaksehir 30 19
5
6 52 30 +22 62
Fenerbahce
28 15
9
4 57 31 +26 54
Trabzonspor
30 12 10
8 53 44 +9 46
Goztepe
30 12
8 10 43 48 -5 44
Sivasspor
30 13
5 12 40 45 -5 44
Kayserispor
30 12
8 10 40 46 -6 44
Kasimpasa
30 11
7 12 46 48 -2 40
Akhisar Genclik Spor 1 Goztepe 1; Alanyaspor 2 Galatasary 3;
Besiktas 3 Yeni Malatyaspor 1; Genclerbirlgi 0 Osmanlispor 2;
Kardemir Karabuk 1 Bursaspor 4; Konyaspor 2 Kasimpasa 0;
Trabzonspor 0 Sivasspor 2. Friday Istanbul Basaksehir 3
Kayserispor 1 Today Fenerbahce v Antalyaspor (6pm)
JUPILER LEAGUE
Play-offs Club Brugge 4 Standard Liège 4; Charleroi 2 Gent 1
KNVB BEKER
Final AZ Alkmaar 0 Feyenoord 3
Scotland
LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Celtic
34 22
9
3 65 23 +42 75
Rangers
34 20
5
9 69 39 +30 65
Aberdeen
34 20
5
9 52 36 +16 65
Hibernian
34 17 11
6 51 36 +15 62
Kilmarnock
34 15 10
9 45 41 +4 55
Hearts
34 11 13 10 36 32 +4 46
Motherwell
34 10
9 15 36 43 -7 39
St Johnstone
34 10
8 16 33 49 -16 38
Dundee
34
9
6 19 33 54 -21 33
Hamilton
34
8
6 20 44 62 -18 30
Partick
34
7
7 20 28 58 -30 28
Ross County
34
6
9 19 38 57 -19 27
Dundee
Moussa 1 88
5,592
(1) 2
St Johnstone
MacLean 85
(0) 1
Hibernian
Maclaren 24
Slivka 80
(1) 2
Celtic
Edouard 87
19,886
(0) 1
Kilmarnock
(0) 0
Aberdeen
McLean 37
Logan 59
(1) 2
5,067
Partick
Doolan 64
Edwards 72
(0) 2
Hamilton
Templeton 43
3,839
(1) 1
Rangers
Cummings 47
Candeias 64
(0) 2
Hearts
Berra 71
47,272
(0) 1
Ross County
3,879
(0) 0
Motherwell
(0) 0
LEADING GOALSCORERS (all competitions)
21 K Boyd (Kilmarnock). 18 Morelos (Rangers); Sinclair
(Celtic). 17 Lafferty (Hearts); Windass (Rangers).
16 Forrest (Celtic); Murray (Dundee). 15 Dembélé (Celtic).
13 Griffiths (Celtic); Schalk (Ross County)
Albion Rovers 1 East Fife 0; Alloa 2 Ayr 1; Arbroath 2
Airdrieonians 0; Forfar 1 Queen’s Park 1; Stranraer 0 Raith 3
LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
St Mirren C
35 23
5
7 63 35 +28 74
Livingston
34 17 11
6 56 34 +22 62
Dundee Utd
35 17
7 11 50 42 +8 58
Dunfermline
35 15 11
9 56 35 +21 56
Inverness CT
34 14
9 11 49 37 +12 51
Morton
35 13 11 11 47 37 +10 50
Queen of South
35 13 10 12 54 52 +2 49
Falkirk
35 11 11 13 44 49 -5 44
Dumbarton
35
7
9 19 27 59 -32 30
Brechin R
35
0
4 31 19 85 -66 4
Dumbarton 2 Falkirk 5; Inverness CT 2 Dunfermline 2;
Livingston 3 Brechin 0; Queen of the South 3 Dundee Utd 0;
St Mirren 2 Morton 1
LEADING GOALSCORERS (all competitions)
29 Shankland (Ayr). 28 Trouten (Albion).
24 Moore (Ayr). 20 Vaughan (Raith). 17 Wallace (Arbroath)
LEADING GOALSCORERS (all competitions)
20 Dobbie (Queen of the South). 19 Clark (Dunfermline).
18 Morgan (St Mirren); Reilly (St Mirren). 14 McDonald
(Dundee Utd). 13 Smith (St Mirren). 12 McManus
(Dunfermline). 10 Cardle (Dunfermline); Oakley (Inverness CT)
LADBROKES LEAGUE ONE
P W D
L
F
A
Raith
35 22
8
5 68 32
Ayr
35 23
4
8 90 42
Arbroath
35 17
8 10 70 48
Alloa
35 17
8 10 56 43
Stranraer
35 15
5 15 55 64
East Fife
35 13
3 19 47 64
Airdrieonians
35 10 11 14 45 58
Forfar
35 10
5 20 38 64
Albion Rovers
35
8
6 21 57 78
Queen’s Park
35
6 10 19 39 72
GD
+36
+48
+22
+13
-9
-17
-13
-26
-21
-33
Pts
74
73
59
59
50
42
41
35
30
28
LADBROKES LEAGUE TWO
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Montrose
35 23
7
5 59 34 +25 76
Peterhead
35 23
4
8 77 38 +39 73
Stirling
35 16
6 13 60 51 +9 54
Stenhousemuir
34 15
7 12 53 44 +9 52
Clyde
35 14
9 12 51 48 +3 51
Elgin
35 14
6 15 53 60 -7 48
Annan Athletic
35 11 11 13 47 41 +6 44
Berwick
34
8
9 17 27 56 -29 33
Edinburgh City
35
7
9 19 36 60 -24 30
Cowdenbeath
35
4 10 21 23 54 -31 22
Annan Athletic 3 Stirling Albion 1; Berwick 1 Cowdenbeath 0;
Edinburgh City 1 Clyde 3; Elgin 0 Peterhead 1;
Stenhousemuir 0 Montrose 2
LEADING GOALSCORERS (all competitions)
30 McAllister (Peterhead). 27 Goodwillie (Clyde). 25 Smith
(Stirling Albion). 21 McGuigan (Stenhousemuir)
PRESS & JOURNAL HIGHLAND LEAGUE
Brora 1 Huntly 0; Deveronvale 2 Nairn County 1;
Formartine Utd 12 Fort William 0; Forres Mechanics 5
Lossiemouth 0; Rothes 0 Fraserburgh 1; Wick Academy 1
Cove Rangers 3 Leading standings: 1 Cove P33 Pts90;
2 Inverurie Loco Works 34-78; 3 Formartine Utd 33-76.
FERRARI PACKING LOWLAND LEAGUE CUP
First round Gala Fairydean 3 Hawick RA 0; Stirling Uni 2
Civil Service 2; Selkirk 2 Whitehill Welfare 0; Edinburgh Uni 1
Edusport Academy 1; Dalbeattie Star 1 BSC Glasgow 7;
East Kilbride 1 East Stirlingshire. 0
Section:GDN 1N PaGe:35 Edition Date:180423 Edition:03 Zone:
Sent at 22/4/2018 22:40
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Other results
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Rugby union
Sky Bet Championship
P
Wolves C
44
Cardiff
43
Fulham
44
Aston Villa
44
Middlesbrough
44
Millwall
44
Derby
43
Brentford
44
Preston North End 44
Bristol City
44
Sheff Utd
44
Leeds
44
Norwich
44
Ipswich
44
Sheff Wed
44
QPR
44
Nottm Forest
43
Hull
44
Reading
44
Birmingham
44
Bolton
44
Barnsley
43
Burton Albion
44
Sunderland R
44
W
30
26
24
24
21
18
18
18
17
17
19
16
14
16
13
14
14
11
10
12
9
8
9
6
Birmingham
Roberts 32
Maghoma 69
(1) 2
Bolton
(0) 0
19,092
D
8
8
13
10
9
15
14
14
16
15
9
9
15
8
14
11
7
15
13
7
13
14
11
16
L
6
9
7
10
14
11
11
12
11
12
16
19
15
20
17
19
22
18
21
25
22
21
24
22
F
82
66
76
71
63
55
62
61
54
65
59
56
46
51
54
55
46
69
48
34
36
45
35
48
A
36
36
42
40
43
43
45
49
45
55
52
62
54
58
59
67
62
67
66
64
70
65
79
78
Sky Bet League One
GD
+46
+30
+34
+31
+20
+12
+17
+12
+9
+10
+7
-6
-8
-7
-5
-12
-16
+2
-18
-30
-34
-20
-44
-30
Pts
98
86
85
82
72
69
68
68
67
66
66
57
57
56
53
53
49
48
43
43
40
38
38
34
Sheff Utd
Duffy 7
23,579
(1) 1
Wolverhampton
Douglas 16, Afobe 45
Jota 53, Coady 66pen
(2) 4
(1) 1
Brentford
Canos 16
Jozefzoon 69
(1) 2
QPR
Sylla 45
12,367
Bristol City
Pack 37
Diedhiou 40 53
Reid 64, Bryan 90
21,136
(2) 5
Hull
(1) 5
Wilson 16 72
Fielding 56og
Hernández 80, Campbell 87
Cardiff
Morrison 35
Gunnarsson 74
(1) 2
Derby
Nugent 90pen
28,096
Ipswich
Wigan P
Blackburn
Shrewsbury
Rotherham
Charlton
Scunthorpe
Plymouth
Portsmouth
Peterborough
Blackpool
Bradford
Bristol Rovers
Southend
Doncaster
Fleetwood Town
Oxford Utd
Gillingham
AFC Wimbledon
Walsall
Oldham
Rochdale
Northampton
MK Dons
Bury R
P
43
43
43
44
44
43
42
44
43
44
42
43
43
42
44
44
44
43
43
43
43
44
43
44
W
28
26
24
23
19
17
18
19
16
15
17
16
15
13
15
14
12
13
12
11
10
12
10
7
AFC Wimbledon
Meades 10
Pigott 68
(1) 2
Doncaster
8,255
Fleetwood Town
(0) 1
(0) 1
Middlesbrough
Besic 20
Assombalonga 70
(1) 2
(0) 0
Aston Villa
(1) 4
Hourihane 25
Grabban 57 78, Lansbury 82
20,034
Leeds
Pearce 17
Alioski 50
(1) 2
Preston North End
13,038
F
86
79
56
71
57
60
53
55
65
59
53
58
53
52
57
58
44
44
51
56
46
41
42
38
A
27
38
36
51
50
49
50
55
55
53
63
64
62
50
66
63
52
55
63
70
54
74
65
69
GD
+59
+41
+20
+20
+7
+11
+3
0
+10
+6
-10
-6
-9
+2
-9
-5
-8
-11
-12
-14
-8
-33
-23
-31
Pts
93
90
83
76
68
67
64
63
61
59
58
56
56
54
54
53
52
50
48
48
47
46
42
32
(0) 2
(0) 0
Oxford Utd
Henry 63
(0) 1
(0) 0
Wigan
Power 33
Massey 37
Burn 57
Dunkley 66
(2) 4
Blackpool
Vassell 28
Delfouneso 33
Mellor 83
(2) 3
Plymouth
(0) 0
(0) 0
5,580
Nottingham Forest
Bridcutt 50
21,310
L
6
5
8
14
14
10
14
19
14
15
18
19
17
14
20
19
16
19
19
17
16
22
21
26
Oldham
Nazon 50 74
4,850
3,836
Gillingham
D
9
12
11
7
11
16
10
6
13
14
7
8
11
15
9
11
16
11
12
15
17
10
12
11
Sky Bet League Two
Northampton
O’Toole 42
Vyner 61og
(1) 2
Portsmouth
19,210
(0) 0
Charlton
Ajose 40
(1) 1
Rochdale
Done 41
4,365
(1) 1
Bradford
Wyke 90
(0) 1
Rotherham
Smith 9
Lavery 90
(1) 2
Bristol Rovers
(0) 0
Scunthorpe
Yates 76
(0) 1
Walsall
4,083
(0) 0
6,868
Barnsley
O’Connor 36og
30,451
(1) 1
(0) 0
Norwich
(0) 0
Reading
(0) 0
Bury
O’Shea 66
(0) 1
(1) 3
Shrewsbury
Eisa 13
5,735
(1) 1
Sheff Wed
Forestieri 34 73
Boyd 52
(2) 4
(1) 1
(0) 2
MK Dons
7,546
(0) 0
Sunderland
McNair 34
25,475
Southend
binson 23 31 76
Robinson
Laughlin 62
McLaughlin
24,373
Burton Albion
Bent 86
Boyce 90
8,579
Played on Friday
Millwall
(0) 0
17,614
Fulham
(0) 3
Sessegnon 46
McDonald 56, Mitrovic 89
LEADING GOALSCORERS
Reid Bristol City
Vydra Derby
Grabban Aston Villa
Clarke Sheff Utd
Jota Wolves
League
19
19
19
18
17
Ryan Colclough
celebrates Wigan’s
promotion
Total
21
20
19
18
18
Accrington P
Luton P
Wycombe
Exeter
Notts County
Lincoln City
Coventry
Mansfield
Swindon
Carlisle
Colchester
Cambridge Utd
Crawley Town
Newport County
Stevenage
Cheltenham
Crewe
Port Vale
Yeovil
Forest Green
Grimsby
Morecambe
Barnet
Chesterfield
Barnet
Coulthirst 10
Santos 82
P
43
44
44
44
44
43
43
44
44
44
44
43
44
42
44
44
44
44
43
43
44
43
44
43
W
28
24
22
23
21
19
21
17
19
16
16
16
16
14
13
13
15
11
12
13
11
9
10
9
(1) 2
D
6
12
12
8
13
14
8
17
7
15
13
12
10
15
13
12
5
14
10
7
12
17
10
8
L
9
8
10
13
10
10
14
10
18
13
15
15
18
13
18
19
24
19
21
23
21
17
24
26
F
74
91
76
62
70
59
56
63
64
59
53
50
56
51
57
65
58
48
56
53
37
41
42
45
A
41
45
59
51
46
44
42
49
65
52
51
58
63
54
63
65
73
60
71
71
65
55
65
78
GD
+33
+46
+17
+11
+24
+15
+14
+14
-1
+7
+2
-8
-7
-3
-6
0
-15
-12
-15
-18
-28
-14
-23
-33
Newport County
Pts
90
84
78
77
76
71
71
68
64
63
61
60
58
57
52
51
50
47
46
46
45
44
40
35
(0) 0
1,816
Cambridge Utd
(1) 4
Taylor 10, Maris 53
Brown 60pen, Corr 82
Cheltenham
Lloyd 3, Eisa 13 79
3,853
(2) 3
Carlisle
Grainger 13pen
5,523
(1) 1
Luton
O Lee 62
(0) 1
Crewe
Miller 88
(0) 1
Morecambe
3,942
(0) 0
Exeter
Stockley 42 57
3,998
(1) 2
Crawley Town
Boldewijn 29
Yorwerth 68
(1) 2
Forest Green
(1) 4
Laird 27, Doidge 78 90pen
Grubb 90
Chesterfield
Dennis 36pen
3,336
(1) 1
Lincoln City
(0) 2
Whitehouse 55pen
Waterfall 90
Mansfield
(0) 1
Howkins 73og
4,210
Notts County
(1) 4
Jones 45
James 54og, Hewitt 69
Alessandra 73
Colchester
Senior 60
9,211
Port Vale
Pope 89
(0) 1
Yeovil
Fisher 90
(0) 1
(0) 1
7,359
Swindon
6,690
(0) 0
Grimsby
M Rose 45pen
(1) 1
Wycombe
(0) 0
Accrington Stanley
(2) 4
Jackson 15, Brown 33
McConville 66, Zanzala 90pen
Played on Friday
Coventry
McNulty 2 6
Kelly 37
(3) 3
Stevenage
(0) 0
8,859
LEADING GOALSCORERS
Kee Accrington Stanley
Doidge Forest Green
Stockley Exeter
Eisa Cheltenham
Hylton Luton
McNulty Coventry
Collins Luton
League
24
19
19
21
20
20
19
Total
25
24
24
23
22
21
20
Other football
UEFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Semi-final: First leg Chelsea L Wolfbsurg L;
Manchester City 0 Lyon 0
VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Macclesfield C
45 26 11
8 65 46 +19 89
Tranmere
44 24 10 10 76 42 +34 82
Sutton Utd
45 22 10 13 65 52 +13 76
Aldershot
45 20 15 10 63 50 +13 75
Fylde
45 20 12 13 82 56 +26 72
Boreham Wood
45 19 15 11 61 46 +15 72
Dover
45 19 13 13 60 43 +17 70
Ebbsfleet Utd
44 18 16 10 58 47 +11 70
Bromley
44 19 12 13 73 53 +20 69
Wrexham
45 17 18 10 49 39 +10 69
Dag & Red
45 19 11 15 69 60 +9 68
Maidenhead Utd
44 15 13 16 59 64 -5 58
Leyton Orient
44 15 12 17 55 54 +1 57
Gateshead
44 12 18 14 59 50 +9 54
Halifax
45 13 15 17 48 58 -10 54
Eastleigh
45 12 17 16 61 71 -10 53
Hartlepool
45 13 14 18 51 62 -11 53
Maidstone Utd
45 13 14 18 52 64 -12 53
Solihull Moors
44 13 12 19 46 55 -9 51
Barrow
44 11 15 18 50 61 -11 48
Woking
45 13
9 23 54 74 -20 48
Torquay R
44 10 11 23 41 68 -27 41
Chester R
45
7 13 25 40 78 -38 34
Guiseley R
44
6 12 26 39 83 -44 30
Aldershot 1 Barrow 1; Bromley 3 Boreham Wood 2; Chester 1
Maidstone 3; Dag & Red 1 Maidenhead 0; Dover 3 Gateshead 2;
Eastleigh 0 Macclesfield 2; Ebbsfleet Utd 0 Sutton 1; Fylde 1
Solihull Moors 1; Halifax 0 Tranmere 2; Guiseley 1 Woking 2;
Hartlepool 1 Torquay 1; Leyton Orient 1 Wrexham 0
VANARAMA NATIONAL NORTH
Top eight
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Salford City C
41 27
7
7 76 45 +31 88
Harrogate Town
41 25
7
9 95 49 +46 82
Brackley
40 22 11
7 69 35 +34 77
Kidderminster
41 20 12
9 75 48 +27 72
Stockport County 41 20
8 13 74 56 +18 68
Chorley
40 16 14 10 49 38 +11 62
Bradford PA
41 17
9 15 64 55 +9 60
Spennymoor Town 39 17
8 14 67 63 +4 59
Alfreton Town 1 FC United 0; Blyth Spartans 0 Stockport
County 1; Bradford PA 3 Harrogate 1; Curzon Ashton 1
Spennymoor 0; Darlington 0 Nuneaton 0; North Ferriby Utd 1
Kidderminster 3; Salford City 1 Boston Utd 2; Southport 0
Brackley 1; Tamworth 3 Chorley 4; Telford 3 Gainsborough 2;
York 2 Leamington 2
VANARAMA NATIONAL SOUTH
Top eight
P W D
L
F
A GD Pts
Dartford
41 25
8
8 79 43 +36 83
Havant & W’ville 40 23 11
6 61 27 +34 80
Hampton & R’mond 41 18 17
6 57 36 +21 71
Hemel Hempstead 41 19 13
9 70 49 +21 70
Chelmsford
40 19 11 10 64 45 +19 68
Braintree Town
40 18 12 10 70 55 +15 65
St Albans
41 19
8 14 70 56 +14 65
Truro City
40 19
8 13 68 54 +14 65
Chelmsford 0 Havant & W’ville 2; Concord Rangers 0 Poole
Town 1; Dartford 2 Bath City 0; Gloucester 3 East Thurrock 1;
Hemel Hempstead 3 Eastbourne Borough 0; Hungerford
Town 0 Whitehawk 1; Oxford City 4 Bognor Regis Town 0;
St Albans 1 Hampton & Richmond 3; Truro City 1 Braintree 2;
Wealdstone 4 Chippenham 4; Welling 3 Weston-super-Mare 1
EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE
Ashton Utd 2 Nantwich Town 1; Barwell 3 Farsley Celtic 4;
Buxton 0 Sutton Coldfield 1; Grantham 0 Altrincham 2;
Hednesford 1 Mickleover Sports 3; Lancaster 0 Stourbridge 0;
Marine 0 Whitby 3; Matlock Town 2 Workington 0;
Rushall Olympic 0 Witton Albion 0; Stafford Rangers 1
Shaw Lane 2; Stalybridge 0 Coalville Town 3; Warrington
Town 1 Halesowen 1
Leading standings: 1 Altrincham P44 Pts91;
2 Warrington 44-81; 3 Grantham 44-77
EVO-STIK SOUTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE
Banbury 3 Merthyr Town 3; Dorchester 0 Slough 1;
Dunstable 0 St Ives Town 0; Farnborough 2 Chesham 0;
Gosport Borough 7 Frome Town 0; Hereford FC 4 Kettering 1;
Hitchin 1 Bishop’s Stortford 0; Kings Langley 2 Weymouth 3;
Kings Lynn Town 1 St Neots Town 1; Redditch 3 Tiverton 2;
Royston Town 4 Biggleswade Town 0; Stratford Town 0
Basingstoke 1
Leading standings: 1 Hereford FC P44 Pts107;
2 Kings Lynn 45-97; 3 Kettering 44-94
BOSTIK PREMIER LEAGUE
Brightlingsea Regent 0 Met Police 1; Burgess Hill 1 Staines
Town 1; Enfield Town 0 Worthing 1; Folkestone Invicta 0
Dulwich 3; Hendon 3 Merstham 0; Leatherhead 2 Leiston 2;
Lowestoft Town 1 Tonbridge Angels 2; Margate 1 Billericay 2;
Needham Market 0 Harrow Borough 1; Thurrock 1
Kingstonian 0; Tooting & Mitcham 0 Harlow 1; Wingate &
Finchley 2 Dorking 0
Leading standings: 1 Billericay P44 Pts95;
2 Dulwich 44-91; 3 Folkestone 45-84
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE
Reading 3 Everton 0; Sunderland 1 Bristol City 2;
Yeovil 0 Arsenal 0
Leading standings: 1 Chelsea P14 Pts32;
2 Manchester City 13-29; 3 Reading 15-25
FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE TWO
Aston Villa 1 Oxford Utd 0; Brighton 1 Doncaster 0;
Durham 2 Millwall 1; Tottenham 2 Sheffield 3;
Watford 0 London Bees 4
Leading standings: 1 Doncaster P14 Pts35;
2 Millwall 13-29; 3 Brighton 13-28
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP
Semi-finals
Leinster
38 Scarlets
Racing 92
27 Munster
16
22
EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP
Semi-finals
Cardiff Blues
16 Pau
10
(played on Friday)
Gloucester
12
GUINNESS PRO14
Conference A
Glasgow
Munster
Cheetahs
Cardiff Blues
Ospreys
Connacht
Zebre
Conference B
Leinster
Scarlets
Edinburgh
Ulster
Benetton Treviso
NG Dragons
Southern Kings
Ulster
Zebre
33
Newcastle
P
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
W
15
13
11
11
8
6
6
D L
F
A
1 4 595 342
0 7 544 337
0 9 580 534
0 9 479 456
0 12 364 464
0 14 398 467
0 14 386 576
B
13
15
14
9
8
10
8
Pts
75
67
58
53
40
34
32
P
20
20
20
20
20
20
20
W
14
13
14
12
11
2
1
36
37
D L
F
1 5 591
1 6 495
0 6 470
1 7 514
0 9 398
2 16 370
0 19 358
Glasgow
Ospreys
B
12
11
8
10
10
8
7
Pts
70
65
64
60
54
20
11
15
14
A
327
357
356
458
429
639
800
BRITISH & IRISH CUP
Semi-finals
Ealing Trailfinders
36
Jersey
27
Bedford
Leinster A
NATIONAL LEAGUE ONE
P W
Coventry
29 26
Darlington MP
29 22
Ampthill & District 29 18
Plymouth Albion 27 17
Blackheath
29 17
Old Elthamians
29 15
Birmingham
29 14
Bishop’s Stortford 29 14
Esher
29 10
Caldy
29 12
Cambridge
29 13
Loughborough
28 10
Rosslyn Park
28 9
29 10
Hull Ionians
Old Albanians
29 9
Fylde
29 3
Birmingham Moseley 34
Bishop’s Stortford
27
Blackheath
28
Coventry
36
Esher
42
Fylde
33
Hull Ionians
16
Old Albanians
21
D L
F
A B Pts
0 3 1175 474 25 129
1 6 814 620 21 111
4 7 761 535 21 101
2 8 729 511 21 93
2 10 759 607 16 88
1 13 714 679 19 81
2 13 675 734 19 79
1 14 722 695 16 74
2 17 744 827 25 69
0 17 708 715 20 68
0 16 584 593 15 67
3 15 720 837 15 61
2 17 697 796 21 61
1 18 664 903 17 59
1 19 606 886 16 54
0 26 398 1058 8 20
Rosslyn Park
19
Cambridge
33
Old Elthamians
23
Darlington Mowden Park 46
Caldy
28
Loughborough Students 81
Ampthill & District
42
Plymouth Albion
24
16
29
NATIONAL LEAGUE TWO
North Hinckley 40 Chester 24; Macclesfield 50
Stourbridge 33; Otley 10 Luctonians 24; Sale 45
Huddersfield 10; Sedgley Park 75 Sheffield 14;
Sheffield Tigers 23 Leicester Lions 10; South Leicester 48
Blaydon 34; Tynedale 22 Wharfedale 24
South Barnstaple 22 Worthing 36; Bury St Edmunds 19
Cinderford 24; Canterbury 52 Chinnor 29; Clifton 19
Redingensians 29; Henley 19 London Irish Wild Geese 36;
Redruth 36 Broadstreet 24; Taunton Titans 26 Tonbridge
Juddians 66; Wimbledon 55 Old Redcliffians 17
PRINCIPALITY BUIDLING SOCIETY PREMIERSHIP
Aberavon 41 Newport 5; Bargoed 21 Pontypridd 38;
Bedwas 57 Cross Keys 34; Bridgend 24 Swansea 0;
Cardiff Rugby P Llanelli P; Ebbw Vale 26 RGC 1404 25;
Merthyr 21 Carmarthen Quins 33; Neath 32 Llandovery 40.
Rugby league
LADBROKES CHALLENGE CUP
Fifth round
Doncaster
16 Featherstone
Leigh
40 London Broncos
Oldham
0 Hull KR
Toronto Wolfpack
16 Barrow
Warrington
54 Bradford
Whitehaven
38 Rochdale
Widnes
90 Coventry
York
22 Catalans Dragons
BETFRED CHAMPIONSHIP
P W
Toronto Wolfpack 11 9
Featherstone
11 9
Toulouse
11 8
London Broncos
10 7
Halifax
10 7
Leigh
11 6
Batley
9 5
Dewsbury
10 3
Barrow
10 2
Sheffield
10 2
Rochdale
9 1
Swinton
10 0
Dewsbury
18
D L
1 1
0 2
0 3
0 3
0 3
0 5
0 4
0 7
2 6
0 8
0 8
1 9
Halifax
BETFRED LEAGUE ONE
Workington
20
Newcastle
14
North Wales
Keighley
F
289
390
408
371
230
387
222
156
154
171
118
146
A
180
210
204
190
176
230
254
245
296
376
326
355
WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE
Bradford
4 St Helens
Featherstone
P Leeds
York City
0 Castleford Tigers
26
0
32
12
6
0
0
34
PD
+109
+180
+204
+181
+54
+157
-32
-89
-142
-205
-208
-209
Pts
19
18
16
14
14
12
10
6
6
4
2
1
46
12
34
67. 208 R Werenski 72 68 68; G Murray 67 69 72.
209 J Poston 72 69 68; A Putnam 73 68 68; V Taylor 72 68
69; J Niemann (Col) 72 70 67; B Hossler 71 69 69; B Horschel
68 71 70. 210 A Baddeley (Aus) 71 71 68; C Hadley 68 71
71; B Snedeker 70 72 68. 211 K Bradley 68 71 72; D Hearn
(Can) 70 68 73; K Chappell 72 72 67; D Frittelli (SA) 72 71
68; K Streelman 74 68 69. 212 N Watney 70 72 70; B Crane
72 66 74; S Ryder 73 71 68; M Atkins 68 73 71; K Tway 72
71 69. 213 J Kokrak 74 70 69; A Cook 70 74 69; N Lindheim
74 67 72; B Steele 70 74 69; D McCarthy 72 67 74; E Els
(SA) 73 69 71; J Spaun 72 70 71; KJ Choi (Kor) 73 69 71;
Z Blair 73 69 71. 214 A Schenk 71 71 72; R Goosen (SA) 73
71 70; G McDowell (NI) 72 71 71; J Creel 69 72 73;
H English 69 72 73; D Lee (NZ) 76 68 70; J Suri 74 71 69;
O Schniederjans 71 71 72; K Mitchell 70 72 72; J Wagner 72
72 70; T Merritt 73 70 71; C Conners (Can) 70 74 70.
215 B Stuard 71 69 75; H Mahan 73 72 70; S Marino 73 68
74; M Thompson 72 73 70; J Furyk 71 73 71; Z Dou (Chn)
71 71 73; R Pampling (Aus) 72 70 73; D Summerhays 74 70
71. 216 B Martin 73 72 71; R Barnes 73 71 72; C Hoffman
72 73 71; M Kuchar 71 72 73; L Griffin 78 67 71; Kim S-w
(Kor) 71 74 71; J Lovemark 75 69 72. 217 E Tracy 72 72 73;
P Malnati 75 69 73; A Ancer (Mex) 70 73 74; B Silverman
(Can) 71 73 73; D Lingmerth (Swe) 75 68 74; A Yun 73 72
72; A Lahiri (Ind) 76 68 73. 218 X Schauffele 75 70 73;
C Champ 72 72 74. 219 J Dahmen 74 71 74.
HASSAN II TROPHY (Rabat, Morocco)
Leading final scores (GB/Ire unless stated) 280 A Levy (Fr)
72 69 69 70. 281 A Quirós (Sp) 67 70 72 72. 282 M Ilonen
(Fin) 72 72 66 72; A Björk (Swe) 74 69 69 70; A Pavan (It)
75 71 70 66; J Lagergren (Swe) 68 73 71 70. 283 A Sullivan
72 72 69 70; E van Rooyen (SA) 68 71 71 73. 284 S Han
(US) 70 73 74 67; J Luiten (Neth) 72 70 70 72; P Waring 72
69 73 70. 285 R Fox (NZ) 72 71 71 71. 286 Wang J (Kor) 73
71 67 75; C Shinkwin 70 72 72 72; A Connelly (Can) 69 71
71 75; Y Miyazato (Jpn) 73 70 70 73; B Hebert (Fr) 71 70
72 73; B Dredge 67 73 73 73. 287 M Siem (Ger) 71 71 75
70; A Otaegui (Sp) 70 75 73 69; T Detry (Bel) 73 71 75 68.
288 C Bezuidenhout (SA) 73 69 68 78; B Stone (SA) 74 70
69 75; S Crocker (US) 71 74 71 72; N Elvira (Sp) 70 73 75
70; R Langasque (Fr) 71 73 74 70; R Sterne (SA) 71 73 70
74; M Fraser (Aus) 75 72 72 69. 289 L Canter 73 72 75 69;
Wu A (Chn) 69 73 75 72; P Oriol (Sp) 72 75 70 72.
290 R Ramsay 73 73 73 71; J Donaldson 73 73 72 72; A Dodt
(Aus) 70 68 74 78; L Slattery 69 76 71 74. 291 R Rock 74
71 72 74; T Pulkkanen (Fin) 74 72 73 72; D Howell 73 72 76
70; D Horsey 76 69 71 75; L Gagli (It) 68 75 77 71.
292 P Widegren (Swe) 72 75 76 69; M Kieffer (Ger) 70 75
73 74; C Hanson 72 74 74 72; M Korhonen (Fin) 75 68 73
76; R Jacquelin (Fr) 70 73 74 75. 293 M Warren 73 71 75
74; M Nixon 71 74 73 75; R Evans 73 74 72 74; J Campillo
(Sp) 73 73 71 76; M Manassero (It) 73 74 74 72; J Geary
(NZ) 74 73 73 73. 294 R Wattel (Fr) 73 74 74 73; W Ormsby
(Aus) 71 75 68 80; J Smith 74 73 72 75; D Fichardt (SA) 71
75 74 74; H Sturehed (Swe) 76 69 72 77; A Rai 71 71 75 77;
O Fisher 68 75 78 73. 295 R Gouveia (Por) 73 73 75 74;
N Bertasio (It) 70 76 74 75. 296 R Paratore (It) 73 74 73 76.
297 J Elson 74 73 77 73; M Lorenzo-Vera (Fr) 71 74 74 78;
G Bourdy (Fr) 72 75 74 76. 298 S Brown 70 75 75 78.
299 P Khongwatmai (Tha) 72 73 76 78; D Brooks 70 74 78
77; A Id-Omar (Mor) 73 73 76 77; J Thomson 71 76 81 71;
M Schneider (Ger) 74 73 73 79; T Pieters (Bel) 74 72 78 75.
Tennis
ATP MONTE CARLO ROLEX MASTERS (Monaco)
Final: R Nadal (Sp) bt K Nishikori (Jpn) 6-3 6-2.
FED CUP WORLD GROUP SEMI-FINALS
Germany 1 Czech Republic 4 (Stuttgart): P Kvitova (Cz)
bt J Görges (Ger) 6-3 6-2; K Pliskova (Cz) bt A Kerber (Ger)
7-5 6-3; J Görges bt K Pliskova 6-4 6-2; P Kvitova bt
A Kerber 6-2 6-2; K Siniakova & B Strycova (Cz) bt
J Görges & A Grönefeld (Ger) 7-5 ret.
France 2 United States 3 (Aix-en-Provence) S Stephens
(US) bt P Parmentier (Fr) 7-6 (7-3) 7-5; K Mladenovic (Fr)
bt C Vandeweghe (US) 1-6 6-3 6-2; S Stephens bt
K Mladenovic 6-2 6-0; M Keys (US) bt P Parmentier 7-6
(7-4) 6-4; A Hesse & K Mladenovic (Fr) bt B Mattek-Sands
& C Vandeweghe (US) 6-4 3-6 10-6.
FED CUP WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFF
Japan 3 Great Britain 2 (Miki) N Osaka (Jpn) bt H Watson
(GB) 6-2 6-3; J Konta (GB) bt K Nara (Jpn) 6-4 6-2; J Konta
bt N Osaka 6-3 6-3; K Nara bt H Watson 7-6 (7-5) 6-4;
M Kato & M Nimomiya (Jpn) bt J Konta & H Watson (GB)
3-6 6-3 6-3.
Basketball
NBA PLAY-OFFS
Western conference: First round Minnesota 121
Houston 105 (Houston lead series 2-1); New Orleans 131
Portland 123 (New Orleans win series 4-0); Utah 115
Oklahoma City 102 (Utah lead series 2-1).
Eastern conference: First round Miami 102
Philadelphia 106 (Philadelphia series 3-1).
Ice hockey
NHL PLAY-OFFS
Eastern conference: First round Boston 3 Toronto 4
(Boston lead series 3-2); Tampa Bay 3 New Jersey 1
(Tampa Bay win series 4-1); Washington 4 Columbus 3 (OT)
(Washington lead series 3-2).
Baseball
MLB
Arizona 6 San Diego 2; Atlanta 4 NY Mets 3; Baltimore 0
Cleveland 4; Chicago WS 1 Houston 10; Colorado 5
Chicago Cubs 2; Detroit 12 Kansas City 4; LA Angels 4
San Francisco 3; LA Dodgers 4 Washington 0; Milwaukee 6
Miami 5; NY Yankees 9 Toronto 1;Oakland 3 Boston 0;
Philadelphia 6 Pittsburgh 2; St Louis 4 Cincinnati 3;
Tampa Bay 10 Minnesota 1; Texas 7 Seattle 9.
Motorcycling
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Hyderabad Chennai Super Kings 182-3 (AT Rayudu 79,
SK Raina 54). Sunrisers Hyderabad 178-6 (KS Williamson 84).
Chennai Super Kings won by four runs.
Jaipur Mumbai Indians 167-7 (SA Yadav 72, IPKP Kishan 72).
Rajasthan Royals 168-7 (SV Samosn 52). Rajasthan Royals
won by three wickets.
GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS (Austin, US)
MotoGP: 1 M Márquez (Sp) Honda 41min 52.002sec;
2 M Viñales (Sp) Yamaha 41:55.560; 3 A Iannone (It) Suzuki
41:58.704; 4 V Rossi (It) Yamaha 42:01.589; 5 A Dovizioso
(It) Ducati 42:05.570; 6 J Zarco (Fr) Yamaha 42:06.231;
7 D Pedrosa (Sp) Honda 42:10.201; 8 E Rabat (Sp) Ducati
42:20.539; 9 J Miller (Aus) Ducati 42:20.673;
10 A Espargaro (Sp) Aprilia 42:20.877.
Championship standings: 1 A Dovizioso (It) Ducati 46pts;
2 M Márquez (Sp) Honda 45; 3 M Viñales (Sp) Yamaha 41;
4 C Crutchlow (GB) Honda 38; 4 J Zarco (Fr) Yamaha 38;
6 A Iannone (It) Suzuki 31; 7 V Rossi (It) Yamaha 29;
8 J Miller (Aus) Ducati 26; 9 E Rabat (Sp) Ducati 22;
10 D Petrucci (It) Ducati 21.
Golf
Snooker
VALERO TEXAS OPEN (San Antonio)
Leading third-round scores (US unless stated)
203 Z Johnson 70 65 68; A Landry 69 67 67. 204 T Mullinax
74 68 62. 205 R Moore 68 67 70. 207 C Kirk 73 66 68;
S O’Hair 72 70 65; M Laird (Sco) 73 65 69; J Walker 71 69
BETFRED WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Sheffield)
First round: J Perry (Eng) bt Mark Selby (Eng) 10-4;
R O’Sullivan (Eng) bt S Maguire (Sco) 10-7; K Wilson (Eng)
bt M Stevens (Wal) 10-3; A Carter (Eng) bt G Dott (Eng)
10-8; Lyu H (Chn) bt M Fu (HK) 10-5.
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Sport
London Marathon
Farah delighted but left
behind by Kipchoge
Briton sees a competitive
future in the marathon but
Kenyan claims his third title
Sean Ingle
The Mall
On the hottest day in London Marathon history it took Eliud Kipchoge 24
hard miles to neutralise a field laced
with venom and great expectations.
Yet deep down the Kenyan’s victory,
his third here, merely confirmed
what most spectators already knew:
he is the finest 26.2-miler of all time.
A much greater surprise was to be
found further down The Mall, where
Mo Farah was holding on for third in a
British record of 2hr 6min 21sec.
True, it was still two minutes behind
Kipchoge, who glided home in 2:04:17
– a staggering feat on a day where temperatures topped 24C, a race record by
two degrees. Yet Farah’s performance
showed that the doubters, who suspected he was running London solely
for one last massive payday before
hanging up his Nike Vaporfly Elites,
were wide of the mark.
“I really enjoyed it - even though
over the last 10km I was bollocksed,”
said Farah, delighted at tasting sweet
redemption after flopping in his first
marathon attempt in 2014. “To run a
personal best, break the British record
and finish on the podium. It can’t get
better than that.”
The 35-year-old divides opinion
as few other British sportsmen. Yet
remarkably he now holds national
records over 1500m, 3,000m, 5,000m,
10,000m, the half-marathon and
the marathon. Those performances
inspire awe in some quarters and suspicion in others – given that his former
coach Alberto Salazar, who turned him
into a world-beater, remains under
investigation by the US Anti-Doping
Agency.
But whatever one’s view, Farah’s
belief he could be a marathon medal
contender at next year’s world championships and at the 2020 Olympics in
Tokyo no longer appears outlandish
– especially given he was able to stick
with Kipchoge until 18 miles before his
legs and spirit finally began to buckle.
“If I can run 2hr 06min in a major
championship, it shows I can be competitive,” Farah said. “I’ve beaten some
good runners. I’m satisfied. I fought as
much as I could.”
The race began with a collective
moment of madness, as the field
rushed through the first mile in an
astonishing 4min 22sec. Farah had
intended to attach himself to a slower
group, with the aim of reaching halfway in 61min 45sec. Instead he realised
that, because everyone else was going
with Kipchoge, who reached 13.1 miles
in 61 minutes flat, he had to do so as
well.
That was not the only thing to throw
him. Farah’s coach, Gary Lough, had
prepared his drinks bottles with a
highly potent carbohydrate solution.
Yet at the 10km mark Farah picked
up the wrong bottle, leaving him to
remonstrate with one of the support
crew when they pulled up on a motorbike beside him.
‘I really enjoyed it.
To run a personal
best, break the
British record and
a podium finish’
Mo Farah
▲ Mo Farah picked up the wrong drinks bottle, leading to a dispute with his team
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“I was table four but the staff was
trying to take pictures and I was trying to take a drink,” Farah said. “Me
and the other athlete from Ethiopia
had the exact same bottle and were
on the same table, too. So I was telling
the people: ‘Can you please just tell
us which one is our drink because it’s
exactly the same bottle.’”
To make matters worse Farah then
picked up and dropped his bottle at
20km, losing more valuable metres.
Perhaps it should not have been a
surprise for while Farah was back on
familiar turf, close to the scene of his
Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m triumphs at London 2012, the marathon
is still largely alien territory. As Paula
Radcliffe pointed out, Farah could
have avoided the problem by making
his drinks bottle more distinctive.
Despite his lack of bottle, Farah was
still in contention and even moved up
to Kipchoge’s shoulder after 18 miles.
But it was the briefest of mirages.
Soon he was slipping back, leaving the
21-year-old Ethiopian Tola Kitata and
Kipchoge to duke it out in front, with
the latter finally breaking clear near
the end to win by 32 seconds.
“I was a little bit worried,” a smiling
Kipchoge said. “But I said it would be
a beautiful race and it was.”
Farah noted with regret that he had
run his first half too quickly, in 61 minutes, before coming home in 65. And
while he insisted afterwards that he
was still learning, he also knows Kipchoge runs in a different stratosphere.
“Eliud is a great athlete,” he said.
“He makes it look so easy. I came
across at 30km, absolutely knackered
at that point, and he just changed gear
and kicked on. But could you have got
a better field? I beat Kenenisa Bekele,
Daniel Wanjuri, so many good guys.
I will take time to improve, as I took
my time to win medals on the track.”
Kipchoge, meanwhile, calmly celebrated his 10th victory in 11 marathons
- unprecedented in such a gruelling
event where so many things can go
wrong - as if nothing could have been
easier. At his training camp in Kenya,
where he takes his turn to clean out the
toilets, they call him the “boss man”.
In London, he again proved master of
his domain.
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How they finished
Men
1 E Kipchoge Ken
2hr 4min 17sec
2 S Kitata Eth
2:04:49
3 M Farah GB
2:06:21
Women
1 V Cheruiyot Ken 2hr 18min 31sec
2 B Kosgei Ken
2:20:13
3 T Bekele Eth
2:21:40
Men’s wheelchair
1 D Weir GB
1hr 31min 15sec
2 M Hug Swi
1:31:15
3 D Romanchuk US
1:31:16
Women’s wheelchair
1 M de Rozario Aus 1hr 42min 58sec
2 T McFadden US
1:42:58
3 S Scaroni US
1:43:00
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Racing
O’Brien’s Order
Of St George
back on the
Gold trail
John O’Hara
Eliud Kipchoge
of Kenya made
light work of the
record 23C heat
and a quality
field to win his
third London
Marathon
JUSTIN SETTERFIELD/
GETTY IMAGES
Women
Cheruiyot’s
perfect race
delivers
surprise win
Sean Ingle
The Mall
It was billed as a dramatic duel in the
sun, with Paula Radcliffe’s 15-year-old
women’s world record the prize for
the victor. But when both favourites
wilted in the late-morning heat,
Vivian Cheruiyot took advantage
with a masterful display of distance
running to claim her first women’s
London Marathon.
The 34-year-old, an inspector in
Kenya’s police force, was 1min 40sec
back at halfway. But she solved how
to handle running in temperatures
that hit 20c (68f) by mid-morning to
record an even split and come home
in a personal best of 2hr 18min 31sec.
Everyone knew that Cheruiyot has
been a brilliant athlete on the track.
She is the third-fastest woman at
5,000m and 10,000m after all, and
has won four world titles as well as the
5,000m Olympic title in 2016. But few
were talking about her as a contender
here – and with good reason.
In two efforts at the marathon
distance her personal best had been
a modest 2hr 23min, and she had
dropped out of the New York Marathon last month with breathing problems because of the cold weather.
But Cheruiyot, whose nickname is
the Pocket Rocket, delivered the race
strategy devised by her coach, Ricky
Simms, to perfection.
“I trained well so I knew I could
relax,” she said. “My aim was to run
under 2:20, maybe 2:19, so I’m happy
because I did 2:18.
“I didn’t make the podium last year
because it was my debut. When you
are debuting something you should
not run as quickly. Last year I was just
coming up and noticing what this
marathon was like.”
It helped that the Kenyan Mary
Keitany and the Ethiopian Tirunesh
Dibaba, who were both gunning for
Radcliffe’s imposing world record of
2hr 15min 25sec, both went off far too
quickly. The pair ran the first mile in a
brutal 5min 6sec – a pace quick enough
to leave them alone up front with just
their three pacemakers for company
– leaving Cheruiyot wisely let them
get on with it.
And get on with it they did. After
eight miles Keitany and Dibaba were
20 seconds up, while Keitany went
through halfway in 67min 16sec –
▲ Vivian Cheruiyot got her tactics
right in the London Marathon
46sec quicker than Radcliffe had been
at 13.1 miles.
But as the temperature started
to climb over 20C (68F), both of the
leading contenders burned up. Dibaba
dropped out not long after 30km,
while the race favourite Keitany shuffled painfully over the line more than
five minutes back in fifth in 2:24:27.
That left Cheruiyot to pounce.
“When I saw Dibaba, and I had enough
energy that I thought: ‘I’m going to get
her.’ After that, I saw Mary, and I got
her, and I thought: ‘Yes, today I am
going to be a winner of the London
Marathon’ – and I’m so happy.”
And, perhaps wisely, she is not
thinking about going after Radcliffe’s
best any time soon. “I cannot say about
the world record now because it’s still
coming slowly by slowly, but when the
time comes it’s going to be fairly difficult,” she said.
Another Kenyan, Brigid Kosgei,
was second in 2hr 20min 13sec with
the Ethiopian Tadelech Bekele third
just over a minute further back.
Britain’s Lily Partridge was the best
British runner, finishing eighth in a
personal best of 2hr 29min 24sec.
Godolphin carried all before them at
Newmarket last week, taking the chief
Classic trials, but at Navan yesterday
Aidan O’Brien fired a couple of serious
warning shots to let everyone know his
team are ready to step up a gear after
Order Of St George and So Perfect
enjoyed notable victories.
The 2016 Ascot Gold Cup winner
was given a hands-and-heels ride by
Ryan Moore to beat Lord Yeats by five
and a half lengths and land the Group
Three Vintage Crop Stakes 12 months
after he suffered a shock defeat in the
corresponding race.
There were no mistakes this time
as Moore was happy to allow Jedd
O’Keeffe’s stable star to bowl along
in front before winding up Order Of
St George more than two furlongs out
and he responded in style.
O’Brien was delighted with the
effort, saying: “He was well ready to
start today. He was in a nice place. We
were looking at giving him a couple of
races before the Gold Cup and will now
go to Leopardstown for the Saval Beg
Stakes again.”
At the other end of the age scale
O’Brien unleashed a highly promising
debutante in So Perfect, who showed
a telling turn of foot to snatch the Tara
Sires Irish EBF Maiden in the shadow
of the post.
The master of Ballydoyle said:
“We’re delighted with that for a first
run. We were worried about the
ground and experience, but she is
obviously a very nice filly. She is a big,
powerful filly.”
This was O’Brien’s first juvenile
winner of the season and he was
quick to suggest that she could be
good enough to be considered for
Royal Ascot in June.
The champion trainer also had news
of his leading Two Thousand Guineas protagonists. He reported: “The
Leopardstown winner [Gustav Klimt]
and the Racing Post Trophy winner
[Saxon Warrior] are both good and I
am happy with where they are. Also
U S Navy Flag has come on a lot for
his debut run.”
John O’Hara’s tips
Newton Abbot 1.30 Goldslinger 2.00 Sensulano
2.30 Marracudja 3.00 Sao 3.30 Sparky’s Spirit
4.00 Champagne George 4.30 Virak
Hexham 1.50 Whoshotwho 2.20 Sky Full Of
Stars 2.50 Pineapple Rush 3.20 Rydale Racer
3.50 Mcginty’s Dream 4.20 Melekhov
4.55 Mendip Express (nb)
Pontefract 2.10 Five Amarones 2.40 Dawaaleeb
3.10 Holmeswood 3.40 Tyrell 4.10 Three Saints
Bay 4.40 Alhawdaj 5.15 Hot Hannah
5.45 Delph Crescent
Windsor 4.50 Nutini 5.20 Nina Petrovna 5.50
Rebecca Rocks 6.20 Stream Song 6.50 Fajjaj (nap)
7.20 Pretty Jewel 7.50 Rupert’s Lass
Sedgefield 5.10 Alfiboy 5.40 Nefyn Bay
6.10 Hurricane Dylan 6.40 Discoverie
7.10 Danceintothelight 7.40 Diplomate Sivola
8.10 It’s O Kay
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Cycling
Pre-Tour verdict
on Froome likely
William Fotheringham
Liège
Christian Prudhomme, the Tour de
France organiser, says he is confident
that Chris Froome’s salbutamol case
will be resolved one way or another
before this year’s race starting on 7 July.
Speaking before the start of
the Liège-Bastogne-Liège Classic,
Prudhomme said: “I have said since
December that we need a rapid solution. The statements of the president of
the UCI indicate there will certainly be
an answer before the Tour de France.
“I have confidence in the UCI to do
that. The president of the UCI has said
there certainly won’t be one before the
Giro [d’Italia] but there certainly will
be one before the Tour de France. We
must have that answer.”
Froome’s adverse analytical finding
for salbutamol occurred during the
Tour of Spain last year. The four-times
Tour de France winner is set to start
this year’s Giro – which begins in Jerusalem on 4 May – with a possible ban
hanging over him, in the event that
the UCI’s independent anti-doping
tribunal does not rule in his favour.
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Sport
Rugby union Champions Cup semi-finals
Leinster ready to sit
at head of the table
Irish side’s dominance clear
to see as a tournament that
feels seminal, if certainly not
vintage, nears its conclusion
Gerard Meagher
I
t has not been a vintage
Champions Cup but after a
weekend of deep intensity,
if little in the way of
edge-of-the-seat excitement,
it is hard to escape the sense
it is a seminal one. Since Leinster
last sat at the head of the European
table, Toulon and Saracens have
both taken their turns but they are
marching back with a blend of power
and precision that suggests they will
take some shifting.
It will require an almighty effort
from Racing 92 to deny Leinster
in Bilbao next month and while
the French side had too much in
their armoury for a Munster team
so uncharacteristically rattled,
Leinster’s ability to sustain their
excellence for 79 minutes against
the Scarlets understandably installs
them as favourites. The Scarlets’
scythe was simply no match for
Leinster’s sledgehammer and had
Racing not palpably taken the foot
off the pedal in the second half
yesterday the scoreline would have
been every bit as one-sided.
It was not, but it can be said with
some certainty that both matches
were over by half-time. So no, not
a vintage tournament, regardless
of how much English involvement
there was in the latter stages.
Undoubtedly there have been
pockets of excitement, but perhaps
we were a little too easily seduced
by the swashbuckling Scarlets or
La Rochelle’s razzle dazzle. There
are not many matches that will
linger long in the memory and if the
semi-finals told us anything it is that
there is no substitute for the kind
of physicality and accuracy served
up by both Leinster and, for the first
half at least, Racing.
Leinster were imperious but, as
with Racing, they could afford to
be only because of the quick ball
provided to them by their bulldozing
forwards. The Scarlets selected a
pair of breakdown experts in their
back-row in James Davies and
John Barclay but neither had a sniff
with Cian Healy, James Ryan or
Scott Fardy smashing every ruck or
blasting over the gain-line with ball
in hand. For Racing, read Yannick
Nyanga, who at 34 was perhaps the
most impressive performer across
the weekend. Ably assisted by both
props – Eddy Ben Arous and Cedate
Gomes Sa – and the individual
brilliance of Teddy Thomas, Racing
bullied a Munster side that had been
developing a reputation for doing
similar themselves.
Racing have not quite crept up
on the rails to reach the final – a
second in three seasons – but they
have spent less time in the spotlight,
benefiting from an emphasis on
the narrative of Irish dominance
this season. Clermont Auvergne
may be enduring a torrid time but
not many teams emerge from a
knockout match at the Stade MarcelMichelin victorious so perhaps we
ought to have paid more attention
to Racing’s quarter-final victory.
For they have recast themselves as
European heavyweights less reliant
on their overseas stars. Rather, it is
less heralded players – teak-tough
forwards such as Bernard Le Roux,
so influential at the breakdown,
Wenceslas Lauret and, of course,
Nyanga – who laid the platform
yesterday, all the while marshalled
by Maxime Machenaud.
They, at least, may be equipped to
handle Leinster’s power. Saracens
were able to for 45 minutes or
so before Leinster pressed the
accelerator to the floor but anyone
who makes Munster look so ordinary
will be difficult opponents. It is hard
to recall Conor Murray having such
a poor afternoon and it will come as
no consolation that his international
halfback partner, Johnny Sexton, did
not miss a beat against the Scarlets.
Sexton was the star turn for
Leinster, who like Saracens and
Toulon before them, give off a
certain air of invincibility. Before
this season, the last time Ireland
won a Six Nations grand slam
was 2009 and a couple of months
later Leinster clinched their first
European title. Racing are worthy
finalists but only a brave gambler
would bet against a repeat.
The final
Saturday 12 May
Racing 92 v Leinster
San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao
4.45pm
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▼ Teddy Thomas goes over
for Racing’s first try
JAMES CROMBIE/INPHO/REX/
SHUTTERSTOCK
Munster devastated
by Racing’s power
and panache
Racing 92
27
Munster
22
Robert Kitson
Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux
The ultimate Irish rugby party may
not have materialised but this season’s European Champions Cup final
should still be one for the connoisseur.
Forget the theory about Leinster being
unbeatable this year: if Racing 92 perform for 80 minutes in Bilbao on 12
May with the same power and panache
which shredded Munster early on a
gorgeous afternoon in Bordeaux the
trophy will be heading away from
Dublin.
The first half felt almost as onesided as Leinster’s suffocation of the
Scarlets the previous day as the Parisians abruptly ended any prospect of
two Irish provinces contesting the final
in the immediate wake of the national
team’s convincing Six Nations grand
slam. Instead neutrals can now expect
a Basque showdown of genuine quality, particularly if Racing can again
accelerate into an early lead.
Even Munster, so often the Houdinis of European rugby, were never
going to escape from 24-3 down inside
26 minutes. Roared on by the travelling Red Army, they mounted a brave
second-half comeback but the damage was done. A brace of tries from the
onrushing Teddy Thomas and a third
from the captain, Maxime Machenaud,
handed the ball by Thomas when the
big wing needed only to dot the ball
down to register a stunning hat-trick,
had long since made the contest a Racing certainty.
Poor old Munster. This was their
13th European semi-final and nine
have now ended in defeat, with their
last final appearance a decade ago. As
with the Scarlets, they did wonderfully well to reach the last four, only
to run into high-class opponents who
would have monstered most teams
on the day. The Munster of old used
to specialise in confounding the odds
but the professional game has moved
on. In this sort of company pluck and
defiance take a side only so far.
It was also a thought-provoking
Simon Zebo
belatedly scores
Munster’s first try
afternoon for all those connected
with England’s 2019 World Cup planning. Eddie Jones may keep insisting
that club and international rugby are
two different things but, if France,
who will be sharing England’s pool,
ever get around to selecting their best
players in their optimum positions and
improving their fitness levels, they are
capable of causing anyone problems.
Had Munster’s forwards not dug
in and a yellow card for Marc Andrieu
not helped Munster to rack up three
unlikely tries in the second half, it
would have been a proper towelling. Thomas featured in only two of
France’s Six Nations fixtures but he
and the explosive Virimi Vakatawa
are as lethal on their day as any strike
runners in Europe. With fellow internationals such as Machenaud and
Yannick Nyanga equally influential
and Donnacha Ryan supplying a bit
of Irish insider knowledge, modern
rugby’s first rule of engagement was
duly reinforced. Run hard, fast and
straight enough for long enough and
opponents will crack sooner rather
than later.
Munster needed everything to be
spot on from the start but, apart from
anything else, Ian Keatley at fly-half is
no Ronan O’Gara. The fly-half crucially
missed a penalty kick to touch which
would have given his side a promising early platform close to the Racing
22 and then, for some unaccountable
reason, opted for a limp drop-goal
attempt with a number of team-mates
promisingly positioned outside him.
Racing, in contrast, were spot on.
Only five minutes had elapsed when
Thomas screamed round the outside
of Munster’s narrow defensive line and
over in the corner and, when Vakatawa
stepped past Conor Murray to set his
team-mate up for his second in the
18th minute, there was already a sense
of foreboding. The sight of Thomas
politely sidestepping the chance of a
hat-trick to set up Machenaud instead
merely underlined the chasm between
the sides.
There were only 17 minutes left
in the game by the time Munster
finally crossed their opponents’ tryline through the replacement Simon
Zebo, by which point Racing had been
reduced to 14 men. The lively Zebo and
another second-half replacement,
Robin Copeland, injected pace and
purpose previously lacking and, with
Racing settling for what they had, late
converted tries from Rhys Marshall
and Andrew Conway added a misleading gloss to the final scoreline.
With the outcome never really in
doubt, the sight of Zebo, who is heading to Racing next season, throwing
his boots to the Munster fans after
the final whistle merely intensified
the sense of regret. Should their big
rivals, Leinster, go on to lift Europe’s
biggest trophy, it will take them even
longer to get over it.
Racing 92
Dupichot (Carter, 56);
Thomas, Vakatawa
(Rokocoko, 59),
Chavancy, Andreu;
Lambie, Machenaud
(capt; Iribaren, 75); Ben
Arous (Kakovin, 51)
Chat (Szarzewski, 66),
Gomes Sa (Afatia, 51),
D Ryan, Nakarawa,
Lauret, Le Roux
(Chouzenoux, 53),
Nyanga (Claassen, 59).
Tries Thomas 2,
Machenaud. Cons
Machenaud 3. Pens
Machenaud 2.
Sin bin Andrieu 62.
Munster
Conway; Earls, Arnold, R
Scannell (Marshall, 43),
Wootton (Zebo, 43);
Keatley (Hanrahan, 53),
Murray; Kilcoyne (Cronin,
43), N Scannell, Archer
(Ryan, 43-60), Kleyn
(Grobler, 60), Holland,
O’Mahony (capt),
O’Donoghue (Copeland,
53), Stander.
Tries Zebo, Marshall,
Conway. Cons Hanrahan 2.
Pen Keatley.
Referee JP Doyle (Eng) Attendance 18,598
Rugby league Ladbrokes Challenge Cup
Plucky Knights give Dragons
mighty battle in losing cause
York City Knights
22
Catalans Dragons
34
Aaron Bower
Bootham Crescent
In a season careering out of control for
Catalans Dragons, victory at all costs
was required in this game – but they
were given an almighty test against
one of the game’s up-and-coming
part-time sides.
When the full-time hooter sounded
and the Dragons had booked their
place in the Challenge Cup sixth-round
draw their star-studded squad, who
have chronically underperformed
throughout 2018, were quick to commend their lower-league opponents.
The French side had endured a
ferocious battle, but this was as much
about what York City Knights are producing off the field as well as on it.
With the sport’s long-term league
structure still unclear, there has been
some suggestion of cutting funding to
League 1 clubs – perhaps even turning
the third-tier amateur league to pump
more money into Super League. Never
has that myopic approach looked as
outrageous as it did here.
While a late surge of tries from
Catalans was eventually enough to
take the game away from York, the
Knights held their own throughout,
epitomised by the fact they rounded
off the afternoon’s scoring with Joe
Batchelor’s consolation try.
“York were good – but we knew that
about them before the game,” said the
Catalans coach, Steve McNamara.
With two wins from their 11 Super
League games so far this season, there
is again a very realistic possibility of
the Dragons becoming embroiled in
a battle against relegation this year.
This result at least served as temporary
Sport
In brief
Tennis
Nadal cruises to record
Monte Carlo title
Rafael Nadal powered to a record
11th Monte Carlo Masters title with
a straight-sets victory against Kei
Nishikori. The world No 1 recovered
from going a break down early in the
first set to win 6-3, 6-2 in 93 minutes
and has now won 36 consecutive
sets on clay, a run that stretches back
to the first round of the French Open
last year. Meanwhile Great Britain’s
wait to play in the World Group will
continue after they were defeated
3-2 by Japan in their Fed Cup
promotion play-off, Johanna Konta
and Heather Watson losing the
deciding doubles rubber against
Miyu Kato and Makoto Ninomiya
3-6, 6-3, 6-3. PA
respite from their league troubles as
they progressed.
But against a team of painters,
estate agents and teachers, that Catalans were victorious by just 12 points
underlined that they are indeed in
trouble when it comes to the league
unless they buck their ideas up, and
that York truly played their part in a
thrilling cup tie. In front of a raucous,
lively crowd greater in size than some
seen in Super League this season, this
was perhaps the Challenge Cup at its
absolute best.
“I’m proud of what the club are
doing on and off the field,” York’s
coach, James Ford, said. “The buzz
around the city is clear for all to see.”
Catalans took an early lead with
tries from Fouad Yaha and Jason
Baitieri but they were soon pegged
back, with two tries to the York-born
forward Joe Porter making it 10-10. But
Catalans struck an important blow on
the half-time hooter when Mickael
Simon put them back ahead.
And while they remained ahead for
the rest of the afternoon, they were
given more than one or two scares in
the second half – not least when, after
Lucas Albert capped his own fine display with a try, Kieren Moss reduced
the gap to six points on the hour.
Catalans, though, finished the
stronger of the two sides and eventually secured victory when Jodie
Broughton and Greg Bird scored – but
fittingly, York at least had the final say
through Batchelor.
York City Knights
Moss; Robson, Butler
Fleming, Hey, Mazive;
Cockayne, C Robinson;
A Robinson, Ellis,
Siddons, Batchelor,
Scott, Spears
Interchange
Hawksworth,
Normington, Dixon,
Porter
Tries Porter 2, Moss
Goals Robinson 3
Catalans Dragons
Mead; Broughton, Gigot,
Duport, Yaha; Langi,
Albert; Maria, McIlorum,
Moa, Bird, Garcia, Baitieri
Interchange Aiton,
Bousquet, Margalet,
Simon
Tries Yaha, Baitieri,
Simon, Albert, Broughton,
Bird
Goals Albert
Referee Chris Kendall Attendance 3,081
Snooker
O’Sullivan completes
Crucible fightback
Ronnie O’Sullivan roared back to
defeat Stephen Maguire in the first
round of the World Championship.
After the defending champion, Mark
Selby, was beaten on Saturday, there
was the very real danger of
O’Sullivan following him out of the
tournament. The five-times world
champion trailed Maguire 6-3
overnight but won seven of eight
frames in the second session to pull
off a 10-7 victory. PA
▲ Rafael Nadal has not dropped a set
on clay since last year’s French Open
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Cricket Specsavers County Championship
40
Gregory does the damage
in Somerset’s flying start
Somerset
202 & 255
Worcestershire
179 & 195
Somerset beat Worcestershire by 83 runs
Vic Marks
Taunton
For the first time since 2012 Somerset
have started their season with a Championship victory. It was achieved without a wicket being taken by a spinner, which has rarely been the case
in recent times. Jack Leach, now of
England, bowled 10 balls in the match.
Somerset’s seamers, spearheaded by
Lewis Gregory, did the damage as
Worcestershire were bowled out for
195, 84 runs short of their target.
Gregory took vital wickets at the
start of the innings. He sent two
stumps flying out of the ground when
dispatching Daryl Mitchell and surprised Joe Clarke with an in-ducker,
which followed several away-swingers, to gain a leg-before decision.
Clarke, highly rated and a regular
Lion, has, like many young batsmen,
struggled for runs after two matches
this spring. Gregory also disposed of
Tom Fell just before lunch. The pacemen accounted for 39 of the wickets to
fall in the match; there was one controversial run-out.
The game began on an emerald
green surface, which day by day faded.
Most laudably the pitch retained its
pace throughout so that the edges
Cricket scoreboard
SPECSAVERS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
Division One (third day of four)
Essex v Lancashire
Chelmsford Essex (19pts) beat Lancashire (3) by 31 runs.
Essex First innings 150.
Lancashire First innings 144 (JA Porter 5-26,
SR Harmer 5-46).
Essex Second innings 313 (JS Foster 69).
Lancashire Second innings
KK Jennings c Chopra b Siddle .......................................24
H Hameed b Porter .........................................................1
†AL Davies lbw b Porter ................................................71
*LS Livingstone c Foster b Walter..................................23
S Chanderpaul lbw b Walter ............................................1
DJ Vilas lbw b Siddle......................................................22
J Clark lbw b Porter .......................................................59
TE Bailey run out ............................................................9
JM Mennie b Porter.......................................................56
G Onions c Foster b Harmer .............................................1
MW Parkinson not out ....................................................4
Extras (b3, lb10, nb4) ...................................................17
Total (82.2 overs) .......................................................288
Fall 7, 32, 88, 98, 139, 172, 195, 243, 246.
Bowling Porter 19.2-4-54-4; Siddle 20-4-55-2;
Harmer 29-5-109-1; Walter 6-1-21-2; Bopara 8-0-36-0.
Toss Uncontested, Lancashire elected to field.
Umpires RJ Bailey and NL Bainton.
Somerset v Worcestershire
Taunton Somerset (20pts) beat Worcestershire (3) by 83
runs.
Somerset First innings 202 (MT Renshaw 101no;
EG Barnard 5-52).
Worcestershire First innings 179 (EG Barnard 50;
L Gregory 4-51).
Somerset Second innings (overnight 255-9)
JC Hildreth not out .....................................................111
TD Groenewald b Barnard ...............................................4
Extras (b6, lb3, nb4) .....................................................13
Total (69.2 overs) .......................................................255
Bowling Leach 15-2-61-2; Magoffin 16-2-58-1;
Barnard 19.2-8-37-6; Tongue 14-0-67-1; Head 5-0-23-0.
Worcestershire Second innings
DKH Mitchell b Gregory ..................................................1
BL D’Oliveira lbw b Davey ...............................................5
TC Fell lbw b Gregory ....................................................41
JM Clarke lbw b Gregory..................................................7
TM Head c Davies b Groenewald.......................................9
comfortably reached the slip cordon.
On two occasions the ball arrived so
quickly that Marcus Trescothick at second slip was unable to hold on to the
type of catch he habitually gobbles up.
Gregory’s main ally was the veteran
Tim Groenewald, who found the outside edge of at least three different bats
– he was also the victim of two dropped
catches by the keeper, Steve Davies.
Josh Davey, who does not excite the
needle of the speed radar a great deal,
picked up two wickets.
Meanwhile Craig Overton, the fastest and most celebrated of Somerset’s
pacemen, had to wait the longest for
his solitary victim, Josh Tongue. Pace,
like spin, was not an essential asset on
this surface to the frustration of those
trying to improve the England team.
▲ Lewis Gregory has rejected a claim
that he is going to switch counties
GH Rhodes c Renshaw b Groenewald ................................0
†OB Cox b Davey ...........................................................23
E Barnard not out .........................................................45
*J Leach c Hildreth b Groenewald ....................................6
JC Tongue c & b C Overton .............................................34
SJ Magoffin run out ......................................................10
Extras (lb4, w2, nb8) ....................................................14
Total (51.4 overs) .......................................................195
Fall 4, 16, 25, 55, 63, 85, 103, 121, 164.
Bowling Gregory 13-5-35-3; Davey 11-1-49-2;
C Overton 12-2-45-1; Groenewald 14-3-51-3;
Leach 1.4-0-11-0.
Toss Uncontested, Worcestershire elected to field.
Umpires IJ Gould and SJ O’Shaughnessy.
Surrey v Hampshire
The Oval Hampshire (3pts), with six second-innings wickets
remaining, require a further 356 runs to beat Surrey (4).
Surrey First innings 211 (LA Dawson 4-30, FH Edwards 4-38).
Hampshire First innings 147 (HM Amla 55; R Clarke 4-39,
SM Curran 4-39).
Surrey Second innings (overnight 217-4)
†BT Foakes b Edwards ...................................................81
OJ Pope c Rossouw b Dawson.......................................145
SM Curran lbw b Dawson ...............................................13
R Clarke c Dawson b Edwards ...........................................7
JW Dernbach c McManus b Edwards.................................8
MP Dunn not out ............................................................9
Extras (b9, lb3, w2, nb2) ...............................................16
Total (for 9 dec, 109.3 overs).......................................407
Fall cont 304, 332, 363, 379, 407.
Did not bat A Virdi.
Bowling Abbott 19-2-72-3; Edwards 23-1-130-3;
Dawson 37.3-7-85-2; Wood 16-2-56-1; Wheal 14-0-52-0.
Hampshire Second innings
JHK Adams c Stoneman b Clarke ....................................21
†LD McManus b Dunn .....................................................4
*JM Vince lbw b Virdi ....................................................33
HM Amla lbw b Virdi......................................................21
SA Northeast not out ...................................................14
RR Rossouw not out .....................................................19
Extras (b4) .....................................................................4
Total (for 4, 42.5 overs)...............................................116
Fall 29, 29, 83, 84.
To bat LA Dawson, KJ Abbott, CP Wood, B Wheal, FH Edwards.
Bowling Dernbach 12-4-29-0; SM Curran 7-4-14-0;
Virdi 9.5-2-26-2; Clarke 8-2-23-1; Dunn 6-2-20-1.
Toss Surrey elected to bat.
Umpires RK Illingworth and DJ Millns.
Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire
Headingley Nottinghamshire (3pts) with two secondinnings wickets remaining, require a further 222 runs to
beat Yorkshire (5).
Yorkshire First innings 256 (AJ Hodd 62; LJ Fletcher 4-47).
Nottinghamshire First innings 188 (LRPL Taylor 57;
BO Coad 4-49).
This was Worcestershire’s second
defeat of the season, an outcome
that was a travesty for their young
all-rounder, Ed Barnard, who had a
brilliant game. He took 11 for 89. In
Worcestershire’s first innings he hit
a half-century and was out selflessly
heaving when batting with his No 11.
In the second he top-scored with an
unbeaten 45. “Ed has slipped under
the radar a bit,” said his captain, Joe
Leach. “He is the real deal. He looked
every inch a batter in this game along
with his 11 wickets.”
The match ended with some controversy and confusion. The last man
Steve Magoffin, struggling with a tight
hamstring, was run out by a brilliant
throw from the cover boundary by
Matt Renshaw, Somerset’s replacement for Cameron Bancroft as an
overseas player. But it became apparent after Magoffin had been given out
that Renshaw’s foot had been beyond
the boundary when he threw the ball.
Joe Leach dealt with this adroitly
after a handy half-hour cooling-off
period. “We were not overly happy. But
that’s the game; we have to move on.
Realistically it probably did not make
a difference but there have been some
improbable last-wicket partnerships.”
He also acknowledged the impact of so
many dropped catches when his side
was in the field. James Hildreth, the
outstanding English batsman on view,
was dropped four times while scoring
159 runs in the match.
The confusion came from Somerset. It was announced at a members’
meeting on Thursday evening that
Lewis Gregory had been the subject
of a 28-day approach from another
county – his contract is up at the end
of the season. “That’s news to me,”
Gregory said, adding he was “passionate about the club”. Bowling as he did
in this game will surely assist him in
any contract negotiations.
Yorkshire Second innings (overnight 189-4)
*GS Ballance b Gurney..................................................82
JA Leaning lbw b Gurney ...............................................37
†AJ Hodd lbw b Gurney ...................................................3
TT Bresnan not out .......................................................68
J Shaw c Moores b Fletcher ..............................................6
JA Brooks c Moores b Ball ..............................................13
BO Coad c Mullaney b Fletcher .......................................33
Extras (b5, lb17, nb4) ...................................................26
Total (108.2 overs) .....................................................334
Fall 5, 28, 37, 95, 198, 199, 204, 228, 257.
Bowling Ball 22-4-69-3; Fletcher 23.2-10-45-2;
Gurney 27-4-86-3; Wood 19-1-63-1; Patel 15-4-45-0;
Nash 2-0-4-0.
Nottinghamshire Second innings
*SJ Mullaney lbw b Coad...............................................13
JD Libby b Coad ............................................................38
CD Nash c Hodd b Bresnan .............................................23
LRPL Taylor c Hodd b Brooks .........................................30
SR Patel b Coad ...............................................................7
MH Wessels c Hodd b Shaw............................................33
LJ Fletcher b Brooks........................................................2
†TJ Moores not out ......................................................10
L Wood c Leaning b Coad ...............................................10
JT Ball not out ................................................................8
Extras (b1, lb5, w1) ........................................................7
Total (for 8, 46 overs)..................................................181
Fall 21, 59, 81, 101, 135, 143, 151, 172.
To bat HF Gurney.
Bowling Brooks 12-2-56-2; Coad 14-6-55-4;
Shaw 10-0-46-1; Bresnan 7-2-14-1; Lyth 3-2-4-0.
Toss Uncontested, Nottinghamshire elected to field.
Umpires NGB Cook and MA Gough.
Division Two (third day of four)
Derbyshire v Middlesex
Derby Middlesex (3pts), with seven second-innings wickets
remaining, require a further 356 runs to beat Derbyshire (5).
Derbyshire First innings 265 (GC Viljoen 65no;
JAR Harris 4-68).
Middlesex First innings 157 (D Olivier 4-26).
Derbyshire Second innings (overnight 118-0)
BT Slater c Holden b Rayner ...........................................99
L M Reece not out .......................................................157
WL Madsen c Cartwright b Stirling .................................52
AL Hughes st Simpson b Stirling.......................................5
*BA Godleman not out ...................................................1
Extras (b3, lb3, w1, nb12) .............................................19
Total (for 3 dec, 110 overs)..........................................333
Fall 219, 320, 332.
Did not bat MJJ Critchley, †GC Wilson, R Rampaul,
GC Viljoen, AP Palladino, D Olivier.
Bowling Murtagh 10-0-31-0; Harris 6-2-11-0;
Cartwright 13-1-43-0; Helm 19-3-65-0;
Rayner 35-7-84-1; Stirling 20-3-62-2; Holden 7-0-31-0.
Middlesex Second innings
MDE Holden not out .....................................................37
*SD Robson lbw b Viljoen................................................5
Ballance puts
Yorkshire on
verge of win
Yorkshire
256 & 334
Nottinghamshire 188 & 181-8
Graham Hardcastle
Headingley
This third day, albeit one interrupted
by morning rain, had the sense of
revisiting recent glories for Yorkshire,
who charged towards a first win of
2018 over Nottinghamshire with eight
evening wickets, having set them a
highly unlikely target of 403.
When the White Rose won back-toback Championship titles in 2014 and
2015, and even challenged Middlesex
in 2016, they ground sides down with
ruthless cricket – often a buzzphrase of
their coach at the time, Jason Gillespie.
Last year that approach was missing
as they narrowly escaped relegation.
Throughout the winter their current
coach, Andrew Gale, and director of
cricket, Martyn Moxon, have repeatedly spoken about the need for that to
return. So they will have been thrilled
to see it reap reward during this dominant day, highlighted by a measured
82 for Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan’s
unbeaten 68. It was Brenan’s highest
score since a brilliant 142 during the
final game of 2016.
Yorkshire began the day on 189 for
four in their second innings, leading by 257, with Ballance and Jack
Leaning (37) completing a fifth-wicket
RG White lbw b Olivier ....................................................1
HWR Cartwright c Wilson b Olivier ................................29
OP Rayner not out ..........................................................9
Extras (lb1, nb4) .............................................................5
Total (for 3, 29 overs)....................................................86
Fall 28, 36, 69.
To bat PR Stirling, †JA Simpson, JAR Harris, TG Helm,
TS Roland-Jones, TJ Murtagh.
Bowling Rampaul 7-2-18-0; Viljoen 8-2-24-1;
Olivier 7-0-25-2; Palladino 4-1-12-0; Madsen 1-1-0-0;
Reece 2-0-6-0.
Toss Uncontested, Middlesex elected to field.
Umpires ID Blackwell and MJ Saggers.
Gloucestershire v Glamorgan
Bristol Gloucetsershire (2pts) trail Glamorgan (6) by 157
runs with five second-innings wickets remaining.
Gloucestershire First innings 236 (M de Lange 5-62).
Glamorgan First innings (overnight 296-5)
†CB Cooke c Howell b Worrall ........................................43
DL Lloyd c Roderick b Howell .......................................119
AG Salter c Howell b MD Taylor ........................................4
M de Lange not out ......................................................50
LJ Carey lbw b Higgins.....................................................7
*MG Hogan not out ........................................................7
Extras (b6, lb8, w2, nb22) .............................................38
Total (for 9 dec, 153 overs)..........................................526
Fall cont 349, 379, 496, 510.
Score at 110 overs 335-5.
Bowling Worrall 33-13-91-2; MD Taylor 32-8-90-1;
Norwell 9-3-20-0; Higgins 30-5-102-3;
Van Buuren 32-4-113-1; Noema-Barnett 7-1-42-0;
Howell 10-1-54-2.
Gloucestershire Second innings
*CDJ Dent c Salter b De Lange .......................................12
BAC Howell lbw b Carey ..................................................6
†GH Roderick c Donald b Carey ........................................4
JR Bracey not out .........................................................34
JMR Taylor c Carlson b De Lange ....................................29
GL van Buuren lbw b De Lange.........................................5
RF Higgins not out .......................................................31
Extras (lb3, w1, nb8) ....................................................12
Total (for 5, 45 overs)..................................................133
Fall 14, 18, 28, 74, 84.
To bat K Noema-Barnett, DJ Worrall, LC Norwell, MD Taylor.
Bowling De Lange 12-2-41-3; Carey 13-2-33-2;
Hogan 10-5-26-0; Salter 10-1-30-0.
Toss Uncontested, Glamorgan elected to field.
Umpires JH Evans and PR Pollard.
Leicestershire v Sussex
Grace Road Sussex (4pts) lead Leicestershire (5) by 27 runs
with all second-innings wickets standing.
Sussex First innings 438-8 dec (MGK Burgess 101no,
LJ Wright 88, I Sharma 66, BC Brown 64).
Leicestershire First innings (overnight 112-2)
CN Ackermann c Finch b Wells .....................................186
partnership of 103 shortly after lunch.
That stand was the glaring example of
returning determination. During the
second half of the afternoon, Bresnan
shared a 10th-wicket stand of 77 with
Ben Coad, who posted a career-best 33,
to take the lead beyond reach. Bresnan
even struck a pigeon at deep cover during his innings.
Yet Notts had their moments.
Shortly after lunch, the in-form Harry
Gurney struck three times in 10 balls
to reduce the score from 198 for four
to 204 for seven, including Ballance
playing on to middle stump.
Later Chris Read’s replacement
behind the stumps, Tom Moores, took
two outstanding one-handed catches
leaping high to his right to help Luke
Fletcher and Jake Ball remove the tailenders Josh Shaw and Jack Brooks. All
those days catching balls with the help
of the back garden trampoline and his
father have certainly come in useful.
Notts then started their chase on the
front foot despite losing their captain,
Steven Mullaney, lbw to Coad in the
fourth over. Mullaney had hit three
boundaries in the first over off Brooks
before Jake Libby hit two off Coad in
the second.
The scoring rate remained good but
they lost a flurry of wickets before the
close, Coad finishing the day with four.
They slipped from 101 for three to 151
for seven inside nine overs, with the
extra half-hour taken.
▲ Tim Bresnan hit 68, his highest
score since the final game of 2016
MJ Cosgrove c & b Wells ................................................64
A Javid lbw b Wiese .......................................................13
NJ Dexter c Brown b Wells .............................................34
†LJ Hill lbw b Wells..........................................................8
BA Raine c Brown b Sharma ...........................................40
CF Parkinson c Brown b Beer ...........................................4
GT Griffiths not out ........................................................5
Mohammad Abbas not out .............................................5
Extras (b12, lb6, w5, nb8) .............................................31
Total (for 9 dec, 135 overs)..........................................422
Fall cont 214, 253, 328, 345, 406, 410, 417.
Score at 110 overs 336-5.
Bowling Sharma 29-5-85-3; Robinson 27-9-72-0;
Wiese 23-5-63-1; Beer 26-3-88-1; Van Zyl 3-0-15-0;
Wells-27-2-81-4.
Sussex Second innings
LWP Wells not out ..........................................................7
PD Salt not out ...............................................................3
Extras (lb1) ....................................................................1
Total (for 0, 6 overs)......................................................11
To bat S van Zyl, HZ Finch, LJ Wright, *†BC Brown,
MGK Burgess, OE Robinson, D Wiese, I Sharma, WAT Beer.
Bowling Mohammad Abbas 3-1-3-0; Raine 3-0-7-0.
Toss Sussex elected to bat.
Umpires PK Baldwin and AG Wharf.
Northamptonshire v Warwickshire
Northampton Warwickshire (22pts) beat
Northamptonshire (2) by an innings and 48 runs.
Northamptonshire First innings 147
(RN Sidebottom 6-35).
Warwickshire First innings 413 (TR Ambrose 103,
SR Hain 85, HJH Brookes 70).
Northamptonshire Second innings (overnight 41-0)
RI Newton c Sibley b Wright ..........................................46
BM Duckett c Ambrose b Sidebottom .............................12
*AG Wakely lbw b Patel .................................................25
RE Levi c Trott b Patel......................................................0
RI Keogh c Ambrose b Sidebottom ...................................6
†AM Rossington lbw b Sidebottom ................................58
JJ Cobb c Ambrose b Wright ...........................................30
DAJ Bracewell not out ..................................................15
BA Hutton b Sidebottom .................................................7
RJ Gleeson b Brookes ......................................................0
BW Sanderson b Brookes.................................................0
Extras (b3, lb9, w1, nb6) ...............................................19
Total (91.2 overs) .......................................................218
Fall 52, 87, 87, 95, 100, 172, 193, 209, 210.
Bowling Wright 18-4-38-2; Sidebottom 22-5-61-4;
Patel 31-15-65-2; Brookes 18.2-5-33-2;
Lamb 2-0-9-0.
Toss Northamptonshire elected to bat.
Umpires RA Kettleborough and RJ Warren.
(finished on Saturday)
Riverside Durham 91 (MJ Henry 5-28) and 170
(WJ Weighell 84; MJ Henry 7-45). Kent 169 (HG Kuhn 54)
and 95-1. Kent (19pts) beat Durham (3) by nine wickets.
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Football Women’s Champions League semi-finals
▼ Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg
(left) wins the ball ahead
of City’s Steph Houghton
41
DAVE THOMPSON/PA WIRE
Wolfsburg
show their
teeth and
leave Chelsea
on the rocks
Chelsea
1
Ji 3
Wolfsburg
3
Gunnarsdóttir 18, Mjelde 43og, Dickenmann 66
John Ashdown
Kingsmeadow
City hold firm in face
of Lyon pressure
Manchester City
0
Lyon
0
Louise Taylor
Academy Stadium
Manchester City may not have found
a way past the formidable Wendie
Renard at the heart of Lyon’s defence
but they denied the reigning European
champions an away goal and have
everything to play for in France on
Sunday.
The route through the second leg
at the Stade de Lyon and on to the
Women’s Champions League final in
Kiev in May still looks hazardous but
Nick Cushing’s side can be cautiously
optimistic.
Following a shaky start here, they
grew into the tie, pressing assiduously and doing enough to suggest
they might yet negotiate the tactical tripwires next week. Well before
the end Reynald Pedros’s supposed
sophisticates had lost all semblance of
midfield passing rhythm, turned direct
and looked reliant on dead balls for
scoring opportunities.
“I’m definitely happy,” Cushing
said. “It’s definitely a positive result.
Not letting Lyon score an away goal
was so important and we defended
really well. We go to France as underdogs. No one expects us to win and
that can help.”
Frequently driven forward by the
former City right-back Lucy Bronze,
Lyon began in irrepressible fashion.
As shots from Shanice van de Sanden,
Ada Hegerberg, Eugénie Le Sommer
and Dzsenifer Marozsán were blocked,
Cushing’s players could barely escape
their own half.
With City initially unable to string
two passes together, it was easy to see
why Pedros’s gifted team are regarded
Europe’s best. Yet for all Lyon’s pressure and possession, the home goalkeeper, Karen Bardsley, was rarely
stretched to the limit.
If the visitors’ often disappointing final ball offered City hope, they
needed to make the most of their
own strictly rationed chances. They
almost scored when Nikita Parris’s
persistence in harrying Bronze into
an error resulted in the dispossessed
right-back watching in horror as she
cued up Melissa Lawley for a shot
which Sarah Bouhaddi did well to
divert for a corner.
Thus emboldened, City began
pressing higher up the pitch and Jill
Scott made things happen in midfield.
Suddenly Lyon’s hitherto unruffled
PFA awards
Salah ‘honoured’ by recognition
as Kirby takes women’s prize
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was
named as the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year for
the 2017-18 season last night.
The Egypt international saw off
competition from the Manchester City
trio of Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sané
and David Silva to become the second
African player to win the award after
Riyad Mahrez of Leicester in 2016. Tottenham’s Harry Kane came third, with
De Bruyne second. Salah, who moved
to Anfield from Roma last June for a
club record fee of £36.9m, has scored
Amandine Henry had her work cut
out in the holding role and must have
been relieved when the increasingly
influential Scott was warned by the
referee for fouling her.
Although Le Sommer looked inches
from scoring as half-time approached,
frustration was mounting among a
Lyon side struggling to unlock their
full attacking repertoire in the face of
the increasingly assured Jennifer Beattie and Steph Houghton.
At full-back Abbie McManus
and Demi Stokes ensured Lyon did
not really hurt their team down
the flanks while Izzy Christiansen
proved midfield intelligence personified. Bouhaddi needed to keep
Christiansen’s shot out but generally
chances from open play were becoming as elusive as the sun on this Manchester Sunday. Outmanoeuvred in
midfield, Lyon began seeking to win
as many set pieces as possible.
Parris missed an inviting chance
to score from a Christiansen corner
but, equally, City had the impressive
Bardsley – who made some important
interventions – to thank for a fine late
save from Henry’s header.
“I’m not overly disappointed,” said
Pedros. “ City’s midfield is very strong.
Everything still hangs in the balance.”
Manchester City
4-3-3
Bardsley; McManus,
Houghton, Beattie,
Stokes•; Scott, Walsh,
Christiansen; Parris,
Stanway, Lawley
(Emslie 88)
Subs not used
Roebuck, Jans, Ross,
Nadim, Spetsmark,
Middag
Lyon
4-1-3-2
Bouhaddi; Bronze•,
Mbock, Renard, Bacha;
Henry; Van de Sanden
(Hamraoui h-t), Marozsán
(Abily 83), Majri
(Cascarino 68);
Hegerberg, Le Sommer
Subs not used
Peyraud-Magnin, Brian,
Houara-d’Hommeaux,
Buchanan
Referee Barbara Steinhaus (Ger) Attendance 2,876
40 goals in his debut season as Jürgen
Klopp’s side have reached the semifinals of the Champions League.
Salah was presented with the award
at the Grosvenor Hotel in London yesterday evening, with City’s winger
Sané voted as young player of the year.
“It’s an honour to win this award
especially because it was voted for
by the other players,” said Salah. “I
would like to thank my team-mates
and everyone at the club for helping
me to make this happen.”
Asked what it meant to become
the first Egyptian to win the award,
Chelsea have a mountain to climb if
they are to reach their first Women’s
Champions League final after Wolfsburg came from behind to register an
impressive 3-1 victory over the WSL1
leaders at Kingsmeadow.
Ji So-yun’s early opener was soon
cancelled out by Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir before Maren Mjelde’s own
goal just before the break and Lara
Dickenmann’s second-half volley left
the Blues needing something remarkable at the AOK Stadium on Sunday to
progress.
Such is the glut of injuries at Chelsea
that Emma Hayes was able to name
only five substitutes. All five of the
players named in the PFA WSL1 team
of the year in midweek were in the
starting XI, however, and two of them
combined to give her side the perfect
start inside two minutes. Fran Kirby
showed tenacity on the right to force
a low cross in to Ji, who collected the
ball with her back to goal but turned
her defender beautifully before firing
low into the corner.
That should have settled any nerves
in the home side but it was not long
before the visitors got on the front foot
and they were level less than 15 minutes later. Ewa Pajor burst free down
the left before delivering the perfect
cross for Gunnarsdóttir to head home.
While this is Chelsea’s first visit to
the semi-finals, Wolfsburg have been
to the final three times in the past
five editions (lifting the trophy twice)
and the control that the German side
showed throughout the first half suggested that, while Chelsea are improving, a gap in quality still remains.
That said, despite dominating possession and territory, Stephan Lurch’s
side struggled to pierce the Chelsea
backline, with Pajor’s burst through
and shot the only clear sight of goal
until just before the break when the
he said: “Hopefully I’m not the last
one. I’m very proud to win and I’ve
worked very hard.”
Fran Kirby, who played in Chelsea’s
3-1 defeat in the first leg of the Women’s Champions League semi-final yesterday, won the women’s player of the
year award. Bristol City’s Lauren Hemp
was named young player of the year.
While not unexpected given his
stunning debut season at Anfield,
Salah faced strong competition from
the Belgium international De Bruyne,
who has been the standout player for
the champions.
▲ Chelsea’s Ji So-yun beats Pernille
Harder of Wolfsburg to the ball
visitors got the goal their pressure
deserved.
With half-time approaching, Chelsea failed to defend a dangerous
free-kick into the box from deep and
Mjelde, under pressure from Alexandra Popp, diverted past her own
goalkeeper, Hedvig Lindahl, to give
Wolfsburg the lead.
Kirby had cut an isolated figure for
much of the first period and there was
a clear effort to get the wide players,
Drew Spence and Erin Cuthbert, closer
in support in the early stages of the
second half. The improvements rendered by those tactical tweaks were
almost for nought, though, when
Pernille Harder tumbled on the edge
of the Chelsea box under Millie Bright’s
challenge. Harder, however, failed to
test Lindahl with the set piece.
Wolfsburg, though, have steamrollered their way through this competition thus far – a 15-2 aggregate win
over Atlético Madrid in the round of
32 was followed by a 7-3 triumph over
Fiorentina and a 6-1 win over Slavia
Prague – and there was a clear hunger
for more goals. Another duly arrived
midway through the second half, with
Dickenmann volleying home Caroline
Graham Hansen’s deflected cross.
With their hunger sated, the Wolves
were happy to ease off and invite Chelsea to find a way back into the game.
That the increasingly tentative home
side struggled to create anything of
note in the closing stages, despite Eni
Aluko being sprung from the bench
to join Kirby in attack, bodes rather
ominously for the second leg.
Chelsea
4-3-3
Lindahl•; Ericsson,
Mjelde, Flaherty•
(Rafferty 75), Blundell;
Cuthbert (Davison 83),
Bright•, Chapman;
Ji, Kirby, Spence•
(Aluko 68)
Subs not used
Telford, Cooper
Wolfsburg
4-1-4-1
Schult; Blässe
(Kerschowski 61),
Fischer•, Goessling,
Maritz; Gunnarsdóttir;
Dickenmann, Harder,
Popp, Graham Hansen
(Jakabfi 78); Pajor
(Wullaert 88)
Subs not used
Frohms, Baunach, Stolze,
Wedemeyer
Referee Esther Staubli (Swi) Attendance 3,329
Speaking after their 5-0 victory over
Swansea on Sunday, Manchester City’s
manager, Pep Guardiola, had backed
his midfielder for the award. “If he
doesn’t win, then congrats to the guy
that wins,” he said. “But in my opinion
there is no player better than him in
terms of continuity, every three days,
competitions, three days. Maybe the
numbers say someone is better than
him but this season there has been no
one better than him. That’s my opinion
but players can have another one. But
in the end, in the summertime, we will
be at home being champions.”
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Sport
Football Champions League countdown
Liverpool’s
Virgil van Dijk
(right) makes his
presence felt as
Jay Rodriguez
of West Brom
shapes up for a
volley during the
2-2 draw at the
Hawthorns
on Saturday
Van Dijk says Reds will
up game against Roma
in wake of poor draw
Ben Fisher
The Hawthorns
Virgil van Dijk has admitted Liverpool
let their standards slip against West
Bromwich Albion but is adamant
Roma will prove a welcome and contrasting proposition at Anfield tomorrow evening. His manager, Jürgen
Klopp, described Saturday’s 2-2 draw
as “useless” for both teams but Van
Dijk has urged his team-mates to seize
the opportunity in front of them in the
Champions League, with passage to
the final in Kiev on 26 May at stake.
Liverpool squandered a two-goal
lead at the Hawthorns after struggling
to cope with set pieces late on but Van
Dijk is confident they will rise to the
occasion in the semi-final first leg. “We
need to do better,” he said. “You have
to tell each other the truth you cannot
be nice and happy when we want to
achieve so much as a team and a club.
A draw is not good enough but there
is no reason to panic.”
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Asked if Liverpool’s standards
dropped after goals from Danny Ings
and Mohamed Salah, who scored his
31st Premier League goal of the season,
had put them in control. Van Dijk said:
“I think so. [But] I don’t worry at all.
They [West Brom] are fighting for their
lives so in the end they are very direct,
balls into the channel, work hard, trying to get fouls and free-kicks and we
didn’t cope with that how we should
have. To concede two goals from set
pieces as well where we have always
the same roles to do and we didn’t do
that. So it is disappointing.”
Klopp used the trip to West Brom
to make five changes, with Roberto
Firmino among those starting on the
bench, while Daniele De Rossi and the
Roma top-scorer Edin Dzeko will arrive
on Merseyside refreshed after being
rested for their 3-0 win over Spal on
Saturday. After witnessing Roma’s
extraordinary comeback against Barcelona to advance from the quarterfinals on away goals, Liverpool, who
will hold their pre-match team meet-
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ing today, will not be taking anything
for granted against the Serie A side.
“It will be hard work and we need to
be ready for anything and then obviously the tough game in Rome,” Van
Dijk said. “That will be a hard one as
well, but we need to enjoy that because
not many players have the chance of
getting to a final.
“I have not played against Dzeko
but everyone knows the result against
Barcelona. They are a very good team
and we have to be ready. We play a dif-
ferent style to Roma. It will be a different game to this one.”
Klopp cut an agitated figure at full
time on Saturday, gesticulating with
Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan, both of
whom are unlikely to feature against
Roma, with Trent Alexander-Arnold
and Dejan Lovren expected to be
restored in defence. Andrew Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are
also expected to return.
While Klopp acknowledged a point
at West Brom was not the worst out-
come, he hopes his players can use any
frustration as a catalyst to help them
build a first-leg lead. “I don’t have to
tell them that was not good enough,
we can do better,” Klopp said. “It is
Roma and it will be a completely different game. I am sure the boys will be
ready.” Asked how Roma would differ
from West Brom, Klopp replied: “They
have set pieces as well but they don’t
play only set pieces. Their boys play
sometimes on the ground and then
you can play football.”
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▼ Eusebio Di Francesco says
it has been a season of ‘great
growth’ for Roma
ALESSIA PIERDOMENICO/THE GUARDIAN
‘What we do needs to
be fun. It should be a
joy’ says Di Francesco
Roma’s manager has worked
to created a sense of belief
and belonging within the
team ahead of Anfield test
Paolo Bandini
Rome
W
ords race out
of Eusebio
Di Francesco’s
mouth like
cars entering
il Gra, the
orbital motorway that encircles
the city of Rome. They are going a
mile a minute, bumper to bumper,
yet the man behind the wheel
somehow finds a way to transmit an
overwhelming sense of calm.
Roma’s manager speaks fast
because this is no time to drop a gear
following his team’s return to their
Trigoria training base after a vital
league win away at Spal. They have
barely one day here before they pack
up again and fly to Liverpool for the
first leg of their Champions League
semi-final.
“This season has been one of great
growth for us,” he says, eyes bright
in defiance of the bags beneath
them. “In recent years Roma had
not managed to compete through
to the latter stages of multiple
competitions. We are still competing
[for a top-four spot] in Serie A, where
Liverpool have already secured a bit
more certainty that they will be back
in the Champions League next year.”
Roma began this weekend third,
just a point clear of Internazionale
in fifth. The game against Liverpool
will be their eighth in 25 days, a
stretch that has included not only
a two-legged quarter-final with
Barcelona but also a draining derby
against a Lazio side fighting to
leapfrog them in the table.
Daniele De Rossi
celebrates after
Roma eliminated
Barcelona
If this team is running close to
empty, you would not know it from
the grins on players’ faces as they
arrive for training. “What we do is a
job but it needs to be fun, too,” says
Di Francesco. “It should be a joy.
That’s what I say to the lads. The
first thought is to prepare to enjoy
ourselves together, and work hard.
They have to enjoy themselves. This
is a game first of all.”
That lesson was learned during
Di Francesco’s own playing career.
As a member of the Roma team that
won the Scudetto in 2001 – only the
third in their club’s history – what he
remembers above all is the way that
he and his team-mates used to spend
time together off the pitch, hanging
out to play cards or shoot pool.
He does not see great similarities
between that team and this one.
“Because these are completely
different times. There’s a greater
professionalism now, as there
should be, but back then there was
more of a family spirit. That’s been
lost a little bit, with social media,
with technology, with the arrival
of new ways of working. If those
two things could come together,
that would be the ideal. And we are
trying here to make it so.”
That he thinks a great deal about
players’ psychology is obvious. After
Roma overturned a three-goal deficit
in the second leg of their quarterfinal against Barcelona, pundits
rushed to acclaim his tactical nous,
switching for the first time to a
three-man defence: some move for
a man who has always insisted that
4-3-3 is the “ideal formation”.
Yet Di Francesco frames the
change differently. “Football is
dynamic,” he asserts. “Even when
you talk about a four-man defence,
you often end up defending as a
three, or even a two, depending on
the game situation. My decision to
change the system was linked to the
fact that with some teams, with the
characteristics of certain players, a
three-man defence can give you a
little bit of extra physicality. You get
a little bit of extra strength – some of
that just in the heads of the players
themselves. Sometimes, especially
in Europe, you need a little bit more
physicality.”
That was certainly the case
against Barcelona, bullied into
submission by Roma’s muscular
midfield trio of Radja Nainggolan,
Kevin Strootman and Daniele De
Rossi. Does Di Francesco plan to
repeat the ruse against Liverpool?
He would hardly tell us if he did, yet
he does observe that Jürgen Klopp’s
team are a long way from the old
English stereotype of long balls and
reducers. Appointed last summer,
Di Francesco never had a chance to
work with Mohamed Salah. If there
is any regret at missing out on the
‘Salah’s qualities
are clear. Don’t
forget I prepared
games against him
in Italy too
chance to coach such a talent, then
he hides it well, though he does note
his players’ praise for “a great guy, a
great professional, a hard worker”.
“I don’t need them to tell me,”
he says with a smile when asked if
he has sought out advice from his
Napoli stun Juve
Napoli threw the Serie A title race
open in dramatic style yesterday
when Kalidou Koulibaly scored with
a towering header in the last minute
to give them a 1-0 win at the leaders,
Juventus. Maurizio Sarri’s side cut
the gap between them and the Turin
side to one point with four matches
to play, setting up a dramatic finale
to the Serie A season. Juventus,
chasing a seventh successive title,
still face difficult matches away to
Internazionale and Roma. Napoli
dominated the match but seemed
to have run out of ideas and energy
until the final minute when José
Callejón’s outswinging corner was
met by the Senegal international
with a mighty header which left
Gianluigi Buffon helpless. Reuters
defenders on how best to frustrate
Salah. “His qualities are very clear.
Don’t forget that I prepared games
against him in Italy, too. But the fact
lots of our players know him well,
that can be an advantage.”
Salah has scored 41 goals this
season, yet it was his assists last year
at Roma that helped Edin Dzeko to
reach 39. The Bosnian has a more
modest 20 this time around, and
Di Francesco offers frankly that
“he has alternated good matches
with not-so-good ones”. The good,
though, have been very good
indeed. He notched a double at
Stamford Bridge and scored in both
legs against Barcelona.
D
oes Di Francesco think
Manchester City made
a mistake in letting go
of a player so capable
of taking the biggest
games in hand? “It
seems Guardiola loves a different
type of forward. One who’s a little
more mobile, a little faster. Edin is a
fantastic player, but with different
physical and technical attributes to
the ones Guardiola wants.”
What Di Francesco seeks most in
his own players is a desire to be part
of something. Asked whether he is
grateful to have a pair of Romans in
his team – De Rossi and Alessandro
Florenzi – he replies with a “yes”.
“But I think every player should
have that sense of belonging to the
place where they play. When I was
at Sassuolo, Sassuolo were the most
beautiful team in the world, the best,
I was black and green [the colours of
their shirt]. Now I’m yellow and red,
not out of hypocrisy, but because
we all need to have that sense of
belonging in our work. Every person
needs to feel that passion and the
love for their team.”
He is banging the table now,
swept away with the force of his
own sentiment. Italy’s biggest clubs
first came calling for him in the
summer of 2016, yet he turned them
down then because he could not
stand to walk away from Sassuolo
in a year when he had just led them
to their first ever Europa League
qualification.
Di Francesco believes in seeing a
project through to its conclusion. For
Roma, he hopes, a first Champions
League semi-final in 34 years is just
the beginning.
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Sport
Football
44
Weekend
at a glance
Leading goalscorers
31
How they stand in the Premier League
GD
Pts
34
+73
90
2 Manchester Utd
34
+39
74
3 Liverpool
35
+43
71
4 Tottenham
34
+35
68
63
5 Chelsea
34
+25
6 Arsenal
34
+20
57
7 Burnley
35
+3
53
8 Leicester
34
+2
44
9 Everton
34
-15
42
10 Newcastle
33
-7
41
11 Bournemouth
35
-17
38
12 Watford
35
-18
38
13 Brighton
34
-15
36
14 ▲ Crystal Palace
35
-18
35
15 ▼ West Ham
34
-21
35
16 ▼ Huddersfield
34
-27
35
17 Swansea
34
-24
33
18 Southampton
34
-20
29
19 Stoke
35
-33
29
20 West Brom
35
-25
25
Stats with a story
• Five Manchester City players completed more
passes in the first half than the entire Swansea team
combined at the Etihad Stadium
• Nacho Monreal scored just three goals in his first 153
Premier League games – he has scored as many in his
past seven appearances
• After 930 days Danny Ings ended his Liverpool goal
drought by scoring against West Brom
• Stoke have gone 10 games without a win, the longest
current run in the league
Emirates FA Cup
Mohamed Salah
Liverpool
26
21
18
17
16
15
13
12
12
12
•
Willy Caballero
Chelsea •
•
Craig Cathcart Chris Smalling
Watford
Manchester Utd
Player of the weekend
Alexis Sánchez
Manchester United
The Chilean turned things
around with a goal and
an assist, offering early
proof of what he can bring
to United in big games,
potentially spurred on by
playing against his former
arch rivals Tottenham.
Chelsea
2
Southampton
Manchester United
•
César Azpilicueta
Chelsea
2
0
Tottenham
•
Nacho Monreal
Arsenal
•
•
Ander Herrera Christian Eriksen
Manchester Utd
Tottenham
•
Raheem Sterling
Manchester City
•
Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace
•
•
Alexis Sánchez Olivier Giroud
Manchester Utd
Chelsea
Premier League
Sánchez 24, Herrera 62
Giroud 46, Morata 82
Antonio Conte will
lead Chelsea in his
second FA Cup final
Harry Kane Tottenham
Sergio Agüero Manchester City
Raheem Sterling Manchester City
Jamie Vardy Leicester
Romelu Lukaku Manchester Utd
Roberto Firmino Liverpool
Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal
Eden Hazard Chelsea
Glenn Murray Brighton
Son Heung-min Tottenham
Team of the weekend
DIGITALSOUTHSHM/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
P
1 Manchester City
Arsenal
4
Monreal 51, Ramsey 82, Lacazette 85 89
1
West Ham
1
Alli 11
Arnautovic 64
Referee Martin Atkinson Attendance 73,416
Referee Anthony Taylor Attendance 84,667
Referee Lee Mason Attendance 59,422
While Southampton will take
something from getting this far
in the world’s most celebrated
domestic cup competition there are
other, more pressing priorities, such
as making a late dash for safety in the
Premier League. Can they take any
hope from their performance? Not
from the first half. Olivier Giroud’s
goal at the beginning of the second
period forced Mark Hughes to
change things, however, and it was
to his team’s benefit. A 3-5-2 became
a 3-4-3 and suddenly Charlie Austin
was getting service. Southampton
will feel they could and should have
had an equaliser before Chelsea
settled the game. The substitutes
Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond,
meanwhile, were assertive and
threatening. Southampton need
that level of performance again,
from the first whistle, against
Bournemouth next weekend.
Paul MacInnes
It got to the stage on Saturday where
you could have been forgiven for
forgetting Harry Kane was playing
for Tottenham Hotspur. The England
striker was a nearly anonymous
presence against Manchester United,
subdued by a combination of Chris
Smalling’s diligence and a sense
that, well, all was not quite right
with a man who normally makes his
presence felt. The FA Cup semi-final
was Kane’s fifth appearance since
returning earlier than expected from
the ankle injury he suffered against
Bournemouth in March, and while
he has scored twice – once on appeal
– in that period it may be possible he
requires further rest, especially with
a World Cup on the horizon. Not
that the player himself accepts that
prognosis. “It [the ankle] feels fine,”
he said at the weekend. “I feel good,
feel sharp. I’ve still got four games
to go then a big summer ahead.”
Sachin Nakrani
The Arsenal players continued to
talk of winning the Europa League
for Arsène Wenger – in order to
afford him the send-off he deserves
– and it was difficult not to view
this Premier League win through
the prism of Thursday’s semi-final
first leg against Atlético Madrid.
Mohamed Elneny’s nasty-looking
injury will deprive Wenger of a
midfield option if he goes with a
4-3-3 formation while the manager
will hope that Petr Cech, Mesut
Özil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jack
Wilshere can return. The biggest
positive here was Alexandre
Lacazette, who scored twice. It is
now six goals in six appearances for
the striker since his return from knee
surgery and the way that he took
his second, in particular – a drop of
the shoulder, burst and low finish
– pointed to a level of ruthlessness
and confidence that will be needed
against Atlético. David Hytner
Man of the match
Eden Hazard Chelsea
Man of the match
Christian Eriksen Tottenham
Alexandre Lacazette
impressed during
Arsenal’s home win
Man of the match
Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal
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Goal of the weekend
David Silva
Manchester City
v Swansea
A move of champions,
resulting in Raheem
Sterling being released into
the box where he pulled it
back for Silva to control a
fizzed pass with elegance.
The ball was the perfect
height for the magician to
ferociously volley it into
the net before the Swansea
goalkeeper Lukasz
Fabianski could react to the
passing white blur
45
Number of the weekend
During Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal reign
he defeated David Moyes more than
any other Premier League manager
OLI SCARFF/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Manchester City
5
Stoke
D Silva 12, Sterling 16, De Bruyne 54, B Silva 64, Jesus 88
Ndiaye 11
Swansea City
Burnley
0
1
Watford
0
West Brom
2
Everton
2
Newcastle
Livermore 79, Rondón 88
1
Crystal Palace
0
Barnes 62
Liverpool
22
Ings 4, Salah 72
Referee Craig Pawson Attendance 54,387
Referee Mike Dean Attendance 29,532
Referee Chris Kavanagh Attendance 20,401
Referee Stuart Attwell Attendance 24,520
Pep Guardiola’s stated desire to
utilise the final five matches to
kick-start the 2018-19 campaign
began sweetly with this 5-0
hammering of Swansea. So intent
is the City manager on allowing no
let-up that Raheem Sterling said the
lead-up featured the most intensive
training yet and Guardiola revealed
after the match: “Mikel Arteta
[the coach] told me afterwards
they made an amazing warm-up
and they are there [focused]. It is
good to finish with a good feeling,
and prepare the next season in a
good mood. Now two days off.”
With Benjamin Mendy returning
after a seven-month injury layoff
and Guardiola intent on adding
a new forward and defensive
midfielder in the coming summer
window those clubs hoping to
challenge City next season must
understand the need to respond in
kind. Jamie Jackson
Two January signings excelled for
Stoke here. Badou Ndiaye gave the
central midfield solidity and thrust,
as well as scoring his first goal since
his £14m arrival from Galatasaray.
Moritz Bauer, a right-back, did well
as a makeshift left winger. His cross
should have led to a goal that might
have secured a precious win, but
Mame Birame Diouf fluffed it. Which
brings us to the signing that Stoke
did not make in January or at any
other time in the last three years: a
regular goalscorer, which despite
the arrivals of Saido Berahino,
Joselu and Wilfried Bony, has been
a big factor in Stoke’s decline. Paul
Lambert says his team must win all
three of their remaining matches
to survive. His choice is whether to
put his faith in Tyrese Campbell, an
18-year-old who has been scoring
prolifically for the club’s Under-23s,
or continue hoping that Peter Crouch
can fire Stoke to safety. Paul Doyle
If Roy Hodgson is right and Wilfried
Zaha’s reputation is costing him
dearly then the Crystal Palace
forward has a real problem. His
reaction to the harsh yellow card
for simulation in the second half
against Watford at Vicarage Road on
Saturday was an indication of how
frustrated Zaha is becoming with
the perceived lack of protection
he receives from referees. The
Ivory Coast international certainly
splits opinion among supporters
as well. Given his ability, however,
most would probably still welcome
him at their club and Hodgson will
know that without their talisman
Palace’s season could have turned
out very differently. The challenge
will be to retain him this summer
in the face of serious interest from
several bigger sides, while Zaha
must decide if he needs to leave
Selhurst Park to fulfil his true
potential. Ed Aarons
A big part of West Bromwich Albion’s
mini-revival under Darren Moore
has been the togetherness the firstteam coach has been preaching. But
on Saturday, with 20 minutes to play,
Jonny Evans was roundly booed
after replacing James McClean,
who was nursing a stomach bug.
Was it a combination of his role
in Taxigate, his underwhelming
performances since speculation over
a January move, or a combination
of both? Either way, it was hardly
helpful, even if Moore insisted it
was a managerial masterstroke
given Evans’s role in the set piece
that kickstarted the comeback. “It
worked a treat, so tactically it was
absolutely spot on,” Moore said.
With Ahmed Hegazi likely to face
retrospective action by the Football
Association for appearing to punch
Danny Ings in the chest, Evans may
yet be promoted to the starting XI at
Newcastle on Saturday. Ben Fisher
Man of the match
Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City
Man of the match
Badou Ndiaye Stoke
Man of the match
Wilfried Zaha Crystal Palace
Man of the match
Virgil van Dijk Liverpool
Today 8pm Sky Sports Premier Lge
Venue Goodison Park
Last season N/A
Referee Bobby Madley
This season G16 Y47 R2 3.06 cards/
game
Odds H 5-4 A 23-10 D 9-4
Rafael Benítez has warned Mike
Ashley he should not expect him to
perform “miracles” every season
and made it clear he will need
convincing his ambitions can be
met on Tyneside before extending
his contract. “I want to win games
and I want to win trophies and I
want to have the tools to be capable
of competing,” Benítez said before
Newcastle’s visit to Goodison Park
this evening. “We have to be sure
to have all the tools to compete and
achieve what we want to achieve
because Newcastle is a massive
football club and we want it to reach
its potential. To be in the top four, to
win trophies, to win the league, or
whatever, that’s what I want to do.
Not just survive or finish in
mid-table.” Louise Taylor
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Pochettino
plays the
kidder as
Spurs slip
up again
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Sport
Football Emirates FA Cup semi-finals
Conte finds his fizz to set
up Mourinho showdown
Mauricio Pochettino
has alluded to no longer
being at Tottenham
Chelsea
Sachin Nakrani
Wembley
W
hat is success?
It is a broad,
somewhat vague
question that is
relevant to most
aspects of life,
and particularly so in the context of
life at Tottenham Hotspur.
Following defeat against
Manchester United on Saturday,
there were more accusations of
“choking” and “bottling it” thrown
Spurs’ way, and to some extent
they were justified given this was
the club’s eighth successive defeat
in an FA Cup semi-final, and one
in which they faded badly having
started strongly and taken the lead.
Yet to choke and lose your bottle
you first have to get to a stage where
those failures are relevant and that is
what Tottenham are doing now on a
regular basis – winning games, going
far, remaining in the conversation
beyond the winter and into the heat
of spring. Is that in itself not success?
Mauricio Pochettino certainly
thinks so if his comments on
Saturday evening are anything to
go by. Having insisted he had no
regrets about the manner of his
team’s loss, the manager called for a
wider appreciation of the “process”
he has instigated since taking over
at Tottenham four years ago, one
that has seen expectations rise to the
point where “arriving at the [FA Cup]
semi-final and being competitive
in the Champions League and the
Premier League is not enough”.
It was not the first time Pochettino
had called for perspective in the face
of perceived impatience and perhaps
also explains his answer when it
was put to him that in regards to
the FA Cup specifically, it may be
better for all associated with the
club if next season he did not take
the competition too seriously. Play
the kids. Keep expectations to a
minimum.
“Yes, I am thinking with
Tottenham to play with kids the
next time. I agree with you,” he
‘It is my job to be
criticised. But
the perception
sometimes is
not realistic’
said. “It is my job to be criticised
when we don’t win. The problem
is the perception sometimes is not
realistic. But maybe next we will
provide the possibility to play with
kids and I’m sure it will be fantastic
for experience and everything. Then
we stop to arrive in this situation.”
Not surprisingly, Pochettino’s
remarks drew startled glances
from those listening and while it is
possible the Argentinian had not
understood the question properly,
what he said gave the impression
that this most considered of men
has reached a level of frustration in
regards to how Tottenham’s progress
under his charge is being perceived.
It may also be possible that
Pochettino has recognised that for
all the progress – the success – he
has achieved since succeeding Tim
Sherwood in May 2014, there is
only so far he can take this team.
That much could be taken from
how, completely unprompted, he
also alluded to a time when he is no
longer in charge. “Tottenham need
more time with me or with another,
but the most important thing is to
keep going and keep developing,” he
said. This was new. Notable. Not to
be dismissed lightly.
The picture is a somewhat
uncertain one, then, after Saturday’s
game, in which Dele Alli gave
Tottenham the lead during a spell
when those in white and blue were
leaving United dizzy with their
movement and energy. But then
Alexis Sánchez equalised and the
balance shifted. Ander Herrera’s
winner was coming and sucked all
belief out of a team that have already
beaten José Mourinho’s men at
Wembley this season, as well as Real
Madrid, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Was this collapse, then, more
mental than physical or tactical,
borne out of a grim sense of deja vu?
“It could be,” admitted Harry Kane.
“There’s obviously a reason why
we’re falling short in semi-finals. So
we have to do better. I wouldn’t be
able to tell you exactly what it is. But
it’s frustrating. We just have to find
our way round it.”
So much is right at Tottenham but
so much is not quite right, either,
and increasingly it feels there is only
so far this combination of manager
and players – possibly the best in
the club’s history – can go without
tangible reward. They need a trophy,
to satisfy professional cravings as
well as push back the naysayers,
and this proved to be yet another
occasion when a golden chance to
land one slipped away.
There is always next season, but
to judge by Pochettino’s words and
demeanour, that is a sentiment he
is not prepared to cling on to for too
much longer.
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Chelsea
57%
Southampton
43%
Shots on target
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3
Corners
6
5
Dominic Fifield
Wembley
Giroud
makes
Saints
suffer
Olivier
Giroud picks
his way past
a throng of
defenders
to open the
scoring
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Antonio Conte would not admit it after
the match, but Chelsea’s progress to
a second successive FA Cup final has
been restorative. The Italian has worn
a haggard expression in recent weeks
as his side’s pursuit of the top four
was rendered ever more forlorn, his
demeanour indicative of a campaign
consumed by anticlimax. But the old
zest was back in plain sight at Wembley. Chelsea eased beyond Southampton to ensure a season that has served
to underwhelm could yet yield major
silverware.
The prospect of another spiky collision with José Mourinho will merely
add to the sense of occasion. “There is
not a problem between him and me,”
offered Conte rather unconvincingly
of a counterpart with whom he has
sparred during his time in England.
“We are talking about two managers with strong characters and two
winners,” he said. “And when in your
mind, in your heart and in your blood
there is the will to win … I have great
respect for United’s story, for Mourinho’s story, and they have the same
respect, I think, for Chelsea’s story and
my story. But we want to win.”
The Italian’s departure is anticipated in the summer but he can still go
out with a bang. This was a semi-final
claimed by his two strikers, Olivier Giroud supplying a goal of jaw-dropping
quality before Álvaro Morata added a
late second, even if it was Eden Hazard’s effervescence which had most
consistently illuminated the occasion.
The Belgian seemed to thrive playing in a competition that can still be
won. Southampton, with Premier
League survival their priority and
four critical games still to be played,
were aggrieved to have been denied a
route back into the fray by the officials
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Paul MacInnes Wembley
The final
Saturday 19 May
Chelsea v Manchester Utd
From scorpion to slalom:
Giroud indulges his taste for the
spectacular at garden party
Wembley
in the game’s frenetic latter stages. Yet
in truth they rarely contained the irrepressible Hazard and had been badly
unpicked by Giroud’s close control.
The Frenchman had scored twice
against these opponents in the league
just eight days previously but neither
of those goals could match his opener
on this grander stage. Cesc Fàbregas’s
lofted pass forward 25 seconds into
the second half had been optimistic
but Hazard collected on the volley in
mid-air ahead of Jan Bednarek and,
once grounded, kept his head to flick
the loose ball towards the penalty
spot, where Giroud had evaded Mario
Lemina in anticipation of a pass. The
composure demonstrated thereafter
by the Frenchman, in the tightest of
spaces with markers flinging themselves in from all around, was startling.
A touch with his left foot took the
ball away from Maya Yoshida, a second
▲ Willy Caballero spills the ball under pressure from Charlie Austin in an
incident Mark Hughes said called for VAR DIGITALSOUTHSHM/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
with his right cutting back to bypass
Cédric Soares as he slid in. The slalom
was played out at pace and, by the time
the striker had calmly flicked home
his finish with the outside of his right
foot, Alex McCarthy and Bednarek had
joined Soares in the pile of bodies cluttering up the goalmouth. “My second
passion has always been skiing,” said
the Frenchman through a smile. Giroud’s control and subtlety of touch
had been too much for Southampton.
He has won all 10 of his club visits to
Wembley, a record to which Chelsea
will cling next month.
Mark Hughes’s side, who boast
a solitary top-flight win since late
November, had already survived
Willian striking the crossbar by then
with their initial display cramped by
caution, but they did at least respond
to their deficit. Shane Long’s dreadful first touch, after Wesley Hoedt’s
diagonal pass and Charlie Austin’s
dummy, passed up a fine chance to
equalise. The introduction of Nathan
Redmond and Dusan Tadic injected
“craft”, according to Hughes, though
luck remained elusive.
Willy Caballero, initially wrongfooted, had done wonderfully well
to improvise a save and deflect Redmond’s shot from distance behind
with his left arm as he fell. Yet the goalkeeper was far less convincing from
the resultant corner, leaping to catch
a high ball under pressure from Austin
only to spill back, behind and over his
line. His blushes were spared by the
referee blowing for what seemed a soft
foul. “The keeper’s basically thrown
the ball into the back of his net, and if
ever there was a situation for the VAR
to step in, that was an opportunity,”
Hughes said. “It was a match-defining
moment. Why it wasn’t referred, I have
no idea.”
He also bemoaned the non-award of
a penalty after the ball struck Giroud’s
arm and saw Austin skim a shot on to
the far post before the end. Yet by
then Chelsea’s lead had been doubled.
Morata had been on the pitch only a
few minutes when César Azpilicueta
gathered in space and flung over the
kind of cross from which successive
Chelsea forwards have prospered in
recent times. His compatriot had eased
far too comfortably away from Hoedt
and his downward header bounced
beyond the helpless McCarthy.
“In this type of game, the most
important thing is to reach your target,” Conte said. “To reach another
final is very important for the players, important for the club, and especially it is important for the fans. I’m
delighted for them.”
It may not be enough to prolong his
stay but Conte can still emerge from a
trying campaign with a trophy.
Chelsea
3-4-3
Caballero; Azpilicueta,
Cahill, Rüdiger; Moses,
Kanté, Fàbregas
(Pedro, 75), Emerson;
Willian (Bakayoko, 64),
Giroud (Morata, 80),
Hazard
Subs not used
Eduardo, Barkley,
Zappacosta, Christensen
Southampton
5-3-2
McCarthy; Cédric,
Bednarek (Gabbiadini, 79),
Yoshida•, Hoedt•,
Bertrand; Romeu•,
Højbjerg (Tadic, 63),
Lemina•; Long
(Redmond, 63), Austin
Subs not used
Forster, Carrillo, McQueen,
Ward-Prowse
Referee M Atkinson Attendance 73,416
M
ind transfer, that
seemed the best
explanation. In the
moment Olivier
Giroud cracked
open this FA Cup
semi-final for Chelsea, he must have
temporarily swapped brains with
Eden Hazard.
That would explain how the
6ft 3in Frenchman was able to dance
through a compact Southampton
defence like a man a whole foot
shorter; first inside then outside,
keeping his balance after being
tripped, before adjusting his feet to
poke the ball into the goal. As soon
as the net rippled, the brains must
also have switched back, allowing
Giroud to celebrate in the chest-out,
peacocking fashion he has made
his own.
So that’s one theory. Another
is that for a man renowned for his
functional qualities, Giroud is a dab
hand at scoring exceptional goals.
There’s the scorpion kick of course,
scored last year for Arsenal against
Crystal Palace, his movement like
that of a man who had miscalculated
a cartwheel in the most glorious
fashion. But there have been others
too. He has scored backheeled
front-post flicks for both club and
country. He has a knack for setting
himself up for a scissor-kick. Give
him the space and he will also larrup
a drive in off the bar from 25 yards,
no questions asked.
Last weekend Giroud was the
active agent as Chelsea clawed
their way back from two goals
down to beat Southampton 3-2 in
the Premier League. In that game
the substitute embodied all the
qualities Antonio Conte venerates
but were so lacking in his teammates; strength, determination, fullblooded commitment. In midweek
▼Olivier Giroud celebrates his goal
with his manager, Antonio Conte
against Burnley Giroud was given
a starting role, alongside his
striking rival Álvaro Morata. This
weekend, he started alone up front
with Hazard and Willian buzzing
around him.
An FA Cup winner in two of
the past three seasons, Giroud
has won all 10 of his club
appearances at Wembley. He jokes
that the national stadium is “my
garden” and he played the first
half like a man determined to do
some landscaping.
A team that thrives on the
counterattack does not suit
Giroud’s natural game and what
impact he made in the opening
45 minutes he had to carve out
for himself. He flashed a Hazard
cutback around the near post in
the 25th minute. He won a corner
through persistent pressing. In
the 39th minute he took a looping
cross from César Azpilicueta and
tried first to backheel it into the
net and then, when the ball simply
span up in the air, smashed it just
wide with that scissor-kick of his.
S
o the Giroud of the first
half was that which you
expect. The Giroud that
began the second half
was not. It helped that
he got himself close to
Hazard; the Belgian, playing near
to his best, knew just where his
forward was lurking. But after
Hazard poked Giroud the ball
few would have anticipated the
balance, guile and, ultimately,
follow through that led him to turn
the ball home.
There was a worrying moment
for the Chelsea No 18 just before
the hour when Oriel Romeu left
something on him in a sliding
challenge. Giroud’s left leg was
caught under Romeu’s right and
quivered as the Spaniard put his
weight through it. His team-mates
surrounded him in concern.
Giroud moved to Chelsea to try and
save his place in the French squad
at this summer’s World Cup and for
a minute it looked like the dream
was going up in smoke.
But Giroud struggled to his feet
and played on. He was substituted
with 10 minutes of the match
remaining. At full time he hobbled
off the bench again in his flip-flops
to milk the applause of the crowd.
Mbappe, Griezmann, Dembélé et al
will all hope to star for Les Bleus
this summer, but it seems unlikely
that Didier Deschamps will not
select Giroud too. Here, in his
garden, he reminded everyone
that his particular set of skills is not
entirely common, and effective
more often than you would think.
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Sport
Football Premier League
The Guardian Monday 23 April 2018
▼ Jubilant Manchester
City fans invade the pitch
after the final whistle
LAURENCE GRIFFITHS/GETTY
Lambert clutching straws
after Diouf fluffs his lines
Stoke
1
Ndiaye 11
Burnley
1
Barnes 62
Paul Doyle
Bet365 Stadium
Peerless De Bruyne is
life and soul of the
champions’ party
Manchester City
5
D Silva 12, Sterling 16, De Bruyne 54, B Silva 64, Jesus 88
Swansea
0
Jamie Jackson
Etihad Stadium
Manchester City fans came to see a victorious coronation and were not disappointed. They witnessed a masterclass
from their freshly crowned champions
on a jubilant afternoon.
It was decorated by a 20-yard peach
from Kevin De Bruyne that rocketed
past Lukasz Fabianski after 54 minutes on a right-left diagonal that was
as pure a connection as possible. This
had Pep Guardiola blowing his cheeks
in admiration and the Etihad Stadium
offering a collective “ooh”.
This 29th victory takes Guardiola’s
team to 90 points, six from breaking
Chelsea’s record Premier League total
of 95. If the maximum remaining are
taken, City will finish on 102. They also
have 98 goals, six short of breaking the
highest tally of 103, again by Chelsea.
At the close City supporters invaded
the pitch and at least one flare was
fired. Each of these could draw a Football Association charge but Guardiola,
understandably, was not concerned.
“No problem,” he said. “Football
is an emotional game. I understand
you have to be careful – but when they
feel they want to share that they are
happy – it is better they stay where they
should stay – I’m not going to tell them
don’t do that.”
Of his team, whose 1,015 attempted
passes was the most since 2003-04,
breaking records, Guardiola said:
“Looking for them helps to keep the
players focused.”
For his stated mission of ending
the season with five victories Guar-
diola made two changes. Kyle Walker
and Leroy Sané became substitutes –
alongside Benjamin Mendy after seven
months out with a knee injury – as
Danilo and Bernardo Silva took their
places in a still formidable XI.
Carlos Carvalhal made one alteration – Luciano Narsingh being replaced
by Mike van der Hoorn, as the manager
continued Swansea City’s survival bid.
His team formed a pre-game guard of
honour before a newly unveiled banner that read: “Welcome to the home
of the Premier League champions”.
Guardiola’s men began and ended
as they nearly always do at home: in
control. Fabianski’s first action was to
catch a long De Bruyne cross-shot from
the right that was heading in.
Next Ilkay Gündogan played an
inadvertent one-two with the referee,
Craig Pawson, that allowed the Ger-
‘Football
is an
emotional
game. You
have to be
careful
but I’m not
going to tell
them [the
fans] don’t
do that’
Pep
Guardiola
‘They are a
team from
another
planet. The
level they
play is very
high. This
game will
disturb
nothing in
our plans’
Carlos
Carvalhal
man to find David Silva. He relayed
the ball to his namesake Bernardo and
a devilish delivery was scrambled out
for a corner by Martin Olsson.
De Bruyne took this but it was
unproductive. The Belgian’s next contribution was the opposite. This time,
from along the left, he found Raheem
Sterling who turned the ball off his left
foot inside to David Silva. It ricocheted
off Van der Hoorn and the Spaniard
collected a 10th of the campaign.
After the quarter-hour the lead was
doubled. Once more David Silva was
involved. He returned a pass to Fabian
Delph and, when the ball was swept
in, Raheem Sterling had a tap-in for
his 23rd goal of the season.
This signalled contest over. Already
the game was akin to a training ground
affair with the home side yo-yoing the
ball around. De Bruyne – City’s player
of the season – warmed Fabianski’s
fingers with a left-foot zinger. Gabriel
Jesus hit a low shot that again kept
the goalkeeper honest. The second
half began with a lightning foray that
included a David Silva step-over and
ended with Danilo’s cross flashing
before Fabianksi.
After De Bruyne’s glorious finish
City continued to dominate. Sterling
won a penalty, Jesus’s effort from the
spot was steered on to the post via a
Fabianski palm, and Bernardo Silva
slotted in the rebound.
It might have been more but Alfie
Mawson’s back-header rebounded
to safety off the left post. There was
even time for a 15-minute cameo from
Mendy and for City to secure a fifth as
Yaya Touré’s lob was headed home by
Jesus: it was that kind of day for City.
Carvalhal’s side are four points
above the drop zone with four matches
left. Asked how the defeat would affect
confidence, the manager said: “Zero,
absolutely. They are a team from
another planet.”
Manchester City
4-1-4-1
Ederson; Danilo,
Kompany, Laporte,
Delph (Mendy 75);
Gündogan; B Silva,
De Bruyne (Touré 65),
D Silva, Sterling
(Foden 71); Jesus
Subs not used
Bravo, Sané, Walker,
Otamendi
Paul Lambert had made no bones
about it: Stoke needed to take three
points from this match to retain hope
of paying their arrears before the
arrival of the relegation bailiff. They
failed, so Lambert revised his view: his
team can still avoid eviction from the
Premier League provided they win all
three of their remaining matches. He
knows how unlikely that it is given that
Stoke have won only one in 12 since his
appointment in January.
“We have to go to Anfield [on Saturday] and get a result, then we have to
get results against Crystal Palace and
Swansea,” he said. “We need wins.”
They seemed on course to get one
here thanks to Badou Ndiaye’s fine goal
in the 11th minute. But Mame Birame
Diouf fluffed a wonderful chance to
add to that before Ashley Barnes cancelled it out. It was Barnes’s ninth
league goal of the season, three more
than any of Stoke’s strikers. The lack
of a reliable goalscorer is one of the
reasons why Stoke are heading for the
Championship.
Lambert may not have overseen a
victory since the win over Huddersfield on his first day in the job but he
has at least inspired a fighting spirit.
Here the Potters went straight for the
Clarets’ jugular. The Scot deployed
two strikers, giving Peter Crouch a
rare start alongside Diouf. With Sean
Dyche’s men aligned in their usual formation, the clash had an old school
character, both sides set up in 4-4-2s.
With each set of supporters singing
“England’s No 1” in tribute to their
respective goalkeepers, there were
plenty of similarities between the
sides and it is a tribute to Dyche, and
damning on Stoke, that the sides are
separated by 12 places and 24 points.
The early skirmishing was scrappy
but Ndiaye’s goal came at the end of a
nice move. Joe Allen released Xherdan
Shaqiri down the left and the Swiss
crossed for Ndiaye, who headed to
Diouf, who laid the ball back to his
compatriot. In one movement Ndiaye
switched the ball from his left foot to
his right, sidestepping Jack Cork, and
then swept a shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards. It was the Senegalese midfielder’s first goal since joining
for £14m from Galatasary in January
and the roar it inspired attested to the
hope it spawned.
Moments before half-time the
crowd leapt to their feet in anticipation of a goal that would have made
Stoke’s lead more comfortable. Moritz
Bauer produced a perfect cross for
Diouf, who was free seven yards out.
But the striker stalled in two minds
– to shoot first time or take a touch? –
and let the ball squirt under his foot.
Diouf howled at the sky while home
fans turned the air blue. The miss
proved to be as costly as they feared.
“It was huge,” Lambert said later. “But
I’ll never criticise a player who gives
me everything and Mame does that.”
Jack Butland prevented Burnley
from inflicting more torment early in
the second half, batting away a header
from James Tarkowski after a corner.
That was just agony postponed. In the
62nd minute Tarkowski, unmarked at
the back post, got his head to a cross
by Ashley Westwood and although
the goalkeeper made an even better
save, Barnes nudged the rebound into
the net.
Stoke blustered forward. Lambert introduced Tyrese Campbell,
an 18-year-old who has been scoring
prolifically for Stoke’s under-23 team.
Perhaps the teenager could show the
predatory skills that none of his senior
colleagues have been able to muster
regularly this season? He had one shot
and got it on target. But it was not
enough to beat Nick Pope or deliver
salvation for Stoke. Nor was Stephen
Ireland’s curling shot from 20 yards
two minutes from time. It skimmed
the post, leaving Stoke clutching at
straws for survival.
Stoke
4-4-2
Butland; Johnson
(Zouma 60), Shawcross,
Martins Indi, Pieters•;
Shaqiri, Allen, Ndiaye•,
Bauer (Ireland 69);
Crouch, Diouf (Campbell
75)
Subs not used
Haugaard, Cameron,
Fletcher, Sobhi
Burnley
4-4-2
Pope; Lowton, Long,
Tarkowski, Ward; Lennon
(Hendrick 79), Cork,
Westwood, Gudmundsson;
Barnes• (Vokes 74),
Wood
Subs not used
Heaton, Taylor, Marney,
Walters, Bardsley
Referee M Dean Attendance 29,532
Swansea
3-5-2
Fabianski; Van der Hoorn,
Fernández (Bartley 67),
Mawson; Naughton, Ki
(Clucas 65), King, Carroll,
Olsson• (Abraham 75);
J Ayew, A Ayew
Subs not used
Nordfeldt, Dyer,
Routledge, Roberts
Referee C Pawson Attendance 54,387
▲ Stoke defender Bruno Martins Indi and Chris Wood, the Burnley striker,
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Opinion
Amy Lawrence Emirates Stadium
Wenger tackles the
elephant in the room
and shows Arsenal
still matter to him
Question: “After 22 years of a
stressful job have you felt some
relief having made your statement?”
Wenger: “No, because I was
not tired. But I believe this club is
respected all over the world, much
more than in England. Our fans did
not give the image of unity I want,
and that was hurtful. Because I feel
the club is respected and overall the
image we gave from our club is not
what it is and not what I like.”
Q: “Can you elaborate on that?”
W: “I have nothing more to say.
I feel that this club has a fantastic
image and for me that is absolutely
vital. We can speak and speak and
speak but sport is about winning
and losing and you have to accept
you will lose games – even when
I will not be here any more. But it
is as well about something bigger
than just winning or losing and for
me that was always a worry: how
the club is perceived worldwide,
for kids playing in Africa, China and
America and the dreams it can create
for young children who want to play
football. And all our clubs have a
responsibility for that.”
Q: “The fans clearly hurt you in
that sense?”
W: “No, not me.”
Q: “But they hurt the club?”
W: “I am not resentful and I do
not want to make stupid headlines. I
am not resentful with the fans. I just
feel that, if my personality is in the
way of what I think our club is, for
me that is more important than me
staying. It is nothing to do with the
fans. The fans were not happy and
I can understand that and I have to
live with that.”
He did live with it for a while. But
the wind-down has now begun. The
Reaction
‘The fans were not happy. It’s my
job – I have to live with that’
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damaged him personally, he said, but it
had been bad for the club’s reputation.
“I believe this club is respected
all over the world, much more than
in England, and our fans did not give
the image of unity that I wanted. That
was hurtful because I feel the club is
respected over the world and, overall,
the image we gave from our club is not
what it is – and not what I like.
“I feel this club has a fantastic
image and, for me, that is absolutely
vital. We can speak and speak and
speak but sport is about winning and
losing and you [the supporters] have
to accept you will lose games, even
when I will not be here any more. But
it is about something bigger than just
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I
t was never going to be a
totally normal day. Even if
so much of it slipped into
the old routines – Arsenal
played with every typical
Arsenal characteristic and
the crowd watched on without
getting overly dramatic – there was
a surreal sense that underneath it
all nobody quite knew what to do
about the bombshell. It felt like
that quintessentially English thing
of having a cup of tea or talking
about the weather rather than
delving into the deep emotional
consequences of a turn of events
everybody really cares about.
During the game itself Arsène
Wenger tried to do the same,
focusing on the job still at hand
and not much else. But afterwards,
entering the press room to face
his first inquisition, feeling
the intense currents coursing
round as the questions rattled
from the floor in search for finer
details surrounding Wenger’s big
decision, the man himself began to
open up.
If clues were being sought as
to why now, and what the trigger
was, to push him to call time on his
life’s work at Arsenal, it all came
splurging out suddenly. The nub of
it revolved around how the club’s
global reputation has taken a hit
with the negative vibes that have
trailed around a team struggling
to hit the top notes consistently.
“Values” is one of his favourite
words and Wenger has wrestled
with the idea that the club’s values
have been tarnished. Notably, as if
it was something he wanted to say,
it came in answer to an unrelated
query.
‘I believe this club is
respected all over the
world. Our fans did
not give the image
of unity I want and
that was hurtful’
winning or losing and that was always
a worry: how the club is perceived
worldwide, for kids playing in Africa,
China and America and the dreams
it can create for young children who
want to play football.
“I am not resentful and I do not want
to make stupid headlines. I just feel if
my personality is in the way of what I
think our club is ... for me, that is more
important than me staying. That is all I
want to say. It is nothing to do with the
fans. The fans were not happy and I can
understand that. It’s my job. I have to
live with that. I can accept that.”
Asked how damaging it had been for
the club, he said: “I don’t know if it was
damaging but it was not corresponding
to how I feel our club is perceived –
and has to be perceived – all over the
world. If you travel with us this club is
respected all over the world and that
is down to work, the way we play football, the way we behave. I want that to
▲ A fan shows his gratitude for
Arsène Wenger’s time in charge
long goodbye is not really Wenger’s
ideal scene as he prefers not to be
the story.
But this farewell tour has a few
more dates to go – six or possibly
seven more matches if Arsenal
can rouse their game enough to
overcome the challenge of the
upcoming Europa League semifinal against Atlético Madrid,
with the first leg on Thursday in
London. Wenger’s post-match
comments came from the heart
and he at times looked moved by
the situation.
Q: “Can you describe the
emotions of the last few days?”
W: “It’s a mixed feeling. First
of all I must say I’m touched by all
the praise I got from all of English
football and I’m grateful for having
had that experience in this country.
In England football is special,
passion is special and you find that
nowhere else. I know I will not get
that anywhere else in my life, so
that’s absolutely special.
“After that I had the feeling a
little bit that I have assisted life at
my funeral, because people speak
about you, how you were. It was a
little bit interesting on that front. I
don’t need to die any more – I know
what people will say about me!
“Apart from a little sense of
humour, I would like to thank
everybody who has been
absolutely nice to me.
“It’s a bit like my job – I certainly
got more praise than I deserved
and sometimes more criticism
than I deserved. It’s been difficult
but as well fantastic.”
After 22 years of conversations
and explanations he still has plenty
to say in his own way.
go on, and to give the image I think is
right. It is more than the money, more
than the result. It is the way the club is
received and the impression it leaves.”
Speaking after Arsenal’s 4-1 defeat
of West Ham, Wenger added: “I’m
happy when the fans are happy and
I’m even ready to suffer to make them
happy. Every single decision I made
during my 22 years was for the good of
Arsenal. I tried to influence the club on
structure, development of players and
style of play. To combine the three is
not always easy.
“My target was always to give continuity to the guy who comes in after
me so we can be better in the next 20
years. That’s my wish.”
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Lacazette
double
nails
Hammers
Sport
Football Premier League
Alexandre
Lacazette
scores
Arsenal’s
fourth goal
to complete
a late surge
to victory at
the Emirates
TONY O’BRIEN/
REUTERS
Lacazette’s late flurry salvages win
for Arsenal at apathetic Emirates
Arsenal
4
Monreal 51, Ramsey 82, Lacazette 85 89
West Ham
1
Arnautovic 64
Possession
Arsenal
68%
West Ham
32%
Shots on target
8
4
Total attempts
20
11
Daniel Taylor
Emirates Stadium
Until the final 10 minutes it was
tempting to wonder whether a few
Arsenal supporters might even be
impertinent enough to subject the
tall, grey-haired man on the touchline
– hands on hips, elbows out, wearing a
worried look that has been seen here
too often in recent years – to a smattering of boos at the final whistle. The
score was 1-1, West Ham looked relatively comfortable and Arsenal were
heading towards a result that would
have confirmed another finish outside the top four and meant a second
successive season behind Tottenham
Hotspur for the first time since 1983.
Unfortunately for Arsène Wenger,
the late flurry of goals only delays the
inevitable bearing in mind his team are
still 11 points adrift from the leading
▲ Nacho Monreal opens the scoring for Arsenal with a left-footed volley
SHAUN BOTTERILL/GETTY IMAGES
pack and, staggeringly, 33 behind
Manchester City. Yet the three-goal
blitz did at least ensure a happy ending in the first game since Wenger
announced he would be cutting his ties
with Arsenal at the end of the season.
The sun was shining and the Emirates,
once again, felt like a happy place. He
will miss these moments.
In the process, Arsenal warmed up
nicely for the first leg of their Europa
League semi-final against Atlético
Madrid on Thursday, the only downside being the injury to Mohamed
Elneny that led to the Egyptian being
taken off on a stretcher and could
threaten his World Cup participation.
Alexandre Lacazette scored twice
in the late drama but the key moment
came in the 82nd minute when
Aaron Ramsey crossed from the left
and Declan Rice and Joe Hart left it to
one another. The ball went between
them both and bounced into Hart’s
net for Arsenal’s second goal before
Lacazette’s quick double, in the 85th
and 89th minutes, lifted the volume
by a few more notches.
It was the 1,000th top-flight defeat
in West Ham’s history and Arsenal’s
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▲ Aaron Ramsey (left) celebrates
after putting Arsenal back in front
supporters willingly designated Hart
as the scapegoat, reserving ironic
cheers for the moments when he
touched the ball without making
a mistake. That, however, was not
exactly fair and the blame should be
apportioned Rice’s way for committing
the centre-half’s sin of ducking when
Ramsey’s cross came his way.
Hart had expected him to clear it.
The communication was poor, to say
the least, and it was noticeable that
Moyes criticised the 19-year-old Rice
more vehemently than he had done
Hart after the goalkeeper’s mistake
against Stoke last Monday. Hart, to
give him his due, had made a couple
of outstanding saves, particularly at
1-1 when Danny Welbeck’s curling shot
was heading into the far corner.
West Ham were obliging opponents
in the final exchanges and Lacazette
duly took advantage with two penaltybox finishes. Yet it was a strange afternoon overall and, despite everything,
not the Wenger love-in that might have
been anticipated. Wenger took his seat
to mild applause and, briefly, some of
the fans behind the dugout serenaded
him. Then the game kicked off and it
was not until Nacho Monreal had
given Arsenal the lead that we heard
the manager’s name being sung with
any volume. The atmosphere at other
times, just like the man’s cardigan, was
grey and low-key. The television cameras found one child with a homemade
banner to thank Wenger for the last 22
years. But only one.
Perhaps those of us who expected it
to be different – emotional, even – had
underestimated the apathy that has
engulfed the Emirates this season. The
banners that are permanently in place
here pay tribute to “Old Trafford 02”,
the Invincibles season – “P38 W26 D12
L0” – and many of the other highlights
from the Wenger years. Yet it was a mistake, plainly, to think the news of his
abdication might tempt back some of
the thousands who have stayed away.
Again, there were large expanses of
empty seats. “Merci Arsène” read the
front cover of the programme. That
apart, however, there was nothing to
distinguish this from any other Arsenal
match bar the extra numbers in the
press seats. It was standing room only
while outside a swarm of television
crews were conducting vox pops on
the roundabout between the stadium
and the Little Wonder Cafe.
West Ham began encouragingly and
could reflect on reasonable first-half
chances for Marko Arnautovic and
João Mário as well as a corner when
Cheikhou Kouyaté’s looping header
landed on the top of the crossbar.
After that, however, David Moyes’s
team lost their early momentum.
Arsenal finished the first half strongly
and when Monreal volleyed in Granit
Xhaka’s corner six minutes after the
interval there was a 10-minute spell
when the home side were so much in
command it came as a jolt when West
Ham, on the counterattack, levelled
through Arnautovic’s splendidly taken
left-foot shot.
Afterwards, it was quite something
when Wenger removed some of the
barriers that might normally have
existed and questioned whether
Arsenal’s supporters had gone against
the club’s values – in his view, potentially damaging the club’s reputation
– because of all the rancour and divisions that have existed in recent years.
Here, though, the mood was light
and Lacazette’s double added some
extra sheen. Wenger’s gamble not to
include Mesut Özil and Petr Cech, with
Thursday’s assignment uppermost in
the manager’s thoughts, had worked
out and, strange as it still feels, his next
Premier League game at this stadium
will also be the last.
Arsenal
4-2-3-1
Ospina; Bellerín,
Mustafi•, Koscielny,
Monreal; Elneny
(Maitland-Niles• h-t),
Xhaka•; Iwobi
(Aubameyang 70),
Ramsey, Welbeck
(Chambers 80); Lacazette
Subs not used
Macey, Mertesacker,
Holding, Nelson
West Ham
4-2-3-1
Hart; Zabaleta•, Rice,
Ogbonna, Cresswell;
Kouyaté, Noble;
Fernandes (Lanzini 60),
João Mário (Hernández 60),
Masuaku (Carroll 86);
Arnautovic•.
Subs not used
Adrián, Hugill, Evra,
Cullen
Referee Lee Mason Attendance 59,422
Analysis
David Hytner Emirates Stadium
Start of the long goodbye
but expected outpouring
of emotion is absent
T
he promise had come from Ivan Gazidis.
Arsène Wenger’s final game at the Emirates
Stadium, the chief executive thundered,
would feature “a send-off that the world
will take notice of”. That is for later – 6 May
against Burnley, to be precise. But what
of the manager’s third last home match and, more
importantly, the first since the announcement on Friday
that he would walk away from Arsenal at the end of
the season?
The hope and, indeed, the expectation had been
for an outpouring of affection to mirror that seen from
within the game and across social media since the
bombshell was dropped. The idea from the club was
also that the players would be galvanised for one final
push – primarily to see them win the Europa League
and salvage the season. They are back here on
Thursday night for the first leg of the semi-final against
Atlético Madrid – an occasion that Gazidis believes will
be “electric”.
Yet this was a curious afternoon, marked by much of
the ambivalence and frustration that has characterised
the season, even if Arsenal cut loose towards the end to
win and win big. The scoreline flattered them.
One of the many reasons that the Arsenal higher-ups
have been spooked into parting with Wenger has
been the low turnouts in recent home Premier League
fixtures. Season-ticket renewals have been down. An
apathy has run through sections of the fan-base.
But the anticipated return of the disgruntled on
sentimental grounds did not happen. Once again,
the stadium was pockmarked by empty seats. It will
doubtless be a different story for the visit of Atlético and,
surely, Burnley but could Wenger’s goodbye not have
stretched from two to three games?
A loud chorus of “One Arsène Wenger” rang out in
the 90th minute – when Arsenal were 4-1 up – but it
was noticeable that the home crowd sang his name
on less than a handful of other occasions. None of the
chants were sustained. It was a long way from being an
appreciation of what Wenger has put into the club over
nearly 22 years.
There remained an undercurrent of boredom, the
sense of drift, which is another reason why Wenger has
reached the end of the line, although it should be noted
that Arsenal’s Premier League season was over some
time ago. To Wenger, it was business as usual and
he set the tone in the opening line of his programme
notes with a classic of the understatement genre. “I’m
sure you are all aware that …” he wrote, by way of
introducing his looming exit.
He devoted another short paragraph to it before
getting back to the only thing that matters to him – a
discussion of the football.
The feeling around the club has changed since
the confirmation of Wenger’s departure. Over the
turbulence of the recent past, it has been rare to run
into much pro-Wenger material from the fans but when
they were asked by the club via Twitter on Friday for
their memories of him, the messages were exclusively
positive. Twitter can sometimes feel like a sewer. Not
here. There were many touching tributes.
Wenger had strode off the team bus at a little after
midday to a roar from a group of 30 or so fans who had
access to that part of the stadium – this never happens
– and when he took his seat before kick-off, he heard
applause from those behind him and a brief chant
of his name. He gave a cheery wave. It had to be said
that neither the applause nor the chant went round
the ground.
U
ntil the late flurry of goals, the mood was
flat and so was the team’s performance.
There was the usual chuntering from the
fans close to the press box while others
chatted to those beside them and enjoyed
the sunshine. The game felt almost
incidental. So, it was essentially business as usual. At
least, the team were not booed off at half-time which
– you suspected – might have happened had Friday’s
announcement not been made.
Wenger wandered into his technical area
on a number of occasions, with the first jaunt
coming in the eighth minute, which felt unusual.
One of the images of the latter part of his tenure has
been that of him hunched on the bench during the
first half of games. He has to enjoy the privilege while
he can.
He was out of his seat and engrossed in dialogue
with the fourth official when Nacho
▲ An Arsenal
Monreal volleyed his team in front,
fan shows her
which brought a smile to his face
colours but the
and, although he fiddled angrily
shirt will soon
when Marko Arnautovic equalised
be a thing of
for West Ham, he could rise to his
the past as the
feet to enjoy the push to victory.
Wenger era
The full-time whistle brought
draws to a close
a few handshakes before a retreat
TOM JENKINS/
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Page 36 Match report
Daniel Taylor
Page 50
Arsenal
West Ham
4
1
Monreal 51
Ramsey 82
Lacazette 85 89
Arnautovic 64
Wounded Wenger
Frenchman claims ‘hurtful’ fans
have damaged Arsenal’s image
Arsène Wenger has admitted that
supporters campaigning for the
manager’s removal had created
a “hurtful” atmosphere that was
damaging Arsenal’s reputation on a worldwide
scale. Speaking for the first time about his decision
to cut ties with the club at the end of the season,
Wenger made it clear he was “not tired” and wanted
Daniel Taylor
Emirates
Stadium
Alexandre Lacazette
scored two late goals
to seal Arsenal’s win
▲ Arsène
Wenger looks
pensive during
his first Arsenal
game since
announcing he
will step down
at the end of
the season after
22 years
IAN KINGTON/
AFP/GETTY IMAGES
to continue working in football even though it would
be “emotionally difficult” for him to manage another
English club. The Frenchman declined to explain
in full why had chosen to break his contract, stating
that he would wait until he had left the club, but he
also spoke at length for the first time about the bitter
divisions that have been created among Arsenal’s
fanbase. It had not
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