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Friday, April 27, 2018
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2 METRO Friday, April 27, 2018
Data firm spent $2million on ads
about Brexit, Facebook tells MPS
A CANADIAN data firm
employed by Brexit campaign
groups spent $2million
(£1.4million) on political adverts
on Facebook, an executive from
the social media giant told MPs.
Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s
chief technical officer (pictured),
said Aggregate IQ spent
considerable amounts
targeting the Leave vote
in the EU referendum in
2016, but he found no
records showing
Cambridge Analytica,
the election
consultants at
the centre of a
data scandal, had done the same.
However, Mr Schroepfer told a
parliamentary inquiry into fake
news that Facebook had found
links between the two companies.
Appearing before the Digital,
Culture, Media and Sport select
committee, he said: ‘The
collaboration we saw was some
billing and administration
contacts. We would see similar
people show up between the
two accounts.’
The companies are involved
in investigations into how
Facebook data may have
been misused to help
political campaigns
target advertising on social
media, and whether Brexit
campaign groups collaborated.
Inquiry chairman Damian
Collins threatened Mark
Zuckerberg with a formal
summons to appear in person.
He said the Facebook founder
does not usually come under UK
jurisdiction ‘but he will the next
time he enters the country’.
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Thanks: Tom Evans outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital yesterday
PA WIRE
Time to build
a bridge says
Alfie’s father
by DOMINIC YEATMAN
THE father of terminally-ill Alfie Evans
last night spoke of ‘building a bridge’ as
he thanked medics treating his son for
their ‘dignity and professionalism’.
Tom Evans’ conciliatory tone came
after bosses at a second hospital warned
staff to disguise their appearance following threats from Alfie’s supporters.
Speaking outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool after a
meeting with medics, Mr Evans made a
statement on behalf of himself and the
23-month-old’s mother Kate James.
He thanked supporters ‘from around
the world’, and added: ‘We would now
ask you to return back to your everyday
lives and allow myself, Kate and Alder
Hey to form a relationship, build a
bridge and walk across it.
‘We also wish to thank Alder Hey staff
at every level for their dignity and professionalism during what must be an
incredibly difficult time for them too.
‘In Alfie’s interests we will work with
his treating team on a plan that provides
our boy with the dignity and comfort he
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Terminally
ill: Alfie
Evans’ father
said his son
will be
provided
with ‘the
dignity and
comfort he
needs’
needs.’ Earlier, medics at the Royal Liverpool Hospital were told to be vigilant
off duty and cover up badges and uniforms as police continued to guard the
entrance to Alder Hey. Staff there have
received what hospital chiefs called a
shocking ‘barrage’ of threats and abuse.
OnWednesday Mr Evans had launched
a private prosecution accusing three
doctors treating his son of conspiracy to
murder.
Alfie, who suffers from a degenerative
neurological condition, had his life support withdrawn on Monday after his
parents lost every legal challenge to a
High Court ruling in February.
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Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 3
Twitter: Kanye
fans did not
get the hump
Trump-thing
familiar about
that farmer...
A POTATO farmer has found social
media fame for her striking
resemblance to US president
Donald Trump.
Dolores Leis, 64, attracted
thousands of responses after her
picture was posted on Instagram
by a Spanish journalist reporting
on farming.
‘Can we replace Trump with this
hard-working lady?’ said one
follower.
Labelling her ‘Trump’s Galician
sister’, others called for research
into whether the president has
family roots in the Costa da
Morte, or Death Coast, in northwest Spain where Mrs Leis lives.
She has since been asked to
comment on pressing US policy
and international issues, but
seemed more concerned about a
moth plague threatening her
potato crops.
‘I say that it must be because of
the colour of the hair,’ Mrs Leis
told the La Voz de Galicia paper.
She has lived in the same town
Blonde
Spanish
roots?:
President
Trump AFP
since she got married four
decades ago. Unlike the
president, Mrs Leis, who was
photographed with a hoe over her
shoulder as she planted potatoes,
has little interest in online chatter
and does not own a mobile
phone.
‘I look at everything that my
daughters show me, but it never
stung my curiosity to have one (a
phone),’ she said.
Unusually, Mr Trump, 71, has so
far been silent on the subject.
Having a
field day:
Dolores Leis
found media
fame for her
resemblance
to Mr Trump
PAULA VAZQUEZ
TWITTER defended Kanye West
after his popularity appeared to
plummet following pro-Donald
Trump posts.
The social media giant claimed
there was a technical
‘inconsistency’ when the rapper’s
followers seemed to drop from
almost 28million to 18million ‘and
should be resolved soon’. It said
his total was actually 27million.
The All Falls
Down charttopper
(pictured) had
praised his
‘brother’
Trump,
tweeting: ‘You
don’t have to
agree with
Trump but the
mob can’t make
me not love him. We are both
dragon energy. He is my brother. I
love everyone. I don’t agree with
everything anyone does. That’s
what makes us individuals.’
The star also posted a photo of
himself in a red ‘Make America
Great Again’ baseball cap signed
by Mr Trump.
The US president replied:
‘Thank you, Kanye. Very cool!’
But fellow rapper Smino blasted:
‘Make Kanye Black Again.’
US president pushes his luck with date of visit to Britain
Meeting: May and Trump
GETTY IMAGES
DONALD TRUMP will visit the UK
in July – on Friday the 13th.
The US president’s long-awaited
and controversial trip is expected to
be a ‘working visit’ rather than a
full-blown state occasion.
Sir Kim Darroch, the UK’s ambassador to the US, confirmed the visit,
by JOEL TAYLOR
which will include talks with prime
minister Theresa May.
Mr Trump is likely to attract major
protests, and even supporters urged
him to stay away from London. Six
conservative groups urged him to
focus his visit on his ‘ancestral home’
of Scotland, including a meeting
with the Queen at Balmoral.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump squirmed
when asked on US TV what he had
bought his wife Melania, who turned
48 yesterday. He said: ‘Maybe I
didn’t get her so much.’ He added:
‘You know I’m very busy to be running out looking for a present.’
The president admitted Michael
Cohen represented him ‘with this
crazy Stormy Daniels deal’. He had
earlier denied knowing the attorney
paid $130,000 to the porn actress
alleging an affair with Mr Trump.
4 METRO Friday, April 27, 2018
Jail violence reaches record levels as
23 prison officers a day are assaulted
TWENTY-THREE attacks on
prison staff are recorded every day
on average as surging levels of
violence sweep through jails
in England and Wales.
Ministry of Justice figures
reveal assaults and self-harm
behind bars climbed again
last year to hit record highs.
There were 29,485 assaults,
up 13 per cent on 2016.
Within that figure, there
were 8,429 assaults on
prison staff in the year to
December, a year-on-year
increase of 23 per cent.
Of those attacks, 864 were
classed as ‘serious’, with
injuries requiring medical
treatment or resulting in fractures,
burns, or extensive bruising.
Justice secretary David
Gauke (pictured) said the
level of violence was ‘far too
high’ and the government is
taking ‘urgent action’ such
as rolling out bodyworn cameras and
‘police-style’
handcuffs. He
said 90 per cent
of an extra 3,111
prison officers
will be hired by
the summer.
Frances Crook,
of the Howard League for Penal
Reform, said the figures show ‘a
system in crisis’ and prisoner
numbers should be cut.
The number of assaults on staff
in the last three months of 2017
was 2,327 – the highest quarterly
tally on record. However the MoJ
said the increase may be partly
due to a change in recording.
Prisoner-on-prisoner assaults
rose 11 per cent to 21,270 in 2017
and the number of self-harming
inmates rose six per cent to a
record high of 11,630.
However, in the year to March,
there were 299 deaths, a year-onyear fall of 13 per cent.
Amber axes
all targets...
after denying
they existed
Windrush scandal: Amber Rudd denies being used as a ‘human shield’ for PM
UNDER-FIRE Amber Rudd is to scrap
immigration removal targets – a day
after saying they did not exist.
The defiant home secretary resisted
repeated calls to resign in the Commons
yesterday as she vowed to ‘put right’ the
Home Office fiasco.
She told the Home Affairs committee
on Wednesday that staff did not have targets – only to admit yesterday that they
did after being hauled to parliament to
explain herself.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott
called for her to stand down, as did her
by DANIEL BINNS
eration of Britons – who came to the UK
from the Caribbean between 1948 and
1971 – because tougher rules make it
hard to prove their status.
The SNP’s Alison Thewliss said: ‘This
home secretary is presiding over a
department out of control, marked by
cruelty and chaos. Will she stop shielding the prime minister? Will she do the
honourable thing and resign?’
Ms Rudd told MPs: ‘I have never
agreed that there should be specific
removal targets... The immigration arm
of the Home Office has been using local
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priately then I am clear that this will
have to change.’
She added: ‘I do think that I am the
Labour colleague David Lammy, who
told MPs: ‘There are impact statements person who can put it right.’
She later denied being used as a
that have been ignored, there are letters
from MPs and she said she wasn’t aware ‘human shield’ to deflect criticism over
of a pattern. We now understand people Windrush from Mrs May.
Ms Rudd was backed by Tory
have been removed because of
former minister Sir Nicholas
targets and she said she didn’t
Soames, who said she had the
know. I say with all conscience:
party’s ‘total support’. The
“Is she really the right person to
prime minister’s spokesman
lead this office of state?”’
said Mrs May had ‘full conOther opposition parties also
fidence’ in Ms Rudd.
accused Ms Rudd of covering for
Yvette Cooper, chairman of
Theresa May, who as home secrethe Home Affairs committee,
tary in 2012 boasted of creatsaid there appeared to
ing a ‘hostile environbe a ‘lack of grip’ at
ment’
for illegal
the Home Office
immigrants.
over targets. She
Mrs May’s 2014
said
she
had
immigration reforms
received evidence
have also been
Chairman:
Labour
of regional targets
blamed for the curMP Yvette Cooper
being used as
rent crisis affecting
recently as April.
the Windrush gen-
Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 5
‘Smash and grab’:
A hammer-wielding
moped gang who
tried to steal mobile
phones from
pedestrians in
London last May
PICTURE: MEGA AGENCY
Under pressure: Amber Rudd PICTURE: PA
by DANIEL BINNS
HOME secretary Amber Rudd was
facing growing calls to quit last night
after a nightmare day.
Ms Rudd was hauled before the
Commons to explain herself over the
Windrush immigration scandal as official figures showed a ‘staggering’
increase in violent crime.
Critics accused her department of
being ‘out of control’ after she yesterday admitted there were targets for the
removal of illegal immigrants – a day
after telling MPs there weren’t.
Shadow home secretary Diane
Abbott told the Commons: ‘Isn’t it
time that the home secretary considered her honour and resigned?’
Ms Rudd’s day later got worse when
she appeared to contradict official government policy on leaving the customs
union with the EU.
Meanwhile, knife attacks in England
and Wales increased by 22 per cent in
2017, while offences involving guns
were up 11 per cent. Critics blamed
soaring violent crime on massive cuts
to policing that have seen officer numbers fall by about 20,000 since 2010.
Police recorded 5.4million
offences last year, a 13 per
cent annual rise.
Homicides were up nine
per cent last year to 653,
the
figures
show.
Reported rapes rose 31
per cent, robberies by
33 per cent, burglaries were up nine
per cent and vehi-
RUDDY
SHAMBLES
n Home sec under fire
as violent crime soars
‘She should go’:
Shadow home
secretary Diana
Abbott GETTY
n As she’s grilled on
the Windrush fiasco
cle thefts by 16 per cent. It comes amid
growing concern about the theft of
mopeds used in ‘smash and grab’ raids
and street robberies – along with mod-
ified key fobs that allow thieves to
break into cars and start the ignition.
Police Federation chairman Calum
Macleod said the ‘staggering’ figures
‘reflect the ongoing struggle forces
across the country face in their attempt
to continue to keep communities safe
with reduced resources and the capacity to do so effectively’.
However, the separate Crime Survey
for England and Wales reported a
seven per cent drop last year, compared with the previous 24 months.
The Office for National Statistics’
Alexa Bradley said most offences have
been ‘fairly stable’ but a rise in ‘relatively rare but high-harm violent
offences has been emerging over the
previous two years’. The figures do not
include terror attacks.
Shadow policing minister Louise
Haigh said Ms Rudd ‘has comprehensively failed to protect the public’.
But police minister Nick Hurd said:
‘The independent ONS is clear, overall
levels of crime are stable, with traditional crime over a third lower than in
2010.’
Ruddy shambles 2: Page 6 »
6 METRO Friday, April 27, 2018
‘Overjoyed’ Scottish Tory
Ruth is expecting a baby
SCOTTISH Conservative leader
Ruth Davidson has announced she
is pregnant with her first child.
The 39-year-old admitted she and
partner Jen Wilson were ‘daunted’
but ‘overjoyed’ at starting a family
together.
‘We weren’t sure that it was going
to happen for us, but we’re really,
really happy that it has,’ she said.
The MSP, who has made no
secret of her desire to be a mother,
found out in March that an IVF
procedure had been successful. She
is due to give birth in October.
She said she would be taking
maternity leave like ‘thousands of
working women do every year’.
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But she expects to return to work
early next year, and the pregnancy
will not change her plans to lead
her party into the 2021 Holyrood
elections.
Her deputy, Jackson Carlaw, will
hold the fort in her absence.
But Ms Davidson, who admits
she has been suffering from
morning sickness, said it will be
‘business as usual’ until she goes
on maternity leave. ‘I look forward
to throwing myself into events with
customary gusto,’ she said.
Prime minister Theresa May
welcomed her colleague’s news,
tweeting: ‘Wonderful news! I’m
very happy for you and Jen.’
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RUDDY
SHAMBLES
(Part Two)
Home secretary stumbles into
EU customs union controversy
HOME secretary Amber Rudd’s day of
blunders continued when she came a
cropper over the Brexit deal.
After rising crime and Windrush, she
declined to say at a Westminster lunch
that the UK was certain to leave the customs union.
Saying she was ‘not going to be
drawn’ on the issue, she said that the
government was ‘still working on’ its
position, which would require further
discussions with cabinet colleagues.
Ms Rudd, a prominent Remain supporter in the referendum, later sought to
play down the significance of her
remarks, tweeting: ‘Of course when we
leave the EU we will be leaving the customs union. I wasn’t going to get into
ongoing cabinet discussions about our
future trading relationship.’
Speculation that Theresa May could
accept a customs union has mounted
since her Lords defeat last week, prompting reports that senior Brexiteers includ-
by DOMINIC YEATMAN
ing Boris Johnson would reject any dilution of her ‘red line’ on withdrawal.
But in a strongly-worded statement
Mrs May’s spokesman said: ‘We are
leaving the customs union and not joining a customs union.’ The UK would be
‘free to sign our own trade deals’.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir
Starmer said Ms Rudd had ‘let slip’ that
cabinet discussions have not concluded
and Mrs May should ‘listen to the growing chorus that believe she has got it
wrong’. Lib Dem MP Layla Moran said
the government was ‘utterly and completely shambolic’. ‘After the week the
home secretary has had, being the prime
minister’s human shield, this feels and
looks like revenge.’
Arch-Eurosceptic Tory MP Peter
Bone, who was also at the lunch, said he
‘could not understand why [Ms Rudd]
did not support government policy’.
Johnson: Nato must keep
up momentum on Russia
BORIS JOHNSON is to urge Nato
foreign ministers to ‘maintain
momentum’ on Russia over its
‘reckless and destabilising’ behaviour.
The foreign secretary spoke as
Russia held a press conference in The
Hague with Douma residents,
claiming chemicals were not used,
and most casualties were due to
smoke and dust asphyxiation.
All Nato allies backed the UK,
France and the US when they
launched air strikes in Syria after
president Bashar al-Assad’s forces
dropped chemical bombs on Douma.
The alliance also joined a wave of
diplomatic expulsions in the wake of
the Salisbury poisonings.
Mr Johnson added ahead of a
meeting in Brussels that this was ‘a
key moment to discuss Russia with
foreign ministers of all 29 allies’.
Nato boss Jens Stoltenberg said the
alliance had responded with ‘resolve
and unity’ to Moscow’s ‘pattern of
dangerous behaviour’.
by TONY JONES
REVENGE will be sweet, Prince William vowed last night after agreeing to
be Harry’s best man at his wedding.
Prince Harry also joked of getting
down on one knee to his brother, who
said he was ‘thrilled’ to be asked.
It’s a reversal of the roles in 2011
when Harry served as his elder brother’s best man during his wedding to
the Duchess of Cambridge.
William, 35, said he was ‘honoured’
to have been chosen to perform the role
when Harry marries Meghan Markle
next month – after first organising a
stag party to remember.
But he was keeping shtum about the
name for his third child, born on Monday. He said he and wife Kate were
still ‘working on it’.
However, a big clue emerged last
night on the royal family’s website,
where a page has been reserved for
Prince Albert.
The page www.royal.uk/prince-albert
reads Access Denied.
The decision by Harry, 33, to ask his
brother to be his wedding wingman was
widely expected as they are very close.
Beneath the public banter, where
they regularly poke fun at each other,
the pair share a special bond, strengthened following the death of their
mother Diana, Princess of Wales, in a
Paris car crash in 1997.
Kensington Palace said: ‘The Duke
of Cambridge is honoured to have
been asked, and is very much looking
forward to supporting his brother at St
George’s Chapel, Windsor on May 19.’
The palace also issued a series of
WILLS THE
WINGMAN
Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 7
Be my best man, asks Harry ‘on one knee’
A special bond: William and Harry,
pictured in London last night, are
close friends as well as siblings,
and are often seen poking fun
at each other GETTY
tweets with pictures to mark the
announcement, including images of
the brothers as young boys.
On the wedding day, the duke is
likely to be tasked with looking after
Meghan Markle’s wedding ring and will
give the traditional best man’s speech at
a private evening event being staged
by Prince Charles at Frogmore House.
The Scottish highlands is one of the
top choices with bookies as a stag do
destination. The royals know it well
By my side:
Harry is given
a helping
hand by
William on his
first day at
kindergarten
(left) and
the boys
in Canada
in 1991
(above) PA
and it will give them the privacy to
indulge in outdoor pursuits. Rupert
Adams, of bookmaker William Hill,
said: ‘We think that has increased the
chances of a trip to Scotland, which is
now 5-2 from 8-1, although Switzer-
land is the favourite at 6-4.’ The Prince
of Wales also chose his brother the
Duke of York to be his main supporter
– a royal alternative to best man – when
he married Lady Diana Spencer at St
Paul’s Cathedral in 1981.
Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 9
Zoe ‘tried to
help love of
her life after
suicide bids’
TV PRESENTER Zoe Ball tried in vain
to help her boyfriend after he made two
suicide attempts in the months before
his death, an inquest heard yesterday.
Cameraman Billy Yates, 40, rammed
his car into a motorway barrier and tried
to kill himself with toxic fumes, the
hearing was told.
After her boyfriend’s first suicide
attempt in November 2016 the Strictly It
Takes Two presenter, 47, paid for him to
stay for two weeks at the Priory hospital, where his mental health began to
improve. The pair also went to Goa in
India after Christmas, which Mr Yates
told doctors he was excited about.
But in May last year a friend, Brad
Abbotts, discovered Mr Yates dead at
his home in Putney, south-west London,
after he had hanged himself.
Westminster coroner’s court heard Mr
Yates had concerns over a large tax bill
but his relationship with Ms Ball had
been going well. Ms Ball, the first
female host of The Radio 1 Breakfast
Show, and he had been dating for several months.
Mr Yates, who worked on Antiques
Roadshow, Xtra Factor and Famous And
Fearless, had been prescribed antidepressants by his GP and private therapists throughout his life, the inquest
heard.
A statement from his family read out
at the hearing said he and Ms Ball ‘had
a friendship and beautiful relationship’
and were the ‘love of each other’s life’.
His family described him as a ‘sweetheart’ who was ‘known and loved’ by
many. Their statement went on: ‘William was known and loved by a great
number of people and was a sweetheart
by ADAM BENNETT
to many. He was in the Royal Marines
until he broke his leg and opted out and
left Lancashire and moved to Greece
and worked on Greece Uncovered.
‘Working in TV, cast and crew knew
that if Billy was on the job they would
be having a good time. That was where
Billy met Zoe. They had a friendship
and beautiful relationship. They were
the love of each other’s life.’
But the statement went on: ‘He suffered greatly from depression which
plagued him on and off for years, but
life became too much for him.’
Although Mr Yates had quit alcohol in
August 2016, the inquest heard he had
been drinking on the day of his death.
Tests found 92mg per 100mg of alcohol
in his blood, putting him just over the
drink-drive limit.
A local shopkeeper who was the last
person to have seen Mr Yates alive said
he appeared cheery.
Assistant Westminster coroner Shirley
Radcliffe returned an open verdict, saying that as Mr Yates had been drinking
in the moments before he died she could
not be certain it was not a drunken,
impulsive act.
She said: ‘It can exacerbate depression and he has previously described
himself as impulsive.
‘Taking into account the level of alcohol and the fact that he had not used it
for some time make it difficult for me to
be sure it was intended.’
Contact Samaritans:
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The games
we love to
remember
SKIPPING, hide
and seek and tag
are the games
grown-ups
remember most
fondly from their
school days,
according to a poll.
Other popular
playground games
which made the
top ten include
British Bulldog,
marbles, rounders
and rock, paper,
scissors.
Sixty per cent of
those surveyed by
Casumo.com
thought modern
kids were
mollycoddled and
should be allowed
more rough-andtumble play.
‘A sweetheart’: Zoe
Ball and Billy Yates
had been dating for
months and
had a ‘beautiful
relationship’, the
inquest heard
Cliff raid coverage
‘surprised’ top cop
THE former chief constable of
South Yorkshire Police told the
High Court he immediately
knew ‘there would be
repercussions’ after he saw
BBC coverage of a search at
Sir Cliff Richard’s home.
David Crompton said he saw
the report while on holiday in
2014 and was ‘not expecting’
to see helicopter footage.
Sir Cliff, 77, is claiming
‘substantial’ damages from the
BBC, which contests the case,
for invasion of privacy. The force
has paid the singer £400,000.
No charges were brought
against him. The case was
adjourned until next month.
Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 11
TV star ‘hid behind his celebrity’
» Continued from Page 1
Constand in 2004. He showed no emotion as the verdict was delivered – but
some of his accusers burst into tears as
a judge told Cosby he faces up to ten
years in jail for each offence.
The star, who was Dr Cliff Huxtable
in long-running US TV sitcom The
Cosby Show, then flew into a rage at
district attorney Kevin Steele, calling
him an ‘asshole’ when prosecutors
demanded he be immediately jailed.
However, he was allowed to leave
court in Pennsylvania on bail last night,
and will be sentenced at a later date.
One witness, Sunni Welles, who told
the court Cosby assaulted her when she
was 17, said afterwards: ‘I feel every
one of us has been vindicated.
‘I’m just so thrilled he’s likely going
to spend some time in jail.’
It was the second time Cosby had
stood trial over the allegations, after a
jury failed to reach a verdict last year.
At the start of the retrial it was revealed
he paid Ms Constand, 45, £2.4million
in a civil court settlement in 2006.
She was left unconscious by three
blue pills Cosby referred to as ‘your
friends’ before being assaulted at his
home in Philadelphia.
In his earlier settlement, Cosby
admitted obtaining tranquillisers for
women he wanted to have sex with.
More than 60 women have alleged
DROP DEAD
GORGEOUS!
KINGFISHER’S
CATCH OF DAY
the Emmy award-winner assaulted
them over a period of five decades, but
only Ms Constand’s case was brought
to trial. However, the judge allowed
five of his accusers to give evidence.
One alleged victim was in tears as
she recalled her experience in court,
telling the star: ‘You remember, don’t
you, Mr Cosby?’
Speaking after the verdict, Mr Steele
paid tribute to Ms Constand’s ‘courage’ and said Cosby had used his
‘celebrity, wealth and network of supporters to help conceal his crimes’.
The retrial was the first in the glare
of the #MeToo movement, in the wake
of allegations made against Hollywood
producer Harvey Weinstein.
Bailed: Bill Cosby leaves court in Pennsylvania after the guilty verdict GETTY
12 METRO Friday, April 27, 2018
The Writer’s angry spotlight on
theatre is a #MeToo call to arms
I
T FEELS a bit reductive to
label this play a #MeToo
drama but it chimes so
loudly and furiously with our
current preoccupation with
gender that it could have been
written last week.
A tremulous, febrile, volatile
Romola Garai plays the titular
writer: an extremely talented
young woman rehearsing her
play with a male director.
From this premise playwright
Ella Hickson explodes multiple
live-wire and meta theatrical
storylines as the writer and the
director battle opposing ideas
about narrative, patriarchy,
exploitation, power, gender, sex,
REVIEW
The Writer
Almeida Theatre, London
HHHH
by CLAIRE ALLFREE
agency and the male gaze.
Hickson is unapologetic about
shining a light on how popular
culture – specifically theatre –
represents women. She also
breaks with normal play
structures: you are never sure
whether you are watching a
scene from her play, or the play
written by The Writer.
What ignites these potentially
academic debates is the anger
Volatile: Romala Garai is
The Writer, opposite
Samuel West MANUEL HARLAN
that churns through Blanche
McIntyre’s clever production, as
the two male characters (the
second is The Writer’s boyfriend,
played by Samuel West with
perfect condescension) play out
an entrenched power dynamic.
Hickson’s premise is that
theatre needs a new way to tell
stories to reflect the female
experience. It is a pity that the
segment that seeks to do this is
least successful. The Writer
wears its chaos and raw qualities
as a badge of honour; a
declaration, a provocation and a
revolutionary manifesto all at
once. Will it change the world?
We’ll have to wait and see.
This Hell doesn’t
break loose from
rambling tedium
REVIEW
Absolute Hell
The National’s Lyttelton Theatre
HH
by JOHN NATHAN
Y
OU can see why Rodney
Ackland’s play was hated
by critics and theatregoers
when it was first seen in
1952. Set in a Soho club
just after World War II the play’s 20
or more heroes and heroines are
actually anything but. In fact they
are almost to a woman and man
drunk and desperately lonely
wretches. Not exactly the way
victorious Britain liked to see itself
when the play first appeared.
Loneliest of all is the club’s owner
Christine (Kate Fleetwood) who
pours the drinks and paws the men
who enter her bomb-damaged
premises. That is, as long as they
are not gay, or as struggling writer
Hugh Marriner (Charles Edwards)
would put it, ‘queer’. Marriner begs
anyone who might have it for a
£200 loan. He gets it from the
flamboyantly sadistic film director
Maurice Hussey (Jonathan Slinger),
but the account Marriner is more
keen on settling is with the
merciless literary critic RB Moody,
whose review wrecked his career.
This gallery of grotesques each
have their charms. But fascinating
though they are to themselves, they
become progressively less
interesting to us over the course of
this three-hour play.
This is the second time the
National has attempted to reveal
Post-war loneliness: Kate Fleetwood
as club owner Christine JOHAN PERSSON
Ackland as a great lost dramatist.
The first was in 1995 with Judi Dench
as Christine. This time the National
has again thrown some of our best
acting talent at the play.
But despite Ackland’s bravery at
the time in placing gay characters
centre stage (their sexuality was
made more explicit in this later
version) even Joe Hill-Gibbins’
dynamic direction can’t prevent the
work from becoming like one its
many drunk characters – rambling
and tedious.
Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 13
Security fear
as Tory MP’s
aide ‘caught
in sex sting’
‘Blackmail risk’:
Dominic Raab’s diary
secretary speaks to a
reporter after being
contacted on ‘sugar
daddy’ website
DAILY MIRROR
CLAIMS that a top Tory MP’s aide met
men through a ‘sugar daddy’ dating
website and bragged that she knew her
boss’s ‘every move’ are being investigated by Whitehall officials.
According to the Daily Mirror the 20year-old diary secretary boasted of
knowing ‘everything’ about housing
minister Dominic Raab, leading to fears
she could be vulnerable to blackmail or
be a security risk.
The woman – named only as Lisa –
reportedly joked about romping on her
boss’s desk as she spoke to an undercover reporter from the newspaper who
was posing as a wealthy businessman.
He said to her: ‘We will have to sneak
into his [Raab’s] office at some stage,’ to
which she replied: ‘I would love to get
sacked for that.’
When he joked how he would like to
do something on the MP’s desk, Lisa –
who claimed to earn up to £5,000 a
month from rich clients – replied: ‘So
would I.’
Lisa, who met the journalist twice,
also claimed the minister found it
‘difficult dealing with women’,
and was so ‘uptight’ he had
exactly the same lunch every
day – a Pret a Manger chicken
caesar and bacon baguette
accompanied by a smoothie and
fruit salad.
She reportedly said:
‘He is so weird. I
get it for him.’
Lisa added: ‘He
needs loosening up,
he’s very uptight. I
would love to get him
high. He would lose
his sh*t.’ She also told
the reporter: ‘I run a
minister’s life. It’s my
by DANIEL BINNS
responsibility that he’s in the right place
at the right time.’ The woman was paid
£750 for both meetings, including one at
a five-star hotel less than a mile from the
House of Commons.
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
launched the inquiry amid concerns that
Lisa’s actions could pose a security
risk.
There is no suggestion that Mr Raab
was aware of her actions.
A spokeswoman for the MHCLG told
the Press Association: ‘We are aware of
this allegation against one of our members of staff, and are investigating.
‘There is no suggestion that any official information has been disclosed.’
Lisa allegedly met men on a controversial site used by younger women
known as ‘sugar babies’ and older,
wealthy men to arrange liaisons.
According to the newspaper, when
asked what her bosses would think of
her use of the site, she said: ‘I don’t
care.’
The Mirror said its story illustrated a potential security breach in
the staff of Mr Raab (pictured),
who has been tipped as a future
prime minister, and highlighted the
risks to MPs when a close aide
makes themselves a possible blackmail target.
Mr Raab had threatened
Russia with a ‘wide
range of sanctions’
after the novichok
attack in Salisbury
which left a former
Russian spy and
his daughter seriously ill.
METRO BITES
n PRIVATE parking firms
issued 5.65million tickets in the
past year, up 20 per cent on
2016/17, says RAC Foundation,
which is backing Commons
action to regulate operators.
n A DOGS trust needs a home
for a 10st Dogue de Bordeaux,
its biggest ever pet. The trust
in Ilfracombe, north Devon,
says gentle Marley likes sitting
on laps and ‘does slobber’.
n SAVE THE CHILDREN is to
temporarily withdraw from
seeking government funding
in the wake of the aid worker
sex scandal, chief executive
Kevin Watkins said.
Heart of Dublin’s saint back
6 years after cathedral theft
THE 800-year-old heart of
Dublin’s patron saint, Laurence
O’Toole, has been recovered by
police six years after it was
stolen.
The relic, in a wooden heartshaped box, was taken from
Christ Church Cathedral. It is
believed the thief hid in the
cathedral overnight before using
cutters to prise open the iron
bars of a cage protecting the box.
The dean, the Very Rev Dermot
Dunne, said that the relic has no
economic value but is a
‘priceless’ link with the saint,
Christ Church’s founding father.
Assistant police commissioner
Pat Leahy praised officers who
Recovered: St Laurence’s heart PA
had ‘kept their radars on and
their minds open’. No arrests
have been made.
There is to be a shrine to St
Laurence, who died in 1180, the
cathedral said, noting that it now
had regular security reviews.
14 METRO Friday, April 27, 2018
Duck à la wrong... fishing
fan Matt hooked a quacker
Some guys
have all the
duck: But Matt
was after a fish
JOUPIN GHAMSARI/WMA
he
OH, DUCK! Matt Cardle didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when
accidentally caught a duck while fishing.
this
The Desire singer, whose comeback album is set to storm the charts
. I haven’t
week, told GP: ‘I do a lot of fishing. I have always been a fisherman
It
duck!
a
caught
I
caught anything the last eight times I’ve gone. Then
it
was trying to fly away but got caught in the hookbait. We saved
though, thankfully. I was crying and laughing in equal measure.’
The serenity of fishing has become a major part of the 35-yearold’s new, healthier way of life. But he doesn’t think abstinence is
the way forward in his battle against prescription drugs and
boozing. ‘I’m a very hedonistic person, I’ve always enjoyed
partying,’ said Matt.
‘Having control isn’t abstinence. Abstinence is cutting
everything out forever. I don’t practise that. Rehab taught me
how to take control of myself without it ruling my life.
‘It’s like when your dad buys you your first car or motorbike
and he’s like, “If you crash it again I’ll take it away from you”, but
you have one more go. I won’t crash it this time.’
Matt’s album Time To Be Alive is out today, on Sony.
A N D R E I H A R M S W O RT H ’ S
Bling it on ...
Sarah faces a
new battle as
jeweller sues
Parker accused of diva demands
S
perks, she insisted on first-class travel
ARAH JESSICA PARKER’S
behind-the-scenes reputation is and tickets for two pals, expenses for
her guests and a personal greeter.
back in the spotlight – she is
SJP settled for nothing less than a
being sued by a jewellery firm
which claimed she presented a ‘first-class trailer’ and a second just to
house her make-up and wardrobe.
string of diva-esque demands.
Lunch also had to be ‘first class’, with
The actress is already in the middle of
the actress insisting she pick her own
firefighting claims from her former Sex
‘glam squad’, too.
And The City co-star Kim Cattrall, 61,
However, Parker’s team batted back
who trashed her ‘nice girl’ persona.
Now Kat Florence Design is suing the the accusations, saying it was the
jewellery house that ‘reneged’ on
53-year-old for failing to hold up her
the contract.
side of the bargain in a multi-millionIn a statement, her reps added that the
dollar endorsement deal.
company refused to compensate SJP
Legal papers allegedly obtained by
after she fulfilled her contractual
The Blast rattled off a long list of SJP’s
obligations ‘and continued to use her
strict requirements. They included no
image for advertising and publicity to
filming until she is ‘camera ready
promote their brand’.
and gives her verbal consent’ or
It has been a brutal week for the
while she is eating.
star, who once again tried to
She demanded all interviews
extinguish Cattrall’s character
were to be in English and that
assassination when she said: ‘I’d
she personally pick the
just like to remind everybody
publications and journalists.
that there is no catfight. I have
The star also refused to
never uttered an unkind,
have her image in any
unsupportive, unfriendly
window displays or on
word... I’ve always held
shopping bags, and
Kim’s work in high regard.’
Jewel personality:
insisted that she approve
Parker’s team are yet to
SJP had a multiany other star the
reply to Guilty Pleasures’
company wanted to
million-dollar deal
requests for comment.
work with. In terms of
with gems firm REX
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Gutter
Get ready for
some special K
I’m pansexual,
says Janelle
Gabrielle dream
is coming true
K-POP is
heading for our
shores after South
Korea boy band BST
announced they will
be playing two shows
at the O2 in London
in October.
JANELLE MONÁE
has come out as
pansexual. The
actress/singer, 32,
who starred in
Moonlight, said: ‘I
consider myself a freeass motherf***er.’
GABRIELLE is
resurrecting her
music career after an
11-year hiatus. The
Dreams singer, 48,
drops Under My Skin
on August 17, saying:
‘It’s classic Gabrielle.’
Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 15
with
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Stichbury
@Metro_Showbiz
a gnasher-nal treasure!
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He’s
Cruise’s smile lights up Vegas
FORGET Eyes Wide Shut...
it was teeth light up when
m Cruise found himself on the
ceiving end of a ribbing from
mes Corden.
Introducing Tom the bomb at
CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the
chat show host joked: ‘He has
the best smile in history. Here is
how big and bright that smile is...
none of the lights are on in this
room right now. We are all being
lit by that smile.’
Corden, 39, in Vegas to present
Cruise with the Pioneer of the
Year prize, mocked his roles in
films such as Eyes Wide Shut,
Grin and bear
it: Cruise with
his gong from
Corden GETTY
saying: ‘He pioneered the way
we wear Mardi Gras masks to
all our secret orgies.’
But Cruise, 55, took it all in
good spirit, replying: ‘It is so
kind of you to show up.’
A code of conduct at CinemaCon
MATT PUCKERS UP,
LILY LEANS BACK...
RY
THE REST IS KISSTO
Peck and choose:
Lily and Matt cuddle
up in New York
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uncomfortable, cranin couple, who began dating
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his move. The loved-up
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in 2014, were picture
while
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wedding
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bished any
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CINEMACON bosses
slapped guests with a
sexual harassment warning
in the wake of the Harvey
Weinstein scandal.
With stars including Bradley
Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio,
Quentin Tarantino, Mark
Wahlberg and Will Ferrell at the
convention, a postcard-sized
note was included in their
welcome packs. It warned the
event was ‘committed to
allowing attendees to
experience CinemaCon free of
harassment, discrimination,
sexism and threatening or
disrespectful behaviour’.
Calvin’s cocktail choice... pina
cola-Dua or a margar-Lipa
DUA LIPA still manages to look Hotter Than Hell,
even while reclining on what appears to be a bed
of ice cubes.
The singer dazzles in a heavily jewelled leotard in
the cool promo for her latest No.1 smash One Kiss
– a collaboration with Calvin Harris, 34.
The DJ appears to be on hand to wait on the 22year-old as he posted a snap of himself from the
video, wearing a dinner jacket and carrying a
Movers an
cocktail. Calv, if you run out of ice, we know
d shakers:
Dua and Ca
where to find some...
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CARDI B
has cancelled
her tour dates
to focus on her
pregnancy. ‘I be
looking like I be moving
and everything, but in
reality a b**** can
barely breathe,’ said
Cardi, 25, who was
seen twerking at
Coachella earlier
this month.
in in their
One Kiss vi
deo INSTAGRAM
16 METRO Friday, April 27, 2018
GOOD DEED FEED
A BIG thank you to the kind
man in a blue suit and friend
who helped me when I was in
a scruffy state, crying and
clutching on to a big grubby
box. You helped me calm down
and get on the train on
Wednesday morning.
Nat, Pregnant Lady, Watford
THANK you to the guy on the
District line on Tuesday who
stopped me on the platform
at Ravenscourt Park to return
my work fob. You saved me a
lot of paperwork and hassle
Leigh, London
replacing it.
A HUGE thank you to the
person on the Lewisham train
last Sunday who handed in my
Marvin Gaye cloth bag to
London Bridge staff.
Talk
METRO
LG
THANK you to the hostess on
the 8.32am from Neath to
London Paddington who made
my day with a giggling fit in the
middle of an announcement.
Cheered us passengers right up!
Doug, Neath
THANK you to the man who
gave me a seat at Gloucester
Road on the District line on
Wednesday at 8am. You made
my morning! Girl In Green Coat
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Time to pull down
the shutter on Apu?
Race row over Simpsons’ Asian shopkeeper
AND ANOTHER THING...
n It was bad enough Jacob
Rees-Mogg using ‘cretinous’
but worse that Metro should
repeat it today (twice in
MetroTalk, Wed). A ‘cretin’ was
someone born with a severe
thyroid deficiency, causing
physical deformation and
learning difficulties. This term
is offensive to anyone with a
thyroid condition (and there are
many of us), and is as bad as
calling someone spastic or
mongol, so please don’t.
Erica, Coventry
n Enough with film snobbery
(MetroTalk, Thu). I’ve watched
Philadelphia, Unforgiven and
all the Marvel films. I enjoyed
them all.
Dave, Walsall
n Could Arsenal target Luis
Enrique (Metro Sport, Thu) be
Roy Keane’s long-lost tanned
continental brother? Dec, Essex
n Why release balloons at
weddings, funerals etc, adding
to plastic pollution and killing
wildlife and pets?
Jinty
n Simpsons actor Hank Azaria said
he is willing to give up voicing Indian
character Apu as it has upset people
(Metro, Thu). You will always offend
someone. Being Asian, I like Apu and
his voice, and have never been
offended. Ultimately, people won’t be
able to laugh if they can’t joke about
themselves.
Joseph, London
n Pakistani and Indian people have
always considered Apu offensive. It
was never applauded by the targeted
race.
Raheel Memon
n As a person of Indian origin I don’t
know many who have lived so long in
a new country, run a business and
spent a lot of time with locals as Apu
but who still have a strong accent.
J, Barnet
n Is this what it has come to? All the
characters in The Simpsons are
overdone and stereotyped! That’s
what makes it funny. People need to
stop being so soft.
Ella, London
n Azaria, well done for bringing this
up. It just shows you’re a good human
being and have made a good impact
in this world.
Jackie, Kent
n How convenient that Azaria is
‘willing to step aside’ from voicing
Apu afer 25-plus years! If he’s that
concerned, he should give back the
money he earned when The Simpsons
was in its heyday, when it was still
good!
Eddie, London
n As a Scot, I want action taken
over how The Simpsons depicts
Groundskeeper Willie as fiery and
mean! Eh no – and the Apu character
is not offensive, either. Lighten up,
people. Bullying is offensive but is
not the domain of any race so enjoy
the show. As I’ve always said, you
should be able to laugh at yourself
and get over it.
Tom, Liverpool
Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 17
.Slim pickings
for tubby actors:
Damian Lewis and
(inset) our report
about his prosthetic
makeover.GETTY
RUSH- HOU R C RU SH
Love is all around us, as shown by the messages left by our commuter cupids.
Are they talking about you? Don’t forget to tell us if you get together!
THE tall guy with the beard,
short hair, grey T-shirt and
hi-vis trousers. Last Friday,
while I was chatting with my
friend, I looked up and we
shared smiles before we got
off at Leyton station.
Lady In Grey Scarf, London
GIRL going to dinner with her
mum who got off at
Southfields. Dinner with me
Fella On Tube
sometime?
DAmIAn’S roleS JuST
keep geTTIng bIgger
Makeover: Lewis used prosthetics and a mask
FAT chance you’d recognise
Damian Lewis these days…
The British actor has
undergone an extreme
makeover after sizing up
his most ambitious screen
role to date.
Lewis, best known for his
TV roles in Homeland and
Billions, piled on the
prosthetic pounds to
play Toronto’s former
mayor Rob Ford.
The Golden Globe
winner (pictured), who
also wore a face mask,
shot scenes in the
Canadian city this week.
Described as
‘historical fiction’,
the film, titled
Run This
Town, is
inspired by a string of
scandals that rocked the
disgraced politician.
In 2014, Ford was caught on
camera smoking crack and
then took leave from office to
enter rehab.
The thriller is set against the
backdrop of his final mayoral
term, following the efforts
of a young reporter
attempting to expose
Ford as his aides help
him weather the storm.
Former businessman
Ford died aged 46 from
cancer in 2016.
The movie, which is
directed by Ricky
Tollman, also
stars Nina
Dobrev and
Ben Platt.
FATTING UP DAMIAN WAS UNACCEPTABLE
n If director Ricky Tollman needed an actor to play overweight, scandal-hit
former Toronto mayor Rob Ford in Run This Town, why didn’t he cast an
overweight one? ‘Fatting up’ the slim Damian Lewis (Metro, Thu), however
successful, is no more acceptable than having a white actor black up to
Geoff, Stockport
play Othello.
THE 6.20pm from Blackfriars.
You, navy blue suit and the
most beautiful eyes. Me, 6ft
2in in a grey waistcoat who
couldn’t take my eyes off you
when I had to get off at East
Mark
Croydon. Drink?
TO the bella blonde girl with
the silver nose stud viewing
Sky News on your tablet at
Carpenders Park station,
Monday pm. You thought I
was looking at your screen
but I couldn’t take my eyes off
you. Drink/coffee?
Italian Guy In Dark Green
Sweatshirt And Jeans
TO the beautiful American
blonde on my train into Euston
on Monday evening. We both
took the Victoria line and
I somehow lost you… Coffee?
Brunette, Blue Blouse
TO the tall, dark, big-built
black man with Gavin on his
name tag who gets the
Croydon to Blackfriars train at
around 6am everyday. You’re
gorgeous. Drink?
Brunette Curvy Girl, Croydon
TO the nice retired nurse on
the No.51/52 bus at Broomhill
some time ago who gave this
fit, elderly man a résumé of
her life. I didn’t respond fully;
wish I had.
Brian, Sheffield
BRUNETTE, black coat, red
shoes, Moor Street station on
Tuesday. Wish I’d said ‘wow!’
Older But Appreciative, Brum
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Rush-Hour Crush, name and
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Where the Windrush buck should stop
n So home secretary Amber
Rudd has admitted she failed to
foresee the Windrush generation
being unfairly targeted (Metro,
Thu). If she was responsible for
the fiasco, then she should go.
When things go wrong, it is never
anybody’s fault! Top people are
paid well so the buck stops with
Len, Harrow
them.
n Ms Rudd took over from
Theresa May, so why put all the
blame on her? It’s not just the
Windrush issue but the
immigration laws introduced by
Tories are inhumane. They don’t
even give you the right to appeal.
Alan, London
n Windrush didn’t just happen
overnight – both Labour and the
Conservatives should take some
blame. Help those individuals
caught up in the fiasco but, as a
migrant from outside the EU, the
government should take action
on illegal immigrants who have
not worked hard, paid taxes and
contributed to this country.
Harry, Croydon
60
18 METRO Friday, April 27, 2018
You filmed Jumanji in Hawaii.
With your pale complexion,
was that a problem?
It was. They had to do a fullbody fake tan every morning to
give me a normal level of tan.
But that was hard to maintain
How would you rate your
with the amount of sunscreen
fighting skills now?
I had to use and then the
Have they improved
bug spray that made the
since the first
fake tan run. It was a
Guardians Of The
constant battle to make
Fighting fit: Galaxy?
me look healthy.
I’m much better than I was
Zoe Saldana
SECONDSwith
KAREN GILLAN
The 30-year-old Avengers
and Doctor Who star talks
about her role in the Jumanji
reboot and reveals how she
can now beat men up
when I first started out. I was
completely uncoordinated and didn’t
know how to throw a punch. But
now I feel I could take out a man on
the street. I could throw a punch and
jump on their shoulders and crack
their neck.
Who have you learned the most
about fighting from?
Zoe Saldana is the best action actor I’ve
worked with. She’s the best at doing
fight scenes and stunts. She has a
background as a ballerina and is really
strong and flexible – much more than
the guys I’ve worked with.
Were you surprised there was
so much commentary about
your Jumanji costume?
No. If you look at that costume out of
context, people had a valid reaction –
all the men were covered and the
woman wasn’t. However, it’s actively
made fun of in the script. It’s a trope of
1990s video games, which still exists to
some extent now.
What’s The Party’s Just
Beginning about?
It’s a film I wrote and directed. It’s about
a girl who is dealing with the suicide of
her best friend. She doesn’t connect with
anyone and it’s about how the angst and
guilt and shame she feels come out in
self-destructive ways. We shot it in
Inverness. It will be going into film
festivals over the next few months.
I guess some actors
negotiate for more
money but I negotiated
for more hair
What were the challenges of
directing your first film?
I’d directed two short films before
but not a full-length feature, so it was
quite an undertaking. The biggest
challenge was acting and directing at
the same time – I found it incredibly
frustrating. I’ll never direct something
I’m acting in again as it’s multitasking
to the highest degree. Budget
constraints meant we shot it in three
weeks, which is a rush.
REX
Jumanji: Welcome To The
Jungle has a video game
premise. Did you play any
when you were younger?
I played Tekken and Crash
Bandicoot all the time. I was quite
boring on Tekken. I didn’t do any of
the special moves, I just repeatedly
punched people, which worked.
not for the subsequent
Guardians Of The Galaxy/
Avengers films. Why’s that?
I guess some actors negotiate for more
money but I negotiated for more hair.
Shaving my hair for the first one was
something the director wanted because
he wanted a slick look that was done
with make-up techniques rather than
using CGI. It was also something
I wanted to do as I felt my hair had
become a trademark, in a way, so it was
cool to get rid of a defining feature like
that. As we went along they became a bit
more lenient with the hair and now they
gel it all down and use a bald cap.
You made horror films when
you were younger…
Is it about the seething
Yes, I was around 12 and used a video
underbelly of Inverness?
camera to make horror films at
It’s showing it in a way you
home with my friends and
family. I remember I played
don’t usually see on
a woman who went out
programmes such as Monarch
Of The Glen. Those things
wearing a blonde wig and
are quite touristy and don’t
stabbed people and then
feel like it feels to grow up
I stabbed my father. My dad
loved it – he relished his
there – I wanted to get behind
moment in the spotlight.
the postcard image and see
.Close shave:.
what it’s really like.
.Gillan as Nebula. What lessons has your
Are you concerned portraying it career taught you?
in this way will upset people in
That it’s important to go for what you
Inverness?
want in life and don’t be afraid of
failure. Don’t let that fear stop you from
It doesn’t portray it in an unflattering
going for things you want to achieve
light, it’s just a story about a girl that
anyone can relate to. It’s not unflattering that might make you happy.
and it’s very beautifully shot.
ANDREW WILLIAMS
You had to shave your head for
your first time as Nebula but
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle is
out on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday
Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 19
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by CATHERINE JOHNSON
THE parents of a schoolboy put in
detention for having lines shaved
on to his head have accused his
headteacher of ‘hypocrisy’ –
because she has pink hair.
Lucian Smith, seven, was forced
to spend break times alone because
of his hairstyle, say parents Darren
Smith and Stephanie Harman.
He had the haircut at Easter and
the couple thought his hair would
grow back by the time term started.
But, when he returned to class
earlier this month, he was put in
isolation after head Jane Bass ruled
his haircut breached school rules.
Her decision angered Mr Smith,
40, who said: ‘It’s completely a
case of, “Do as I say, not as I do”.’
The fire alarm engineer understands his son’s hairstyle is inappropriate and said he took Lucian back
Hair row: Jane Bass (left) put Lucian Smith (right) in detention over cut SWNS
to the barber to remedy it. Now he
and Ms Harman, 35, of Heybridge,
Essex, have withdrawn their ‘scapegoated’ son from Templars Academy, in Witham, and will send him
to a new school. ‘You can’t tell the
School ends week early to help teachers
A PRIMARY school has angered parents with plans to end the
week at lunchtime on Fridays to give teachers ‘a healthy worklife balance’. Ashby Fields Primary School said the change was
needed as staff in Daventry, Northamptonshire, were struggling
with ‘the huge workload’. But the plan to end the week when
most parents are at work has been met with anger. One, Kelly
Holmes, said staff ‘get more days off than working parents’.
kids to do one thing while you’re
swanning around doing the opposite. It’s hypocritical,’ he added.
‘It’s not fair to treat a seven-yearold this way. Lucian’s been left with
this weighing on his shoulders’.
Ms Bass – who is in charge of the
400-pupil school, rated inadequate
in a 2015 Ofsted inspection – said
the school has a ‘uniform policy
which is reviewed regularly and
outlines all expected appearance’.
‘Each year, we ask parents to sign
an agreement that states they support school policies. This pupil’s
parents signed it in November
2017,’ she added.
20 METRO Friday, April 27, 2018
Red (eyes) alert as pollen
bomb blights April in Paris
FRANCE faces an epidemic of
sneezing as the country’s tree
pollen levels reach a 25-year high.
And there is no escape for
Parisians, who are at the heart
of the worst-affected areas.
Health authorities have issued a
red alert for most of the country
with record birch pollen levels
forecast for the rest of the month,
with a warning of high pollution
levels and grass pollen already
issued for May.
Most of England suffered a
‘pollen bomb’ last week as winter
made way for warm sunshine –
causing millions of trees to release
their pollen at the same time. The
Blooming pest: Trees in blossom GETTY
Met Office said: ‘The concern is
that spring has been delayed and
there will now be more flowering
species coming into bloom at the
same time.
‘We advise people to keep an eye
on the pollen maps that are
forecast five days in advance.’
METRO BITES
n THE first polar bear born in
the UK for 25 years has been
named Hamish in tribute to his
birth at Highland Wildlife Park,
Scotland. Two-thirds of voters
chose it from a list of four.
n THE world’s costliest pair of
handguns have gone on sale
for £3.2million. The ‘Big Bang
Pistol Set’ by US-based Cabot
Guns is forged from a 4.5billionyear-old Gibeon meteorite.
n CEREMONIAL burial urns of
a woman and a five-year-old
child that show how Hadrian’s
Wall was a hub for family life
will go on show at Birdoswald
Roman Fort in Cumbria.
Hitting new
heights: The hut
on a popular
climbing route
opened earlier this
week REX/GETTY
RUNAWAY
LOVER, AN
by GERARD COUZENS
A DOCTOR on the run from police shot
his partner in the head before using the pistol to kill himself.
The bodies of Titus Bradley, 42, and his
28-year-old lover Noemi Gergely were
found alongside their pet rottweiler in the
bathroom of a Cape Verde guest house.
Helder Bentub, manager of the Divin Art
guest house on Santo Antão island, said Dr
Bradley and Hungarian-born Ms Gergely
had been arguing before the shooting.
‘We could hear shouting and the banging
of doors and windows,’ he said.
‘They went to the restaurant and argued
again and the woman told one of our staff
that her companion had hit her.
‘We heard the shots ring out a couple of
minutes later when they were both back in
their room.
‘We found them lying dead in the bath-
Killed: Ms Gergely was shot in the head
room after forcing our way in. The dog
was with them but alive.’
Police chief Cipriano Bandeira said: ‘We
are not looking for anyone else at this
stage. As far as we are concerned, with the
evidence we have got at the moment, this is
Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 21
In his own words? Chilling postcard
from Jack the Ripper under hammer
JUST POPPING UP
THE CONVENIENCE
STORE TO GET A
BOTTLE OF WATER
A POSTCARD believed to have
been written by Jack the Ripper
is expected to sell for up to £1,000.
Experts have validated the
postcard, which was delivered to
police in Ealing, West London, in
October 1888, days before the
serial killer stabbed to death
Mary Kelly his fifth and final
victim, in London’s East End.
Written on the card is:
‘Beware there is two women I
want here. They are bastards,
and I mean to have them with
my knife is still in good order it
is a students knife and I hope
you liked the half of kidney. I am
Jack the Ripper.’ The chilling
OF ALL the places to open a convenience
store, a ledge in the middle of a cliff would
not be high on most people’s lists.
But business is booming at this shop –
perched 300ft up a popular climbing route
in Shiniuzhai National Geological Park, in
China’s mountainous Hunan province.
The tiny hut opened only this week but is
quickly selling out of water, energy drinks
and snacks it sells to weary rock climbers
at the popular tourist attraction.
A park spokesman said: ‘We offer value
for money products for rock climbers to
help them maintain physical endurance.
‘Our prices are the same as regular
convenience stores’.
Customers can pay by cash or via mobile
payment app WeChat Pay.
But climbers can’t spend too long
window shopping – the store is located on
the main thoroughfare up the rock face.
Rope me in
for trip to
the shops:
A climber
stops to
buy water
from the
store
GP SHOOTS
D HIMSELF
a homicide-suicide. We believe the man
shot the woman with a 6.35mm pistol
before using it to kill himself. They came
from the neighbouring island of São Vicente, which is about an hour away by boat.
‘Our understanding is that they had been
living on a fishing boat or yacht in the
marina on São Vicente for at least three
months before this happened.’
Dr Bradley vanished a year ago after
money went missing from his four taxpayer-funded practices around Hastings,
East Sussex.
Police launched an investigation into the
missing cash last May, a month after the
GP failed to return from a three-week
fishing trip on Ascension Island in the
South Atlantic.
Dr Bradley, who has an 11-year-old son
from a failed marriage, is said to have met
Ms Gergely in a London club where she
was working in PR.
Chronicle of a killing: The note from 1888 contains gruesome threats SWNS
artefact was held by Ealing police
as evidence until the 1960s when
many files were released. It
vanished until its elderly owner
put it up for sale.
Jonathan Riley, 19th century
expert at Grand Auctions, said:
‘Our card is the first time a
Ripper letter or card has ever
been offered on the market for
auction with police provenance.’
It will be sold at the auction
house in Folkestone, Kent, on
Monday.
22 METRO Friday, April 27, 2018
BUSINESS BRIEFING
Shell profits surge after oil price hike and cost cuts
ROYAL DUTCH SHELL has
posted its highest
quarterly profit for three
years after oil prices rose.
The oil giant reported a
42 per cent rise in
underlying quarterly
profits to $5.3billion
Ben van Beurden (£3.8billion) for the first
three months of the year.
The figures were buoyed
by resurgent oil prices –
which this week hit $75 a
barrel and are predicted
to reach $100 a barrel.
The strong earnings
were underpinned by
resurgent oil and gas
KIM KEEPS ABREAST OF COMPETITION
Mortgage offers
suffer a 10% fall
KIM KARDASHIAN put her naked
ambition to rule the perfume
market on show – by unveiling a
fragrance bottle inspired
by her famous curves.
The reality TV star,
37, shared snaps of
herself in a sculpting
suit (right) she
wore to produce
the shapely bottle
(left) for her KKW
Body fragrance.
The perfume, an
infusion of peach,
jasmine and
sandalwood, is
out on Monday.
THE number of mortgage
offers being made to
home buyers was down by
ten per cent in March.
Figures from trade
association UK Finance
show that 37,567 loans
were given the go-ahead
compared with 41,722 in
March 2017.
Empty nesters
reluctant to fly
NEARLY half of ‘empty
nesters’ have no intention
of moving to a smaller
property, according to a
study. Despite earning a
typical windfall of £110,000
by downsizing, 45 per cent
of parents whose children
have left home plan to stay
put, Lloyds Bank found.
prices, higher production
and cost cutting.
Chief executive Ben van
Beurden said the
company was making
‘good progress’ in selling
off assets to pay down
debt on its BG Group
buyout.
New chapters for Waterstones
WATERSTONES is ‘very much in expansion
mode’ after being sold to US hedge fund
Elliot Advisors, boss James Daunt has said.
The book retailer has 283 outlets in the
UK, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium.
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South Africa (rand) ............ 16.20
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Npower-SSE merger
‘could see bills rise’
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A MERGER between energy providers Npower and SSE could lead
to higher prices for customers, the
competition watchdog has warned.
The Competition and Markets
Authority said the deal would face an
in-depth inquiry unless the companies address competition concerns.
Rachel Merelie, senior director at
the CMA, said less competition in
by HOLLY WILLIAMS
the energy market could ‘lead to
higher prices’ and has given the firms
until May 3 to address concerns.
But SSE ‘remains confident’ a deal
will ‘deliver benefits for customers
and the energy market as a whole’.
And Mark Todd, of comparison
site energyhelpline, believes a tie-up
will lead to a cheaper, better service
for millions of Npower customers.
‘SSE currently offers lower prices
and much better service standards
than Npower, so there is no reason to
suppose they will be getting a raw
deal,’ he said. A merger will also
create a ‘strong British supplier
capable of expanding internationally
and innovating at home’, he added.
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THE COVER STORY
Q&A
Maren Mjelde
The Chelsea defender
is optimistic about
their Champions
League semi-final,
second leg in
Wolfsburg on Sunday
INTERVIEW
BY MATTHEW NASH
YOU TRAIL 3-1 GOING TO
GERMANY. WHAT’S THE
BUILD-UP BEEN LIKE TO
THE SECOND LEG?
We had a team bonding day at
Topgolf in Surrey, it was a good
day. No training, just having fun
together. The Swedish girls in the
team were the best I would say!
WHAT WENT WRONG AT
HOME LAST SUNDAY?
Maybe we started too well and the
goal came too early. It was not the
best performance but we showed
we are capable of getting a goal
against them and hopefully we can
score early in Germany.
HOW DID YOU DEAL WITH
LOSING AS A TEAM?
Maybe when you are used to
winning you need to be reminded
of how to lose because you don’t
like it. We know that we don’t
want this feeling again.
IS THE COMEBACK ON?
It’s not easy but we have to believe
we can do it. We need a big win in
the second leg and you look at the
men’s Champions League, like
Roma against Barcelona, and you
think it’s possible. If we score
early, they will panic a bit.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF
YOUR TEAM-MATE FRAN
KIRBY WINNING SOME TOP
AWARDS THIS WEEK?
She’s been flying, it is all so
deserved. Fran really wants to be a
better player. She can do things
that few players can and as
defenders it makes us better
players when we play against her
in training.
Wolfsburg v Chelsea and Lyon v
Manchester City are live on the BBC
Red Button on Sunday
BY GAVIN BROWN
MANAGER
Rafael Benitez (Newcastle)
Sean Dyche may be many people’s best
of the rest but the Burnley gaffer has
been building a mid-table Premier
League side for a number of years. Rafa
gets our vote for guiding Newcastle to
safety with five games to spare.
He has done it with a squad short on
Premier League experience and, in
many people’s eyes, quality. He has also
had to contend with the uncertainty
surrounding Mike Ashley’s future, with
a winter takeover failing to materialise
and depriving him of January transfer
funds. Lacking a striker in double
figures, Benitez has built a defensively
sound team which has conceded fewer
goals than anyone outside the top six.
GOALKEEPER
Nick Pope (Burnley)
The 26-year-old has gone from Burnley
back-up to the England squad in less
than six months.
Given a chance by Tom Heaton’s
injury last September, Pope has excelled.
Club captain Heaton returned to the
Clarets matchday squad at the start of
April but Pope looks undroppable.
HOW DO YOU TURN THIS
TIE AROUND?
We know they’re a very good team
– probably the best in Europe right
now – and in the end they were
the better team last week
unfortunately. That is the level we
have to reach on Sunday.
DEFENCE
Trent Alexander-Arnold
(Liverpool)
Jurgen Klopp has two fit England rightbacks on the books in Nathaniel Clyne
and Joe Gomez but it was AlexanderArnold who started the Champions
League semi-final, first leg with Roma.
Clyne’s pre-season back injury opened
the door and it was Alexander-Arnold
who initially stepped through. The 19year-old fell out of favour in the autumn
as Gomez’s form earned him England
recognition but since February
Alexander-Arnold has got the nod and
excelled at home and in Europe.
CHELSEA DON’T USUALLY
LET IN THREE GOALS IN ONE
GAME, DO THEY?
It’s not good at all, it might be the
first time this season we’ve
conceded three. But they were
clinical and hopefully
individual and team
performances will
be better this
time around.
WAS IT
TOUGH WHEN
YOU WATCHED BACK THE
FOOTAGE OF THE GAME?
It’s hard to go back and watch it
but we need to learn from it. The
mood hasn’t been bad around the
team and we stick together no
matter what at Chelsea. We have a
feeling of revenge now.
NICK
POPE
RAFAEL
BENITEZ
FERNANDINHO
LUKA
MILIVOJEVIC
Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle)
The captain did not even make the
starting XI for the first game of the
season. Newcastle lost 2-0 to Tottenham
and Lascelles has rarely been out since.
A physically commanding defender
who is also comfortable on the ball, he
is the heartbeat of a backline that has
conceded fewer goals than Arsenal.
TOP TV GAMES
TODAY
FULHAM v SUNDERLAND
7.45pm, Sky Sports
ABERDEEN v HEARTS
7.45pm, BT Sport 2
SATURDAY
LIVERPOOL v STOKE
12.30pm, Sky Sports
HAMILTON v ROSS COUNTY
12.30pm, Sky Sports
SWANSEA v CHELSEA
5.30pm, BT Sport 1
THE UNHERALDED PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS – AND
MIDDLESBROUGH v MILLWALL
5.30pm, Sky Sports
SUNDAY
CELTIC v RANGERS
12noon, Sky Sports
WEST HAM v MAN CITY
2.15pm, Sky Sports
MAN UNITED v ARSENAL
4.30pm, Sky Sports
MONDAY
TOTTENHAM v WATFORD
8pm, Sky Sports
Harry Maguire (Leicester)
This spot could have gone to Burnley
defender Ben Mee but, we are not light
on Turf Moor representatives so step
forward Maguire, who went from
League One to the England team in just
over three years.
His lower-league background and
imposing physique belies an ease in
possession that has reportedly caught
the eye of clubs in the top four.
Still just 25, Maguire, signed from
Hull last summer, has helped the Foxes
move on from the title-winning duo of
Wes Morgan and Robert Huth.
Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)
Another castaway from Hull’s
relegation squad, Robertson’s reported
£8million arrival at Anfield was a mere
footnote to a summer which saw
Liverpool land Mohamed Salah and
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and flirt
unsuccessfully with Virgil van Dijk.
Robertson initially looked thirdchoice left-back but, like AlexanderArnold, once he got a chance, form
made him impossible to dislodge.
MIDFIELD
Fernandinho (Man City)
You can’t play 30 games for one of the
most attractive teams to have graced
English football and be unsung, right?
Wrong. Fernandinho is always going to
be Charlie Watts to the twin-guitar
attack of Kevin de Bruyne and David
Silva but, like the Rolling Stones
sticksman, the Brazilian is the backbeat
on which City’s rhythms are built.
Luka Milivojevic (C Palace)
The statistics show that, without
Wilfried Zaha, Palace would not have a
point this season but, without
Milivojevic, Roy Hodgson’s team
would not have a heartbeat.
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His slaloming finish against
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in January 2017, 12 months later he
was named captain and he also leads
the team in scoring. Seven of his ten
goals were penalties but that merely
proves his coolness under pressure.
A consummate modern midfielder
– over six foot, with a decent engine
and top-flight technique.
Jack Cork (Burnley)
An ever-present in Burnley’s
brilliant campaign, Cork has
captained Dyche’s side in the
absence Heaton and Mee.
He is the kind of midfielder whose
mistake-free, no-frills football can
The Lincolnshire club had not
been promoted or relegated in
their 145-year history, only
moving between divisions due to
re-election or restructuring. But a
3-2 defeat at Telford has sent
them from National League North
down to the Northern Premier.
FRAN KIRBY
The striker has had a superb
season with both Chelsea and
England, and has now swept all
before her in the awards stakes
this week. She is finally leaving
that ‘mini Messi’ tag behind and
making a name for herself in her
own right – and in some style.
go unnoticed and also appears
undervalued by his clubs.
Allowed to leave Southampton in
2015, Cork quickly rose to the rank
of captain at Swansea. Then, last
summer, the Swans decided they
could do without him. Burnley will
not make the same mistake.
FORWARDS
Jesse Lingard (Man United)
The academy product could have
become a spare wheel after Alexis
Sanchez’s arrival. However, vital
goals in the run-up to Christmas –
the clincher in a 4-2 win at Watford
and a brace at Arsenal – convinced
Jose Mourinho of Lingard’s worth
and instead it is Marcus Rashford
and Anthony Martial who have been
kicking their heels on the bench.
Enjoying his best league season in
terms of goals, Lingard looks to
have earned a spot in England’s
starting line-up for the World Cup.
Glenn Murray (Brighton)
The Brighton striker’s 12 goals this
term have more than doubled his
career tally in the Premier League –
not bad for a 34-year-old playing for
a newly promoted team not noted
for their attacking prowess. Won’t
win goal of the month but Murray is
proof at least that there is always
room for a good big ’un.
Marko Arnautovic (W Ham)
Someone answering to my name
might have described the Austrian as
a ‘typical West Ham signing’ last
summer, the sort of player who
‘looks good on Match of the Day
once every six weeks’.
He did not even manage that under
Slaven Bilic but David Moyes’
decision to play him up front has
been repaid by ten league goals.
ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN
Poor old Ox. He left Arsenal for
Liverpool in a bid to play centre
midfield and make the World
Cup. He achieved the first but
hopes of the second have been
dashed after he sustained a
serious knee injury.
26 METRO Friday, April 27, 2018
PREMIER LEAGUE WEEKEND PREVIEW
Liverpool v Stoke
Saturday, 12.30pm, Sky Sports
Anfield may not have been the
destination the Potters had in
mind to fend off relegation but
at least they arrive tomorrow
lunchtime facing a team with
their minds on
the Europeann
11
Cup final.
GAMES
This game is
WITHOUT A
sandwiched
WIN FOR
STOKE
between the
two legs of thhe
Roma tie andd
that, if anything
ing
does, may give Stoke some
little hope of pulling off the
kind of miraculous result they
need to avoid the drop.
Burnley v Brighton
Saturday, 3pm
The Seagulls will have had 11
days off since the 1-1 draw
get something against the
Foxes, who frankly appear to
be on their holidays already. If
Dyche and Hughton have done
well, give dear old Roy
Hodgson some credit for
dragging Palace – pointless
and goalless when he arrived –
close to another season in the
Premier League. A remarkable
P
eeffort from the 70-year-old.
Saturday, 3pm
No Wilfried Zaha, no points –
that’s the Palace way these
days but you would expect the
flying forward to help ensure
the Eagles’ safety if they can
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GOAL
SCORED
DRAWS:
15
Saturday, 3pm
S
No survey needed to determine
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what Terriers fans think of
w
their manager. Keeping
Huddersfield in the top flight
in their debut campaign is
brilliant for David Wagner and
you’d think they would take
fourth-bottom. It looks
increasingly likely that will be
the case but points against the
Toffees may ease nerves
completely. Sam Allardyce
CHARLIE AUSTIN (SOUTHAMPTON)
Crystal Palace v Leicester
UNITED
GOALS: 73
ARSENAL
WINS: 13
Huddersfield v Everton
You can stick a fork in West Brom
and Stoke look doomed too.
Southampton are level on points
with the Potters but, with a game
in hand, Mark Hughes’ men can
still scramble to safety. Saints,
though, have not won in the league
since early February and badly
need to break that streak in
tomorrow’s south-coast derby.
Enter Austin, the former Poole
Town hitman who was a transfer
embargo away from starting his
pro career at Bournemouth back in
2009. The striker is finding his feet
after a long lay-off and perhaps a
run-out on familiar soil can
help him fire Saints to safety.
with Tottenham last time out
while the Clarets have played
twice in that time. Looking
safe nine points off the dropzone, Brighton won’t be
expected to pick up much in
the way of points at a Burnley
side who have lost just one in
their last eight. But the
respective jobs Sean Dyche
and Chris Hughton have done
deserve close consideration
after another season of
progression at both clubs.
UNITED
WINS: 23
PREMIER
LEAGUE
GAMES
PLAYED: 51
looks like a man awaiting the
inevitable but you never know
– he may just stay put at
Goodison after all.
Newcastle v West Brom
Saturday, 3pm
The Magpies missed out on a
point that would
uld
have made theem
50
mathematically
y
ASSISTS
safe at
CHRIS BRUNT
Everton on
HAS FOR WBA
Monday. But
IN THE
LEAGUE
no matter,
they’ll be fine..
The Baggies may
m y
not be as easy to beat as a few
weeks ago but caretaker boss
Darren Moore knows anything
other than a win at St James’
Park and the Championship –
ARSENAL
GOALS: 52
THE BIG MATCH
Manchester United v Arsenal
Sunday, 4.30pm, Sky Sports
ARSENE WENGER’S old adversaries from
United get the chance to play a part in the
Frenchman’s swansong as the Arsenal
manager’s farewell tour heads to Old Trafford.
Scene of some memorable battles of his, not least
with Sir Alex Ferguson, it would be fitting if the
temperature was high again this time but with Arsenal
sleepwalking towards the end of the league season,
and Wenger not picking a full-strength side as he
prioritises Europe, it may not live up to expectations.
Wenger v Fergie was a heavyweight battle to light
up any stage in its time but who can forget Louis van
Gaal’s swan dive in this fixture two seasons ago? The
fact the latest incumbent of the United hot-seat is
another old Wenger foe, Jose Mourinho, could be
interesting. The pair have had some wonderful feuds
over the years, not least their clash at Stamford
Bridge in 2014 during Mourinho’s second spell at
Chelsea. It is fair to say they don’t see eye to eye, even
if they were face to face that day. Mourinho will
probably not look to provoke Wenger during his final
days in charge but, frankly, who knows when the bluetouch paper is lit with these two.
Of more concern to the visitors will be the fact they
have not won at Old Trafford in the league in 12 years.
Throw into the mix the 8-2 thumping they suffered in
these parts in 2011 and it will not go down as Wenger’s
happiest hunting ground. But he will be determined to
sign off in style, in the biggest top-flight fixture
remaining to him, by breaking that horrible streak,
although the Atletico Madrid Europa League tie will
take precedence in his thinking.
United forward Alexis Sanchez will be keen to get
one over on his old club now he has got a taste for
scoring goals again. It’s hard to see how the visitors
will pull it off at Old Trafford but you wouldn’t put it
past Wenger to spring one final, big surprise.
BY MATTHEW NASH
5
Games unbeaten
against Liverpool at
Anfield in all competitions as
a manager for Stoke boss
Paul Lambert
13th
Brighton’s
highest league
finish as a top-flight club, under
Mike Bailey in 1982. Chris
Hughton’s side are currently 13th
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Renewing old
acquaintances:
Sanchez and
Wenger
T AD
AN
ST
Arsenal to win at
Old Trafford
which has loomed for a long
time – will welcome its newest
member. They will not be
taking Newcastle with them
and back Kenedy, impressive
since joining on loan from
Chelsea, to impress here.
Southampton v
Bournemouth
Saturday, 3pm
m
13/2
1
It’s not the
POINT FROM
real southSAFETY FOR
coast derby
SAINTS WHEN
is it,
HUGHES
ARRIVED
Portsmouth
fans? But it’s all
Saints have got
right now and soon they may
not have that, as this is a mustmust-win if they are to preserve
their top-flight status. Cherries
looked fine some time ago,
despite only one victory since
February, but uninspiring
Southampton are yet to fire
under Mark Hughes and
suffered Wembley heartache in
the FA Cup last week.
Swansea v Chelsea
Saturday, 5.30pm, BT Sport 1
Who knows which Chelsea will
turn up at the Liberty Stadium?
They looked excellent against
Burnley and have reached
another FA Cup final but
remain a frustration. Carlos
Carvalhal has done wonders in
south Wales but five games
without a win have seen the
Swans slip back into the mire.
West Ham v Man City
Sunday, 2.15pm, Sky Sports
The Hammers’ shortcomings
were illustrated again in the 4-1
humbling at Arsenal with Joe
Hart enduring a difficult
afternoon. The on-loan City
keeper can’t face the
champions, so Adrian is tasked
with trying to stop Pep
Guardiola’s juggernaut.
Tottenham v Watford
Monday, 8pm
m,
Sky Sports
3
Times West Brom have
gone down from the
Premier League since 2002.
Only a win tomorrow will
postpone a fourth relegation
1
Defeat from five Premier
League games against
Bournemouth for Southampton.
A third win tomorrow looks
crucial to their survival hopes
2
Two goals in six
games for Swansea,
who have not won in the
league since beating West
Ham 4-1 on March 3
12
WINLESS
Will the
MATCHES
real Spurs
AGAINST
please
SPURS FOR
WATFORD
stand up?
After three
out a
games without
win, surely the visit of the
Hornets – who have long had
the beach towels out – will see
Mauricio Pochettino’s men
return to form, and Harry Kane,
disappointing at Wembley last
week, back on the scoresheet.
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League One Wigan v Wimbledon 3pm, Saturday
ALWAYS
ON CALL
Don Callum:
Kennedy is back at
Wimbledon, wheere
he clashed with
team-mate
Akinfenwa over
who should takee a
penalty (inset)
Wimbledon just can’t stay away
from the ever-willing Kennedy
INTERVIEW
BY MATT TAYLOR
T
HERE is no getting rid of
defender Callum Kennedy
– just ask Wimbledon boss
Neal Ardley, who has tried
it twice.
The left-back is back at Kingsmeadow for his third stint – proving that,
just like their TV counterparts, the
Wombles truly love recycling.
Kennedy recalls the first time Ardley
gave him the boot, in the summer of
2014 after an injury-plagued season.
He said: ‘It was a shock, it was the
first time I had been without a club.
‘He said “you are more than welcome to come back to train pre-season
to get your fitness up while you looking for somewhere else”.’
It was the wake-up call he needed.
‘I really worked hard that summer. I
came back to pre-season firing on all
cylinders. The gaffer noticed and offered me another deal.
‘It was weird because he had let me
go a few months earlier. But when I
came back I think he saw the player he
wanted to see the season before.’
Now 28, Kennedy had two more seasons with the then-League Two club,
only to be given the heartbreaking
news he was being released again on
the eve of the 2016 play-off final. He
said: ‘But he told me I would be playing at Wembley. It was a good chance
to say goodbye to the fans.
‘But I can’t even tell you how strange
it was knowing that I was leaving. It
was a case of just going out and getting
the job done for the supporters.’
Already a goal up against Plymouth,
the Dons were awarded a last-gasp
penalty to seal their League One spot.
So, as agreed, Kennedy stepped forward to take it in tribute to his father
Barry, who had died that September.
‘He had a really aggressive form of
cancer. He was alive and kicking and
six weeks later he was done. It had
come out of nowhere.
‘About 30-to-40 of my family and
friends were in the stands. It would
have been a nice moment to cap off a
really tough, tough year.’
But it was not to be as a Plymouth
player knocked the ball out of
Kennedy’s hands and team-mate Adebayo Akinfenwa, also on his way out
of the club, grabbed it.
‘We had a heated discussion. But as
soon as Ade had the ball in his hands I
knew I wasn’t getting it back.
‘I decided for the team it was better I
didn’t make a big scene, I knew he was
going to score. As soon as he did we
celebrated. He apologised, we hugged
and we celebrated as winners.’
The defender switched to Leyton
Orient that summer but it proved to be
4
Games unbeaten for the
Dons, who are two points
above the drop-zone ahead
of the trip to promoted Wigan,
with three games left to play
an unhappy spell. ‘I’d gone to Orient
from a promotion-winning team thinking Orient would be another promotion-pushing team. But it was the worst
of the worst,’ he recalled.
‘I have lost count of how many managers we had. I think it was six or seven and we got relegated.’
Jobless after being released by the
O’s there was only one place for Surrey-based Kennedy to call.
‘I texted the gaffer Neal Ardley and
asked if I could train.
‘He said I could and we had a little
joke about not getting any ideas – he
wasn’t looking for a left-back.
‘Then there were a couple of injuries, we had a friendly and there was a
spot. One of the injuries turned out to
be longer than expected. Then he
pulled me in and said “would you be
interested?”. I bit his hand off.’
Kennedy admits his form suffered
after a head injury against Portsmouth
last September, and he has been in and
out of the Dons side ever since.
But at least he knows if his P45
comes again in the summer there is always one place which will (maybe)
have him back.
PICTURE: REX
Nea-rly there as Juventus lose edge
Serie A
W
with
Richard Hookham
Napoli’s late win means
the title race is set to go
down to the wire
ITH just four games to
go, the Serie A title race
is coming to the nailbiting conclusion all
neutrals had hoped for. Suddenly,
Napoli are right back in the game.
While the top divisions in England,
Germany, Spain and France have
known for a while what colour ribbons
to tie on their trophies, in Italy the
championship is going right down to
the wire.
Just a month ago it appeared Juventus had delivered a telling reality check
as they overhauled long-time leaders
Napoli and looked locked and loaded
for a seventh-straight Scudetto.
A regulation 2-0 win over Atalanta
on March 17 opened up a four-point
gap to second place and it seemed like
business as usual. But draws with lowly SPAL and Crotone – during a hitand-miss spell where Juve also suffered a demoralising Champions
League exit to Real Madrid – meant
Massimiliano Allegri’s robotic serial
winners looked vulnerable.
Last Sunday’s showdown with Napoli was a chance to shake off the malaise and deal a killer blow to their rivals, only it didn’t work out like that.
A tentative Juve kept Maurizio Sarri’s entertainers at bay but the Partenopei continued to pile forward and were
rewarded when Kalidou Koulibaly
headed home a stunning 90th-minute
winner from a corner, leaving Turin
shrouded in a state of shock.
By contrast, back at Naples airport,
thousands of delirious fans greeted
their returning heroes and partied like
it was 1990 – the last time the club,
marshalled by Neapolitan legend Diego Maradona, won Serie A.
Coach Sarri, though, wisely played
Plenty to play for: Koulibaly
celebrates with Jorginho in Turin
it down. ‘We have to be clear-headed
enough to see it as one match and realise it changes very little in the wider
scheme of things,’ he insisted.
Now, with the gap reduced to one
point, Juve face another massive test
with the ‘Derby d’Italia’ against Inter
at the San Siro tomorrow. They then
play Bologna and Roma, sandwiched
by the Coppa Italia final against Milan,
and finish at home to Hellas Verona.
The Bianconeri will need all their
experience but will be without injured
defensive rock Giorgio Chiellini.
Napoli have the easier-looking runin – Fiorentina and Sampdoria away
and home games against Torino and a
last-day clash with lowly Crotone at
Stadio San Paolo. Realistically, they
probably need to win them all and
hope the Old Lady slips up again.
There will be many neutrals hoping
Sarri’s boys can keep their nerve and
pull it off, if for no reason other than to
show Serie A is no one-horse race.
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PREMIER LEAGUE
MAN CITY
MAN UTD
LIVERPOOL
TOTTENHAM
CHELSEA
ARSENAL
BURNLEY
EVERTON
LEICESTER
NEWCASTLE
BOURNEMOUTH
WATFORD
BRIGHTON
CRYSTAL PALACE
WEST HAM
HUDDERSFIELD
SWANSEA
SOUTHAMPTON
STOKE
WEST BROM
CHAMPIONSHIP
P
W
34
34
35
34
34
34
35
35
34
34
35
35
34
35
34
34
34
34
35
35
29 3 2 98 25 90
23 5 6 65 26 74
20 11 4 80 37 71
20 8 6 66 31 68
19 6 9 59 34 63
17 6 11 66 46 57
14 11 10 35 32 53
12 9 14 40 54 45
11 11 12 49 47 44
11 8 15 35 43 41
9 11 15 41 58 38
10 8 17 42 60 38
8 12 14 32 47 36
8 11 16 36 54 35
8 11 15 42 63 35
9 8 17 27 54 35
8 9 17 27 51 33
5 14 15 33 53 29
6 11 18 32 65 29
4 13 18 29 54 25
FIXTURES (3pm unless stated)
Saturday
Burnley v Brighton.....................................
Crystal Palace v Leicester ........................
Huddersfield v Everton .............................
Liverpool v Stoke.......................(12.30pm)
Newcastle v West Brom............................
LADBROKES TIP:
BURNLEY TO BEAT
BRIGHTON 6/5
LADBROKES TIP:
LEICESTER TO WIN AT
CRYSTAL PALACE 5/2
LADBROKES TIP:
D
L
F
A PTS
Southampton v Bournemouth.................
Swansea v Chelsea.................... (5.30pm)
Sunday
Man Utd v Arsenal......................(4.30pm)
West Ham v Man City ................. (2.15pm)
Monday
Tottenham v Watford .....................(8pm)
TOP SCORERS
31 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
26 Harry Kane (Tottenham)
21 Sergio Aguero (Man City)
18 Raheem Sterling (Man City)
17 Jamie Vardy (Leicester)
16 Romelu Lukaku (Man United)
15 Roberto Firmino (Liverpool,
pictured)
EVERTON WIN AT
HUDDERSFIELD 2/1
LADBROKES TIP:
SOUTHAMPTON V
BOURNEMOUTH BTTS 7/10
LADBROKES TIP:
SWANSEA TO WIN OR
DRAW 31/20
LADBROKES TIP:
KANE TO SCORE AND
SPURS TO WIN 8/15
(C) Wolves
Cardiff
Fulham
Aston Villa
Middlesbrough
Derby
Millwall
Brentford
Preston
Bristol City
Sheff Utd
Leeds
Norwich
Ipswich
Sheff Wed
QPR
Nottm F
Hull
Reading
Birmingham
Bolton
Barnsley
Burton A
Sunderland
P
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
44
W
30
26
24
24
21
19
18
18
17
17
19
16
14
16
13
14
15
11
10
12
9
8
9
6
D
8
8
13
10
9
14
15
14
16
15
9
9
15
8
14
11
7
15
13
7
13
14
11
16
L
6
10
7
10
14
11
11
12
11
12
16
19
15
20
17
19
22
18
21
25
22
22
24
22
F
82
67
76
71
63
65
55
61
54
65
59
56
46
51
54
55
49
69
48
34
36
45
35
48
A
36
39
42
40
43
46
43
49
45
55
52
62
54
58
59
67
62
67
66
64
70
68
79
78
Pts
98
86
85
82
72
71
69
68
67
66
66
57
57
56
53
53
52
48
43
43
40
38
38
34
W
28
27
25
23
19
17
18
19
16
18
15
16
16
13
15
14
12
13
10
12
11
12
10
7
D
10
12
11
7
11
16
11
6
13
7
14
11
9
15
9
11
16
11
18
12
15
10
12
11
L
6
5
8
14
14
10
14
19
15
18
15
17
19
15
20
19
16
19
16
19
18
22
22
26
F
87
80
59
71
57
60
54
55
66
55
59
56
59
52
57
58
44
44
47
51
56
41
42
38
A
28
38
37
51
50
49
51
55
58
63
53
62
65
51
66
63
52
55
55
63
73
74
67
69
Pts
94
93
86
76
68
67
65
63
61
61
59
59
57
54
54
53
52
50
48
48
48
46
42
32
D
6
12
12
8
13
14
8
17
7
15
13
13
15
10
13
12
5
14
11
8
18
12
10
8
L
10
8
10
13
10
10
15
10
18
13
15
15
13
18
18
19
24
19
21
23
17
21
24
26
F
75
91
76
62
70
63
58
63
64
59
53
50
53
56
57
65
58
48
56
53
41
37
42
45
A Pts
43 90
45 84
59 78
51 77
46 76
46 71
46 71
49 68
65 64
52 63
51 61
58 60
55 60
63 57
63 52
65 51
73 50
60 47
71 47
71 47
55 45
65 44
65 40
78 35
LEAGUE ONE
P
(P) Wigan
44
(P) Blackburn 44
Shrewsbury
44
Rotherham
44
Charlton
44
Scunthorpe
43
Plymouth
43
Portsmouth 44
Peterborough 44
Bradford
43
Blackpool
44
Southend
44
Bristol Rovers 44
Doncaster
43
Fleetwood
44
Oxford Utd
44
Gillingham
44
AFC Wimbledon 43
Rochdale
44
Walsall
43
Oldham
44
Northampton 44
MK Dons
44
(R) Bury
44
LEAGUE TWO
P
(P) Accrington S 44
(P) Luton
44
Wycombe
44
Exeter
44
Notts C
44
Lincoln
44
Coventry
44
Mansfield
44
Swindon
44
Carlisle
44
Colchester
44
Cambridge U
44
Newport
43
Crawley
44
Stevenage
44
Cheltenham
44
Crewe
44
Port Vale
44
Yeovil
44
Forest Green 44
Morecambe
44
Grimsby
44
Barnet
44
(R) Chesterfield 43
W
28
24
22
23
21
20
21
17
19
16
16
16
15
16
13
13
15
11
12
13
9
11
10
9
FIXTURES (3pm unless stated)
Today
Fulham v Sunderland .................................
Saturday
Aston Villa v Derby .....................................
Barnsley v Brentford ..................................
Burton Albion v Bolton...............................
Hull v Cardiff ................................................
Middlesbrough v Millwall...........(5.30pm)
Norwich v Leeds..........................................
Nottm Forest v Bristol City........................
QPR v Birmingham .....................................
Reading v Ipswich.......................................
Sheff Utd v Preston ....................................
Wolves v Sheff Wed ....................................
LADBROKES TIP:
MIDDLESBROUGH TO BEAT
MILLWALL 19/20
LADBROKES TIP:
CARDIFF TO WIN AT
HULL 6/5
FIXTURES (3pm)
Saturday
Blackpool v Shrewsbury ............................
Bradford v Southend..................................
Bristol Rovers v Gillingham.......................
Bury v Portsmouth .....................................
Charlton v Blackburn..................................
MK Dons v Scunthorpe ..............................
Oldham v Doncaster...................................
Oxford Utd v Rochdale...............................
Peterborough v Fleetwood .......................
Plymouth v Rotherham..............................
Walsall v Northampton ..............................
Wigan v AFC Wimbledon............................
LADBROKES TIP:
OXFORD BT ROCHDALE 2/1
LADBROKES TIP:
WIGAN TO WIN & KEEP
CLEAN SHEET 27/20
LADBROKES TIP:
BRISTOL ROVERS –1 10/3
FIXTURES (3pm)
Saturday
Accrington Stanley v Lincoln ....................
Cheltenham v Coventry .............................
Chesterfield v Wycombe............................
Colchester v Swindon.................................
Crawley Town v Crewe ...............................
Grimsby v Notts County.............................
Luton v Forest Green..................................
Morecambe v Barnet..................................
Newport County v Cambridge Utd...........
Port Vale v Carlisle......................................
Stevenage v Exeter.....................................
Yeovil v Mansfield .......................................
LADBROKES TIP:
WYCOMBE WIN AT
CHESTERFIELD 7/10
LADBROKES TIP:
ACCRINGTON TO BEAT
LINCOLN 7/5
EFL TOP SCORERS
Championship
20 Matej Vydra (Derby)
19 Bobby Reid (Bristol City), Lewis
Grabban (Sunderland/Aston Villa)
League One
26 Jack Marriott (Peterborough) 22
Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) 18 Bradley
Dack (Blackburn), Will Grigg (wigan)
League Two
25 Billy Kee (Accrington) 22 Mohamed
Eisa (Cheltenham) 20 Marc McNulty
(Coventry), Danny Hylton (Luton)
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Top 16
P W D L F A Pts
(C) Macclesfield 45 26 11 8 65 46 89
Tranmere
45 24 10 11 77 44 82
Sutton
45 22 10 13 65 52 76
Aldershot
45 20 15 10 63 50 75
Ebbsfleet
45 19 16 10 63 49 73
Fylde
45 20 12 13 82 56 72
Boreham Wd 45 19 15 11 61 46 72
Bromley
45 19 13 13 73 53 70
Dover
45 19 13 13 60 43 70
Wrexham
45 17 18 10 49 39 69
Dagenham
45 19 11 15 69 60 68
Maidenhead
45 16 13 16 60 64 61
Leyton Orient 45 15 12 18 55 55 57
Gateshead
45 12 18 15 61 55 54
Solihull Moors 45 14 12 19 48 56 54
Halifax
45 13 15 17 48 58 54
FIXTURES (12.30pm)
Saturday
Barrow v Chester FC..................................
Boreham Wood v Guiseley .......................
Gateshead v Leyton Orient ......................
Macclesfield v Dag & Red .........................
Maidenhead v Bromley .............................
Maidstone v FC Halifax .............................
Solihull Moors v Eastleigh ........................
Sutton v Aldershot.....................................
Torquay v Ebbsfleet...................................
Tranmere v Hartlepool ..............................
Woking v Dover...........................................
Wrexham v Fylde .......................................
WOMEN
WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE 1
FIXTURES (2pm unless stated)
Sunday
Birmingham v Arsenal...............................
Liverpool v Everton....................................
Sunderland v Reading................(12noon)
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS, SECOND LEG
Sunday
Lyon v Man City (agg 0-0) .........(1.45pm)
Wolfsburg v Chelsea (agg 3-1).(4.30pm)
SCOTLAND
LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
FIXTURES (3pm unless stated)
Today
Aberdeen v Hearts......................................
Saturday
Hamilton v Ross County .......... (12.30pm)
Hibernian v Kilmarnock..............................
Motherwell v Dundee .................................
St Johnstone v Partick................................
Sunday
Celtic v Rangers ...........................(12noon)
LADBROKES TIP:
CELTIC TO WIN THE OLD
FIRM DERBY 4/7
EUROPE
SPAIN LA LIGA
ITALY SERIE A
GERMANY BUNDESLIGA
P W D L F A Pts
Barcelona
33 23 8 0 83 19 83
Atletico Madrid 34 21 9 4 54 18 72
Real Madrid 33 20 8 5 80 36 68
Valencia
34 20 6 8 62 36 66
Real Betis
34 17 5 12 54 53 56
Villarreal
33 15 6 12 45 40 51
Sevilla
33 14 6 13 41 52 48
Getafe
34 13 9 12 39 31 48
Girona
34 13 8 13 46 52 47
Celta Vigo
34 12 9 13 53 47 45
Real Sociedad 34 12 7 15 60 54 43
Eibar
34 12 7 15 37 47 43
Alaves
34 13 2 19 34 47 41
Athletic Bilbao 34 9 13 12 37 42 40
Leganes
34 11 7 16 28 41 40
Espanyol
34 9 12 13 28 40 39
Levante
34 8 13 13 32 49 37
Dep La Coruna 34 6 10 18 32 65 28
Las Palmas
34 5 6 23 22 69 21
Malaga
34 5 5 24 22 51 20
FIXTURES
Today
Levante v Sevilla .................................(8pm)
Saturday
Espanyol v Las Palmas .................(12noon)
Real Madrid v Leganes.................(5.30pm)
Real Sociedad v Athletic Bilbao .. (3.15pm)
Villarreal v Celta Vigo ....................(7.45pm)
Sunday
Alaves v Atletico Madrid ..............(3.15pm)
Deportivo v Barcelona.................(7.45pm)
Getafe v Girona..................................(11am)
Valencia v Eibar ........................... (5.30pm)
Monday
Real Betis v Malaga ...........................(8pm)
P W D L F A Pts
Juventus
34 27 4 3 78 20 85
Napoli
34 26 6 2 71 23 84
Roma
34 20 7 7 55 27 67
Lazio
34 20 7 7 83 43 67
Inter Milan
34 18 12 4 56 23 66
Atalanta
34 15 10 9 52 35 55
AC Milan
34 15 9 10 44 38 54
Sampdoria
34 15 6 13 51 53 51
Fiorentina
34 14 9 11 47 38 51
Torino
34 11 14 9 48 41 47
Genoa
34 11 8 15 29 34 41
Bologna
34 11 6 17 37 44 39
Sassuolo
34 9 10 15 25 53 37
Cagliari
34 9 6 19 30 56 33
Udinese
34 10 3 21 43 56 33
Chievo
34 7 10 17 30 53 31
Crotone
34 8 7 19 32 59 31
Spal
34 5 14 15 30 55 29
Verona
34 7 4 23 27 68 25
Benevento
34 5 2 27 29 78 17
FIXTURES (2pm unless stated)
Saturday
Inter Milan v Juventus..................(7.45pm)
Roma v Chievo................................... (5pm)
Sunday
Atalanta v Genoa..........................................
Benevento v Udinese ..................................
Bologna v AC Milan .......................................
Crotone v Sassuolo...................... (11.30am)
Fiorentina v Napoli..............................(5pm)
Sampdoria v Cagliari ....................................
Torino v Lazio ..................................(7.45pm)
Verona v Spal ................................................
P W D L F A Pts
Bayern Munich 31 25 3 3 84 22 53
Schalke
31 16 8 7 49 35 48
B Dortmund
31 15 9 7 61 41 40
B Leverkusen 31 14 9 8 55 41 38
Hoffenheim
31 13 10 8 60 44 37
RB Leipzig
31 13 8 10 47 47 35
E Frankfurt
31 13 7 11 41 40 33
B M’gladbach 31 12 7 12 42 48 30
Hertha Berlin 31 10 12 9 38 35 30
Stuttgart
31 12 6 13 29 35 29
Augsburg
31 10 10 11 40 40 28
W Bremen
31 9 10 12 34 38 27
Hannover
31 9 9 13 38 47 27
Wolfsburg
31 5 15 11 30 40 22
Mainz
31 7 9 15 32 49 22
Freiburg
31 6 12 13 26 51 20
Hamburg
31 6 7 18 24 48 18
Cologne
31 5 7 19 31 60 12
FIXTURES (2.30pm unless stated)
Today
Hoffenheim v Hannover 96 ........ (7.30pm)
Saturday
Bayer Leverkusen v Stuttgart ....(5.30pm)
Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt........
FC Schalke 04 v B Monchengladbach .......
Hertha Berlin v FC Augsburg .......................
SC Freiburg v Cologne...................................
VfL Wolfsburg v Hamburg ............................
Sunday
Mainz 05 v RB Leipzig..................................
Werder Bremen v B Dortmund.........(5pm)
SEVILLA TO WIN AWAY AT
LEVANTE 10/11
JUVENTUS TO BEAT INTER
MILAN 13/10
BAYERN MUNICH TO BEAT
FRANKFURT 4/6
0
Shots on target
for Juventus for
the first time in a
home Serie A match
since 2011-12 as they
lost 1-0 to Napoli
5
Copa del Rey finals
Lionel Messi has
scored in after
netting in Barcelona’s
5-0 thrashing of Sevilla
– matching Telmo
Zarra, who starred for
Athletic Bilbao in the
forties and fifties
FRANCE LIGUE 1
P W D L F A Pts
PSG
34 29 3 2 104 23 90
Monaco
34 21 7 6 79 44 70
Lyon
34 20 9 5 77 38 69
Marseille
34 20 9 5 72 41 69
Nice
34 14 8 12 45 45 50
St Etienne
34 13 10 11 40 46 49
Rennes
34 13 9 12 43 41 48
Montpellier
34 10 16 8 32 30 46
Nantes
34 12 10 12 33 37 46
Guingamp
34 12 9 13 41 49 45
Bordeaux
34 12 7 15 39 44 43
Dijon
34 11 9 14 48 66 42
Amiens
34 11 7 16 32 38 40
Angers
34 8 13 13 38 46 37
Caen
34 10 7 17 24 43 37
Strasbourg
34 8 10 16 39 61 34
Toulouse
34 8 10 16 31 44 34
Troyes
34 8 5 21 28 51 29
Lille
34 7 8 19 33 58 29
Metz
34 6 8 20 32 65 26
FIXTURES (7pm unless stated)
Today
Montpellier v St Etienne ...............(7.45pm)
Saturday
Bordeaux v Dijon............................................
Lille v Metz.......................................................
Lyon v Nantes.......................................(4pm)
Monaco v Amiens...........................................
Strasbourg v Nice...........................................
Troyes v Caen..................................................
Sunday
Angers v Marseille...............................(4pm)
Paris Saint-Germain v Guingamp....(8pm)
Rennes v Toulouse..............................(2pm)
LYON –1 AGAINST NANTES
5/6
SCOTLAND
LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP
Celtic
Rangers
Aberdeen
Hibernian
Kilmarnock
Hearts
Motherwell
St Johnstone
Dundee
Hamilton
Partick
Ross County
P
34
34
34
34
34
34
34
34
34
34
34
34
W
22
20
20
17
15
11
10
10
9
8
7
6
D
9
5
5
11
10
13
9
8
6
6
7
9
L
3
9
9
6
9
10
15
16
19
20
20
19
F
65
69
52
51
45
36
36
33
33
44
28
38
A
23
39
36
36
41
32
43
49
54
62
58
57
Pts
75
65
65
62
55
46
39
38
33
30
28
27
LADBROKES TIP:
GRIFFITHS TO SCORE FIRST
AGAINST RANGERS 14/5
LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP
P W D L F A Pts
St Mirren
35 23 5 7 63 35 74
Livingston
35 17 11 7 56 35 62
Dundee Utd
35 17 7 11 50 42 58
Dunfermline
35 15 11 9 56 35 56
Inverness
35 15 9 11 50 37 54
Morton
35 13 11 11 47 37 50
Queen of the Sth 35 13 10 12 54 52 49
Falkirk
35 11 11 13 44 49 44
Dumbarton
35 7 9 19 27 59 30
Brechin
35 0 4 31 19 85 4
FIXTURES (3pm)
Saturday
Brechin v Queen of South .........................
Dundee Utd v Livingston ...........................
Dunfermline v Dumbarton.........................
Falkirk v St Mirren .......................................
Morton v Inverness CT ...............................
LADBROKES TIP:
DUNDEE UTD TO BEAT
LIVINGSTON 6/5
LADBROKES LEAGUE 1
Raith
Ayr
Arbroath
Alloa
Stranraer
East Fife
Airdrieonians
Forfar
Albion
Queen’s Park
P
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
35
W
22
23
17
17
15
13
10
10
8
6
D
8
4
8
8
5
3
11
5
6
10
L
5
8
10
10
15
19
14
20
21
19
F
68
90
70
56
55
47
45
38
57
39
A Pts
32 74
42 73
48 59
43 59
64 50
64 42
58 41
64 35
78 30
72 28
FIXTURES (3pm)
Saturday
Airdrieonians v Forfar ................................
Ayr v Albion ..................................................
East Fife v Stranraer...................................
Queen’s Park v Arbroath............................
Raith v Alloa.................................................
LADBROKES TIP:
STRANRAER WIN AT EAST
FIFE 7/4
LADBROKES LEAGUE 2
P W D L F A Pts
Montrose
35 23 7 5 59 34 76
Peterhead
35 23 4 8 77 38 73
Stirling
35 16 6 13 60 51 54
Stenh’muir
35 15 8 12 55 46 53
Clyde
35 14 9 12 51 48 51
Elgin
35 14 6 15 53 60 48
Annan A
35 11 11 13 47 41 44
Berwick
35 8 10 17 29 58 34
Edinburgh C
35 7 9 19 36 60 30
Cowd’beath
35 4 10 21 23 54 22
FIXTURES (3pm)
Saturday
Clyde v Berwick ............................................
Cowdenbeath v Annan Athletic.................
Montrose v Elgin ..........................................
Peterhead v Edinburgh City.......................
Stirling v Stenhousemuir............................
LADBROKES TIP:
CLYDE AGAINST BERWICK
WALES
BTTS 5/6
WALES
WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE
New Saints
C Q Nomads
Bangor City
Bala Town
Cardiff Met U
Cefn Druids
Barry Town
P
31
31
31
31
31
31
31
W
23
17
18
15
12
11
15
D
4
6
3
4
6
8
5
L
4
8
10
12
13
12
11
F
80
46
47
36
43
36
38
A
29
27
31
46
38
41
31
Pts
73
57
57
49
42
41
50
FIXTURES (7.45pm)
Today
Aberystwyth v Newtown ............................
Bala Town v Bangor.....................................
Barry Town v Carmarthen ..........................
Cefn Druids v Connah’s Quay Nomads ....
Prestatyn Tn v Llandudno ..........................
The New Saints v Cardiff Met Uni .............
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Final Third
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EST Brom will be
relegated this
weekend. Even if
Darren Moore
makes it four
games unbeaten as caretaker boss,
results elsewhere are likely to
condemn the Baggies to their fate.
Those unbeaten matches – draws
with Swansea and Liverpool and that
win at Old Trafford – have left fans,
pundits and West Brom players
asking the inevitable question?
What if?
What if Alan Pardew had been
axed and replaced by Moore when
survival was still a realistic
proposition. Better still, what if
Moore, not Pardew, had been handed
the reins in December?
With Pardew already cast as the
by Gavin Brown
PICTURE: AFP
YOU CAN’T
PIN IT ALL
ON
PARDS
Baggies’ car-crash season is
Lambert in
no mood to
call misfits
PAUL LAMBERT will not
consider recalling Stoke exiles
Saido Berahino and Jese
Rodriguez, despite a lack of
goals being at the root of their
relegation struggles.
Berahino (above) has been
banished to the under-23s after
arriving late once too often,
while Rodriguez is currently
Awol back home in Spain.
Stoke head to Liverpool
tomorrow on an 11-game winless
run during which they have
scored only seven goals.
But Lambert is determined to
stick to his guns, saying: ‘I’ve
got no qualms whatsoever about
it. It’s my decision, I think it’s
right for the football club.’
about more than one man
T AD
AN
ST
West Brom to
win at Newcastle
18/5
villain of the piece, some West Brom
players have drawn a less than
flattering comparison between their
old and new manager.
Speaking after the shock win at
Manchester United, Ben Foster paid
warm tribute to Moore, adding: ‘It’s
easy to go out and put in
performances like that when you’ve
got someone like that leading you.’
Pardew was not mentioned by
Moore like it: Pardew’s successor as West Brom boss has been praised by Foster and McClean (above, left and right)
name. He didn’t need to be. Then, in
the run-up to Saturday’s 2-2 draw
with Liverpool, James McClean was
asked to explain the turnaround
since Pardew’s departure.
‘Since the big man (Moore) has
come in, we’ve worked in training
on what we’re doing defensively and
what we’re doing attackingly,’ he
told the BBC.
‘In the past two games, we’ve
shown we actually know what we’re
doing out on the pitch, which
obviously always helps.’
The implication is Moore’s impact
is more than the dead-cat bounce of
a caretaker boss. McClean suggests
it is down to having a manager who
has drilled his team and got them
organised individually and
collectively. Again, it does not reflect
well on Pardew.
But it doesn’t really wash.
West Brom’s squad are old enough
and wise enough to realise they are
more than innocent passengers in the
car crash that has been their season
but surely the blame could be shared
around a bit more evenly.
If Pardew is so responsible for
West Brom’s relegation, why was he
needed in the first place?
Last summer the Baggies were not
considered candidates to go down
and, in Tony Pulis, had an
experienced manager who had never
been relegated from the Premier
League. By November, they were
deep in the mire and Pulis had been
shown the door.
Pardew may have been an
appalling fit to replace him but
things were unravelling long before
he arrived at The Hawthorns.
So, before the players ask
themselves ‘what if’ the Big Man
had been in charge a bit earlier,
maybe they could look in the mirror
and ask ‘what if’ they had done their
own jobs a bit better regardless of
who was stood on the touchline?
More to Reds
than just Mo,
says Carlos
SWANSEA manager Carlos
Carvalhal will not complain if
Liverpool rest Mohamed Salah
against relegation rivals Stoke at
Anfield tomorrow.
Salah, who has 43 goals this
season, could be left out ahead of
Wednesday’s Champions League
semi-final, second leg at Roma.
Carvalhal, whose side are four
points clear of 19th-placed
Stoke, said: ‘He is fantastic but
they don’t depend on one man.’
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Ms Daly: I don’t
mind Minecraft
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Want to up the ante? Kieran Alger
discovers how wearables can help
you find your perfect running shoes
T
HE way runners choose
running shoes has been
the same for years. You
either ask an experienced
running friend and hope
what works for them works for you
or you do a quick blast on a
treadmill for a gait analysis on your
running form, currently offered at
specialist sports shops. But today’s
technology is one step ahead, with
increasingly capable wearable
tracking technology.
DorsaVi, specialist in wearable
sensors, software and algorithms
that analyse the way we move, has
come up with something better. Its
clinical-grade systems are used by
professional coaches, athletes,
physiotherapists and chiropractors
to improve performance, prevent
injury and aid rehabilitation across
a wide range of sports.
And now dorsaVi has tailored this
technology to create ViMove2, a
system that provides hard running
dynamics data – information about
how you run – to help identify
which running shoes you should
really be wearing.
Continued on Page 32 »
Making great strides:
DorsaVi’s systems are used
by athletes and coaches
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.Run for it:.
.Performance is.
.tracked wearing.
.various shoes.
Leg work: Sensors are
attached to the shins
» Continued from Page 31
Revealing your perfect
running shoes
The shins are attached to sensors,
each of which feature an
accelerometer, a gyroscope and a
magnetometer. After a treadmill
warm-up, you do a series of twominute runs, all at the same speed
but with different pairs of shoes.
Each run produces data, including
absolute symmetry index (a
measure for how balanced your
body is), ground reaction force
(the force exerted back from the
ground when your feet strike),
ground contact time (the amount of
time your feet are on the ground
during a gait cycle), initial peak
acceleration (the vertical
acceleration and load through the
legs when your foot first hits the
ground), cadence and speed.
This information shows how
‘well’ you run in each shoe. Unlike
some analysis tests, ViMove2 isn’t
about finding shoes to change your
.Analysis: Test runs produce data.
running style. The test helps to
identify the shoes that work best
with your form so as to make you
more efficient. This streamlining
means you should be able to cover
more distance with less effort and –
in theory at least – that running
should feel easier and be more fun.
ViMove2 will also spot
imbalances that might be caused by
an existing injury or suggest a future
injury risk, as well as revealing how
your shoe selection might affect
both of these.
The verdict
I wore three shoe types for my test:
my regular neutral and firm On
Cloud X, the much more cushioned
Mizuno Wave Rider training shoe
and a heavier Mizuno Wave
Horizon stability shoe.
I’d normally steer well clear of
cushioned shoes but my stats
revealed that I ran best in the
Mizuno Wave Rider. My ground
reaction force, my initial peak
acceleration and my ground contact
time all reduced, while my cadence
also improved, equating to an
improvement in efficiency. The
stability shoe also outperformed my
own shoe choice.
To further test these results, I ran
the Brighton Marathon in the
Mizuno Wave Rider. Wearing a new
style of shoe you’ve tried out for
only ten minutes on a treadmill test
is a massive marathon no-no but
they felt natural and comfortable
for the whole 26.2 miles.
That’s a remarkable result and
if ViMove2 can find a pair of
shoes that work under these
conditions, we might just have
uncovered the best way to buy
running shoes yet.
G O FA S T E R G A D G E T S
Stryd Power
Stryd clips on to your shoes
and helps you run smarter by
sticking to a consistent power
output regardless of hills,
climate or terrain. It also tracks
leg spring stiffness, ground
time, vertical oscillation,
cadence, pace, distance and
even your run stress score.
£143, stryd.com
Garmin Running
Dynamics Pod
This pod uses an
accelerometer to track the
movement of your torso and
analyse six vital running form
stats, including cadence,
ground contact time with
left-right balance, vertical
oscillation and stride length.
£59.99, buy.garmin.com
Arion smart insoles
We’ve seen chips in shoes
before but Arion’s smart
insoles offer continuous
gait analysis in real time,
delivering insights into
cadence, foot-strike, step
length, balance, contact time
and stability while you’re
on the run.
£179, arion.run
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.Hit and miss: Tess swears by her Google.
.Home Mini and Clarisonic cleansing brush.
.and is learning how to play Minecraft.
TESS DALY
The TV presenter, 48, talks to Lucy
Hedges about being a gaming newb
and why she refuses to google herself
Tell us about your involvement
with Vodafone Family Squad.
Gaming was not a part of my social
pastime history until recently, when my
eight-year-old became obsessed with
Minecraft. I didn’t understand the
mechanics of it, I didn’t even understand
how to get the characters to do anything.
I thought, ‘This is perfect – not only am
I going to learn the basic concepts of
gaming so I can play alongside her but
I’m going to get Ali A, the don of
gaming, to teach me.’
What measures have you
introduced at home to keep
your kids safe online?
Our kids are not allowed their devices
in their bedrooms, they use them in the
family space and in moderation. We
have childproof settings so they can’t
accidentally pull up anything
inappropriate. An eight-year-old thinks
the word ‘bum’ is really funny but you
wouldn’t want to google it.
What are the biggest tech
changes you’ve seen in TV?
High-definition television – there’s
nowhere to hide. Compared to shooting
Strictly Come Dancing in 2004, the
lighting effects now are incredible. We
can create almost 3D virtual landscapes
and it’s amazing how far that’s come.
That said, there are things that haven’t
changed. I’m still walking around with
a bulky mic pack in my pants. When
you’re in a tight frock, it’s a problem.
You once said googling
yourself is the road to
destruction. Why’s that?
It just seems a bit desperate, narcissistic
and a little bit sad. Most of the stuff
that’s written is absolute rubbish, then
you just sit there indignant and upset.
I remember years ago working with
Eamonn Holmes and he turned to me
one morning and said: ‘I saw a picture
of you online – I didn’t know you did
naked pictures.’ Then we realised they
had stuck my head on someone else’s
body. It was a lovely body but it
certainly wasn’t me.
Do you use any gadgets as part
of your beauty regime?
My make-up artist friend gave me one
of those Clarisonic cleansing brushes
and that was a revelation because I
haven’t used anything like that on my
face. It exfoliates the skin, takes away
all the blackheads and all the dry
dehydrated skin is gone, so I’m sticking
with it. I’m convinced my skin looks a
little bit more dewy.
What’s the most useless bit of
tech you’ve ever bought?
One of those robot vacuums that’s
supposed to go into the corners. It didn’t
work for me. I got it out of the box, set
it up and then never used it again.
What’s the coolest bit of tech
you’ve got at home?
I’m obsessed with my Google Home
Mini. I can’t believe I can ask it to play
Aretha Franklin while I’m cooking.
If you could invent anything
what would it be?
I’d invent something that you could just
sit under and it would create a style so
I didn’t have to sit in the hairdresser’s
chair for two hours every time I step in
front of a camera. A good hair day every
day, isn’t that the dream?
Tess Daly has teamed up with Vodafone
UK as part of its #FamilySquad
bootcamp, vodafone.co.uk
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Time to sport a new look
ON TEST
EAR BUDS
An SUV is the perfect choice for summer on the road. We put three to the test
Mazda CX-5
From Mazda’s deeply rooted ‘Kodo’ flowing
exterior design philosophy to its impressive
array of interior tech, the CX-5 is an excellent
proposition for those seeking an engaging
drive and sharp looks.
Although not an outright sports car, it
boasts some of the engineering characteristics
of the MX-5, meaning it can be good fun at
corners when the route gets twisty.
Available with a 165hp petrol engine or a
150hp diesel, which can be mated to two- or
four-wheel drive set-up (as well as automatic
or manual transmissions), the CX-5 offers
strong performance, low emissions and good
fuel economy.
Better still, a seven-inch touchscreen
infotainment system comes as standard, as do
DAB radio, and Aha and Stitcher app
integration. Those wanting even more tech
can specify a cool head-up display, which
beams speed and navigational instructions on
to the windscreen ahead. LEON POULTNEY
4
5
B&O Play Beoplay E8
As you’d expect from the
Danish audio-wizards, the
splash/dust-resistant E8s
are made to look the part,
from their comfy and sealed
fit and touch controls down
to their pebble-shaped
charging case. It’s no shock
they sound as superb as they
look with lots of detail, and
crisp and textured sound.
And a ‘transparency’ feature
enables audio pass-through
so you don’t completely shut
the world out while strutting
along to your favourite tune.
£269, johnlewis.com
5
5
Ford Kuga ST-Line X
Sony WF-1000X
Kia Sportage
Bose SoundSport
Free Wireless
Designed with fitness folk in
mind, Bose’s buds are ideal
for getting sweaty, with
wingtips that offer a secure
fit, ensuring they stay put on
the treadmill. Although they
deliver a brilliantly solid and
balanced sound experience
with enough low-end punch,
the raised bumps or control
buttons frustrate thanks to
being both difficult to find and
press. £179.95, bose.co.uk
LH
Best for: Long-distance
journeys
From £27,750
Ford’s new Kuga keeps your backside comfy
with electrically adjustable heated front seats
for a relaxing ride, while the steering wheel
offers a decent assortment of height and
reach adjustment.
That all-wheel drive gives it plenty of grip
but the lowered sports suspension means
things get slightly bumpy at slow speeds. Get
your foot on that alloy accelerator pedal,
though, and its smooth cruising pace satisfies
with plenty of power to confidently overtake.
The driving experience is complemented by
a stylish interior complete with an eight-inch
touchscreen featuring audio, navigation and
climate functions, all of which are
controllable via conversational commands
using Ford’s SYNC 3 system.
The optional all-wheel drive or four-wheel
drive and up to 180bhp in either petrol/diesel,
automatic/manual flavours, panoramic roof
and active park assist are the cherries atop
this SUV-flavoured cake. LUCY HEDGES
Sony’s buds excel at offering
detail and highly textured,
dynamic sound. Via an app,
the clever adaptive sound
control does a great job of
adjusting noise-cancellation
intensity depending on
what you’re doing, while
buttons on each bud take
care of music control,
smart assistant access
and more. The mini blimp
design is light, compact and
comfortable to wear,
with small rubber fins for
extra support.
£180, johnlewis.com
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Best for: Alternative styling
and cool on-board gadgets
From £24,095
Best for: Cargo capacity
From £18,345
This combines big car SUV comfort with
a smaller price tag but without scrimping on
the tech.
Sure, you’ve got up to 240hp for speed
needs, all-wheel drive for safety and a ride
height that makes you feel safe, but it’s the
internals that really impress.
The boot has enough space to sleep in with
the back seats down – we’ve tested this and
had a comfy night’s kip.
This, along with optional Harman Kardon
audio, an eight-inch touchscreen with live
traffic, a rear camera, parking assistant and
autonomous braking, makes for a really
smart package that’s tough to compete with
at the price.
Despite the size there’s very little warble
when cornering and pushing the pedal to the
metal delivers a speedy surprise, especially in
the GT-Line models.
It’s small enough that it’s super easy to
drive around town but large enough to eat up
motorway miles in comfort. LUKE EDWARDS
April 27, 2018
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Dyson Pure Cool
Air Purifier
Adidas
Archive
M1 Watch
The Adidas line of
snazzy wristwear
bucks the bulky,
rubbery sportswear
watch trend with
its old schoolinspired wrist candy
that’ll take wearers
back to a simpler
digital era.
£100, adidas
watches.com/uk
Thinking about stripping allergens,
pollution and other airborne
nasties out of your home? You can
breathe easy with Dyson’s appcontrolled fans, which come with an
LCD screen that tells you if the air is
clean or in need of purifying.
From £400, dyson.co.uk
Fujifilm Finepix XP130
Today’s smartphones may possess sub-aquatic
skills but if you’re after something with tougher
credentials, this snapper is waterproof down to
a depth of 20m, can withstand a drop from up to
1.75m and is freeze-proof down to -10C.
£199, wexphotovideo.com
Neeo Remote
After an insanely
popular Kickstarter
campaign, this snazzy
universal remote
controls more than
30,000 gadgets/TVs/
appliances, from Nest
smart thermostats and
Roku boxes to Sonos
systems and Philips
Hue light bulbs.
From £349, neeo.com
Ruark MRx
Inject some style into
your smart speaker set-up
with this multi-room audio
box. It plays nice with
other musical members
of the Ruark family and
is packed with plenty of
audio goodness to satisfy
design lovers and music
junkies alike.
£399, petertyson.co.uk
Divina Cucina FAB28 Fridge
The third instalment in Dolce &
Gabbana and Smeg’s colourful
collection includes Smeg’s iconic cool
box, which has been designed to
reflect the brand’s Italian heritage and
scream ‘look at me!’ in the process.
£tba (available later this year), smeguk.com
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Moto G6
Moto’s G series has
long been considered
royalty among
budget blowers.
With a glass-andaluminium design, an
18:9 aspect-ratio
screen and dual
cameras, it still
boasts flagship
features at a
reasonable cost.
£219 (sim-free,
available from Wed),
motorola.co.uk
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Huawei Matebook X
Huawei’s attempt to perfect the ultraportable means
its sights are set squarely on Apple’s MacBook Pro.
With a beautiful bezel-less 13.9in display, a backlit
keyboard, a large trackpad and plenty of power, it
makes for a wonderful computing sidekick.
£1,189, grooves-inc.co.uk
Marshall Mid
ANC headphones
Marshall’s distinctive wire-free audio
efforts stay true to its iconic amp
roots and signature style. This pair of
superb-sounding on-ear cans drown
out unwanted background buzz
thanks to active noise cancelling.
£239, marshallheadphones.com
Avengers Electro Hero Kit
STEM toys don’t have to be all
computer games and robots. This
kit encourages kids to build all
sorts of electricity-powered stuff
out of conductive dough and
complete small engineering tasks
set within the Marvel Universe.
£29.99, techwillsaveus.com
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rolled into one
AHEAD OF THE GAME MORE NEW RELEASES
YAKUZA 6: THE
SONG OF LIFE PS4
This
is the
last chapter in
Kazuma Kiryu’s
story and it’s the
perfect send-off
for the mobster
with a heart.
Japan is a joy to explore and the
dynamic yet easy-to-learn combat
system hits the right buttons. The
cutscenes can be overlong and
there’s little progression from
Yakuza 0 but emotionally invested
fans couldn’t ask for more.
Labo of love
to marvel at
THE BIG RELEASE
creativity. Collectively they spur
curiosity, experimentation and the thrill
LABO Nintendo Switch ##### and advantages of shared play.
The piano is the best example of
Labo’s excellence. It’s a complex design
HEN Nintendo announced
but the perfectly paced instructions
Labo earlier this year, it
result in a fully functioning instrument
was really a case of ‘wait,
in less than two hours – a synthesizer
what does it do?’ Since the
concept went hands-on at the company’s that plays cat noises and Happy
Birthday built out of cardboard and a
showroom in Windsor, the confusion
console that doubles as an introduction
has cleared and we can safely say that
to sound design. Unlock its potential
Labo is another genius creation from
and you’ll find a drum machine, a
the maestros of fun.
conductor’s baton and a studio. It’s
In its simplest terms, Labo is a series
of accessories for the hugely successful a true marvel of creativity.
The robot is another standout
Switch that take the form of cardboardcreation. Warranted its standalone sale
built toys integrated into the console’s
with its four-hour construction time and
controllers or joy-cons. But that’s onlyy
half the pitch and certainlyy half
immerssive experience, it’s the
ural evolution of Wii
the joy. Labo is a finely
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craft. It’s Lego, coding,
though, has to be the
pop-up books, 1980s
variety set with five toyboard games, doll’s
cons (RC cars, fishing
houses and Meccano, all
rod,
rolled into one.
r house, motorbike
and
Labo launched with two
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a piano), all showcasing
kits but we expect more too
Laabo’s groundbreaking
follow. Both kits come as
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Labo’s tag-line is
a large box of perforated
.The Labo piano.
‘make, play, discover’.
cardboard sheets that are
The first two are easily explained and
punched out, creased and folded, then
constructed into toys and gadgets. These the last is exemplified by the toy-con
garage, which gives players access to
are given life by combining them with
the basic programming behind these
the Switch and its detachable joy-con
quirky innovations.
controllers. They range from a dinky
Nintendo’s eccentric answer to
remote-controlled car that drives about
AR and VR is a mash-up of toys,
using vibrations from the joy-cons to a
tech, and arts and crafts, and with
Transformer-style suit that straps to a
franchise tie-ins surely in the pipeline
person’s body and turns them into both
(imagine a Mario toy-con), the Labo
a real and virtual robot.
love-in is only just beginning.
The on-screen assembly instructions
are easy to follow, the cardboard is built
GARETH MAY
to last and, once each toy is assembled,
you can make it your own using the
THE VERDICT
separately sold customisation set, a
Tech-and-cardboard toys hit the
craft box of colouring pens, stickers
mark for all kids but young ones will
and tape. Individually, the toy-cons are
get most out of this phenomenal
incredibly educational, covering
blend of play and education
subjects from design to coding to
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This real-time
strategy game is
set in a futuristic
ice age. The
player controls
survivors who
are trying to build
a colony based
around a gigantic steampunk
furnace. Keeping an eye on
temperature, food supplies and
expeditions sent out to scavenge
at its icy core, it’s an epic study in
human nature and a must-have
for would-be politicians, fans of
survival games and RTS stalwarts.
THE SWORDS OF DITTO
PS4, PC
A 2D dungeon
crawler that
channels 1980s
cartoons, the
blend of cute and
cool animation,
combat and
clever puzzles
make The Swords Of Ditto a
potential indie darling. The spectre
of death is in every pixel but that’s
the challenge: die without getting
anywhere and your next randomly
generated run is set in a worse
world with more monsters. GM
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Puzzles
METROSCOPE
by Patrick Arundell
CRYPTIC CROSSWORD
QUICK CROSSWORD
Across
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effort (9)
8. Third man sounds competent
enough (4)
9. Lady killer? (9)
10. Replace points in a car engine (6)
11. Strain with others after a point (5)
14. It’s frequently found in a game of
tennis (5)
15. Friar beloved by schoolboys (4)
16. Hastens to show decay in the back
street (5)
18. Implement for returning stolen
goods (4)
20. Sound description of part of
Boston a long time ago (5)
21. Recorded as well-known (5)
24. Spring past (6)
25. Shrinks form making agreements?
(9)
26. Even you could live in one! (4)
27. Trials on the way (4,5)
1. Possibly pots palms for
brightening up the street? (4,5)
2. Feeling welcome to editors? (9)
4. A command to avoid (4)
5. One of the snakes in snakes and
ladders (5)
6. Stop for a break, we hear (6)
7. This oven is much too hot when
red outside (4)
9. High horse? (5)
11. Tried to get a hand (5)
12. Record holder (9)
13. They illuminate the scene - like
stars? (9)
17. Pauses to put a toy on board (5)
19. Given the sack? (6)
22. Eradicate a seer perhaps (5)
23. To make a commotion (2-2)
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sweep; 20 Absentee; 21 Pawn; 22 Everyone; 23
Free.
Down: 1 Talk over; 2 Trustee; 4 Avoids; 5 Air
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Weir (3)
Plant part (4)
Equipment (4)
Chest bone (3)
Light beer (5)
Grown-up (6)
Glue (3)
Auction (4)
Cupid (4)
Whirlybird (10)
Nautical cry (4)
Metroku
Quick
Across: 4 Adapts; 7 Innocent; 8 Odious; 10 Agent; 13 Clod; 14
Rota; 15 Dill; 16 Tug; 17 Spit; 19 Lies; 21 Marmalade; 23 Male; 24
Dire; 26 Tap; 27 Feed; 29 Alas; 32 Zeal; 33 Clone; 34 Steers; 35
Elephant; 36 School.
Down: 1 Vicar; 2 Inset; 3 Scut; 4 Atoll; 5 Avid; 6 Taurus; 9 Dollar;
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Photographer’s device (6)
Marry (3)
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Taking the idea of Escape To The
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another new series designed to stoke
our wanderlust as we follow the
efforts of intrepid Brits to up sticks
and settle in a completely alien
environment. Mari and daughter
Samai are swapping the urban jungle
of south-east London and joining
husband Kurikindi in the rainforest in
A new life: Mari’s heading to Ecuador Ecuador. You’ll admire their pluck.
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paradise on Earth. No, that’s not
a season pass to the Copacabana
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The City And The City
BBC2, 9pm
The most confusing drama of 2018
so far ends as it began: half murder
mystery, half waking dream, half
rumination on the nature of a divided
society. Oops, that’s three halves –
well, we did say it was confusing.
Credit to David Morrissey: he at least
looks like he’s got a clue what’s
going on.
Episodes BBC2, 10pm
The final series of this in-jokey TV
comedy has been an uneven affair
but ironically, given it’s a show
playing for laughs, this melancholic
episode is the strongest so far. Matt
LeBlanc’s dad has died, which puts
the cynicism on hold for a moment as
real feelings shine through. Oddly
touching. KEITH WATSON
Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 39
RACING
STABLEBITES
Stradivarius set
for Ascot or York
JOHN GOSDEN is considering
options at Ascot and York for
his star stayer Stradivarius.
The son of Sea The Stars won
the Queen’s Vase at
Royal Ascot and the
Goodwood Cup
last summer
before placing
in the St Leger
and the British
Champions Long
Distance Cup.
Gosden (pictured)
said: ‘It is either the Sagaro
Stakes (at Ascot on May 2) or
the Yorkshire Cup (at York on
May 18).’
Rivals line-up today
against Punchestown
Champion Hurdle favourite
Samcro, unbeaten in seven
races for Gordon Elliott
7
n WILLIAM HAGGAS hopes
impressive Lincoln winner
Addeybb can continue his
progression in today’s bet365
Mile at Sandown. ‘It is a big
step up in class but we think
he is ready to try something
like this,’ the trainer said. ‘I’ve
seen it (the Lincoln) again and I
was impressed again.’
n WILLIE MULLINS could send
Djakadam to France later this
year after he finished second
in the Coral Punchestown Gold
Cup. He said: ‘We’re half
thinking of going to the Grand
Steeple Chase in Paris – a race
we’d like to be represented in
with good horses.’
n HUGO PALMER is looking
forward to seeing White
Mocha run over longer trips
following his runner-up finish
in the Craven Stakes last
week. ‘We could now look at
the Newmarket Stakes, the
Dee Stakes or the Lingfield
Derby Trial,’ the trainer said.
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RACING NEWS, VIEWS AND TOP TIPS
in association with
ALTIOR CAN PROVIDE
GRANDSTAND FINISH
ALTIOR can bring the curtain
down on the National Hunt
season in style tomorrow by
winning the Celebration Chase at
Sandown again.
Nicky Henderson’s horse was a
novice when landing the prize 12
months ago and has since
underlined his superstar status,
despite missing the first half of
the campaign.
The eight-year-old has proved
since the turn of the year he has
lost none of his brilliant ability,
winning twice – including an
ultimately dominant display in
the Queen Mother Champion
Chase at Cheltenham last month.
Richard Johnson, runner-up to
Tony McCoy for 16 consecutive
seasons, will seal a third
successive champion jockey title.
Johnson, who rides at Chepstow
by JUSTIN PALMER
today, has booted home 176
winners, 35 more than nearest
challenger Brian Hughes and 45
more than Harry Skelton.
Johnson will ride Rock The
Kasbah in the Bet365 Gold Cup
tomorrow, in which Blaklion will
try to gain compensation for his
premature Grand National exit.
Blaklion was strongly fancied
to improve upon his fourth place
in the world’s greatest
steeplechase last year but was
brought down at the first fence
earlier this month.
It is not surprising he has to
carry top weight but he should
provide trainer Nigel TwistonDavies with a good chance of
giving him a second success in
this race after Beau 18 years ago.
TOMORROW’S BIG RACE AT SANDOWN
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BET365 GOLD CUP HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE 3)
(Class 1) 3m 5f £150,000
(21 runners)
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212B BLAKLION 14 N Twiston-Davies 9-11-12............................................................. S Twiston-Davies
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03P1 REGAL ENCORE 70 A Honeyball 10-11-5..............................................................................................
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36PF THEATRE GUIDE 34 C Tizzard 11-11-0 ......................................................................P Brennan(B,T)
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6-1P ROCK THE KASBAH 98 P Hobbs 8-11-0 ........................................................................R Johnson(P)
5
1104 PRESENT MAN 83 P Nicholls 8-10-12................................................................ Bryony Frost (3)(T)
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6321 MISSED APPROACH 44 W Greatrex 8-10-11.................................................Mr N McParlan (5)(B)
7
3P50 ROYAL VACATION 45 C Tizzard 8-10-10.........................................................................H Cobden(B)
8
3P3F HOUBLON DES OBEAUX 14 (C) Miss V Williams 11-10-7...........................................C Deutsch(B)
9
031- DOMESDAY BOOK 408 Stuart Edmunds 8-10-5........................................ Miss G Andrews (3)(B)
10 10PP BENBENS 7 (CD) N Twiston-Davies 13-10-3.....................................................................A Coleman
11 -0PP CAROLE’S DESTRIER 66 (CD) N Mulholland 10-10-3..................................................R T Dunne(P)
12 001U BIGBADJOHN 15 N Twiston-Davies 9-10-3 ......................................................................... J Bargary
13
-420 MINELLA DADDY 46 P Bowen 8-10-2 ......................................................................... J Bowen (3)(B)
14
-220 SUGAR BARON 44 N Henderson 8-10-2 ............................................................... N De Boinville(B)
15 1636 RELENTLESS DREAMER 63 Miss R Curtis 9-10-1 ...................................................... A Wedge(P,T)
16
-231 STEP BACK 21 M Bradstock 8-10-0........................................................................... Jamie Moore(P)
17 121F RATHLIN ROSE 15 (C) D Pipe 10-10-0 ....................................................................... D G Noonan(B)
18 P312 DAWSON CITY 35 P Gundry 9-10-0........................................................................................................
19 3P6U THE YOUNG MASTER 7 (CD) N Mulholland 9-10-0 ..................................................C Shoemark(P)
20 1106 BAND OF BLOOD 34 (BF) Dr R Newland 10-10-0 .........................................................B Hughes(B)
21 43P6 HENLLAN HARRI 119 (CD) P Bowen 10-10-0........................................................... Reserve 1(B,T)
Betting: 11-2 Blaklion, 6 Missed Approach, 9 Minella Daddy 10 Bigbadjohn, 11 Sugar Baron,
Rock The Kasbah, 12 Step Back, The Young Master, 14 others.
Superstar: Altior will aim for glory at Sandown
TIP OF THE DAY
CHILEAN 3.00 SANDOWN
Sport
Q&A
RICHARD
JOHNSON
After riding more than 170
winners this season, Richard
Johnson can celebrate a third
successive champion jumpjockey title
Another title in the bag!
It’s been a long season but a
fruitful and enjoyable one!
Winning it for the first time
(in 2016) was massive and
when you win one you don’t
want to lose it. I’m very keen
to defend it again next year.
Was this one harder than
the previous two titles?
There are a lot of talented
young lads around now, it’s
getting more and more
competitive. It helps to keep
me focused. I have a good
group of trainers to ride for
and lots to look forward to
next season.
Winning the Cheltenham
Gold Cup on Native River
must have been a thrill?
If I could pick a race to win all
year, that was the one I
wanted. I just steered him
round and he answered every
call. He’s a fantastic horse.
He’ll be back next year.
It took you 18 years to win
a second Gold Cup after
your first with Looks Like
Trouble in 2000.
I thought it might take two or
three years to win another
one. But now I know hard it is
even to get a ride in the race,
let alone win it!
You ride Rock The Kasbah
in the bet365 Gold Cup
tomorrow. Is it fancied?
He ran well in the race last
year. He has a very good
chance and Philip Hobbs’
horses have hit a bit of form
at the end of the season.
INTERVIEW BY JUSTIN PALMER
Richard Johnson will be crowned
Stobart Champion Jump Jockey for the
third consecutive time. For more info,
head to gbraci.ng/JumpChamps
40 METRO Friday, April 27, 2018
Sport
SNO OKER
IN BRIEF
Stadium snub fine by Morgan
CRICKET
ENGLAND one-day captain Eoin Morgan admits
he is not too disappointed the London Stadium
has been overlooked as a venue for the 2019
Cricket World Cup.
Officials have blamed ‘infrastructure costs’ for
the decision not to include the former Olympic
Stadium in the list of 11 grounds that will host
games at next summer’s tournament.
Asked his thoughts on the decision, Morgan
said: ‘It’s not that disappointing for me. It’s a
ground we have no track record on.
‘Certainly as a captain in the side and a player I
feel more comfortable that we’re playing at
grounds where we have a proven record.’
COLIN
MURRAY
PICTURE: REX
Favourite: Ronnie O’Sullivan
is aiming for a sixth world
title at the Crucible
IT’S NOT
RYAN’S DAY
ANTHONY McGILL stunned
Ryan Day at the Crucible
yesterday, coming from 7-3
and 8-5 down to win 10-8
and set up a secondround clash with
Ding Junhui
TOBY ROLAND-JONES has dealt
England a blow, with the
Middlesex seamer (right) set to miss
this summer’s Test series against
Pakistan and India with a back injury.
Wasps problems are mounting
RUGBY UNION
WASPS rugby director
Dai Young accepts
construction of new
training facilities for
the Premiership club
is ‘taking longer than
originally hoped’.
A newspaper report
claimed leading Wasps
players, including Joe
Launchbury and Elliot
Daly, could leave when
their contracts expire
over issues including
image rights
payments and poor
training facilities.
On the subject of
facilities, Young said:
‘We had a couple of
projects which
reached a pretty
advanced stage but
unfortunately did
come not to fruition.’
Tweet sp t
‘I am 97% sure you don’t like me, but I’m
100% sure I don’t care.’
Double Olympic 800metres champion Caster
Semenya (@caster800m) tweets, just hours
before new rules were confirmed which mean
she will have to take medication to lower her
testosterone levels or move up to longer
distances. Semenya is hyperandrogenous,
meaning she has elevated testosterone levels
ATHLETICS MO FARAH will not run the
marathon for Great Britain at the European
Championships in August. The 35-year-old, who
came third at the London Marathon last Sunday,
will continue to focus on other events.
SNOOKER LEGENDS
DRIVING ME LOOPY
H
OW would you like
to spend over two
weeks locked inside
a small windowless
room with snooker
legend Jimmy White?
That’s what I’m doing now,
working on the world championship. I put it to him I was spending around 150 hours with him
between now and the final shots
on May 7, to which he replied...
‘If you think that’s bad, you
should f***ing try spending it in
a room with you.’
The man has a point.
Between now and then, snooker
will enjoy its annual trip into the
psyche of the wider sporting consciousness. You can dazzle in the
China Open, shine in the German
Masters, but most sports nuts
won’t even bat an eyelid... it’s at
the Crucible in Sheffield where
true heroes of the baize are born.
And this year the seeds are
dropping quicker than Ronaldo in
the Champions League final (yes,
I’m getting a dig in early. Come
on you Redmen!)
The Thunder From Down
Under, Neil Robertson, blown
away. The Magician, Shaun Murphy, disappeared. Six seeds obliterated in round one. None bigger
Stir crazy:
Selby, Murray
and White
than champion and world No.1
Mark Selby, beaten by the Gentleman Joe Perry. As if he hasn’t
suffered enough, his punishment
is to join Jimmy and I in the
aforementioned Eurosport room.
So, directly from the horse’s
mouth, Mark, how do you feel
about your first round exit now?
‘F***ing gutted. Stop bringing
it up.’ Wow, these walls are
closing in fast. Moving on...
The reason for the cull may be
because 16 qualifiers have won
three best-of-19 matches to get
here, so have arrived sharp. But
let’s forget who’s gone and
concentrate on who’s in the last
16. Time for Jimmy and Mark to
nail their colours to the mast.
‘As long as Ronnie O’Sullivan
is in the tournament and genu-
inely wants it then he’s the big
favourite,’ says Jimmy. ‘He’s a
genius. However, he’ll have a
fight on his hands.
‘Ding Junhui is a sleeping giant
and looks in great shape. We
could have our first-ever Chinese
winner this year – a country
which loves snooker more than
you love talking s***, Colin.’
You can see why we get on.
I’d throw in Mark Williams, a
double world champion who was
on the verge of quitting, but has
retrained, refocused and is reborn.
And my fellow Ulsterman Mark
Allen, who won the Masters and
will feel taller and stronger than
Finn MacCool himself.
For Selby, it’s a difficult question. After all, the trophy has been
all his for 24 months. But he’s
singing from the same hymn
sheet as the Whirlwind.
‘It’s Ronnie’s to lose. Simple. If
he performs like he has all season
he’ll win it again.
‘If he doesn’t, it could be Ding’s
year. I’d like to see him win it. He
builds his season around this now.
It’s the only thing missing from
his CV.’
In terms of a lesser-known
player, Jack Lisowski, 26, has
already dispensed of Stuart Bingham. He’s an electric long potter
– but he faces four-time world
champion John Higgins next.
Jimmy rates the Cheltenham
boy: ‘This season he’s buckled
down, practised and it has paid
off. A real talent. Add application
and he could go very far.’
Snooker may no longer be cemented in the sharp gaze of threechannel TV but in recent years it
has cut its cloth impressively and
is a world away from the doeeyed memories of The Matchroom Boys, the 85 black-ball
final and Spitting Image puppets.
Drop in and say hello to Jimmy,
Mark and I if you fancy. Or catch
it on the BBC.
Let’s leave the last word to Jimmy... ‘When’s the last time you
showered? Seriously. Sort it out.’
@colinmurray
Fury’s ready to hand it to Wilder
BOXING
TYSON FURY claims he could
beat WBC world heavyweight
champion Deontay Wilder with
one hand.
Fury, the former WBA, IBF
and WBO title-holder, is
returning to the ring after an
absence of more than two years
on June 9 – against an opponent
still to be named. Fury said: ‘It
was really Deontay Wilder who
spurred me on and gave me the
ambition to return. He said I
couldn’t do it. He said, “Tyson
Fury, he’s done”.
‘I thought, “I’m going to turn
this around and knock him out”.
I can tie one hand behind my
back and beat Wilder.’
By then Wilder could have
fought Anthony Joshua, who
now holds Fury’s former titles,
in a unification showdown. The
American claims his team have
offered $50million (£35.9m) to
Joshua to make the fight.
Fighting back: Fury
Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 41
Sport
Liverpool demand
Roma safety talks
FOOTBALL
PICTURE: GETTY
by JACK FOX
LIVERPOOL have taken the ‘exceptional’ step of requesting a meeting
with Uefa, Roma and Italian police to
address concerns over fan safety at
next week’s Champions League tie.
It is understood the club are increasingly frustrated with the response to
their request for clarity on a number of
security issues for next Wednesday’s
semi-final, second leg.
The Reds have sold 5,000 tickets for
the match and are keen to get assurances over safety after the attack ahead
of Tuesday’s first leg at Anfield which
left 53-year-old fan Sean Cox in a
critical condition and led to two Roma
followers being arrested and charged.
Despite several meetings and lengthy
correspondence, they remain troubled
by the lack of evidence of planning.
A statement read: ‘The club has taken the exceptional measure of request-
Fall guy: Zaha has
been accused of
diving but Hodgson
has backed his
team’s talisman
Lewis needs to max
out or he may start
to lose grip on title
BAYERN Munich have been
charged by Uefa over a pitch
invasion and offensive banner at
their Champions League semifinal, first-leg defeat to Real
Madrid. After the final whistle on
Saturday a number of fans came
onto the Allianz Arena pitch to
confront players including
Bayern’s Franck Ribery and Real’s
German playmaker Toni Kroos.
Uefa said the charges would be
heard on May 31.
ing an extraordinary meeting in the
Italian capital, which will take place
on Friday, April 27.
‘At the behest of Liverpool, club
officials will join AS Roma, Uefa
and the relevant Italian police and security services to discuss specific ongoing concerns.
‘We have sought clarity on a number
of issues surrounding the matchday
operation since the draw was made
and is hoping this extraordinary meeting will provide the necessary reassurances and essential information.
‘This, if provided, will allow the
club to fully inform supporters of the
measures that will be in place.’
Supporters without tickets have been
advised not to travel to the Italian
capital for the tie, which Liverpool
lead 5-2 from the first leg.
Getting a grip:
Hamilton hopes
Mercedes can
get on top of
their tyre issues
Zaha’s paying the penalty
for his bravery, says Roy
CRYSTAL Palace boss Roy
Hodgson has insisted Wilfried
Zaha’s integrity cannot be
questioned despite his growing
reputation as a perceived diver
among opposing fans.
Zaha was forced to defend
himself after receiving a yellow
card for diving in last Saturday’s
goalless draw at Watford – his
fourth yellow card for simulation
since the start of 2015-16.
‘I have no doubts in my own
mind about him as a player and
his honesty and desire to score
goals and play the game properly,
Hodgson said. ‘He’s very brave, he
takes people on and he goes into
areas where there are bodies and
it hurts players to go in.
‘As a result those players,
unfortunately, are always the
ones who get accused of cheating
because they get fouled and
people want to discuss “was it a
foul or was it not a foul?”.’
THE TIPSTER
@tipstermetro
No winning send-off for Arsene at United
WHO are Manchester United’s
Arsenal to Old Trafford for the last
biggest rivals? Manchester City of
time. Wenger is likely to rest key
course. What about Liverpool?
players before Thursday’s
Good point but you have to
Europa League semi-final
say Sunday’s visitors Arsenal
second leg, whatever the
Chelsea
to
are in the mix, what with Sir
result at home last night.
lead
HT/FT
at
Alex Ferguson being hit by a
United are 5/4 with
Swansea
(Bet
slice of post-match pizza.
William Hill to win by more
Victor)
Jose Mourinho has replaced
than one goal. Alexis Sanchez
Fergie but has his own history
is 7/4 with Paddy Power to
with Arsene Wenger, who leads
score against his old club.
29/20
2/1
Ex-Barcelona
boss Luis
Enrique (below) is
favourite
to be next
Arsenal
boss but
there’s been
money for
former Gunner Mikel
Arteta, now Man City
assistant coach, who
is 10/1 (Sportingbet)
AZERBAIJAN hosts Formula
One for the third time this
weekend and in both previous
events Mercedes dominated
qualifying. With drivers nailing
the throttle for a full 20 seconds
down the straight and the cars
reaching speeds of up to 235mph,
the successful recipe for this
track is maximum power and
low drag. On paper, this should
ensure Merc’s first win of the
season. However, Ferrari have
proved at the first three races in
2018 they are the team to beat.
Ferrari’s SF71H is a major
step forward, while the Silver
Arrows appear to have slipped
backwards after Lewis
Hamilton’s ‘party mode’ superlap in Australia. The problem,
it’s said, is the W09’s fluctuating
tyre performance.
‘We believe [the car] is sound,’
said Lewis. ‘But understanding
the tyres has been something
we’re still learning about. One
weekend we have it and the next
we haven’t. If we can get on top
of the tyre situation we will show
the true performance of the car.’
For reasons outside his control,
Hamilton has always finished
fifth here. He needs the full 25
points if he is to reassert his
authority on this championship.
Baku was the scene of last
year’s most outrageous moment,
when Sebastian Vettel lost his
cool and drove into the side of
Hamilton on purpose. For now,
relations between the pair are
perfectly civil, probably because
it is Vettel who’s leading. He does
seem a lot calmer than he did 12
months ago, shrugging off the
accident Max Verstappen had
with him in China. Reflecting on
RED BULL’S Daniel Ricciardo
won the Azerbaijan race last
year from tenth on the grid.
Hot off the heels of his brilliant
China win he will be hoping for
more silverware to improve his
negotiating position as he
hammers out a mega-bucks deal
for 2019.
The figure being bandied
around is that the Australian is
FORMULA ONE
by ADAM HAY-NICHOLLS
Formula One Correspondent
his contretemps with the Ferrari
driver last season, Hamilton says
the respect between the two fourtime world champions has grown
and a repeat is therefore unlikely.
‘It’s good to see fire within the
people you’re competing with,’
he said of Vettel. ‘It’s also good to
see they’re not perfect. We all
make mistakes but it’s more so
how people handle it and how
they progress [that] is what you
can really learn from.’
On Sunday, the German will be
chasing his 50th career win but
his new-found zen will be tested
if Mercedes bounce back.
‘The respect has grown,
actually, a considerable amount
since [last year],’ said Hamilton.
‘It’s good to see fire
within the people
you’re competing with’
‘I’m sure it will continue.’
Baku has seen some unlikely
heroes before. Sergio Perez
finished third for Force India in
2016 and Williams’ Lance Stroll
stood on the podium in 2017.
This year, it is very unlikely the
Canadian will be anywhere near
the front because the Williams
has the worst straight-line speed
of any car, while Force India
have only claimed one point this
season so far. However, keep a
very close eye on Haas, which
could out-run the Red Bulls with
its superior Ferrari engine.
seeking an eye-watering
£18million a year, with Mercedes
and Ferrari both interested in
luring him away.
Ricciardo has denied reports
he has signed a pre-contract
with Ferrari. Yesterday, Dan
claimed he is only talking to Red
Bull. Nevertheless, Valtteri
Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen know
they’re on notice.
42 METRO Friday, April 27, 2018
Sport
FO OTBALL
KHAN TARGETS RAPID
£800M WEMBLEY DEAL
WEMBLEY Q&A
WHY DOES SHAHID KHAN
WANT TO BUY WEMBLEY?
As well as looking to get Fulham
back into the Premier League, Khan
is also determined to keep his
Jacksonville Jaguars ahead of the
game in the NFL. The Jaguars have
already established a strong
presence in London through
regular-season matches being
played at Wembley. It seems a
matter of when, not if, a franchise
comes to London and Khan’s
proposed Wembley purchase would
put the Jaguars in pole position.
WHAT WOULD THE FA DO
WITH SUCH A WINDFALL?
It would be ploughed into grassroots football, with suggestions it
could provide a revolutionary boost
to facilities and coaching.
WOULD ENGLAND MOVE OUT?
No, but when the stadium was
being redeveloped, the Three Lions
toured a number of English
stadiums. The NFL season runs
from September to January and, if
needed, more road trips – alongside
Wembley games – could be seen as
a positive move if the stadium is
taken into private ownership.
by DAVE FILMER
FULHAM and Jacksonville Jaguars
owner Shahid Khan hopes to
complete the purchase of Wembley
Stadium in the next three months.
The Football Association announced yesterday it had ‘received
an offer’ for the 90,000-seater stadium with the deal thought to be
worth in excess of £800million. It is
thought Khan would pay £500m for
the stadium, while the FA will continue to run the Club Wembley hospitality business, valued at £300m.
The FA still owes £113m to
public bodies which helped pay to
build the stadium, which cost
£757m and opened in 2007 – the
sale would allow them to heavily
invest in grassroots football.
An outline agreement between
billionaire Khan and FA chief
executive Martin Glenn is said to
already be in place and the 67-yearold is hopeful the national stadium
could be his by August.
The Jaguars have played regularseason home games at Wembley in
each of the past five campaigns and
Khan (pictured) believes securing a
deal for the stadium is ‘very important’ for the NFL franchise.
He said: ‘I think it’s something
that we’ve thought about for a
while and it just makes good
sense for all parties concerned.
‘So, why Wembley?
Because of the Jaguars,
the first stadium I went
to in Britain was Wembley and obviously
I’ve admired it, and I
think to assure, from
my viewpoint, future
Sales pitch: Wembley Stadium could be sold to Khan
scheduled games for Jaguars and
other NFL teams it makes sense.
‘For us, it’s very important.
We’ve been playing a game in
London for the last five years.
‘We are the smallest team in
the NFL and we look for
our annual game to give
us the exposure. From
the FA’s viewpoint, they
get to keep the key assets which are the English football games and
then also have money for
PICTURE: REX
massive investment in grassroots
[football].’ Khan, who confirmed
that English football’s showpiece
events – such as the FA Cup final –
will continue to be held at the
stadium if he became owner, said he
thought a deal could be done ‘in the
next eight weeks or so’.
‘Maybe two to three months from
now. This is very fresh, so [we need
to do] due diligence,’ he said.
Khan stressed the proposed
purchase would not result in Fulham moving from Craven Cottage.
FO OTBALL IN BRIEF
Gerrard favourite to
be named Gers boss
Stroppy Boufal left
out in cold by boss
STEVEN GERRARD is among a list
of candidates being considered to
become the new Rangers boss.
The former Liverpool and
England skipper, currently in
charge of the Reds’ Under-18
squad, is now the bookies’
favourite to land the post.
Rangers chairman Dave King
was spotted at Anfield for
Tuesday night’s Champions
League game between Liverpool
and Roma, and it has now been
reported 37-year-old Gerrard has
been added to a shortlist drawn
up by Ibrox chiefs.
SOFIANE BOUFAL will not
feature for Southampton in
tomorrow’s south-coast derby
against Bournemouth following
his bust-up with boss Mark
Hughes during the Premier
League defeat to Chelsea.
The Moroccan reportedly
refused to warm up after being
named on the bench for the 3-2
defeat at St Mary’s on April 14.
‘Sofi made a mistake which he
acknowledged,’ Hughes said.
‘He needs to rebuild a bit of
trust with us. He won’t be
involved this weekend.’
Shortlist: Gerrard
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘I don’t even know where Jack
is, to be honest with you.’
Sunderland boss Chris Coleman says he does
not currently know where £70,000-a-week
wantaway midfielder Jack Rodwell is mentally
Ibrahimovic: Zlat’s it with Sweden
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC will not come out of
international retirement to play for Sweden at the
World Cup this summer.
The 36-year-old had hinted he might resume his
international career. But Swedish FA chief Lars Richt
said: ‘I talked to Zlatan on Tuesday. He said he has not
changed his mind about the national team – it is a no.’
Friday, April 27, 2018 METRO 43
F O O T B A L L E U R O PA L E AG U E
PICTURE: AFP
T H E Y S A I D I T. . .
‘We gave a goal
away from nowhere’
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
laments the late leveller and
called the match an ‘opportunity
lost’ for his team
Head boy:
Lacazette
celebrates
putting
Arsenal in
front but
Griezmann
levelled late
on (inset)
Sport
EUROPA LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL, 1ST LEG
E
ARSENAL 1 ATLETICO MADRID 1
Griez is the word as
Arsenal slip late on
against ten-man Atleti
by MATTHEW NASH
ANTOINE GRIEZMANN rode to
Atletico Madrid’s rescue and denied
Arsenal the advantage in their bid to
reach the Europa League final.
Despite a wonderful first-half display
against the ten men of Atletico, the
Gunners face a massive task in next
Thursday’s return in Madrid.
Arsenal – in Arsene Wenger’s
final home European tie as
manager – enjoyed a one-man
advantage for 80 minutes after the
sending-off of Sime Vrsaljko. Boss
Diego Simeone was also banished to the
stands by referee Clement Turpin.
Alexandre Lacazette finally put them
in front after the break but Griezmann
made the most of some poor defending
to draw the visitors level late on.
An explosive opening saw Vrsaljko
dismissed after two bookings in ten
minutes, the first after just 75 seconds.
Simeone’s outburst after a challenge
by Hector Bellerin soon after led to the
Atletico boss being sent from the
dugout. But Arsenal could not make the
most of their advantage, trying to walk
the ball in. Jan Oblak came to Atletico’s
rescue, saving from Jack Wilshere,
Danny Welbeck and Lacazette, who had
earlier hit the post. It was Wilshere’s
whose fine cross created Lacazette’s
61st-minute headed opener.
The Gunners were unable to kill their
Early bath: Vrsaljko
sees red after just
ten minutes
visitors off and defensive chaos allowed
Griezmann in. The France star left
Laurent Koscielny in his wake, David
Ospina saved his initial effort but
Griezmann beat Shkodran Mustafi, who
slipped on the line, to draw them level.
Sadly, it was just all so Arsenal.
Asked if Wenger’s imminent departure
provided added incentive for next
week’s away leg, Welbeck said: ‘It’s a
semi-final – we wanted to win before the
manager announced he was leaving and
we wanted to win it after. We are
professionals but seeing him lift the
trophy would be the icing on the cake.’
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