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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018
MEGHAN MARKLE smiled as she was
seen in public for the first time since
announcing that her father would not
attend her wedding tomorrow.
Prince Harry’s bride-to-be looked
relaxed, brushing hair from her face, as
they were driven past photographers
and excited well-wishers on their way
to Windsor Castle for a rehearsal.
Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland also
joined in the preparations, having stayed
the night at Kensington Palace.
She is widely expected to walk her
daughter down the aisle after the
ex-Suits star confirmed dad Thomas is
unable to attend as he recuperates
from a heart operation.
Ms Ragland, 61, had just a few hours
to recover after flying in from LA on
Wednesday before having tea with
Harry’s dad Prince Charles and his wife
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Here’s gran:
The Queen
arrives for
the rehearsal
Flying visit:
Charles and
Camilla arrive
at Kensington
Palace to board
a helicopter
for a trip to
» Continued from Page 1
Camilla at Clarence House. The
occasion was ‘very jolly’ and they
got on ‘very well’ with her, a royal
source said.
Ms Ragland, Meghan and
Harry will all have tea
today with the Queen,
who travelled from
Buckingham Palace for
the dry-run yesterday.
Harry’s brother and
best man William
drove wife Kate, who
gave birth to their third
child Prince Louis last
month, to the practice.
Their son
George and daughter
Princess Charlotte, who
will be on page boy and
bridesmaid duty, were also
in attendance.
Charles and Camilla had to
miss out as they were on a
visit to the National Arboretum in Staffordshire, having popped in to Kensington Palace to set off from there by helicopter.
Harry, 33, looked tense as he arrived at
the run-through with Meghan, 36,
but the pair (pictured on the day
they announced their engagement) both looked cheerful as
they left.
Windsor was transformed
yesterday by preparations
for the wedding at St
George’s Chapel, in the castle grounds. The Household
Cavalry marched through the
streets, joined by military
bands, for their own dress
rehearsal. And a royal Ascot
Landau carriage, of the type
the couple will use on the
day, was pulled through
the town by four horses.
Well-wishers – many of
them from overseas –
watched in their thousands as hundreds of
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and Harry
are seen
the castle
New mum:
Kate in the
mounted troops in dress uniform added
to the spectacle. Lynda Moore, 70, from
Ontario, Canada, said she came to Britain especially for the wedding.
‘It’s just so great,’ she said. ‘We all love
the royal family in Canada. I think
Prince Harry is a lovely young man and
Meghan is very beautiful.’
Suneek Dhand, who works in Boston,
US, took time off to head home for the
occasion. ‘We, my family, only live down
the road in Datchet so I really wanted to
be part of it,’ the 37-year-old said.
Gillian Frost, 38, said: ‘I have two little
girls who love the idea that Meghan
Markle is going to become a princess.
‘We live in Windsor so the wedding
and all the preparations have become
part of our lives.’
Some of Meghan’s friends took to
social media to share their excitement
as they arrived.
The Suits actor Gabriel Macht, 46,
uploaded photos of himself and wife
Jacinda Barrett in London’s Hyde Park.
And cast member Sarah Rafferty –
once described by Meghan as being like
a sister to her – was spotted with her
two daughters Oona and Iris outside
Buckingham Palace.
Jessica Mulroney, Meghan’s best
friend, arrived on Wednesday with her
three young children – two page boys
and a bridesmaid.
Kensington Palace said friends had
supported the royal fiancée during the
stress over whether her father would
attend. ‘They have all been actively
involved in helping her prepare,’ a
spokesman added.
Meghan and Doria were back at the
palace last night but will move to the
historic £1,500-a-night Cliveden House
Hotel for the final preparations.
Prince Harry will be staying at the
Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park in
Ascot, a five-star hotel in a Georgian
manor house. It looks like the couple
should have good weather, with sun
and 21C temperatures forecast.
So sad for dad: Pages 4-5 »
Best man: Prince William at the wheel
4 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018
‘So sad my dad
won’t be here’
Big day: Mr Markle with Meghan at her graduation ENTERPRISE
MEGHAN MARKLE has spoken of her
sadness as she confirmed her father
will not walk her down the aisle.
Thomas Markle has just had a heart
op and took the decision not to attend
the wedding on medical advice.
In a statement released by Kensington Palace, Meghan said: ‘Sadly, my
father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father
and hope he can be given the space he
needs to focus on his health.
‘I would like to thank everyone who
has offered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and
I look forward to sharing our special
day with you on Saturday.’
Mr Markle, who lives in Mexico, told
website TMZ that doctors had inserted
three stents on Wednesday and ordered
him to rest. He said he was ‘heartbroken’ at missing the ceremony, adding:
‘I’m OK, staying in hospital a few more
days. Not allowed to get excited.’
His absence means Meghan’s mother
Doria Ragland is her only family member expected at the ceremony – and the
63 expelled in Windrush fiasco, says Home Office
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At last Twitter takes a stand against trolls
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pIcTure: Mega
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al wedding on Saturday
as he is due to have a
heart op today.
Thomas Markle,
73, told US website TMZ that doctors will ‘clear blockge, repair damage and
in a stent’ after he sufttack a week ago.
ollows days of mixed
whether he would walk
own the aisle after it was
by dominic yEatman
revealed he helped stage a series of
paparazzi-style photographs.
Mr Markle claimed a letter his son
Thomas Jr sent to Prince Harry last
week, urging him not to marry Meghan,
had triggered the heart attack.
In the letter, Meghan’s half-brother
denounced the relationship as a ‘fake
fairytale’ and warned the prince he
would be making the ‘biggest mistake
in royal wedding history’.
After deciding he would not attend
the wedding, Mr Markle said he
changed his mind when Meghan sent
him a text on Monday saying ‘I love
you’ and that she was concerned for
his health, the website claimed.
‘He told us he hoped he could get
out of the hospital and travel to England to walk Meghan down the aisle,
but now he realises it’s all but impossible given the upcoming surgery,’
TMZ said.
Amid the confusion, bookies were
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Harry’s bride: Mhn
Operation: Our report on Wednesday
favourite to walk her down the aisle.
The non-appearance of former TV
lighting director Mr Markle, 73, means
Prince Harry has never met his future
father-in-law – the first meeting was
due to take place this week.
TMZ reporter Sean Mandell told Good
Wave: Meghan
smiles as she
arrives at
Morning Britain Meghan had forgiven
her father for helping stage paparazzi
photos. ‘She is holding up, from what
I’ve been told,’ he said. ‘It has been a
tearful and a trying time for her’.
Mr Markle at one point said he
thought it best if he did not attend to
avoid embarrassing Meghan further,
but then changed his mind. ‘He realised, I’m a father, and I want to be there
for my daughter, and I want to be part
of history,’ said Mr Mandell. ‘Ultimately,
his health prevented him doing that’.
Serena’s support: Page 12 »
Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 5
Out of the shade:
Harry and Meghan
seen in public for the
first time yesterday
as they leave
Windsor Castle LNP
Controversy: Samantha Markle TWITTER
Meghan’s sister
breaks ankle as
car hits barrier
MEGHAN MARKLE’S estranged halfsister has been injured in a car crash.
Samantha Markle broke an ankle and
a knee after the car she was in hit a
concrete barrier as it swerved to avoid
paparazzi in Florida on Wednesday.
It was driven by her partner, named
as Mark by US showbiz website TMZ.
He said she was in hospital after
hitting the windscreen and falling into
the vehicle’s footwell.
Ms Markle, 53, who has not been
invited to the wedding, has stoked
■ THE royal wedding cake will
be layered lemon and
elderflower and displayed in a
‘non-traditional layout’, its baker
revealed yesterday.
Claire Ptak, who owns the
Violet Bakery in east London,
said: ‘You’ll have to wait and see
on the day.’
She described the flavour of
the cake as being a balance of
sweet and tart, combined with
‘ethereal’ elderflower.
Cake: Claire Ptak at Buckingham Palace
Rehearsal: The Household Cavalry in Windsor yesterday PICTURES: GETTY
Patrol: Armed police at Windsor Castle
controversy in recent months with a
series of bitter attacks on the royal
Meanwhile, half-brother Thomas
Markle Jr has tried to build bridges
with the bride. In recent weeks, he has
published open letters urging Prince
Harry to call off the wedding.
But after flying to England, he told
the Daily Mirror yesterday: ‘My sister’s
going to be one of the best things ever
to have happened to the royal family.
She will be the perfect modern
6 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018
Congo Ebola outbreak
reaches city of 1.2m
AN EBOLA outbreak in the
Congo has spread to a city of
nearly 1.2million people.
Two suspected cases of
hemorrhagic fever were
reported in the Wangata health
zones, which include the city
Mbandaka. One proved positive
for the deadly Ebola virus, said
the Democratic Republic’s
health minister Oly Ilunga.
A total of 44 cases have been
reported, with 23 deaths, said
the World Health Organization.
Among those are three
confirmed, 20 probable and 21
suspected. The WHO has sent
5,400 doses of the experimental
Ebola vaccine to Congo.
53 Commons staff have
signed gagging clauses
MORE than 50 ‘gagging clauses’
have been signed by staff leaving
jobs at the House of Commons.
The revelation comes a fortnight
after speaker John Bercow’s former
private secretary Angus Sinclair
claimed to have received £86,259
dependent on him signing a nondisclosure agreement.
He accused the speaker of
bullying him, which Mr Bercow
(pictured) denies.
There were 53 agreements
signed between 2013 and
2017 – ‘all or almost all’ of
which had confidentiality
clauses, preventing staff
discussing their
departure. Labour’s
Justin Madders,
who revealed the ‘disturbing’
figures, said they suggested a culture
‘that is not one that should be found
in any workplace, let alone the
cradle of democracy in this country’.
Maria Miller, Tory chairwoman of
the equalities committee, said
businesses used such deals to
‘protect commercial confidentiality’,
but questioned their use in
parliament where transparency
was paramount. ‘The use of
gagging clauses has become
widespread,’ she said. ‘That
can lead to misuse and to
individuals believing they
are not entitled to speak
out when they have
been victims of
We’ll be seeing
EU: Theresa
May listens to
German leader
Angela Merkel
in Sofia with
Macron GETTY
We’ll ‘leave
the customs
union, and
that’s final’
THERESA MAY has insisted the UK will
leave the EU customs union after speculation the departure could be delayed for
years until a replacement is agreed.
The prime minister was meeting EU
leaders at a summit in the Bulgarian
capital of Sofia yesterday as The Daily
Telegraph reported Britain was prepared
to stay tied to the customs union as a
last resort to avoid a hard border between
Northern Ireland and Ireland.
No.10 sources insisted ‘there was not a
proposal discussed or agreed that would
see us staying in the customs union
beyond the implementation period’,
which expires at the end of 2020.
As she arrived at the West Balkans
summit, Mrs May said: ‘The United Kingdom will be leaving the customs union,
we are leaving the European Union.’
But Irish premier Leo Varadkar warned
that the EU Withdrawal Agreement
could be in jeopardy unless substantial
progress is made by the time of a gathering of the bloc’s leaders on June 28.
He added it was an ‘absolute red line’
for the island of Ireland not to have a
hard border and all 27 remaining EU
states supported the current ‘backstop’
proposal in the Withdrawal Agreement,
which Mrs May has said no British prime
minister could accept.
Later, Mrs May confirmed the UK’s
alternative ‘backstop’ would be produced
‘in due course’. She added: ‘I had a very
constructive meeting with the Taoiseach
today. We are working on what our future
customs relationship with the EU will be.’
Eurosceptic Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg
told the Telegraph Britain had gone ‘to a
proposed further extension with no end
point’, but ex-cabinet minister Damian
Green, who backed Remain, said he was
ready to accept a ‘small delay’ to Brexit.
Top stake for fixed-odd
machines is slashed to £2
THE highest stake on fixed-odds betting
machines will be slashed from £100 to
just £2.
The government is going much
further than recommended by the
gambling regulator, which earlier this
year called for maximum stakes in the
so-called ‘crack cocaine’ of betting to be
cut to £30 or below.
MPs joined campaigners in welcoming
the decision to crack down on the
machines, which allow bets of up to
£100 every 20 seconds.
But the Association of British
Bookmakers has predicted more than
4,000 betting shops could close with the
loss of 21,000 jobs. Shares in gambling
firms initially fell but later recovered.
Culture secretary Matt Hancock said
ministers had ‘chosen to take a stand’
on a ‘social blight’.
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson
said ‘the right decision’ had been made,
while campaign Justice for Punters said
‘the betting shop environment will
become safer for staff and customers’.
The government also wants stronger
age and affordability checks for online
gambling, while new adverts will
promote responsible gambling.
Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 7
‘Unthinkable and
Tottenham MP
David Lammy,
who lost a friend
in the blaze PA
Removal: Cladding taken off a London building
Inferno: Grenfell Tower engulfed in flames during the inferno that killed 71 people GETTY
A REVIEW into the Grenfell Tower blaze
has been condemned as a ‘whitewash’
after it failed to call for a ban on dangerous cladding in high-rise buildings.
Dame Judith Hackitt’s governmentcommissioned report gave recommendations to end a ‘race to the bottom’ in
building quality – but stopped short of
insisting flammable material should be
outlawed, even though it was blamed for
the fire that killed 71 people last June.
Despite this, ministers have said they
intend to consult on a ban.
Tottenham MP David Lammy, who lost
his friend Khadija Saye in the blaze, called
the report ‘a betrayal and a whitewash’.
He added: ‘It is unthinkable and unacceptable so many people can die in a disaster like Grenfell and, one year on, flammable cladding has not been banned.’
Shahin Sadafi, chairman of survivors’
group Grenfell United, welcomed the
government promise to now consult on
outlawing cladding but was ‘disappointed that they haven’t just banned
this dangerous material today’.
He added: ‘Worrying that a fire
like Grenfell could happen again
is something that keeps many of
us awake at night.
‘Today there are people in hospitals,
homes covered with
dangerous cladding.’
The Royal Institute
of British Architects
also called it ‘a
major missed opportunity’. Defending
her report, Dame Judith (pictured) admitted she was not ‘an expert on Grenfell’.
While she insisted she would not be
opposed to a ban on cladding, she warned
that it would ‘not address the root causes’
of the ‘broken system’ of building rules.
‘I recognise that I have failed to meet
some of the expectations of the people
of Grenfell Tower,’ she said, but added:
‘The next problem may not be cladding.’
Her report called for a new buildings
regulator, more consultation with residents over the safety of their homes and
a ‘more rigorous and transparent’ product-testing regime.
She accused some building companies
of trying to ‘game the system’ and ‘do
things as quickly and cheaply as
possible’ rather than prioritising safety
and quality.
Housing secretary James Brokenshire
told MPs a ban on cladding was being
considered and Dame Judith’s recommendations were ‘important first
steps, helping us ensure that
when we say “never again”, we
mean it.’
John Healey, Labour’s shadow
housing secretary, told him:
‘Don’t consult on it – do it.’
May announced that
councils and housing
associations will get
£400million to remove
cladding from tower
May must resign, says mum of dead Windrush victim
THE mother of a Windrush generation man who died while trying to prove his
British citizenship has called on Theresa May to resign. Sentina Bristol’s son
Dexter, 57, was laid to rest yesterday. Mr Bristol, of Camden, north London,
came to Britain from Grenada in 1968 but his residency was challenged last
year. He died in March just before a breakthrough in his case. Calling for Mrs May
to go, Sentina, 76, said: ‘When the TV is on and she comes on, I just walk away.’
May 18, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 9
left to die in the street...
hunt for pair who abandoned injured horse after head-on collision with a car
impact: damaged golf after collision
by becca husselbee
a hUnT is on for two men who left an
injured horse for dead in the road after
their cart collided with a car.
The pair abandoned the seven-yearold mare after she took fright and
bolted head-on into the path of a
Volkswagen golf, said the rSPCa,
which has released a picture of two
men it wants to speak to.
Instead of helping the animal, which
was bleeding profusely from cuts to
her chest and front legs, it is alleged
the men unfastened the trap and fled.
The mare had been taking part in a
traditional horse-drawn carriage procession in Bilston, West Midlands, on
rSPCa inspector Vicki Taylor, who
was on the scene with police, said:
‘Thankfully, there are no obvious broken bones and the equine vet is positive she will recover despite the open
wounds which may take a while to
She said: ‘When I arrived, the men
had already left, dragging the trap
Zorro was
twice by
and left
for dead
Fled: investigators
want to speak to two
men who ‘abandoned’
horse in road rspca/pa
away with them.’ She said witnesses
who provided pictures of the men taking off the trap and leaving the horse
in the road claimed the pair had tried
to cover their faces as they fled.
‘These men essentially abandoned
this horse to die,’ said Ms Taylor. ‘She
was lying bleeding from where the
smashed windscreen had cut into her.
This was a shocking sight and she was
clearly suffering.’
The family who were in the golf were
uninjured but their vehicle was badly
damaged, Ms Taylor said.
She added: ‘We are appealing for anyone who may recognise the horse, or
the men in these images, to contact us
on 0300 123 8018.’ The incident came as
the charity said the number of horses it
rescued in 2017 reached a four-year
high. Statistics reveal it saved nearly
1,000 horses suffering from cruelty and
neglect last year. a staggering 928
remain in the charity’s care.
Burglars stab dog as he guards family home
a dog was stabbed and left for dead
by suspected burglars while protecting
his owner’s home.
Zorro was found covered in blood in
the garden after being stabbed twice
in the belly.
Matthew smith rushed him to a vet,
who said it was unlikely the four-year-
old pet would survive. But after
surgery, Zorro is ‘getting back to his
bouncy, happy self’, said Mr smith, 26.
‘We are desperate to catch whoever
did this to him,’ he added.
the dad had left the dog in the
garden for 40 minutes while he went
to the park with his children leon,
seven, and ella, one. he had left the
patio doors unlocked and suspects this
is what attracted the would-be thieves
who stabbed Zorro.
‘i think he was trying to protect the
house. he is very protective and loyal,’
said Mr smith, from Crewe. ‘We don’t
think the burglar got into the house.
nothing was missing. they could have
been trying to take the dog.’
the family were left with a £1,900
vet’s bill and so set up a Justgiving
page asking for donations. Within
days they received £1,658. ‘the
response of the public has been
outstanding,’ said Mr smith.
May 18, 2018
Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 11
Bet you £1m i don’t fix my
teeth, says lotto win hubby
gap-toothed plasterer Matt Fairfull,
62, vowed to keep his trademark
wonky smile after his wife won a
£1million lottery scratchcard jackpot.
When Marilyn, 64, was asked if her
husband would be getting his teeth
fixed, she said: ‘he probably will.’
But Matt immediately shot back: ‘no
i won’t because it would not be me. i’m
happy with the way they are. i am the
governor, no matter what.’ greeting
card factory worker Marilyn joked
yesterday: ‘he won’t do anything i say.’
the couple, from stowmarket,
suffolk, aren’t planning to give up
work, but they will be splashing out
on a holiday – their first in ten years –
to Jamaica, and a massive tv so Matt
can watch the World Cup in style.
that’s something to get his teeth into.
Champagne smiles:
matt and marilyn
crack open the
bubbly to celebrate
her £1million win
east anglia news service
rail staff told:
don’t help the
disabled if it
makes us late
raIl bosses have been accused of insulting disabled passengers in a drive to cut
delays as they introduce new timetables.
Southern rail parent company govia
Thameslink railway (gTr) has told staff
not to help people of reduced mobility
on to trains if there is a chance it might
delay the service, says the rail, Maritime
and Transport union.
rMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
‘They are introducing a policy which
effectively means disabled people will
not be assisted on to the train and
allowed to travel.’
he called the move ‘outrageous’ and
said it was against the Disabled People’s
Protection Policy ‘which requires them
to ensure assistance is available’.
Mr Cash added: ‘If this is not bad
enough, in respect of anyone having a
seizure whilst on a train, the guidance
says, “explain that your first priority is
care for the individual, but not taking
action will cause thousands of other
passengers to be stuck… Move the ill
passenger from the train as quickly as
‘This is truly shocking advice and an
insult to all passengers,’ he said, and
called for the rail company to be stripped
of its franchise.
gTr, which also runs great northern,
said it placed a ‘priority on making our
services accessible to all’ and actively
by alan Jones
encouraged people with restricted mobility to use its trains.
however, it added: ‘If any passenger –
with accessibility needs or not – arrives
late at a station with insufficient time to
board, then we can’t hold the train at the
‘Part of our responsibility is to make
sure each service leaves on time to avoid
knock-on delays, skipped station stops
and cancellations to dozens of other
services which would affect thousands
of other passengers, many of whom may
also be disabled.’
It added: ‘In central london between
london Bridge and St Pancras, we’ve
done away with the need for a ramp, by
installing humps on every platform to
give level access, manned by a member
of staff throughout the day.’
The company is introducing a new
timetable from Sunday, rescheduling
trains to bring in 400 extra services a
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12 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018
Andrei harmsworth
statham vows to ‘do better’
in wake of anti-gay claim
Jason statham admits he can ‘do better’ after issuing an
apology over allegations that he made an anti-g
gay remark.
statham was accused of making a homophobic comment during
a conversation with his producing partner steve casman on the
set of his 2015 film wild card.
the fast & furious star insists he has no memory of the
words, but one man claims he owns an audio recording of
statham using the offensive terms.
in the wake of the allegations, and contact with his accuser,
the 50-year-old released a statement.
‘someone approached me claiming to have a tape of me using
terms offensive to the lgbtQ community,’ he said. ‘my multiple
requests to hear the recording have been refused. if i said these
words, it was wrong and i deeply apologise. while i cannot fix what
was said in the past, i can learn from it and do better in future.’
Has Christina seen through
the Voice’s blind auditions?
ChristiNa aGUiLera feels dubious
about her turn on the Voice after
ointing out that successful contestants are
alll ‘good-looking’, despite blind auditions.
Xtina was a coach on the Us version of the
alent show for six seasons but now slams
it as a ‘money-making machine’.
the 37-year-old, back with new album
Liiberation, said: ‘i signed on to a show
where the blind audition element was
omething interesting, something genuine.
‘after a while, though, you start to see
that everyone is good-looking. it wasn’t a
ccomfortable place for me to be, where i’m
just part of a money-making machine.’
travolta’s wait for
the one that he wanted
JOhN traVOLta says he first struck up a
‘bond’ with his wife Kelly Preston while
she was still married to another fella.
but the Pulp Fiction star, 64, insists he held
out from making his move until she divorced
her first hubby, actor Kevin Gage, in 1987.
Feeling nostalgic during Cannes’ 40th
anniversary celebrations for Grease, travolta
recalled: ‘We were friends first. and i think
that’s why we ended up together, because i
helped her through that marriage. i didn’t
go over the line, i just genuinely helped her
and i think that bond later helped us navigate.’ the pair, who married
in 1991, were walking the red carpet for their gangster film Gotti.
it’s aisle right for
a dad to back out
rena’s words of wisdom for her close pal meghan
good chum
Williams has
served up a
shoulder to
cry on after
explaining how her own dad
pulled out of her wedding at
the 11th hour.
The tennis superstar, who is
expected to be there tomorrow
when Meghan weds Prince
harry, revealed she couldn’t be
upset with her dad richard when
nerves got the better of him
ahead of her wedding in new
Orleans last year.
‘he was in new Orleans, he had
a suit, and I know he was really
excited,’ said the former world
no.1 following the news that
Meghan’s dad Thomas can’t give
her away because of a heart op.
‘But then he wrote me
and said, “Serena, I don’t
want you to be mad at me but I
just can’t walk you down the
aisle. I’m not myself any more.
I’m just too nervous”.’
Serena, who married reddit
mogul alexis Ohanian, 35, told
him: ‘Daddy, it’s okay, if you don’t
want to come to the wedding at
all, that’s okay too. I’m not going
to be upset with you about it, so
I don’t want you to be upset.’
The 36-year-old added: ‘If he
doesn’t want to be up there in
front of a lot of people, I
completely understand.
‘When we first came on the
scene, there were a lot of people
who didn’t get him. I don’t think
a lot of them wanted to get him.
‘Our family knows what we
have. We just want each other to
be happy. That’s what matters. I
don’t think anything could ever
change that.’
Serena is expected to attend
tomorrow’s ceremony in
Windsor after pulling out from
Love all: serena with
hubby alexis, and her
friend meghan getty
a set of tournaments.
She and Meghan struck
up a close bond after
meeting at the Super Bowl
eight years ago.
Since then Serena has
been advising the Suits
actress how to handle the
spotlight, revealing: ‘I told her,
“You’ve got to be who you are,
Meghan. You can’t hide”.’
lawful wedded woof! tying knot is a dog show says amy
briDe-tO-be Meghan Markle
won’t exactly be thanking amy
schumer for looking on the bright side
after the comedy favourite compared
the royal wedding to a ‘dog show’.
Newlywed amy predicted that the big
day would ‘suck’ for her fellow
american actress.
‘this poor girl,’ warned the 36-year-
old. ‘Your wedding, everyone says
it’s your day, it’s your day. she’s
like, “no it’s not”.
‘she has to meet all these
foreign dignitaries she’s never
met before. there’s so much
the i Feel Pretty star,
who married her hubby
Chris Fischer in February after a
whirlwind love affair, was talking
on australian radio.
‘Can you imagine having a
worse wedding?’ she asked. ‘that
would suck. her girls from high
school aren’t going to be there.
‘it’s like a parade... it’s
like Westminster Dog show.’
Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 13
foXX: stop hounding my friend
kanye... he’s not feeling well
Jamie foxx claimed his mate kanye
wesst is ‘not feeling well’ as he defended
the rapper over his controversial
stattement that slave
slavery is a ‘choice’.
the django unchained actor
stepped up fo
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boyfriend MaC MiLLer
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media twisted it.
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rapper, 26, reportedly
nott feeling well, it
rammed his Mercedes into a
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pole and fled the scene.
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heaard in this setting”,’ he added. the oscar-winner
home, where he confessed
o said west was at his house recently, adding:
to drink-driving, and was
‘my m
man needs somebody to hold his hand.’
taken to a local jail. bail
foxxx spoke out while promoting grey goose’s off
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claims tMZ.
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Killers also on the bill. the prize includes a meal for two at London’s hard rock Cafe,
which has a stage at the annual event. Follow @metro_showbiz and tweet us with
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rita turn
f r i n g i n g to
c r i n g e i n g ot
rita Ora certainly
could have done without the
hassle around her controversial new
song. but, wearing a whole lot of tassle,
the pop star appears to have put the whole
fur-Ora behind her as she bounced about on
stage at birmingham’s O2 academy.
the 27-year-old wowed the crowds on Wednesday
wearing an all-white studded number featuring
prairie-style fringing and daring cut-outs.
earlier this week, rita issued an apology after being
criticised for her latest single, Girls. the troublesome
tune has been accused of having tone-deaf lyrics when
it comes to the portrayal of same-sex relationships.
‘sorry [if] how i expressed myself in the song has
hurt anyone. i would never intentionally cause harm
to other LbGtQ+ people or anyone,’ she said. the
track, featuring Cardi b, Charli XCX and bebe
rexha, charted in the UK top 20.
glenn proves a
fatal attraction
anyone have a
card luck story?
rick’s having the
L-Astley laugh
we’re chez n
rushing to alltar
this year’s Film4
summer screen
has a hollywood legend
kicking off proceedings.
Glenn Close will star at
the opening night in
august with the
premiere of her new flick
the Wife at London’s
somerset house.
there was surely
fighting talk at the
ned in london last night
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boxers c
carll ffroch
and chris eubank Jr were
joined by the likes of
boris becker for the
foundation’s annual
charity poker night.
riCK astLeY could
be top of the bops
with his upcoming
dance-inspired album. ‘i
don’t know whether i’ll
get to make another
record properly again…
so i said, sod it,’ the ’80s
pop star revealed at an
exclusive playback.
liam payne in
he hasn’t marrried
cheryl on the sly aft
h called
ll d th
the 24
24-yearold her ‘husband’. he now
says on marriage: ‘it’s not
really like we need to take
that next step. we might
do it in the long-term but
it’s not, like, a big deal.’
14 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018
good deed feed
huge respect to the driver on
huntington road in york who
ensured the safe passage of geese
and numerous goslings across the
road on tuesday at 6.45am. faith in
humanity has been restored!
Laura, East Yorkshire
thank you so much to everyone
who helped me when i badly
injured my leg at great portland
street tube. with special thanks to
John, who stayed and protected me,
and Jon and andy, who work at the
Teresa, Essex
thank you to shanie of
southeastern rail for finding the
package i left on the train, tracking
me down and returning it to me.
faith restored.
thank you to whoever handed in
my wallet, containing over £120, to
haywards heath lost property on
march 4. i never expected to see
that again.
to the kind person who handed in
my pink coat to metrolink and the
helpful lost-property staff. thank
Pat, Crumpsall
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Please, save us from idiots
■ in the debate about cyclists and
pedestrians (metrotalk, thu), surely
people are the problem. you can
have idiots on bicycles, in cars or
on foot. statistically they are only
a minority but they’re a significant
minority, who do not consider the
safety of fellow road and pavement
Ken, hertfordshire
■ Qm of newcastle says it’s unlikely
a cyclist would hit a pedestrian.
a colleague was knocked flying by
a cyclist and got a broken arm and
concussion. the cyclist did not
even stop and they shouted at her
to get out the way, even though
she was on the pavement. please,
no excuses.
Polly, Glasgow
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spot on calling out
kim for her lollies
such plugs by celebs risk causing eating disorders
■ how ignorant kim kardashian
(pictured) is for plugging to her
111 million followers on Instagram
claimed appetite suppressants shaped
like a lollipop (Metro, Thu)! Doesn’t she
have three kids of her own? good on
British actress Jameela for calling her
out on this, saying she is a ‘toxic
influence on young girls’. We need more
people stopping celebrities making
money off other people’s issues.
raj, Birmingham
■ as the mother of a ten-yearold daughter, eating disorders
and unrealistic body images are
a big worry. This woman should
be ashamed. She should be
brought to task about this.
It’s sickening.
Jo, orpington
■ The promotion
of an appetite
suppressant is a clearly inappropriate
use of Instagram. I thought this was
not allowed. Such promotion by a
celebrity like kardashian will only fuel
further eating disorders.
The keeping Up With… star is
typical of all that is wrong with how
the internet is used. We need to switch
it off altogether, plain and simple.
louie, london
■ kardashian has every
right to plug those
worthless lollipops on
her Instagram feed. The
toxicity about this issue
is that so many in our
misguided society are
influenced by this
celebrity, her family and
similar lifestyle stars
on social media.
Ben kelly,
by email
■ Sadly, I’ve just had a quick look at
the website that kardashian is
plugging, the Flat Tummy company,
and these lollipops appear to be very
real. It features young women
flaunting bare stomachs and eating
said lollies. It is a sad indictment on
society when celebrities can exploit
the body image obsession of teenage
girls to make a bit of grubby lucre.
pete, hertford
■ ease off kim! She’s a one-woman
headline-grabber and all-round
lifestyle celeb. and she ain’t doing it
for charity. She’s bound to use her
status to make lucre. You don’t have to
buy those lollies if you don’t want to.
stu, harlow
■ What’s the problem? If she says
these lollies are ‘literally unreal’, then
they don’t even exist!
Colin Jackson, nottingham
Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 15
auntie, you’re no longer poptastic
@metrouknews @metrofeatures @metrosporthq
rush -hour crush
Love is all around us, as shown by the messages left by our commuter
cupids. are they talking about you? and please tell us if you get together!
to the red-haired lady on the 6.25pm
train from leeds to huddersfield on
sunday who asked me where my
language originated from. i said
nigeria but was too shy to chat. you
got off at halifax. fancy a drink?
Tall Black Guy
Sitting Opposite, Leeds
to the blonde standing at the front
of the 7.10am long ashton park and
ride on tuesday, our eyes met across
the bus. drink? Music Lover, Bristol
to the girl in a green dress with long
dark hair who got on the district line
at hammersmith on tuesday night.
i wish i’d spoken to you instead of
getting off, as you took my breath
away. fancy a chat sometime?
Blue Shirt, Leather Jacket, London
Ziferblat nQ, gorgeous greying
guy with white converse. saw you at
10.30ish on tuesday while you were
making a coffee. drink?
Blonde Girl, Red
Cardigan And Glasses
to the blonde bombshell on the
no.26 to hollingbury, your jawline
caught my eye and i enjoyed seeing
you get off at the church.
Guy Sitting Next To You, Brighton
blonde with nose piercing and
white dress in the last carriage of the
5.58pm to windsor from waterloo.
we shared a couple of cheeky smiles
while i read my book. wished i’d
given you my card.
Tanned Guy In White Shorts, Ashford
beautiful dark-haired lady with
injured leg on the metropolitan
line, heading south. you got off
at preston road. hope you are
getting better.
Man With A Times And Passing
Interest In Cave Paintings, London
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and another thing...
n to d turner of witham (metrotalk,
still listening? the radio 1 breakfast show host faces a lot of competition rex
n radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw has lost 600,000 listeners this year (Metro,
thu). i hate to break it to the beeb but it hasn’t had a monopoly on
listeners since 1964, when radio Caroline burst on to the scene. recently,
we’ve had lots of new kids on the block breaking even further auntie’s
old monopoly.
Cathy Gallagher, London
thu), who agreed with donald trump
about arming citizens with guns
following your article on a woman
shooting an armed robber in brazil,
i suggest you move to america as you
are part of the problem. parents fear
for the lives of their children simply
attending school because of access to
guns. taking a life is not a solution,
re-education is. i can’t believe anyone
would condone such an act. siobhan
n d turner, you seem to have
somehow missed the point that she
was an off-duty trained police officer!
helena, London
n with reference to the headline about
the comment on childish gambino
(metrotalk, thu) using the phrase ‘man
up’ is unacceptable. with so many
stories in recent news of young men
killing themselves, that kind of phrase
only exacerbates mental issues. come
join us in 2018.
Dave, Glasgow
n come on, people, don’t block the
metro aisles with your luggage.
annoyed, tyne and Wear
16 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018
the will he/won’t he debate
over meghan’s dad has been
a roller-coaster...
now he’s been claiming he can’t
attend because of heart surgery.
Before that, when it was still all up in
the air, I thought, well, if his little girl
is walking down the aisle in front of
the world, he should be by her side –
and if he isn’t he should be ashamed
of himself. It’s a big deal to clamber
up those chapel steps with a weighty
dress — I’ve walked up them and it’s
quite a challenge. So being able to
lean on his arm would really help.
also, Meghan needs her daddy
next to her to say, ‘You look
beautiful, darling — I love you.’
he needed to man up.
have you picked your
‘wedding’ outfit?
I’ve chosen an
alexander McQueen
dress that I haven’t
the newscaster,
57, on sky’s
royal wedding
coverage, suits
hotties and
inspiring elton
interview by amanda cable
with kay burley
worn for ten years. It fitted me
when I was 20 pounds heavier
so I’ve had it altered.
.big day: meghan.
.needs her dad.
what’s your energy
booster for the day?
I get by on Diet Coke and
a bag of fruit and nuts. I don’t stop for
a sandwich as I might spill it down my
front minutes before I go live.
what will you carry in your
handbag on the day?
I usually have a wheelie bag but I
won’t at this wedding because security
will be so tight. For the birth of Prince
louis recently I had flat shoes, a big
notebook, an iPad, an earpiece and a
change of clothes, because often I have
no idea what hemisphere I will be in at
the end of the day.
but you’re scared of flying…
Yes, terrified. My friend Jonny
knowlson is a pilot and he often walks
me on to a plane or reassures me via
FaceTime. I have a comfort blanket and
I think about fruit from a to Z —
anything to distract me. I take two
temazepam to calm me down or, if I’m
not working, I have a gin and tonic.
what caused that fear?
Well, the most shocking story I covered
was 9/11. I was live on air when the
second plane hit the tower, and I was
trying to process the enormity of 3,000
people going to work in the sunshine and
not coming home. Sometime later, I was
on a plane flying back from Teesside and
we had to make an emergency landing,
with fire engines on either side of us.
I’ve had a massive fear of flying since
then but I haven’t tried hypnotherapy
because I’m a control freak!
i worked on the meat
counter at asda in
wigan and got stuck
in a fridge for ages
what’s been your favourite
royal tv moment?
The first royal wedding I covered was
Charles and Di. Diana was aged 20, like
me, and I was covering the wedding for
the local paper in Wigan, watching it on
TV. as I saw her walking down the aisle,
it was like a fairy tale. at that moment
every girl in the world wanted to be
Diana. Will Meghan have the same
effect tomorrow? I don’t know, I’m more
cynical now.
you covered the death of
eight months pregnant. I was asking
him questions and he said, ‘Shake your
funky stuff at me’ and I thought, ‘he’s
trying to hit on me, live on air!’ We had
to take an emergency break — security
bundled him out of the studio.
what’s been your worst job?
I worked on the meat counter at asda
in Wigan when studying for a levels.
I got stuck in one of the fridges for ages.
When I went home and told my dad, he
said I didn’t have to go back! I used to
slice a lot of Spam and corned beef —
I can’t face eating either of them now.
I knew Diana a little because we went to
the same gym. My boss rang in
have you been watching
the middle of the night and
said: ‘There’s been a crash.
I watched Suits before it
Diana’s fine, but Dodi’s
became trendy and I want
dead.’ I drove straight to
to be like Donna, the
the studio and the tape in
stroppy secretary, when
my car was playing Candle
I grow up. The one I love
In The Wind by elton John.
is harvey — he’s so hot!
I found myself comparing
I hope he comes to the
Diana and Marilyn Monroe
wedding. In fact, he could
[who the original song was
give Meghan away. everyone
.Gym pal:.
about]. The news that Diana was
would love it!
dead broke hours later and Sky
decided to do a montage of pictures set
what future royal event are
to music. I suggested the song I had
you looking forward to?
listened to earlier because it seemed so
I most look forward to seeing harry
fitting. It was really moving, and BBC
standing on the steps of the lindo Wing
and ITn copied us and used the same
holding his first child in his arms with
song. I’ll never know if that’s what
Meghan beaming beside him. I think we
sparked the idea for elton’s tribute.
all want that happiness for him.
what’s been your trickiest onair moment?
The worst was Oliver reed when I was
See Sky’s coverage of the
royal wedding tomorrow from
9am on Sky News and Sky 1
May 18, 2018
18 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018
boys’ father
dies in corfu
hotel room
Killer left
wound on
stab victim
a barmaid’s ‘wicked’ killer
left a mark like a batman
logo on her chest after
stabbing her to death with a
bottle on christmas eve.
kasim lewis, 31, yesterday
admitted murdering
22-year-old iuliana tudos in
finsbury park, north london,
before dumping her naked
body in a derelict hut there.
the victim, of russian and
greek parentage, was
slashed with the bottle in the
neck, abdomen and wrists,
the old bailey heard. she was
also bound with cable ties.
ms tudos was found three
days later in a search by
friends. a policeman said the
incision in her chest looked
like either the logo for the
character batman or an ‘m’.
Jailing lewis for life, with a
minimum term of 29 years,
Judge richard marks Qc told
the killer: ‘she must have
‘time will never heal this’: heartbroken reece platt-may and his wife louise
by arun lal
a grIeVIng father of two young boys
killed by a hit-and-run driver has
been found dead in greece.
reece Platt-May’s body was discovered in a hotel in Corfu yesterday,
less than a month after robert Brown
was jailed for ploughing into Corey,
six, and Casper, two.
Police said the dad’s death ‘is not
being treated as suspicious’.
Mr Platt-May, 30, had told Warwick
crown court ‘time will never heal
this’ before Brown, 53, received a
nine-year sentence after admitting
causing death by dangerous driving.
his mum Carolyn Platt, who had
branded Brown’s sentence a ‘joke’,
paid tribute to her son yesterday,
describing him as her ‘rock’.
Mr Platt-May’s friend gordon Coyle,
added: ‘a great loss of a great man.’
Brown, who was four times the
drink-drive limit and had taken
cocaine, struck the children at more
than 60mph as they crossed a 30mph
road in Coventry. Their mother louise,
28, was taking them to the park at the
time of the collision on February 22.
Corey was holding his mum’s hand
and Casper was sitting in a Mini
Cooper toy car. Both died from head
injuries. Mr Platt-May read out a
‘Much-liked’: ‘Julie’ tudos
horror smash: brown’s ford focus
statement from his wife in court that
said she could never move on as she
felt it was ‘wrong to be happy again’.
‘My family is broken, my heart is
broken and time will never heal this,’
the statement said.
Brown, who had 207 convictions,
sped off after the crash with fianceé
gwendoline harrison alongside him
in his Ford Focus but it broke down.
harrison, 41, got six months for
assault after swinging a bag of beer
cans at members of the public trying
to restrain them.
Judge andrew lockhart QC said:
‘The court can only imagine what the
mother and father are suffering.’
tragic loss: brothers casper (left), two, and corey, six, died of head injuries
died a terrible death. what
you did to her was wicked
beyond belief.’
prosecutor crispin aylett
Qc said there was no
evidence of sexual assault,
but ‘the prosecution allege
this was a sexually motivated
and sadistic attack’.
lewis also made ms tudos
tell him her pin number and
later withdrew cash.
the hearing, attended by
members of the victim’s
family, heard ms tudos –
known as Julie – was born in
moldova and was a popular
member of staff at the
world’s end pub in camden
high street.
mr aylett said she was a
selfless person – ‘wellknown and much liked’.
she had finished her shift
and had been planning to
pick up her things from her
nearby home then spend
christmas with friends.
hiv-positive lewis, who
was born on caribbean island
montserrat and lived in north
london, had been jailed
previously for a sex attack.
in september 2005, he was
handed two years for sexual
assault and exposure on a
bus and placed on the sex
offenders’ register.
Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 19
estranged: tini owens left
the couple’s home in
worcestershire in 2015 but
lives in the house next door
PiCtUre: swns
wife asks judges:
let me out of this
loveless marriage
by brian farmer
a WOMan has asked Britain’s top
court to free her from a ‘loveless and
desperately unhappy’ marriage, in a
case that could lead to the grounds
required for divorce being relaxed.
Tini Owens failed to convince a
family court judge that hugh, her
husband of 40 years, had behaved
unreasonably towards her.
But she argues she should only be
required to prove that she should
not ‘reasonably be expected’ to
remain with him. Five Supreme
Court justices have begun analysing
her case and are expected to make a
ruling later this year.
retired businessman Mr Owens,
80, does not want to divorce and has
denied allegations that his wife, 68,
made about his behaviour.
he says they still have a ‘few
years’ to enjoy together.
Mrs Owens’ latest challenge comes
after the Court of appeal refused to
reverse the family court decision by
Judge robin Tolson.
Parliament had decreed being in a
‘wretchedly unhappy marriage’ was
at odds: hugh owens does not want to give wife tini a divorce pa wire
not a ground for divorce, the appeal
judges said last year.
They said Mrs Owens had failed to
show evidence that her marriage
had irretrievably broken down.
One judge said she had reached
her conclusion with ‘no enthusiasm
whatsoever’ but it was for MPs to
decide if ‘no fault’ divorce on
demand should be introduced. Mrs
Owens’ barrister Philip Marshall QC
has argued only a ‘modest shift’ of
focus in interpretation of existing
legislation was required in order to
allow her to end the marriage.
Mr and Mrs Owens married in 1978
and lived together in Broadway,
Worcestershire. She petitioned for
divorce in 2015 after moving out
into the house next door.
toff loses border skirmish over split
an aristoCrat has lost a battle to
have his estranged wife’s
maintenance payments decided in
scotland, rather than england –
where he believes she might get a
more generous settlement.
Charles villiers, 54, argued
financial arrangements
should be settled by courts
north of the border that
were handling his divorce
from emma (pictured).
But his wife – who
moved to england after
leaving their home near
dumbarton in 2012 –
disagreed. she
yesterday won
backing from the Court of appeal,
which ruled divorce proceedings in
scotland and a money fight in
england were not ‘related actions’.
after quitting seven-bedroom
manor Milton house, Mrs
villiers, 58, lived first near
oxford and then in london.
she made a claim against
her husband at the high
Court, which ordered him
to pay her £2,500 a month
until the row over where
the case should be heard
was settled.
Yesterday’s ruling
came after Mr
villiers put
questions to the appeal court at a
March hearing.
they included: ‘Why should a
spouse who moved south get better
alimony payments than one who
stayed in scotland and asked a judge
in scotland to make decisions?’
the publisher, grandson of a
viscount and a distant relation of
the duchess of Cornwall, told the
court he had suffered financial
problems since the break-up.
he was declared bankrupt in 2013
before being discharged a year later,
and Milton house was repossessed
by Barclays in 2015, he said.
But Mrs villiers says he has a
share in a £3.5million trust fund.
20 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018
in brief
brits sign deal to produce iran oil
iran has signed an agreement with londonbased consortium pergas to develop an oil field in
the country’s south. the deal is the first between
iran and a key us ally since washington pulled out
of the 2015 nuclear deal between tehran and the
west. the agreement, made with national iranian
south oil, relates to the karanj oil field and aims
to produce 200,000 barrels of crude oil a day.
What Bollywood dummies!
this bollywood film crew sparked an air and
sea rescue by throwing a mannequin off beachy
head. a helicopter responded to calls
of a body falling over the cliffs, near eastbourne.
a lifeboat recovered the dummy. swns
the town with techs appeal
the home of mobile phone giant Vodafone –
Newbury in berkshire – is the town with the
highest ‘digital density’. it beat reading,
basingstoke and burnley, said government
start-up supporter tech Nation, adding that the
‘productivity power path’ was spreading from
the M4 out to southampton and Portsmouth.
killed by an exploding e-cigarette
an exploding e-cigarette killed
tallmadge d’elia (pictured) when
two shards were embedded in his
head. the 38-year-old also had
80 per cent burns as the device
started a fire at his home in st
petersburg, florida. his death
has been ruled an accident.
take salmon to your heart
eatiNG oily fish such as salmon, sardines or
mackerel twice a week can keep your heart
healthy, Us experts have advised.
the benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids they
contain outweigh mercury contamination risks,
the american heart association said.
memorial ‘deters’ rough sleepers
town hall bosses have been
accused of using a memorial
planter (pictured) at a vacant shop
where a homeless man died to
deter other rough sleepers.
newquay council, cornwall said the
planter plan was in place before
phil hancock died last month.
tortoise is hurled from car
the rsPCa is hunting a driver who threw a
horsfield tortoise out of a car window. a
delivery driver saw the animal being hurled on
to the roadside in stoke and took it to a vet. it
is being cared for by the animal charity.
Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 21
by Johanna carr
a WOMan has been convicted of
throwing acid over her ex-lover – an
attack which led him to end his life –
but was acquitted of his murder.
Berlinah Wallace tipped the acid over
Mark van Dongen when she found out
he was dating another woman, saying:
‘If I can’t have you, no one can,’ a court
her attack left the 29-year-old so
badly injured he chose to die at a
euthanasia clinic more than a year
after the attack.
a jury cleared Wallace, 48, of Mr van
Dongen’s murder or manslaughter but
found her guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent.
her conviction came after Dutchborn Mr van Dongen (pictured) gave
evidence from beyond the grave. he
was left paralysed from the neck down,
had to have his left leg amputated and
lost the sight in one eye as a result of
the September 2015 attack, Bristol
crown court heard.
he was in a coma for months and
died in January last year when doctors
in Belgium approved his decision to
end his life.
The couple, who met on a dating
website for people with hIV, were
together for five years but split a
month before the attack.
In a video showing Mr van
Dongen speaking from a
hospital bed nearly a year
later, he told police he had
started to see another
woman but went to Wallace’s flat that night because
he felt sorry for her
and because she had
his passport.
at around 3am, he
ex guilty
y of
acid atta
but clearred
of murde
Convicted: a
jury found
wallace (right)
guilty of
tipping acid on
her ex-lover.
left, scorch
marks left on
bed by the
corrosive fluid
said he woke to find her in the
room. ‘She laughed and just
threw the acid. It was a square
box with about an inch of acid
in it,’ he said. The engineer,
who was dressed in
just his underwear, said: ‘I
was running
in the street in my boxer shorts. They
fell apart because the acid had eaten
them away.’
arriving at hospital, Mr van Dongen’s
injuries were so severe he was initially
only able to communicate by sticking
his tongue out. When his father, Cornelius, went through the alphabet his
son spelt out the name ‘Berlinah’ when
asked who caused his injuries. South
african-born Wallace will be sentenced
next week.
Speaking outside court, Mr van Dongen’s father said: ‘Mark was so brave
when confronted with the hellish pain
and disabilities inflicted upon him but
eventually it became too much for him
to bear.’ he said he was ‘very disap-
pointed’ with the verdict, adding:
‘There are only losers in this case. I
hope that Mark can now rest in peace.’
Det Insp Paul Catton of avon and
Somerset Police said: ‘While the jury
has concluded Wallace’s actions did
not amount to murder, we felt it was
the right thing to do to ask them to
consider the charge.’
22 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018
here comes the groom: tom bunn
reaches up for a helping hand from
elaine cornwall wedding photographers/swns
climbing-mad bride
and groom scale
5oft rock in full
wedding outfits
CLiMbiNG fans tom and elaine bunn had
the ultimate up-scale wedding –
shinning up a 50ft landmark to celebrate
tying the knot.
the couple, who met eight years ago at
a climbing wall, slipped away from their
reception to tackle haytor, on Dartmoor,
Devon. tom, 26, took on the steepest
section without ropes in his suit, while
elaine, 24, took a slightly easier route in
her white dress and heels.
the couple from exeter said their
reward was a top scene for photos.
Mr bunn said: ‘We wanted a cake that
was half traditional and half rock-faced
with elaine and me climbing, and it
turned into a figurine of me climbing up
to her. as the wedding venue was only
ten minutes from haytor we decided to
recreate the cake scene for real.’
Lovers’’ rockk: tom cllimb
bs up to briide
Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 23
hockney record is
shattered twice as
works fetch £30m
by ryan wilkinson
TWO David hockney paintings sold for
a total of almost £30million – breaking
the record auction price paid for his
work twice in one night.
a 1978 piece, Piscine de Medianoche
(Paper Pool 30), went for £8.6million –
£22,000 more than the record set by
his Yorkshire landscape, Woldgate
Woods, in 2016.
But that new record was quickly
shattered when the British artist’s 1990
masterpiece Pacific Coast highway
and Santa Monica sold for £21million
at Sotheby’s new York.
The Pacific Coast painting captures the view from hockney’s
home in the hollywood hills. It
was described as a ‘true triumph of his singular vision’ by
David galperin, head of
Wednesday’s contemporary
art evening auction.
hockney (pictured) has
said the view would be
immediately recognisable to anyone who had
been on his driveway.
Sotheby’s described
Masterpiece: pacific coast highway and santa monica sotheby’s/pa wire
Piscine de Medianoche as
a ‘superb and particularly dramatic example’
of the artist’s Paper
Pools series.
Created over a sixweek period, the
series depicts the
effects of sunlight on a swimming pool
at different times of day.
The auction house said demand for
paintings by Bradford-born hockney,
80, was at an all-time high.
Four of the five biggest auction bids
for his work have been made in the
past 18 months.
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the Queen
bess in
pictures: historic
Cheers! Listed
status for pubs
built after war
Five pubs are among the first built
after World War ii to be listed.
the ‘fascinating’ watering holes are
some of the best surviving examples
and now have grade ii status, said
historic england.
among them is the glass-fronted 1965
Centurion in Bath which has a bronze
sculpture of a roman soldier outside
and inside a Julius Caesar statue and
roman mosaic on the wall.
the 1957 never turn Back in Caisteron-sea, norfolk, looks like a ship’s
wheelhouse and tower, and recalls the
Caister disaster of 1901 where nine
lifeboatmen died. the 1959 Queen Bess
in scunthorpe was listed as one of the
‘best-preserved’ post-war pubs.
Protected: the centurion in bath (above) and
the never turn back, in caister-on-sea
axes stores
and rehires
sacked boss
MOTherCare is to close 50 stores and
rehire the boss it sacked just weeks ago
as part of a wide-ranging shake-up.
hundreds of jobs will be lost as the
under-performing shops are shut under
a company voluntary arrangement (CVa)
– a move that lets businesses close
loss-making stores and secure rental
The retail chain, which caters
for expectant mothers and children under six, employs 3,000
people across 137 stores.
In an unusual U-turn, Mark
newton Jones (pictured) will
return as chief executive –
the post he was sacked
from last month.
his replacement, David
Wood, will now become
managing director.
as part of the shake-up,
Mothercare announced a
package, including £28mil-
n asda’s sales rose 3.4 per cent in
the first quarter of the year. this was
thanks largely to the early easter
falling within the first three months.
it was the fourth quarterly increase
in a row but gross profits fell as a
result of the walmart-owned chain –
preparing for a £12billion megamerger with sainsbury’s – cutting
prices to challenge its rivals.
n FOXtONs saw earnings sink amid
a ‘very challenging’ London property
market. total revenues dipped 15
per cent to £24.5million in the first
12 weeks of 2018. after revealing in
February that sales in the capital
had fallen to ‘near historic lows’, the
estate agent’s revenues dropped
from £11.1million to £8.2million.
by ravender sembhy
lion new equity capital. Chairman Clive
Whiley said: ‘The recent financial performance of the business, impacted in
particular by a large number of legacy
loss-making stores within the Uk estate,
has resulted in an unsustainable situation for the Mothercare brand, meaning
the group was in clear need of an
appropriate resolution.
‘These measures provide a solid
platform from which to reposition the
group and begin to focus on growth, in
the Uk and internationally.’
retailers across the board are
struggling to cope with a fall in
consumer spending and a rise
in business rates.
Since January, Toys r Us
and Maplin have filed
for administration, while
fashion retailers new
look and Select have
announced store closures.
n the proportion of employees
working from home stayed flat last
year at 1.6million – about six per cent.
about 4million would like to work
remotely for part of the week but
bosses won’t allow it, the tUC found.
n workers at tgi fridays go on strike
today in a row over pay and tips. staff
in london’s covent garden and milton
keynes say the chain’s insistence they
must share tips with kitchen workers
will cost them up to £250-a-month.
tourist rates
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poland (zloty)....................................................................... 4.31
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south africa (rand) ........................................................... 15.85
us ($)......................................................................................1.29
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the cover story
by gavin
Flashback to 2007
Jose thwarts
Fergie’s hopes
of the Double
Jose MoUrinho was the man stopping Manchester
United’s dominance of english football, rather than
the man trying to restore them to former glories, the
last time they faced Chelsea in the Fa Cup final.
United manager sir alex Ferguson may have
recaptured the premier league in 2006/07 after the
previous two titles had gone to stamford Bridge. But
Mourinho’s third season in charge of the Blues could
still be hailed a success, even if the first Fa Cup final
at the newly rebuilt Wembley, between the two best
sides in the country, turned into something of a
damp squib.
Just ten days earlier the two clubs had fought
out a 0-0 league draw in west london, a low-key
stalemate with United having already been
crowned champions.
and during a further 116 turgid minutes at
Wembley it looked as though a third consecutive Fa
Cup final would have to be decided by a penalty
shoot-out. this was so dull even Cristiano ronaldo
cut a peripheral figure for United.
however, the goal that saw Mourinho complete a
domestic cup double, having already won the league
Cup, was worthy of a showpiece occasion.
didier drogba played a one-two with Frank
lampard before smartly turning the ball past
onrushing United goalkeeper edwin van der sar.
But while Chelsea were winning trophies, they
were not doing it with the swagger which owner
roman abramovich demanded and, just four months
after his first – and, to date, only – Fa Cup triumph,
a sluggish start to the following season and a fallingout with the russian meant Mourinho was shown
the door.
top tv games
7.45pm, Sky Sports Football/Main Event
sCOttish CUP FiNaL: CeLtiC v MOtherWeLL
3pm, Sky Sports Football/BBC One Scotland
Fa CUP FiNaL: MaN UNiteD v CheLsea
5.15pm, BBC One/BT Sport 2
Fa Vase FiNaL: stOCKtON v thatChaM
12.15pm, BT Sport 1
Fa trOPhY FiNaL: braCKLeY v brOMLeY
4.15pm, BT Sport 1
OUrS after the
confetti settles at
tomorrow’s royal
Wedding in Windsor,
the Fa Cup final will
be contested by two
clubs managed by
men who often wear
the punished demeanour of grooms
jilted at the altar.
On one side of Wembley we have
antonio Conte, a man whose
passionate love affair with Chelsea
lasted a year then fizzled out as
quickly as it ignited, the two parties
still together but seemingly living
separate lives.
Such is Conte’s apparent misery it
is tempting to wonder if he would
have forsaken the chance to lead
his team out tomorrow if it meant
he did not have to spend another
week chained to his £9million-ayear post at Stamford Bridge.
across the aisle will sit Jose
Mourinho, moodily telling everyone
how things are progressing nicely
at Manchester United and that,
despite the wealth and prestige at
his disposal, he really can’t be
expected to do any more than be
the bridesmaid to Manchester City.
For both men, the Fa Cup
represents a chance to finish the
season with some silverware – for
Conte, presumably a last triumph
in england before he leaves
Chelsea this summer. For
Mourinho, a third major trophy in
two years at Manchester United.
Silverware, glory and a winning
end to the season. But will it lift
the air of misery surrounding
either boss?
Mourinho has insisted City’s
consistent excellence this season
made it ‘impossible’ for United to
compete. ‘We had periods of
winning matches and waiting for
them to lose a couple of points.
They never did,’ he said last month.
and the Portuguese warned
United’s chances of winning the
title next season depend on City
coming back to the pack, rather
than any huge advances that might
be made at Old Trafford.
‘If they do the same number of
points [again next year] it will be
almost impossible,’ he said. ‘If they
get into the 90-something points, it
is almost impossible.’
But for many United fans, a lack
of consistency is not Mourinho’s
major issue. Yes, they lost seven
games in the Premier league this
term but United finished with 81
points – a tally which was enough
for leicester to win the title by ten
points just two years ago.
United’s results have not been
the problem. It is the way they have
earned them.
Their total of 68 goals was not
just (badly) inferior to City, it was
less than liverpool, Tottenham and
arsenal managed too.
Despite a wealth of creative and
attacking talent at his disposal,
Mourinho has failed to produce a
team as attractive to watch as
those put out by guardiola, Jurgen
klopp or arguably Mauricio
Pochettino. The safety first
approach reached a nadir in March
when United lost a winnable
Champions league last-16 tie to
two men who
Antonio and Jose
have not always
seen eye-to-eye.
Here’s some of
their more fiery
Mourinho on Conte
‘You don’t celebrate like
that at 4-0, you can do it at
1-0, otherwise it’s
humiliating for us.’
‘I never speak about
Sevilla, seeing danger where none
existed, ceding the initiative and
crashing to a woeful 2-1 defeat in
the second leg at Old Trafford.
Mourinho’s teams always have
placed pragmatism ahead of
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this week’s
gabriel Jesus
the rest of the game may have
been forgettable but Jesus had his
own aguero moment to clinch 100
points for Manchester City at
southampton. having battled back
from a horrible knee-ligament
injury, who could begrudge him his
joyous, shirtless celebration?
Joe hart
iF the 31-year-old, a veteran of 75
internationals, is not good enough
for West ham, it is hardly a shock he
is not going to the World Cup. Yet
boss Gareth southgate is taking
three goalkeepers with a combined
nine caps ahead of a man who
played in nine of their ten qualifiers.
ryan sessegnon
skipped the honeymoon period
injuries. Other managers, they
cry, they cry, they cry when a
player is injured.’ (After Conte
talked injuries in October)
I think, a lot of times,
Mourinho [still likes to
concentrate on] what is
happening at Chelsea.’
‘Because I don’t behave as a
clown on the touchline, it
means that I lost my passion. I
prefer to behave the way I am
doing it, much more mature.’
‘He’s a little man in the
present and for sure he will
be a little man in the future. I
consider him a little man.’
Conte on Mourinho
‘Two years ago Chelsea
finished tenth. That cannot
happen again. We know the
difficulty and for sure we want
to avoid the Mourinho season.
entertainment and the formula has
brought much success.
But United’s camp has not been a
happy one either with their season
punctuated by the manager’s
criticism of his own players. luke
‘I am starting to be a bit
annoyed. If you want to go to
fight with me I am ready. I’m
improving a bit my English –
because this is the real
problem for me – otherwise
we can go, we can go to fight.’
Shaw, anthony Martial, even Paul
Pogba and Marcus rashford, have all
had their form questioned in public,
or been rumoured to have fallen into
Jose’s bad books.
If an air of dissatisfaction has
permeated Old Trafford, then at
Stamford Bridge the word is
disconnect. With Conte’s imminent
exit an open secret, and the
Italian’s growing frustration
expressed every bit as clearly as
the joy he used to be overcome
with, the Blues’ season has been
allowed to drift.
Club captain gary Cahill claimed
this week they had been in ‘great
form’ before ending the season
with a 1-1 home draw with
huddersfield and a 3-0 defeat at
newcastle. he was surely recalling
the five straight victories that
preceded the final week of the
season – including the Fa Cup
semi-final win over Southampton.
Weeks earlier, Cahill had claimed
a top-four finish was ‘not going to
happen’ as a post-Christmas
collapse which included a
Champions league exit to
Barcelona, crippled Chelsea’s
campaign. The late-season flourish
simply papered over the cracks.
With Conte seemingly zoned out,
the old hands in Chelsea’s squad
recognised a familiar pattern of
second-season syndrome from a
superstar manager and their results
suffered accordingly.
The newer members of Conte’s
squad had their own issues, with
summer-signings alvaro Morata
and Tiemoue Bakayoko among
those struggling to justify their bigmoney price tags.
But it can, of course, all end on a
high for either club at Wembley
Stadium tomorrow.
The Fa Cup has become the
ultimate consolation prize, though,
a memorable final fling, but
unlikely to save a marriage.
louis van gaal split with United
minutes after lifting the cup in
2016, while arsene Wenger was
given little choice but to leave
arsenal this summer despite
winning the other three of the last
four finals.
Win or lose, just one of
tomorrow’s protagonists is likely to
be single next week, but long-term
happiness may well prove elusive
for both.
it’s a happy 18th birthday to the
Fulham wunderkind as he comes of
age today. his 16th goal of the
season, in the Cottagers’ play-off
semi-final win over Derby, was his
most important so far, and you
can’t imagine he will be fazed by
playing at Wembley next saturday.
gavin ward
iF Notts County do not make it to
Wembley the focus will be on the
referee’s decision to give Coventry
an equalising play-off semi-final
penalty after Matt tootle whipped
the ball off tom bayliss’ toe. Where
was Var when we needed it?
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the fa cup final
third round, january 6
norwich 0 chelsea 0
third-round replay,
january 17
chelsea 1 norwich 1 (aet)
chelsea win 5-3 on pens
Chelsea ended up with nine men
after Pedro and alvaro Morata
received two bookings each and
needed a penalty shoot-out to
see off the Championship side.
fourth round, january 28
chelsea 3 newcastle 0
Far more comfortable, with two
goals from Michy batshuayi and
Marcos alonso’s fine free-kick.
fifth round, february 16
chelsea 4 hull 0
this was all over by half-time
thanks to goals from Willian
(two), Olivier Giroud and Pedro.
wembley, saturday, 5.15pm, live
these two teams have taken plenty of criticism
over the course of the season but, unlike arsenal
or tottenham for example, they do have the
chance to finish their campaign with a pot. so, not
all bad then, even if it’s hardly been plain sailing
for antonio Conte or Jose Mourinho this term.
Conte has been plagued by
problems since ditching star
striker Diego Costa last summer,
while Mourinho’s issues revolve
more around United being
rather hard to watch.
he does, though, have serial
Wembley goalscorer alexis sanchez, which is a
positive for the Premier League runners-up with
romelu Lukaku battling injury.
the blues, meanwhile, appear to be preparing for
Conte’s swansong. having ended up fifth in the
table, the Fa Cup final can at least send the italian
off into the sunset with a trophy under his arm,
even if it will not distract from what has been a
miserable league campaign, which ended with a
3-0 defeat at Newcastle.
eden hazard is key to victory but the belgian’s
supporting cast – most likely Olivier Giroud and
Willian – must share the load at Wembley.
Quarter-final, march 18
leicester 1 chelsea 2 (aet)
Pedro’s extra-time header sent
Chelsea into the last four.
Morata had given Chelsea a
half-time lead but Jamie Vardy
equalised in the 75th minute.
semi-final, april 22 (wembley)
chelsea 2 southampton 0
Giroud proved the scourge of
southampton again, showing
impressive composure to put
Chelsea in front, a week after
coming off the bench to score
twice in a comeback win over
saints in the league. substitute
Morata wrapped things up.
Of the 11 finals since
the showpiece
returned to
Wembley have been
won by either
Chelsea (four),
arsenal (three),
United or
Manchester City
Fa Cup wins for
Chelsea, who share
fourth place in the
list with Liverpool
and aston Villa. an
eighth win would
take them joint third
with tottenham
t AD
Chelsea to lift
the fA Cup
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man united
on bbc one and bt sport 2
key battle n’golo kante v paul pogba
the France team-mates, who are sure to line up
together in Les bleus’ midfield at the World Cup
in a few weeks, go head-to-head in a tussle of
little and large.
Kante (left), Chelsea’s diminutive ballwinner, will look to upstage the bigger, but
not necessarily better, Pogba.
the £89million man (right) has largely
been a disappointment since his return
from Juventus two summers ago but will
look to add a first Fa Cup to the europa
League and eFL Cup he won in his first year
under Jose Mourinho. Kante will be keen to make it
three years in a row he has finished with a major
trophy despite a quieter, if still effective, season.
Pogba must influence his team from the start
and not allow Kante to break up play as he
does so well.
but far too often Pogba is a peripheral
figure struggling to get the ball from
defence to attack. rumours circulate he
will leave United this summer – get
ready to believe it if he lets Jose down
here. expect the doughty Kante to
emerge from the game with more credit.
third round, january 5
man united 2 derby 0
the first Fa Cup tie involving
United in 13 years not to be
televised live. they finally broke
the rams’ resistance with Jesse
Lingard and romelu Lukaku
netting in the last six minutes.
fourth round, january 26
yeovil 0 man united 4
huish Park was the setting for
alexis sanchez’s United debut
and the Chilean set up goals for
Marcus rashford and ander
herrera, with Lingard and
Lukaku also scoring late on.
fifth round, february 17
huddersfield 0 man united 2
a controversial Video assistant
referee intervention saw Juan
Mata’s effort cancelled out for
the narrowest of offsides but
Lukaku netted early in each half
to ensure United’s progress.
Quarter-final, march 17
man united 2 brighton 0
headers from Lukaku and
Nemanja Matic took United
through but the scoreline
seriously flattered lacklustre
them, who left sanchez and
Pogba on the bench.
semi-final, april 21 (wembley)
man united 2 tottenham 1
Mourinho’s side came from
behind, with sanchez cancelling
out Dele alli’s opener before
herrera netted the winner.
t AD
Alexis Sanchez
to score first
Fa Cup wins for
United. tomorrow
they have the
chance to draw level
again with arsenal’s
record tally, just a
year after the
Gunners edged
ahead on 13.
Wigan’s Will Grigg is
the leading scorer in
this season’s
competition. United
striker Lukaku lies
two behind but is an
injury doubt for
the final
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Play-off final, second leg
partick thistle v livingston ............. (3.30pm)
Fa trophy final
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Fa Vase final
stockton v thatcham ................(12.15pm)
Welsh Premier League play-off final
Cefn Druids v Cardiff Met U .. (12.25pm)
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Women’s super League 1
birmingham v reading .............................
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liverpool v chelsea ...................................
man city v everton .....................................
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The former Chelsea leftback on the FA Cup final
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‘It’s like a tradition at Chelsea to win
the title and struggle the next season’
what are your memories of
winning the fa cup with
chelsea against aston villa in
2000 under gianluca vialli?
I watched the Fa Cup final on TV
during my time with anderlecht in
Belgium but I had no idea about what
to expect until I played in the final
itself. The whole day is just amazing. I
still get along with most of that
Chelsea team and we keep in touch. We
couldn’t win the Premier league but
we were a good cup team.
you had a great side back then,
with the likes of blues legend
gianfranco Zola.
Franco was the best player I ever
played with. We had an amazing team
– the likes of george Weah, Marcel
Desailly, roberto di Matteo and our
captain, Dennis Wise.
true blue: babayaro (second right) and his chelsea team-mates celebrate their fa cup final victory at wembley in 2000
what do you think of the
current chelsea team?
I love to watch eden hazard – Chelsea
don’t tick without him, he’s their Zola. I
think it’ll be a good final, although
Manchester United are sure to be cagey
at first. It’s Jose Mourinho’s way.
you played under mourinho at
chelsea. how will he and
manchester united approach
the final?
he won’t mind Chelsea having the ball
and will try to eliminate their best
players, maybe putting ander herrera
on hazard. antonio Conte will be keen
to salvage something from the season.
why did chelsea fail so badly in
the defence of their premier
league title?
It’s like a tradition at Chelsea to win the
title and struggle the next season. Jose
won the league and got sacked the next
year, and now it looks like antonio
Conte will leave.
why has conte been a shadow
of his old self?
he sent a text to their best striker Diego
Costa [telling him he could leave] and I
just think you can’t get rid of him and
your best midfielder, nemanja Matic
[who joined United]. I can’t understand
that. Do you still think you’ll win the
league again after doing that?
has their recruitment policy
been awry this season?
With respect to ross Barkley and
Tiemoue Bakayoko, you should be
buying the top players. When they’re
being linked with Peter Crouch, you
have to ask yourself some questions.
do you think conte’s definitely
off this summer?
For a team like Chelsea, who have also
spent lots of money on players like
Bakayoko and alvaro Morata, not to
qualify for the Champions league, what
do the hierarchy think of that? I can’t
see Conte in charge next season.
you were an olympic gold
medallist with nigeria, are you
expecting a carnival
atmosphere when the super
eagles play england at
wembley next month?
nigeria have already sold 6,000 tickets
and nigerian fans are really excited by
Of the 17 major european
finals this decade have
been won by spanish sides
after atletico Madrid lifted
their third europa League,
antoine Griezmann (two)
and Gabi on target in a 3-0
win over Marseille in Lyon
real madrid win at
villarreal 13/10
napoli to beat
crotone 4/9
lyon to beat nice
spain la liga
italy serie a
P W D L F a Pts
37 27 9 1 98 29 90
atletico madrid 37 23 9 5 56 20 78
real madrid
37 22 9 6 92 42 75
37 21 7 9 63 37 70
37 18 6 13 55 48 60
real betis
37 18 6 13 58 58 60
37 16 7 14 48 58 55
37 14 10 13 41 33 52
37 14 8 15 42 48 50
real sociedad 37 14 7 16 66 58 49
37 13 9 15 48 58 48
37 15 2 20 40 49 47
celta vigo
37 12 10 15 55 58 46
37 11 13 13 35 42 46
37 11 13 13 42 54 46
athletic bilbao 37 10 13 14 41 48 43
37 11 7 19 31 49 40
37 6 11 20 37 74 29
las palmas
37 5 7 25 23 72 22
37 5 5 27 24 60 11
celta vigo v levante .....................(12noon)
las palmas v girona ....................(5.30pm)
leganes v real betis .................... (3.15pm)
malaga v getafe ............................(5.30pm)
sevilla v alaves .............................(5.30pm)
villareal v real madrid .................(7.45pm)
athletic bilbao v espanyol ........... (3.15pm)
atletico madrid v eibar ................(5.30pm)
barcelona v real sociedad ..........(7.45pm)
valencia v deportivo ....................... (11am)
P W D L F a Pts
37 29 5 3 84 23 92
37 27 7 3 75 28 88
37 22 8 7 60 28 74
37 21 9 7 87 46 72
inter milan
37 19 12 6 63 28 69
ac milan
37 17 10 10 51 41 61
37 16 12 9 57 38 60
37 16 9 12 53 41 57
37 16 6 15 55 57 54
37 12 15 10 52 45 51
37 11 10 16 29 58 43
37 11 8 18 32 41 41
37 11 6 20 40 51 39
37 9 10 18 35 59 37
37 11 4 22 47 63 37
37 10 6 21 32 61 36
37 7 14 16 36 58 35
37 9 8 20 39 64 35
37 7 4 26 29 76 25
37 6 3 28 33 83 21
fixtures (5pm unless stated)
Juventus v verona ..............................(2pm)
ac milan v fiorentina ...................................
cagliari v atalanta .........................................
chievo v benevento ......................................
genoa v torino ....................................(2pm)
lazio v inter milan .........................(7.45pm)
napoli v crotone ............................................
sassuolo v roma ...........................(7.45pm)
spal v sampdoria ..........................................
udinese v bologna ........................................
leganes to win at home to
real betis 17/10
ac milan to win at home to
fiorentina 4/5
this match. The teams have only met
twice and nigeria are yet to win.
how do you see the teams
faring at the world cup?
For england, this will be their last game
at Wembley and gareth Southgate will
want a good result. I’m tipping them to
do well in russia. as for nigeria, they’re
in a group with argentina, Croatia and
Iceland, but I hope they can get out of it.
n england face nigeria on saturday, June 2 (5.15pm)
in their final wembley fixture before russia 2018.
tickets are still available at
Teams, Monaco,
Lyon and
Marseille, fighting
for one Champions
League spot tomorrow
Age of
Ranieri who
is to leave Nantes after
one season in charge
france ligue 1
P W D L F a Pts
37 29 5 3 108 29 92
37 23 8 6 82 45 77
37 22 9 6 84 41 75
37 21 11 5 78 46 74
37 16 9 12 49 43 57
37 15 9 13 51 49 54
37 15 7 15 49 48 52
st etienne
37 14 10 13 42 50 52
37 11 17 9 35 32 50
37 13 10 14 35 41 49
37 12 11 14 47 57 47
37 12 9 16 36 40 45
37 12 9 16 53 72 45
37 9 14 14 41 50 41
37 10 8 19 41 62 38
37 9 11 17 44 66 38
37 10 7 20 27 52 37
37 8 10 19 36 53 34
37 9 6 22 32 56 33
37 6 8 23 34 72 26
fixtures (8pm)
caen v psg .....................................................
dijon v angers ................................................
lyon v nice ......................................................
marseille v amiens ........................................
metz v bordeaux ...........................................
nantes v strasbourg .....................................
rennes v montpellier ....................................
st etienne v lille ............................................
toulouse v guingamp ...................................
troyes v monaco ............................................
paris saint-germain to win
at caen 8/11
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interview by matt taylor
FTer twice suffering
heartbreak, Marc Mcnulty will be busting a
gut tonight to avoid a
similar fate.
The Coventry striker lost out with
Sheffield United in 2015 and while on
loan at Portsmouth a year later.
The Sky Blues’ league Two clash
with notts County is evenly poised
after the 25-year-old tucked away a
hotly disputed late penalty to rescue a
1-1 draw at a sodden ricoh arena.
and the former Celtic trainee, who
also hit the post early in the first leg, is
desperate to avoid that sickening feeling of falling at the semi-final hurdle
for a third time.
‘It is absolutely gutting. You don’t
want to speak to anybody for a couple
of days after,’ Mcnulty tells Metro.
‘You overthink the whole season, you
can’t describe how horrible it is.
‘It is built up to be this one big thing,
then suddenly it is out of your hands.
‘It is spurring me on this year to make
sure we do it.’
a Wembley spot would cap a rollercoaster season for Mcnulty, who was
targeted by impatient Coventry fans
after netting just two league goals up
to late november.
In a remarkable transformation he
now has 27 in all competitions and
picked up five of the Sky Blues’ end-ofseason awards, including the supporters’ gong.
Mcnulty credits his manager Mark
robins, the former Manchester United
hitman, for holding his nerve.
‘It is not nice when you have all these
fans shouting abuse but as a football
player you sort of get used to it,’ says
the edinburgh-born striker.
‘I was always confident the goals
were going to come. The manager has
been great and kept my confidence up.
When you score a goal or two you start
thinking less and take fewer touches.’
It helps that Mcnulty is used to battling back from adversity in a stopstart career which has only begun to
finally flourish in the Midlands.
after a spell at Celtic he was released
by hibernian as a teenager.
‘I left school and started finishing
LeagUe tWo pLaY-oFF
semI-FINaL, seCoND Leg
Notts CoUNtY (1) v CoveNtRY (1)
today, 7.45pm, sky sports Football/main event
Place finish for
Coventry in
League Two, one
place and two points behind
play-off opponents Notts County
Years since Coventry
were promoted. They
were in the top flight
from 1967 to 2001, spent 11 years
in the Championship and were
relegated to League Two in 2017
McNulty desperate to put
play-off heartache behind him
sky’s the limit:
mcnulty is
hoping to finally
reach wembley
kitchens and bathrooms,’ he recalls. ‘I
got chucked a lifeline by livingston
but, straight after joining, the club was
demoted to the bottom league after
having money difficulties.
‘It was probably a blessing in disguise because boys my age were getting chances to play in the first team at
such a young age. It worked out well
for me as I got more appearances and
have never looked back.’
nigel Clough nearly signed him when
he was Derby manager but the clubs
could not agree a fee.
Mcnulty says: ‘It was frustrating but
when nigel went to Sheffield United he
came for me again. I was hardly starting any games, I was sub but I ended up
finishing joint-top scorer.
‘I thought the second year was my
time but nigel got sacked and the new
manager nigel adkins got in two strikers and told me I wouldn’t play much.
‘I went on loan to Portsmouth in
november or December and it was
great. I finished top goalscorer.
‘When I came back I thought had
done well and the manager would give
me a shot but they changed the boss
again and Chris Wilder came in. he was
great but he only played one up front
– Billy Sharp, who was the captain.’
now Mcnulty is hoping Coventry can
break his play-off hoodoo at Meadow
lane and get through to the final.
‘I am hoping this year to finally get a
trip to Wembley but form goes out the
window in the play offs,’ he admits.
‘It will be tense. Usually in the first
20 minutes there is not much quality in
the game at all.
‘You get sucked in by the atmosphere.
everything is a hundred miles an hour.
It is probably just a case of who wants
it more on the night.’
All that’s left is Iniesta’s fitting farewell
La Liga
Terry Gibson
The Sky Sports expert
reflects on a one-horse
race for the Spanish title
t is disappointing and unusual
this weekend’s final round of la
liga fixtures have nothing riding
on them whatsoever. the only
interest is in who finishes fifth and
sixth, and who finishes bottom!
it’s been that kind of season, thanks
in the main to Barcelona who went top
in week one and have stayed there
ever since. nobody has ever got near
enough to make it a genuine title race.
valencia were the early challengers,
starting the season with 13 games
undefeated, but they were never likely
to last the pace.
Barcelona’s 3-0 win in the first
Clasico at the Bernabeu in december
ended any chance of real Madrid
closing the gap on their big rivals. at
the halfway stage everybody knew
the title was theirs. Madrid could then
concentrate on trying to win the
Champions league again – an attempt
which isn’t going too badly at all.
atletico ticked away with their
unique style to be deserved runnersup but look likely to finish 12 points
adrift of the champions.
however, for atletico to finish above
real in the league and have won the
europa league final this week makes
it an outstanding season for them.
valencia and real Betis have been
the pleasant surprises. Both finished
just above the drop zone last term but
made the right choices when
appointing new managers. they have
certainly both been through a few
over the last few seasons!
valencia will finish fourth and are
back into the Champions league, Betis
have clinched a europa league berth
and are hoping to finish fifth going
into the last game.
villarreal and sevilla will also
represent la liga in the europa
league. like at the top, the bottom
three have been known for quite a
while and we didn’t really have a
relegation battle due to the hapless
form of all three teams.
Malaga are currently bottom with 20
points, two adrift of las palmas.
deportivo la Coruna are in the final
relegation position – 11 points
behind the team above them!
the main story at the bottom
was the managerial change at
levante, who sacked Juan
Muniz after 27 games.
he was replaced by the
relatively unknown
paco lopez in a last
throw of the dice. they
had 21 points and were
in the mire.
the new coach then
proceeded to win
eight and draw one of
his first ten games
and topped it off last
week when his team
became the first to beat Barca this
season in a thrilling 5-4 victory.
lopez has taken 25 points from just
ten games – the type of impact you
can only dream of when you make a
big decision at the bottom of the
league. Unfortunately for the relegated
three, none of the nine managers
they had between them worked!
so this week the main story
will be the final game of the
campaign on sunday in which
Barcelona captain andres
iniesta (pictured) will have
the honour of lifting the
la liga trophy following
the meeting with
real sociedad.
it will be his last game
at Barca and i’m sure it’s
going to be a very
emotional scene at the
nou Camp. For iniesta to
bow out clinching
another domestic double
is a fitting tribute indeed.
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Final Third
by Gavin Brown
raVe new world.
england’s squad
announcement removed
any doubt gareth
Southgate was going to
take a fresh-faced group to russia.
It was not the names that proved
the point but the method of delivery.
Squads used to be announced by
men in suits sat behind desks in
hotel conference rooms but, for this
World Cup, the Football association
chose a vibrant, energetic video
released on social media.
If you were too busy sorting your
Yannys from your laurels to see it
t AD
(neither got picked by the way – too
old), you missed a treat. a cast of
characters too old for a paper round
but too young for a driving test
breathlessly announced Southgate’s
23. ‘kyle Walker, you’re in the squad,
bro!’ shouted an excitable teenager
on top of an inner-city block of flats.
The social media reaction (to the
video, not the squad itself) was
predictably negative, but then what
is social media for if not to casually
dump on anyone stupid enough to
try something different? Me, I loved
it, but as I’m more than twice the age
pictures: the fa
rashford to
score in the
fA Cup final
teenage kicks: england’s world cup squad announcement was fresh and fun, although not all agreed
of Trent alexander-arnold, it maybe
means the Fa has failed after all.
The clever thing is, the excitement
and anticipation of the kids in the
video is clearly matched by the men
whose names they were yelping out.
The announcement was followed
by a series of tweets from a number
of squad members expressing their
joy at being picked. There was a hint
of orchestration about the whole
thing but it was a happy day, so we
will park the cynicism for once.
Because, this england squad isn’t
so much young as wide-eyed, fresh-
faced and eager to please. nick Pope
(brave, fearless, picked) and Jack
Wilshere (past-it, slow, left at home)
are both 26. The average age of
Southgate’s squad is older than the
23 men Sven-goran eriksson took to
the World Cup in germany in 2006.
But that team contained Ferdinand, Beckham, lampard, gerrard
and rooney, supposedly in their
prime and ready to shock the world.
They went out in the quarter-finals.
Southgate’s squad travel without
the burden of such heady expectation. For them, being at a World Cup
is a thrill in itself. Which, as their
boss has made clear, is not to say
they don’t have ambition, just they
are not weighed down by the responsibility of it all. So far, the public
appears to have bought into this.
There is time for it all to change if
Pickford punches one in against
Panama, or Welbeck misses a sitter
against Belgium. and raheem
Sterling will no doubt be booed
simply for being raheem Sterling.
But, for now we can dream. as one
of the lads in the video said. ‘alright,
calm, calm, calm. Boom.’
Buffon sorry
to Oliver as
he bows out
gianluigi Buffon
has apologised
for insulting
english referee
Michael oliver
during and after
a dramatic
league clash at
real Madrid.
the 40-year-old italian (above),
who has announced he will play his
final game for Juve this weekend,
was sent off for angrily confronting
oliver after the referee awarded
real a late penalty which Cristiano
ronaldo converted to send Madrid
into the next round.
Buffon is the subject of a Uefa
misconduct charge for publicly
criticising oliver following the tie,
notably saying he had a ‘rubbish bin
for a heart’, and this week he
accepted he had been offensive.
‘it is obvious that i have
transgressed and i am sorry,’ said
Buffon as he confirmed the end of
his playing career at Juve, where he
has been for 17 years.
‘But it was a very special
situation. i couldn’t do anything else
but say those things and i am sorry
to have offended the referee.’
Boruc extends
his love affair
with Cherries
goalkeeper artur Boric has signed
a new one-year deal to stay at
Bournemouth next season.
the 38-year-old pole has made 112
appearances for the Cherries since
signing from southampton in 2014
but lost his first-team place to asmir
Begovic last season.
he said: ‘it is never easy to watch
the team when you are not involved
but i am fighting every day for the
no.1 spot. i love this club and my
family love it here too.’
tech // gadgets // games
he idea of creating a ‘digital
you’ that lives on after you
die may sound like something
straight out of Black Mirror
but the wheels are already in
motion – as are developments to
ensure the future survival of our race
should doomsday descend.
The eternime app, for example,
trigger happy
have a blast killing
digital baddies
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technological innovations
could help us achieve
immortality and preserve the
future of the human race,
says libby plummer
which is still in testing mode, uses
social media posts to build a digital
avatar your family and friends can
interact with after you’re dead. So far,
so creepy, right? The app features in
a major new exhibition at london’s
Victoria and albert Museum called
The Future Starts here, where the
digital afterlife is just one of the
technological innovations that could –
in theory – keep us living forever.
upload your brain on to
a computer file
Building on Stephen hawking’s idea
that mind transfer could be the key to
immortality, the exhibition explores the
idea of Whole Brain emulation (WBe),
where a human mind is effectively
uploaded to a supercomputer and
backed up like computer data, so our
brains are kept intact for the future.
Thanks to various biotech firms and
start-ups like nectome, research is
already under way to preserve our
brain and enable it to live on in digital
form after we die.
freeZe your family and
elsewhere, the exhibition covers the
controversial field of cryonics and
humanity’s bid for immortality, which
focuses on not only preserving the
physical brains of the deceased but
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technology // gadgets // games // apps
sowing the seeds
of human survival
the svalbard
Global seed
Vault, which
is known
as ‘the
vault’ brG
Preservation: inside the
svalbard seed vault
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also freezing people’s entire bodies
in the somewhat optimistic hope
they can be thawed out and
brought back to life using not-yetinvented technology in the future.
exhibition goers can see a
medical alert bracelet given to
people who sign up to arizona’s
alcor life extension Foundation –
the world’s largest cryonics storage
facility – giving instructions for
medical teams that include no
embalming and no autopsy.
The Cryonics Institute’s macabre
standby kit, also on display,
contains a selection of tools such
as an ice cooler, a stopwatch and
a thermometer to help family or
friends carry out the grisly task of
preparing a body directly after
death until it can be transferred
for cryopreservation.
Cold comfort:
the world’s largest
cryonics facility
preservation of
individual humans
but also keeping the
planet alive to
ensure the future
of the human race.
The Svalbard
global Seed Vault,
nicknamed ‘the
doomsday vault’,
built in an
abandoned arctic coal
the vault that could
save the planet
Of course, it’s not just about the
afterlife ethics
Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should
while many experts dismiss
cryonics as unfeasible, some
simply state that even if we could
do it, we probably shouldn’t.
concerns have also been raised
over the peddling of false hope
to vulnerable people, as there’s
still no evidence it will ever work
as intended. likewise, even if it
were possible to create a digital
version of a person’s brain in the
future, there are ethical
questions as to whether this kind
of software simulation should be
regarded as a human.
an oxford internet institute
report suggests you should treat
people’s digital remains as you
would their physical counterparts.
the report proposes mirroring
the ethical guidelines used by
museums in the way they treat
physical human remains to ensure
dignity in the digital afterlife.
mine in norway, contains seeds
from all over the world to protect
them from natural and man-made
disasters. Since opening in 2008,
the vault has received more than
a million different seed varieties
and should ensure that even if a
vital crop is wiped out, it can be
Preserving the
survival of the planet
and, in turn, the human
race is essential but
preserving its cultural
and intellectual legacy is
equally important. That
explains why University
of Southampton
researchers developed a
‘5D’ data crystal that can
survive for billions of years,
storing a whopping 360TB
of data — the equivalent of
around 7,000 Blu-ray discs.
Built to preserve important
documents such as Magna
Carta, some of the tiny glass
discs have already been blasted
into space aboard the same SpaceX
rocket that launched a Tesla sports
car back in February. known as the
arch library, the discs also carry
books by the american author
Isaac asimov.
Whether it’s creating digital
versions of our brains or keeping
endangered species in storage,
it’s widely believed that
technological progress can and
will help to keep the human race
going. however, whether it’s going
to save or destroy humanity
remains to be seen.
The Future Starts Here runs until
November 4 at the Victoria and
Albert Museum.
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cineworld goes 4dX
the code ahead:
little boots began
her tech journey
with html
ever sat through a film and thought,
‘well, that could have been better’?
we’re not talking about incoherent
plots and questionable acting, we’re
referring to a more immersive cinema
experience that adds scents, getting
sprayed with water, smoke machines
and jolting seats at its newly
refurbished outpost in london’s
leicester square to simulate what’s
happening on screen.
that’s what’s on offer at
cineworld cinemas across the uk.
we sat through dwayne Johnson’s
action-packed rampage. scenes
involving him raging through rough
LittLe Boots
the singer-songwriter, 34, on gender
equality in the biz, the best music apps
and why wires suck. by verity burns
your new ep is an all-female
project. what made you decide
to do that?
I realised I’ve always worked with men,
when there are great, talented women
out there. So I pushed myself to discover
new people. We have a different female
producer on each track but also female
engineers and mixers. There’s a lot of
talk about gender imbalance, especially
in music and production,, so I think it’s
important to do something
about it rather than just
talk about it.
does social
media help
you to make
It’s a great help
for making
connections with
people and musicia
you admire. It’s so easy
to reach out to som
you might never meet in
person, work out that you
might like to work together
and meet up when you’re
playing in the same town. It’s
almost like musical dating.
what are your feelings
about streaming?
you could pick any book. I picked one
on how to code in hTMl and built my
dad a website. as I got older, that just
continued. I’ve always experimented
with weird instrument gadgets and
I even had a dress made with leDs
programmed to move in time with
the music.
tell us about your app.
I was actually one of the first artists to
do their own
n app when I released my
first alb
bum [hands in 2009]. Since
then II’ve done a few different
h things but also launched
y own start-up called loop.
It’s a web-based app that
offers city guides created by
bands and DJs.
are there any apps
ou’d reco
ommend for
ng artists?
a com
mpany called roli
hass created a great
pp called noise. It’s
a really easy, visual
way to make music
on your phone but
you can also add in
hese little blocks
and keyboards to
builld up a modular
c-making system
if you want. It’s a great,
hands-on way to make
music, even if you’re a
For an independent artist it’ss great .Pressing buttons:.
as it’s really transparent. I can
an see
.little boots in her.
how much money I’m going to
.led dress and.
make and also where my fans are.
We’re certainly not back to the
.the hated cables.
heyday of CD sales but it’s starting
if you could invent
to add up. Plus there are huge territories
anything what would it be?
like India and asia that haven’t caught
I really wish someone would just get rid
on to streaming yet. When all those fans
of wires. When I’m rehearsing in the
have access it’s going to have a really
studio everything should just be able to
big impact.
talk to each other wirelessly, you
shouldn’t need to have so many cables
have you always been into
and adapters to make it all work. Surely
we can’t be too far away from that.
I’ve always been pretty nerdy. I
remember I won a prize at school and
Little Boots’s EP Burn is out now
terrain in a 4x4 pretty much put us
in the passenger seat, with every
bump, twist and turn felt through
the mechanical chair. when the
screen showed jet planes being
blasted by bazookas, the chair
created a plummeting feeling.
for now it’s blockbusters such as
solo: a star wars story and Jurassic
world: fallen kingdom getting the
4dx treatment. and if you suffer
from motion sickness, don’t worry:
mints are provided.
alexander holmes Moving pictures: 4dx in action
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lumio book lamp
you’re more likely to mistake this for
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degrees. either way, it’s got bookworm
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into convertible computing? this good-looking windows 10-toting
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simba motion base
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ever wondered what it’s like to snooze on air? the sleep experts from simba have created
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an analogue instant
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a selfie mode to
automatically adjust
brightness and focal
length, and a trio of
colour filters – and
it spits out square
prints for photos in
physical form.
£124.99 (available
May 25),
kronaby payment straps
philips oneblade face + body
ar blaster reality gun
it resembles a traditional razor but the newest kid on the shaving block
is powered by a rechargeable battery and wants to be your go-to tool by
promising to shape and trim any hair length with precision.
the swedish watchmaker has joined
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the king of clip-on lenses
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technology // gadgets // games // apps
what google’s doing neXt…
Need assistance?
get ready for your phone
to do the hard work
new voices
google has released six new and
more ‘lifelike’ voices for its assistant,
one of which will be that of musician
John legend. it will be rolled out later
this year.
nifty navigation
google maps will soon combine
walking directions with augmented
reality by tapping into your phone’s
camera to tell you which way to go.
say something
continued conversation (coming soon)
offers the ability to fire multiple
questions at your google assistantequipped device without having to say
‘ok, google’ over and over again.
mind your manners
one of the concerns surrounding
smart assistants is the lack of
manners from kids issuing commands.
google’s pretty please feature will
enforce polite phrasing by responding
with positive reinforcement.
Not quite all of him: John legend’s
voice has been utilised by google
digital detoX
google’s digital wellbeing controls
for its next os is tackling phone
addiction by showing how much time
is spent in apps, and includes a timer
to temporarily block usage.
your android will
speak to you now
google’s new ai assistant sounds spookily
human, but are we really ready for lifelike ai
interaction and its implications? by lucy hedges
T was enough to make jaws hit
Tell Duplex you want a reservation
the floor: at google’s annual I/O
at your favourite pizza joint for two
conference last week, it
people at 7.30pm, for example, and
demonstrated its aI system
it’ll call the restaurant and make it
Duplex – an impressive new
for you, referring to the user’s
google assistant capability that can
calendar to find a suitable time slot
make actual phone calls on your
if not available. But despite being a
behalf by uncannily impersonating
significant step forward for digital
a real person.
assistants, Duplex’s on-stage debut
and we’re not just talking about
has left people a tad unnerved.
finding and dialling a number from
The problem is that Duplex is so
your google assistant-equipped
good at mimicking us mere mortals,
device. Duplex can have a fullit’s sparked concerns over the
blown conversation, schedule
ethical implications and misuse of
appointments, make reservations
simulating human speech, as well
and enquire about opening hours
as the likelihood that the person on
with a real person on the other end
the other end of the call may not
of the line.
realise they’re talking to a machine.
google CeO Sundar Pichai played
Quick to react to the public
recordings of the google assistant
outcry, google has confirmed its
feature making calls to a hair stylist
phone-calling aI will identify itself
to book an appointment and a
as a machine when calling up
restaurant to ask about a
businesses on behalf of its human
reservation. While
demonstrating occasional
‘as we’ve said from the
robotic traits, the virtual
beginning, transparency in the
assistant proved its ability
technology is important,’ the
to impressively simulate
internet giant said in a
human speech and respond
statement. ‘We are designing
to questions, complete
this feature with
with natural humandisclosure built-in
like inflections and
and we’ll make sure
vocal cues like ‘err’
the system is
and ‘mm-hmm’, as
part of google’s
identified. What
mission to make
we showed
.revolutionary: david..
its digital
at I/O was
.levine of digitalbridge.
assistant more
an early
demo and we look forward to
incorporating feedback as we
develop this into a product.’
It’s no secret that a long-standing
goal of human-aI interaction has
been to enable natural conversation
with machines. now it’s arrived,
however, it seems we’re not so sure
we want it. But for David levine,
founder of virtual interiors start-up
DigitalBridge, Duplex has the
potential to make our lives easier.
‘From booking a table at a
restaurant to solving everyday
problems such as effective home
redecoration, the aI innovations we
adopt long term will be those that
bring balance back to our time-poor
lives,’ he says. ‘If Duplex can
successfully do that, it could
revolutionise how we live and work.’
There’s no denying this signals a
new era of artificial intelligence but
for now it’s still early days for Duplex,
which is limited in how it responds.
‘One of the key research insights
was to constrain Duplex to closed
domains, which are narrow enough
to explore extensively,’ google said
in a recent blog post. ‘Duplex can
only carry out natural conversations
after being deeply trained in such
domains. It cannot carry out
general conversations.’
google will start testing Duplex in
google assistant this summer, with
a huge question mark over when
it’ll officially go public. Your move,
Siri and alexa.
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This is the first Garmin watch to offer
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You can also sync playlists from some
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fitbit ionic
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Fitbit’s first smartwatch has had a
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Polar has given its running watch
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lot of bang for your buck.
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taurus apr 21 – may 21
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gemini may 22 – Jun 21
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season one of this slowly unfolding
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with an axe to grind over the
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the bridge
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BBC2, 9pm (Wales 11.05pm)
the trick of having saga Norén
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henrik and on the trail of a murderer
you could happen upon a
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aries mar 21 – apr 20
the farce factor is turned up to the
absolute max as Jackie (tamsin
Greig) orders Martin (Paul ritter)
to organise a surprise party for
her. Yes, a surprise party she knows
all about. What could possibly go
wrong? Well, if you’re fans of this
delightfully sarcastic sitcom, just
about everything.
new frankie boyle’s new
world order BBC2, 10pm
talking of sarcasm, here’s a man
who’s got a City & Guilds in laying it
on with a trowel. Yes, the boyle
on the backside of the arrogant and
the pompous has returned to prick
egotistic bubbles wherever he
encounters them. You really wouldn’t
want to cross him. keith watson
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stable bites
‘Jack the Lad’ Lion
roars into Epsom
derby contention
rOariNG LiON has been cut to
6/1 from 20/1 with Coral for next
month’s Derby after a brilliant
display in yesterday’s Dante
stakes at Yorkk.
John Gosden
colt stormed
to victory and
the trainer
said of the
clear Derby
(pictured): ‘hee’ss a
lovely horse, but he’s a playboy.
‘he’s inclined not to concentrate
sometimes. he’s always been a
right old Jack the Lad at home.’
■ John gosden was also on target
in the (group two) middleton stakes
at york yesterday with ribblesdale
winner coronet. the trainer said:
‘she’s in the hardwicke (at royal
ascot). if not, there’s the lancashire
oaks at haydock.’
Length win at salisbury
yesterday on her seasonal
reappearance marked sir Michael
stoute’s filly sun Maiden as a
potential star of the future.
■ herculean
makes his
eagerlyawaited return
at newmarket
today. a son of
frankel, the
roger charltonove) made
trained colt (above)
a big impression on his debut at
ascot last september, but has not
been in action since.
■ william haggas hopes to run
tasleet at the curragh in ireland on
may 26 after being forced to miss
wednesday’s duke of york stakes,
which he won last year, after he
gave himself a knock the day before.
from the
racing news, views and top tips
horse’s mouth
in association with
Candy hopeful Limato can
find Newbury sweet spot
TraIner henry Candy is hopeful
limato can make it third-time
lucky over a mile in the lockinge
at newbury tomorrow.
The six-year-old, who finished
fourth in the group One in 2016,
has not run over the distance
since finishing down the field at
the Breeders’ Cup later that year.
limato’s seven wins have come
over six or seven furlongs and
reflecting on the last time he was
tried over a mile (eight furlongs),
Candy said: ‘Santa anita was a
nightmare as he just boiled over
in the pre-parade ring.
‘I would be optimistic he could
get a mile but you can never be
sure until you try when all factors
are right. he’s ultra-competitive,
but not quite as ferocious to deal
with as he used to be.’
race favourite rhododendron
and lancaster Bomber head a
party of four from the aidan
O’Brien stable. rhododendron, a
dual group One winner, was
fourth to top-class Cracksman on
her seasonal debut while
lancaster Bomber ran in Dubai
in March. Deauville and War
Decree make up the Ballydoyle
handler’s quartet.
hawk Wing, back in 2003, is
O’Brien’s sole lockinge winner.
William haggas’ progressive
four-year-old addeybb steps up to
the top level after winning the
group Two bet365 Mile at
Sandown and jockey James Doyle
is optimistic.
‘We’re up against the big boys
tomorrow but I’m pretty sure he’s
good enough to give a bold
showing in a group One. he really
excites me,’ he said.
David Simcock’s lightning
Spear was runner-up 12 months
ago while others in a quality lineup include the David O’Mearatrained Suedois and roger
Varian’s improving Zabeel Prince.
interview by Justin palmer
the leading flat jockey rides
addeybb in the lockinge at
newbury tomorrow
he steps up in class again
tomorrow doesn’t he?
he’s very professional and very
uncomplicated which is a big help.
the miler’s division looks very
open this year. it’s open for
something progressive like
addeybb to make his mark.
will the Quick ground at
newbury be a negative?
We’re not too sure. he’s a
beautiful mover and he does
handle the cut in the ground so
well so that’s going to be the only
question mark.
you have young rascal in
the epsom derby to look
forward to next month.
he’s still a big, raw horse but he
won the Chester vase well last
week. to go around Chester the
way he did was a decent effort.
(16 runners)
1 (12) 40-3 aCCiDeNtaL aGeNt 17 (bf) eve J-houghton 4-9-0....................................................... C bishop
2 (16) 1-11 aDDeYbb 22 (d) w haggas 4-9-0 ................................................................................James Doyle
3 (15) 316- aLeXiOs KOMNeNOs 252 (d) J a stack (ire) 4-9-0.....................................................C D hayes
4 (9) 110- beat the baNK 210 (d) a balding 4-9-0 ........................................................................ J Crowley
5 (3) 00-2 DeaUViLLe 31 (bf) a p o’brien (ire) 5-9-0.......................................................... W M Lordan(P)
6 (10) 16p- DUtCh CONNeCtiON 218 c hills 6-9-0 ........................................................................J P spencer
7 (14) 13-6 LahOre 21 c cox 4-9-0...................................................................................................s De sousa
8 (5) 25-0 LaNCaster bOMber 49 a p o’brien (ire) 4-9-0..................................................J a heffernan
9 (4) 21-0 Librisa breeZe 49 (d) d ivory 6-9-0............................................................................ r Winston
10 (7) 660- LiGhtNiNG sPear 160 (d) d m simcock 7-9-0............................................................. O Murphy
11 (11) 241- LiMatO 218 (c) h candy 6-9-0 ......................................................................................... h bentley
12 (1) 114- sUeDOis 196 (d) d o’meara 7-9-0........................................................................ Daniel tudhope
13 (13) 0-02 War DeCree 8 a p o’brien (ire) 4-9-0............................................................................. P beggy
14 (6) 10-1 ZabeeL PriNCe 56 (d) r varian 5-9-0...............................................................................a atzeni
15 (8) /20- ZONDerLaND 210 (d) c cox 5-9-0....................................................................................... a Kirby
16 (2) 12-4 rhODODeNDrON 20 (d) a p o’brien (ire) 4-8-11 ......................................................r L Moore
betting: 10-3 rhododendron, 4 Limato, 9-2 addeybb, 7 beat the bank, 10 Zabeel Prince, 12
Lancaster bomber, 14 suedois, 16 Librisa breeze, Deauville, Lightning spear, 25 others.
James doyle
addeybb has two nice wins
to his name this season.
he won the lincoln, he was a good
thing off 99 (handicap mark) or
whatever it was back then. he
followed up nicely at sandown,
quite a good performance, i felt.
tomorrow’s big race at newbury
LOCKiNGe staKes (GrOUP 1) (str)
3.40 aL(classshaQab
1) 1m £350,000
you’ve made a flying start
to the season, haven’t you?
i’m out of the traps quite quickly
this year and am well ahead of
schedule on last year’s winners,
which is great. i had four group
one winners last year so
hopefully i can beat that. i’m
getting plenty of support.
third-time lucky: limato
tip of the day
isabeLLa 4.35 york
picture: rex
■ tomorrow’s al shaqab lockinge
stakes marks the fourth leg of the
Qipco british champions series while
James doyle is in fourth place in the
stobart flat Jockeys championship.
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sport in brief
ferrari told they can no longer wing it
formula one
ferrari have been told
to change their
controversial wing
mirrors after the fia
insisted those mounted
on the halo must not give
any aerodynamic benefit.
teams can add mirrors
to the halo to improve
visibility for drivers but
there were suggestions
the set-up ferrari used
on sebastian vettel’s car
at the spanish grand
prix, where he came
fourth, helped with the
f1’s governing body has
now made it clear such a
system is not allowed.
‘whilst the fia accepts
teams will legitimately
design the mirrors,
housings and mountings
to minimise any negative
aerodynamic effects they
may cause, any benefits
should be incidental, or
at least minimal,’ it said.
rugby league
wigan centre oliver gildart has
signed a new and improved threeyear contract.
the 21-year-old academy product
(pictured) has scored 24 tries in 34
games since the start of last term.
director kris radlinski said: ‘this
has been a delicate negotiation as
oliver wasn’t short of offers. we’ve
beaten off strong competition
from a number of leading clubs in
the super league and nrl.’
Players shared the lead after the first day of
golf’s inaugural belgian Knockout in antwerp.
tour rookies Gavin Green and Nico Geyger shot
four-under 67s, along with english duo Matthew
baldwin and ryan evans, spaniard Jorge Campillo,
belgian thomas Detry and Denmark’s Jeff Winther
grabarz decides it’s high time he quit
surface tension:
edmund and konta
(inset) crashed out
on clay in rome
britain’s london olympic high-jump bronze medallist
robbie grabarz has announced his retirement.
the 30-year-old, who also won european gold in the
same year, said: ‘i’d got to the point where i wasn’t
enjoying competing. i’ve had a great time in the sport.’
icc consider scrapping test coin toss
the coin toss may play no part in any matches which
form part of the international cricket council’s new
test championship.
briefing notes for an icc committee meeting set to
take place in mumbai at the end of this month indicate
time may be up for the toss in the majority of test
fixtures, as of next year, to help address concerns
about exaggerated home advantage.
kyle be okay despite
battling loss to Zverev
kYle eDMUnD produced a
battling performance against
alexander Zverev but eventually
fell to the world no.3 yesterday.
The British no.1 went out after
an epic second-set tie-break in
which he saved seven match
points, losing their last-16 tie at
the rome Masters 7-5, 7-6 (13-11).
edmund had two set points in
the second set but was unable to
stop the german, the defending
champion, progressing to the
quarter-finals. Zverev came into
by matthew nash
the match in excellent clay-court
form after recent successes in
Munich and Madrid.
he seemed comfortably on
course for his 11th successive win
after taking an early advantage.
But edmund broke back to level
at 5-5 before Zverev responded by
taking the next two games.
edmund was soon a break down
in the second set but won three
games in a row to make it 5-4. he
was unable to take a set point as
Zverev made sure of a tie-break
which will long be remembered.
edmund saved three match
points at 6-3 down and then led
7-6 to stand on the brink of forcing a deciding set.
But Zverev saved a second set
point for edmund and eventually
accepted his eighth match point
to set up a showdown with Belgium’s David goffin today.
Britain’s other no.1, Johanna
konta, was unable to secure a
birthday victory as she was beaten
in three sets by French Open
champion Jelena Ostapenko in the
third round in rome.
konta, who was 27 yesterday,
could not build on a fine start and
her search for a top-ten victory in
2018 goes on after the sixth-seed
triumphed 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Despite defeat it was another
encouraging performance from
konta and further evidence she is
recovering confidence after slipping down the rankings to 22nd.
Essex boy Westley makes his mark
toM WestleY gave a reminder of
his ability to the england selectors
in essex’s one-day Cup six-wicket
win over Middlesex at radlett.
Westley, who won five test caps
last summer, has struggled for form
in this year’s County Championship.
But he hit 134 and shared a
second-wicket partnership of 153
with varun Chopra as last year’s
semi-finalists cruised home with 7.2
overs to spare.
Middlesex made 250 from 48.3
overs with nick gubbins (50) topscoring and ravi Bopara and neil
Wagner taking three wickets each.
sussex were also comfortable
group B winners with a sevenwicket victory over kent at hove.
luke Wells produced a man-of-thematch show as his leg-spin helped
dismiss kent for 188. Wells took two
for 30 and then anchored sussex’s
response with 62 from 89 balls.
elsewhere, derbyshire proved too
strong for group a rivals
Warwickshire with a 57-run victory
at edgbaston while leicestershire
eased home by 72 runs at
northamptonshire after paul
horton’s 103 in 126 balls guided
them to a challenging 265 for seven.
big-hitter: westley
Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 43
rugby union
eddie: i’m nut listening
eDDIe JOneS has branded reports england’s defence coach Paul gustard
could leave his post as nothing more
than rumours and if he listened to
them, he would be a ‘nutcase’.
gustard has been interviewed for the
vacant head coach’s role at harlequins
created by John kingston’s departure
and is thought to be on a three-man
shortlist that also features Shaun
edwards and Ben ryan.
The identity of the successful candidate is to be announced either today or
early next week, but Jones has distanced gustard from the job by insist-
by Jack foX
ing he will be part of england’s summer tour to South africa.
‘I don’t have a contingency plan for
staff, I don’t have one for every staff
member. If a situation arises then I’ll
deal with it,’ Jones (pictured) said. ‘I
i don’t deal in rumours, if i
did i’d see shadows in the
corner of every room
don’t know anything to the contrary
(about gustard travelling to South
africa). I don’t deal in rumours. If I
dealt in rumours I’d see shadows in the
corner of every room.
‘no I haven’t spoken to Paul, why
would I? If I dealt in rumours I’d be a
nutcase and I’m close enough to that as
it is, so I don’t want to get any closer.’
When asked if he would encourage
any of his backroom staff to take up a
position at a club, Jones said: ‘I don’t
develop careers for coaches. My job is
to win at international level.
‘I appoint the best coaches I can find
graham out to emulate father
garY grahaM will attempt to follow in
his father’s footsteps when newcastle
face the might of the exeter Chiefs in
tomorrow’s premiership semi-final.
twenty years ago, the Falcons lifted
the title with scotland international
prop george graham among their ranks,
and his 25-year-old son is desperate to
emulate that achievement. asked how
much of an influence his father has
been on his career, flanker graham said:
‘he’s been massive. he always watches
my games – and heavily criticises what i
have done wrong – but that’s good for
my work-ons.
‘obviously he won it 20 years ago. i’m
here now – i’d like to say we could do it
again with me carrying on the name.’
Play it again, sam: bennett
show his rivals a clean pair of
wheels to take another victory
picture: getty
slick sam zips through the rain as
he takes cheQuered flag at imola
irish sprinter sam bennett roared to a
second win of this year’s giro d’italia as
stage 12 finished on the legendary imola
motor racing circuit.
the 27-year-old began his sprint early
and surged clear of a bunch missing
main sprint rival elia viviani in a stage
which finished in torrential rain.
‘we still had two guys in front – i didn’t
know how much energy they had left but
i didn’t want another stage getting away
from me,’ bennett said. ‘so i decided to
go early. i think i caught some guys by
surprise, so it worked to my advantage.’
by giro standards, it was a relatively
quiet day for race leader simon yates,
who came home safely in the bunch,
maintaining his 47-second advantage
over defending champion tom dumoulin.
frenchman thibaut pinot is in third.
‘i guess these were favourable weather
conditions for an englishman. and also
for an irishman,’ joked yates.
‘it was a very difficult final. i think a few
guys underestimated it, myself included.’
and then they work with me and we try
to win games of rugby.
‘everyone is different. Some people
want to be a head coach, some want to
be an assistant coach their whole life.’
england are coming to the end of a
five-day training camp in Brighton held
in preparation for their non-cap international against the Barbarians at
Twickenham on Sunday week.
‘The Barbarians match is a warm-up
game and it’s treated as a warm-up
game,’ said Jones. ‘We want to play well
but it’s there to get the team ready to
play South africa.’
44 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018
picture: chelsea via getty
robbo: Win won’t make it great
United’s total
revenue in the
first three
months of 2018,
up 8.1 per cent
on last year.
ed Woodward
said results on
the pitch ‘don’t
really have a
impact’ on the
commercial side
BrYan roBson believes even
winning the Fa Cup will not make
it a ‘great’ season for Manchester
United, writes Matthew Nash.
Jose Mourinho’s United
take on Chelsea in the
final at Wembley
tomorrow desperate to
win some silverware to
add to their runners-up
spot in the premier league.
and old trafford legend
robson (right) had a warning for
the reds boss. ‘it won’t be great
but it’ll be a very good season if
they win this weekend, because
to win anything is pretty good,’
he said. ‘the fans expect the
league or the Champions league
but sometimes you can’t win that
because there’s someone like
Manchester City, who have
been so good this year.
‘it’s really important
United finish off with a
win now and Jose needs
it in the sense that it’s
another trophy. Whatever
the result he’ll be here next
year but antonio Conte really
needs to win or Chelsea may act.’
n Bryan Robson was speaking on behalf
of Marathonbet, United’s Official Global
Betting Partner.
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On the ball: hazard
gets to grips with
n’golo kante at
training yesterday
cesc: eden can be our magic man
eden haZard is being backed to inspire
chelsea to victory over manchester
united in tomorrow’s fa cup final by his
team-mate cesc fabregas.
belgium playmaker hazard has found
himself tightly marked in recent
meetings as his old boss Jose mourinho
tries to nullify his attacking threat.
but fabregas said: ‘on his day he is
unstoppable. we have to make sure he
gets the right service so he can work his
magic and give us a good performance.’
wenger says
arteta would
mik a perfect
fit at arsenal
arSene Wenger has backed Mikel
arteta to succeed him at arsenal after
saying he has ‘all the qualities’ to become
their next manager.
The Frenchman stood down at the end
of the Premier league season, with the
search now on for his successor.
Former arsenal midfielder arteta
(right) has emerged as favourite
for the job, having worked as an
assistant to Pep guardiola at
champions Manchester City,
and is believed to have held talks
with arsenal yesterday.
The gunners are reportedly going
to speak to another former arsenal star,
Thierry henry, next week about the job
but Wenger believes arteta would be
ideal despite his lack of experience.
he said: ‘he has all the qualities to do
the job. he was a leader and he has a
good passion for the game and he knows
by Jack foX
the club well, he knows what is important at the club and he was captain of
the club. Why not?
‘he has been an assistant of guardiola
as well. I left a lot of experience behind
me, people who were with me like
(assistant manager) Steve Bould
and (coach) Jens lehmann too.’
Wenger, meanwhile, describes
failing to sign Cristiano ronaldo
for arsenal as his biggest regret
in the transfer market. he was
also unsuccessful in a bid to lure
lionel Messi from Barcelona.
Wenger said of ronaldo: ‘he was here
with his mother and we were very close.
‘You could imagine what it would have
been like to have Thierry henry and ronaldo together. That would have changed
the history of my stay here as well.’
the tipster
boston Celtics to take
a 3-0 series lead over
the Cleveland
Cavaliers in the Nba’s
eastern Conference
finals (William hill)
Goodwood Cup
winner stradivarius
will not play second
fiddle to anything in
today’s Yorkshire Cup
at York (Coral)
royal blues won’t enJoy the
lingard-en party at wembley
chelsea fans who are
also royalists will be
better served watching
harry and meghan get
hitched and having fun
at a street party than
going to the fa cup final.
windsor, very much in
the blues heartland, will
be preferable to wembley
where Jose mourinho’s
manchester united will
lift the silverware.
mourinho would love
nothing more than to end
his second season at old
trafford by winning a
trophy at the expense of
his former employers.
this may not be pretty,
with goals at a premium,
but united are 7/4 to win
in 90 minutes with
betfred. Jesse lingard is
4/1 with paddy power to
warm up for england’s
world cup campaign by
scoring at any time.
Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 45
colin murray
ID you know the
word pundit comes
from the Sanskrit
term Pandit, meaning
owner’ or ‘learned
man’? no, neither did I. nor are
any of our lives enriched by
knowing this.
With just a handful of cup finals
and eFl play-offs to come, TV and
radio stations have announced
their starting line-ups for the big
one, as World Cup fever begins to
take hold. Before long, if you stand
still for more than three seconds,
someone will slap a Panini sticker
on your forehead.
as someone who has worked
with several of those pundits
involved, if you are expecting me to
be unprofessional and dish the
dirt... then you’d be right!
I once saw alan Shearer steal ice
cream from a three-year-old child,
lee Dixon has a secret fetish for
women’s underwear and as for Ian
Wright, two words... internet
history. legally, I have to state
that I’m joking.
Just like you, I’ll watch whatever
channel is showing the actual
game, and when it comes to the
final, I’ll probably be too p***ed to
remember which side I chose.
Those who play are more
important than those who talk, but
it’s always a gossip-worthy storm in
a media teacup when the TV World
Cup squads are named.
and I have to say, ITV boast five
of my absolute favourites, and real
variety to boot.
Dixon is quite simply one of the
best analysts I’ve ever worked with.
erudite, considered and
translatable to fanatics and fairweather fans alike. a rare balance.
at times he’s drowned out by
louder voices, and it’s frustratingly
in his nature to step back, but he
rarely wastes a word and the more
he squeezes in the better.
Then there’s roy keane, who I
love and hate. If he turns up clean
shaven, I’m not interested, but if
he’s rocking a psycho beard and
smashing everyone and everything
to bits then I’m firing up the
popcorn machine!
and you can’t separate him from
Martin O’neill these days, who
brings with him acerbic wit and the
ability to call bull***t on any pundit
who mails in a piece of analysis.
The neville brothers are on rival
stations and it goes without saying
ITV bagging gary is enough to make
ITV signed up a top squad but just
imagine if we had Blatter chatter
head to head:
o’neil (far left)
and keane will
be on duty for
itv, while scott
(right) will be on
the bbc team,
although there
is no place for
picture: rex
you put up with any length of
advert break.
and that leaves Wright who,
before going on air, must look at
himself in the dressing-room mirror
and say, “Come on son, stay
balanced and calm tonight,” then
proceeds to explode all over the set
like a true fan. love it.
Don’t get me wrong, the BBC will
if roy’s clean shaven, i’m
not interested – if he’s got a
psycho beard i’m firing up
the popcorn machine!
do quite nicely, and they have
england brilliantly covered, with
Shearer, Ferdinand, lampard and
more. They have also swooped for
Didier Drogba, and Jurgen
klinsmann is back to rub salt into
the wounds when germany
inevitably do well.
I heard they both dived at the
chance to sign up!
Both sides have made sure the
pundit seats aren’t completely male
dominated, which is a huge plus in
my book. alex Scott is on the Beeb’s
team, while eni aluko has gotten
the call up from ITV.
So, in a closely fought game, ITV
shade my armchair World Cup.
a quick nod to the lead
presenters. It’s fair to say we are
spoilt for choice. gary lineker is all
the better for his increased live
Champions league portfolio, while
Mark Pougatch is a BBC radio
colossus who is now standing tall
on the commercial side of the box.
So, I’m a happy viewer, no matter
what the channel, although both
the BBC and ITV missed a trick in
not signing up Sepp Blatter.
Somewhere, right now, in a
haunted castle tucked away in the
deepest reaches of an evil forest, he
sits sullen faced, in silence, still
waiting for his phone to ring.
It’s not too late! Surely the right
sized envelope from auntie would
do the trick. not that a man of
such principle and honesty would
ever accept it.
Allardyce unhappy with sack leaks
saM allardYCe admits he
expected the sack from
everton despite claiming
most fans were happy
with the job he did.
the 63-year-old, who
had been in charge for
just six months, was
dismissed after a short
meeting with majority
shareholder Farhad Moshiri.
‘i’m surprised how it came about,’
allardyce (pictured) said. ‘it
seemed done and dusted
through the media before
i met Farhad. it was out
there in the open for a
couple of days.
‘that leaves you with
the certainty of what was
going to happen. Who was
involved in that i couldn’t tell
you, but something as delicate as
that you want to be confidential.’
Fans’ discontent had made the
goodison park atmosphere toxic
despite the toffees’ eighth-place
finish in the premier league.
But allardyce said: ‘i think more
everton fans were happy with what
we were doing and going in the
right direction than weren’t.
‘those who show discontent are
the ones who are more open and
vocal about it. the ones who are
satisfied don’t really say too much.’
46 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018
football // world cup
sport in brief
‘high-calibre’ manager
poised for hammers job
david sullivan
insists west ham
are on track to
appoint a ‘highcalibre’ manager
to replace david
moyes, who left
this week.
talks have been
held with manuel pellegrini, the
former manchester city boss, but
newcastle’s rafael benitez
(pictured) is reportedly the top
target for the hammers.
west ham co-owner, sullivan
said: ‘[we] are extremely confident
of appointing a high-calibre firstteam manager, who has a proven
record both in the premier league
and european football. the club
expect to make an announcement
within the next seven days.’
Year new contract for
tottenham midfielder harry
Winks, tying him to the club until
2021. an ankle injury means the
22-year-old has played just three
games since the turn of the year
reds get planning for a
victory parade in early
details of a parade for liverpool,
should they win the champions
league on saturday week, have
already been finalised.
victory over real madrid in kiev
would see the reds take an opentop coach along liverpool’s
waterside the following day.
plans were drawn up early due to
the city hosting the three festivals
tall ships regatta and bordeaux
wine festival that weekend.
exeter book final date
exeter beat lincoln 3-1 in the
second-leg of their league two
play-off semi-final to seal a 3-1
aggregate victory. they will play
either notts county or coventry,
who meet tonight, in the final.
coast clear
as gareth
tells sQuad
to hit beach
players free to relax before hard work starts
by matthew nash
gareTh SOUThgaTe insists he has no
qualms with his england players taking a week off before the World Cup,
revealing he went on a lads’ holiday
himself before playing at euro 96.
The Three lions boss was speaking
at Wembley yesterday as he explained
his decision to pick a youthful squad of
23 for next month’s finals in russia –
the third-youngest england party ever.
Southgate was part of the side which
reached the 1996 european Championship semi-finals on home soil while
playing for aston Villa.
he joked he had enjoyed a few days’
holiday with his club-mates in Magaluf,
Spain, before playing at the euros,
where he missed the crucial penalty in
the last-four exit to germany.
The current squad, which was
announced on Wednesday, have been
allowed this week off before england
meet up on Sunday.
Many have taken the opportunity to
jet off on holiday but Southgate has no
issue with his stars winding down.
‘I’m not interested in what they do
over the next few days – it’s four weeks
before we have a game,’ he said.
‘Before euro ‘96 I had three days in
Magaluf with aston Villa so it would be
pep’s impact has been
child’s play, says coach
PeP GUarDiOLa had an
influence on english football
even before he took over at
Manchester City, Gareth
southgate claimed yesterday.
asked about the City boss, the
england manager said: ‘When i
watch kids’ football now – when
they can get on pitches that
aren’t flooded or frozen – i see
them playing from the back and
that’s been an impact of his
barcelona team with andres
iniesta and Xavi.’
a bit hypocritical of me to discuss what
the correct preparation was.
‘But I went for a run a couple of
mornings! everything in a player’s life
is “fill this form in”, “do this” and there’s
i’m not interested in what
they do over the next few
days, it’s four weeks before
we have a game
a danger we overload them with professionalism and doing the right thing.
‘a lot of them don’t drink anyway,
some do, and some need to unwind in a
different way. They need a switch-off
and I don’t see an issue with it.’
Southgate also advised he would not
want his players to be preoccupied
with social media while in russia, as
much of it is so negative.
‘It’s good for the players to communicate with the fans but you have to be
careful,’ he added. ‘Personally I’m not
sure there’s value in reading comments
that can cause stress or misery.
‘I can’t ban them because who knows
what they’re doing when they go to
their room?’
Southgate revealed his hardest decision had been to tell Manchester City’s
Joe hart, who had been in goal for most
of the team’s qualifying campaign but
only played sporadically on loan at
West ham, he had been left out.
‘Of course it was a difficult call,’ he
said. ‘But in the end I’ve got to look at
performances over the last 18 months.’
he refused to close the door on 75cap hart’s international career, however. ‘I pick players on form and, if he’s
playing well for his club, why wouldn’t
we select him? There’s no reason for
this to be the end,’ Southgate added.
spot-kick woe
for juniors
england’s under-17s crashed out
of the european championship
after losing a sudden-death penalty
shoot-out to holland in their semifinal, following a 0-0 draw.
arsenal’s folarin balogun was
the unfortunate one to miss
as the dutch won 6-5
on spot-kicks.
Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 47
football // world cup
picture: afp
france lac
aleX and mart
arsenal striker alexandre
lacazette and manchester united
forward anthony martial have both
been left out of france’s world cup
squad. there were, however,
places for chelsea’s olivier
giroud and manchester city
left-back benjamin
Pick and choose:
england boss
announces his
world cup squad
‘it goes without
saying i’m
i’ve felt fit, sharp
and strong all
season and
believe i should
be in the squad! i
could have made
a real impact.
however, i
have to respect
the manager’s
decision and
would like to
wish the whole
squad all the
very best.’
Jack wilshere took to
twitter last night to
air his frustration at
missing out on
england’s squad.
they said it
southgate on...
leaving out arsenal
midfielder Jack wilshere
‘Jack had a good spell in the
lead-up to christmas and
just after but was not as
effective towards the end of
the season.’
putting liverpool’s adam
lallana (right) on standby
after inJury proble
‘under normal
circumstances he
wouldn’t be
anywhere near
the squad but he
is a player we
have a lot of
time for.’
overlooking newcastle
JonJo shelvey
‘we know all of the english
players in the league; their
strengths and weaknesses,
and the players we’ve
picked are ahead of the
ones we haven’t.’
naming his captain
‘i’ll decide before
the first game. we
get together on
sunday and can
think about it then.’
the possi
possibility of James milner
ng out of international
retiirement for russia
‘i s
spoke to him when i
ook over and he
ssured me he was
etired. i have seen no
uggestion he is going
to go back on that.’
giving his players some
freedom w
while away at the
finals in russia
‘it can’t just be 24-hours-aday football – they’ve got to
escape from that.’
not picking teenagers ryan
ssegnon (left) and
Jadon sancho
‘i don’t think at the
moment they’re
etter than who
e’ve got but that
uld happen in the
next six, 12 or 18
asking liverpool boss Jurgen
klopp to tell trent alexanderarnold he had been picked
‘i said “you can give the
news, i can give the horrible
phone calls”.’
having a third warm-up match –
an ‘internal friendly’ – before
the world cup
‘we are bringing nathaniel
chalobah and angus gunn in.
lewis cook will go to toulon
with the under-21s, James
tarkowski and Jake livermore
will be with us. tom heaton
joins us later.’
‘Pick up the phone, gary –
it’s not always bad news’
england manager gareth southgate
predicted before making the phone call
earlier this week gary Cahill would not
answer, fearing the worst regarding his
World Cup fate, so left the defender a
voicemail saying: ‘look, i don’t only call
when it’s bad news.’
the start of the week had been an
anxious time for many england players
hoping not to have their dreams of going
to russia shattered.
Cahill looked like he would be among
the high-profile absentees after being
overlooked for the last squad in March,
but improved Chelsea displays were
enough to earn him a spot on the plane.
however, the Blues captain appeared to
be expecting bad news – just as southgate
had envisaged.
‘gary Cahill i’d left out of the squad in
March and i had a little bet with myself
that if i called he wouldn’t pick up,’
revealed the england boss.
‘he didn’t pick up at first and then i left
him a message saying, “look, i don’t only
call when it’s bad news”, so that was nice.
Off the hook: cahill
he’s got himself back in the team at
Chelsea and has performed well.
‘he looks happier in himself and happier
in his game, so that was nice to be able to
at least let him know that the reason for
the call was a good one.’
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n boss wants england to be fearless
n southgate: players ‘get on too well’
talking the talk: southgate addresses the media yesterday picture: rex
gareTh SOUThgaTe has told his
england players to ‘enjoy the ride’
and not think like a team ‘fighting
relegation’ as he refused to set a
limit on what they could achieve at
the World Cup this summer.
The Three lions boss yesterday
insisted selecting the third-youngest
england squad ever was ‘no gamble’
and encouraged his side to go to russia and be ‘fearless’.
Opting for the likes of the untried
Trent alexander-arnold and nick
Pope over old heads split opinion.
The realistic aim must be to win a
tournament in the coming years,
rather than now, but Southgate still
has high expectations. ‘I don’t want
to limit what they think is possible
because they’re young and hungry,
and want to have a go,’ he said.
‘I don’t think being free of inhibition is gambling. It’s being fearless
in how we want to play. We’re not a
team in the relegation zone, worrying about what might happen. We’ve
by matthew nash
got to worry about how far we can
go. That’s what we’ve got to do at
this tournament, enjoy the ride.
‘Sometimes the bad experience
can be one where you suddenly realise, “actually, what is there to lose?”.
That can be a positive because you’re
free of the shackles.’
Southgate also insisted there were
no cliques along club lines. ‘You
rarely see [Manchester United duo]
Jesse lingard and Marcus rashford
without them holding hands or doing
something,’ he joked.
‘They all get on – actually, too well.
They need to get on well but not be
afraid of upsetting each other. They
have to be brave enough to have conversations they need to – to pull each
other up, raise standards in training
and get hold of each other on the
pitch. Just getting on isn’t enough.’
world cup: pages 46-47 »
colin murray why world cup tv needs a bit of blatter page 45 »
pep eXtends city stay
pep guardiola last night committed himself to
champions manchester city for the next three years.
the city manager (above) has signed a two-year
extension to his existing deal, which had one year to
run, taking him to 2021. he said: ‘i will focus on the
desire of my players to become a better team.’
arteta given backing by wenger: page 44 »
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