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Three Lions song gets feminist revamp for Women’s World Cup

New version of song also known as Football’s Coming Home aims to inspire public support for teamDavid Baddiel and Frank Skinner’s football song Three Lions has been rewritten as a feminist anthem to cheer on England’s women team in next month’s World C…

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Three Lions song gets feminist revamp for Women’s World Cup

New version of song also known as Football’s Coming Home aims to inspire public support for teamDavid Baddiel and Frank Skinner’s football song Three Lions has been rewritten as a feminist anthem to cheer on England’s women team in next month’s World C…

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English fans hit out at Uefa over ‘extortionate’ cost of going to finals

Supporters of Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea irate at high cost of watching the gamesFans of the four English clubs to have made it to Europe’s two main football finals have joined forces to criticise Uefa’s disregard for the “extortionate costs…

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Emiliano Sala: police investigate reports of online pictures of footballer’s body

Images purportedly showing Argentinian’s remains posted on Twitter before being removedPolice are investigating how mortuary photographs of the body of footballer Emiliano Sala were circulated online, three months after he was killed in a plane crash i…

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Emiliano Sala: police investigate reports of online pictures of footballer’s body

Images purportedly showing Argentinian’s remains posted on Twitter before being removedPolice are investigating how mortuary photographs of the body of footballer Emiliano Sala were circulated online, three months after he was killed in a plane crash i…

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Family of pilot David Ibbotson determined to find his body

‘We can’t leave him out there,’ says wife of pilot of plane carrying Emiliano SalaThe family of David Ibbotson, the missing pilot of the plane carrying the footballer Emiliano Sala, have spoken of their determination to find and recover the body of a m…

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Emiliano Sala’s ‘body could be found among plane wreckage’

Premier League footballer and pilot may be among debris on seabed, shipwreck expert saysThe wreckage of the plane carrying the footballer Emiliano Sala was surprisingly intact when it was found and it is possible that his body, and that of the missing …

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Emiliano Sala: search resumes for lost plane carrying Cardiff player

Voicemail message revealed as police say chances of finding footballer alive are ‘slim’The search for the plane carrying the Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala that went missing over the English Channel has resumed, amid only “slim” hopes he survive…

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England winning World Cup would be best response to Russia, says minister

Matt Hancock says best way to respond to Skripal poisoning would be to win final in MoscowThe culture, media and sport secretary, Matt Hancock, has said the best way to respond to the poisoning of a Russian double agent in Salisbury would be for Englan…

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Topman withdraws T-shirt from sale after Hillsborough row

Retailer says shirt referenced Bob Marley but campaigners saw a different interpretationTopman has withdrawn from sale a long-sleeved T-shirt that provoked widespread disgust by appearing to mock the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.The £20 red shi…

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Drunken behaviour spoils genteel sport of crown green bowling

Shropshire bowls association bans alcohol after spectators behave like ‘football hooligans’The genteel sport of crown green bowling is being threatened by increasing incidents of hooliganism, prompting one county to impose a ban on alcohol-related trou…

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Individual athletes more prone to depression, researchers find

Study by German sports psychologists finds individual athletes score higher on depression scale than those in team sportsAthletes in individual sports are more prone to depression than those in team games, according to German research to be presented a…

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Team GB return home from Rio Olympics – live updates

  • Gold-tipped 747 flies Britain’s triumphant Olympic team home
  • Downing Street hints at extended honours for Olympians
  • Queen leads congratulations of Team GB

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Team GB are set to receive a heroes’ welcome when they touch down in the UK following their best Olympics in more than a century.

At the risk of offending Simon Jenkins, and his problems with Olympic hysteria, but we’ll be live blogging the team’s arrival at around 10am, plus all the build up, and reaction to it.

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London mayor denies blocking plans for Olympic parade

Sadiq Khan responds to comments by Olympic rower Matthew Pinsent by saying he wants parade after end of Paralympics

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, has denied suggestions that he is blocking an Olympic victory parade in the capital but said he wants to delay the event until after next month’s Paralympics.

British rower Matthew Pinsent, who won four gold medals in consecutive games, challenged Khan on Twitter to announce whether plans for a parade had been “binned”.

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Dalian Atkinson: ex-Aston Villa player dies after being shot by police Taser

West Mercia police say officers responding to an alert in Telford early on Monday fired stun gun at 48-year-oldThe former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson has died after being Tasered by police near his home in Telford.West Mercia police said a 4…

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French police tactics could lead to more Euro 2016 violence, expert warns

Geoff Pearson, who advises British police, says use of force as seen in Marseille is counterproductive

An expert on football hooliganism who witnessed violence involving England fans in Marseille on Thursday night has said heavy-handed police tactics contributed to the trouble.

Police used teargas, dogs and rubber bullets to break up the brawl between locals and England fans who had gathered at the Queen Victoria pub two days before England’s opening Euro 2016 game.

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Hillsborough families seek remedial measures against police

Victims’ relatives call for rigorous examination of ethical behaviour of South Yorkshire constabulary at every level

Solicitors for many of the families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster have called on the government to place South Yorkshire Police under remedial measures.

Related: Hillsborough disaster: deadly mistakes and lies that lasted decades

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Hillsborough: public interest in prosecuting police ‘overwhelming’

Ex-director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald adds to calls for officers to held to account after unlawful killing verdict

A former director of public prosecutions has said there is “overwhelming” public interest in prosecuting senior police officers the over deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at Hillsborough after a jury concluded they were unlawfully killed.

Lord Macdonald who held the role from 2003-2008 added to growing calls for the police to held to account for the disaster.

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Frank Bruno announces aim to return to boxing ring

Former heavyweight world champion, who fought high-profile battle with mental illness, told This Morning he is training and ready for young boxersFrank Bruno, the former heavyweight boxer, who has suffered a very public battle with mental illness, has …

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Fifa to investigate arrest of BBC news team in Qatar

Team was on official visit to inspect migrant workers’ accommodation after outcry over conditions for those building 2022 World Cup stadiums

Football’s governing body, Fifa, has launched an investigation after a BBC news team was arrested in Qatar while reporting on the plight of migrant workers building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup.

The four-strong crew had been invited by the Qatari’s prime minister’s office on an official tour of new accommodation for construction workers. It was part of a public relations drive in the wake of an international outcry over the slave-like conditions for workers exposed by a Guardian investigation.

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