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Making political capital from sport comes naturally to boastful Boris Johnson | Richard Williams

Pledge to bring football World Cup ‘home’ in 2030 may be a bit more than wishful thinking this time – even if it lacks accuracyIt’s time, Boris Johnson assured us in the days leading up to the general election, for football to come home. The prime mini…

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Gary Neville criticises PM after fan accused of racism at Manchester derby

Commentator said Boris Johnson’s language around immigration fuels racism in society and footballFootball commentator and pundit Gary Neville blamed Boris Johnson’s election rhetoric on immigrants and immigration for fuelling the number of racist incid…

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Telling Gareth Bale that Johnson is PM took away banterpocalypse’s sole survivor | Marina Hyde

The Real Madrid forward had been blissfully unaware that Boris Johnson was running the UK – but now the country has blown a prime cloning opportunity to reclaim its lost innocenceWhy did they do it? What honestly possessed the newspaper journalist who …

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At least England’s footballers lead by example in the face of racism | David Olusoga

In confronting Bulgarian extremism, the players upheld values that our leaders casually spurnIf you want to feel good about Britain right now, or at least England, where do you look? Not to our parliament, in the latter stages of its descent into somet…

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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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Boris Johnson compares Russian World Cup to Hitler’s 1936 Olympics

Fears over safety of England fans, as Russia expels liaison diplomat and closes British consulate Boris Johnson has predicted the Russian president Vladimir Putin will glory in the World Cup this summer in the same way that Adolf Hitler did over the Ol…

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Said & Done: ‘I think the media gives the wrong image of Russia’

The week in football – also featuring: Boris Johnson, PSG and a vaudeville display Gianni Infantino in Moscow: advising “western media” to show some respect. “Do not try to paint with a dark paint everything that comes from the east – from Russia or th…

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London mayor Sadiq Khan orders inquiry into West Ham stadium costs

• Bill for converting former Olympic Stadium rises again to £323m
• Sadiq Khan lambasts ‘total and utter mess’ left under Boris Johnson

The mayor of London has ordered an independent inquiry into the soaring conversion costs for the former Olympic Stadium that is now home to West Ham United, after it emerged the bill had risen by another £51m to £323m.

The Labour mayor Sadiq Khan, elected to succeed his Conservative predecessor Boris Johnson in May this year, claimed that the finances of the London Stadium had been left in a “total and utter mess by the previous administration” as the cost of the conversion ballooned.

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London mayor Sadiq Khan orders inquiry into West Ham stadium costs

• Bill for converting former Olympic Stadium rises again to £323m
• Sadiq Khan lambasts ‘total and utter mess’ left under Boris Johnson

The mayor of London has ordered an independent inquiry into the soaring conversion costs for the former Olympic Stadium that is now home to West Ham United, after it emerged the bill had risen by another £51m to £323m.

The Labour mayor Sadiq Khan, elected to succeed his Conservative predecessor Boris Johnson in May this year, claimed that the finances of the London Stadium had been left in a “total and utter mess by the previous administration” as the cost of the conversion ballooned.

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Said & Done: Karren Brady; Jez Moxey; and flipping the bird

Also featuring: Palermo; striped shirts; and Silvio Berlusconi on press standards

Karren Brady: defending West Ham’s £701m public-funded stadium rental deal, six months after voting in the Lords to cut tax credits. Brady set our her position on state aid last year: “I think it should always pay more to work than it should to be a burden on society.”

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Panama Papers: Police raid Uefa offices – live updates

3.33pm BST

This is from the Telegraph’s Ben Rumsby.

Suspect raid on Uefa has nothing to do with award of contract and more to do with any onward sale – for which it is not responsible.

3.26pm BST

This is from the BBC’s Richard Conway.

Uefa statement. #panamapapers pic.twitter.com/RRqRsHMzpA

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Boris Johnson still open to proposals for London F1 grand prix

• London mayor says air and noise pollution issues would have to be addressed
• Battersea is hosting final two rounds of Formula E championship

Boris Johnson has reiterated that bringing Formula One to the capital is still something he would consider. The mayor of London was speaking after driving two laps of the Battersea Park circuit that is hosting the final two rounds of the Formula E championship on Saturday and Sunday.

When asked if the event was a success he would be interested in F1 coming to London, Johnson said: “I am certainly willing to look at it.” The proposal of a London grand prix has been mooted on and off since 2011, with Bernie Ecclestone known to back the idea and having offered to cover the cost of staging the event.

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London ready to host World Cup if needed, says Boris Johnson – video

London mayor Boris Johnson says London and England are ready to take over hosting a football World Cup if required. Johnson’s comments come a day after Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced he was standing down. Johnson was mayor three years ago when L…

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Red card! Boris Johnson trips child during football match – video

London mayor Boris Johnson trips a small child during a football match outside City Hall. Johnson, who has had previous on-field brushes, including a diving header directed at a German player’s crotch in 2006, quickly apologises to the child. Despite s…

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Red card! Boris Johnson trips child during football match – video

London mayor Boris Johnson trips a small child during a football match outside City Hall. Johnson, who has had previous on-field brushes, including a diving header directed at a German player’s crotch in 2006, quickly apologises to the child. Despite s…

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James Corden lands three exclusive interviews as the Sun’s guest editor

Comedian interviewed David Cameron and put topless men on Page 3 as he guest edited the newspaper for Sport Relief

The Sun was edited today by James Corden and landed three exclusive interviews. The first, which was splashed across page 1, was “an eye-opening interview” with prime minister David Cameron.

Political editor Tom Newton-Dunn describes the “high octane exchange” as “the toughest verbal grilling” Cameron has “ever had in No10.”

Among the “revelations” is Cameron’s belief that England was “lied to” over the 2018 world cup bid (which went to Russia) and that he wants London mayor Boris Johnson “back in parliament.” And that’s about it.

It was noticeable that Corden refused to run the usual picture of a topless woman on Page 3. He chose instead to carry a picture of himself and 11 male Sun staff in shorts. The caption said:

“There’s been a woman with her top off on Page 3 as long as I remember. I thought it was time the male workforce of The Sun gave a little back.

So here they are: The hottest hunks working on The Sun. You’re welcome, ladies.”

Corden also managed to get an interview with Tom Daley, the Olympic diving medallist, “speaking for the first time since coming out as gay.” And there was a third interview – with Real Madrid’s star turn, Gareth Bale. Corden also turned up in the Bizarre gossip column.

Corden’s guest editorship is part of this year’s Sport Relief fund-raising. According to the Sun’s leader, “the charity will get a penny from every sale of today’s paper”.

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David Cameron: I want Boris Johnson back at Westminster

PM says he hopes the London mayor will run for parliament at the next election so he can be back ‘on the team’



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Boris Johnson apologises for Hillsborough article

Spectator article published when London mayor was editor said Liverpool ‘failed to acknowledge part played by drunken fans’Boris Johnson has apologised for an article in the Spectator magazine in 2004 when he was editor which claimed that drunken fans …