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Team GB’s Olympic medal haul is a blissful break from Brexit blues | Tim Lewis

We’ve all become experts at the finer points of the keirin and dressage as late-night TV won huge audiences

“That piaffe was exquisite,” I said, awed, to my girlfriend. Her eyes rolled upwards in long-suffering torment at my confidently professed knowledge of a movement in the dressage event. In the past two weeks, I have declared expertise in (among other disciplines) high-board diving, fencing and, perhaps most dubiously, omnium track cycling. Now it was grand prix freestyle dressage, watching Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin on her mount Valegro. I have ridden a horse just half a dozen times, and not for two decades, but as Dujardin’s routine concluded, I was confident enough to announce: “There’s the gold medal.”

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Experts doubt impact of David Beckham’s EU vote intervention

Psephologists are unconvinced that former England star’s support for remain will swing voters in favour of staying

Football hero David Beckham has backed remain – but does anyone care?

From Benedict Cumberbatch to Keith Chegwin, a host of “celebrities” have urged the British public to vote one way or the other in the upcoming EU referendum.

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David Beckham backs remain ‘for future our children’

Former England captain comes out in favour of EU membership as Leave.EU highlights wife Victoria’s Eurosceptic interview from 20 years ago

David Beckham has said he backs a vote to remain in the European Union, saying he wants his children to grow up “facing the problems of the world together and not alone”.

The former England captain said he had played his best years at Manchester United, with great British players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers, but they had been a “better and more successful team because of a Danish goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, the leadership of an Irishman, Roy Keane, and the skill of a Frenchman in Eric Cantona.”

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England players discuss Brexit around Euro 2016 dinner table

• FA has arranged postal votes for squad and coaching staff
• Bertrand: ‘We chat when we unwind’

The subject of whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union has cropped up around the dinner table at the England team hotel in Chantilly as the country readies itself for the referendum on 23 June.

Related: Luxury Chantilly base chosen for England team hotel at Euro 2016

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More than football links England and Putin’s Russia | Letters

Once the feelings of shame and disgust have subsided (England and Russia fans clash before and after match, 12 June), one is left with a melancholy sense of the aptness of this dust-up. Here are two countries, each on the fringes of a continent towards which they are, historically, at best ambivalent. Each is blighted by a seemingly ineradicable strain of thuggish xenophobia. And each is retarded by an infantile yearning for lost world power status. If we were stupid enough to leave the EU and find ourselves obliged to try and stitch up some trade deal with Putin’s Russia, it would be about what we deserve.
Emeritus Professor Glyn Turton
Shipley, West Yorkshire

• So Uefa is going to charge the Russian FA over the violence in the stadium at Marseille on Saturday. As the next World Cup will be in Russia in 2018 and Gazprom is one of Uefa/Fifa’s biggest sponsors, what sanctions will be applied?
Ged Meheran
Swindon, Wiltshire

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Bernie Ecclestone: Vladimir Putin should run Europe – video

Bernie Ecclestone says Russian president Vladamir Putin should be in charge of Europe. Speaking at the Advertising Week Europe event in London on Wednesday, Ecclestone says Putin would do a better job of running Europe than BrusselsVladimir Putin shoul…

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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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Karren Brady warns Brexit would be bad for British clubs

• ‘Two-thirds of European stars in England would not meet visa criteria’
• ‘Cutting ourselves off would have devastating consequences’

British teams could find it harder to sign top European players if the UK votes to sever ties with Brussels, Karren Brady has warned club chairmen.

The Tory peer, vice-chairman of West Ham United, has written to professional teams to warn that “cutting ourselves off from Europe would have devastating consequences” for both the economy and the competitiveness of British football.

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