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Liverpool and Spurs’ Champions League wins have European roots | Letters

UEFA wins for Spurs and Liverpool should be seen as a triumph for European integration, say Malcolm Bower and Sean Day-Lewis. Myrna Hughes is worried about the environmental cost of the final. Tim Davies says the clean sweep for English sides deserves …

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José Mourinho dancing on ice – at last, he’s served up something watchable | Marina Hyde

From his Russian tumble to a Spain prison sentence, the erstwhile United manager has had a dim week. At least it’s entertainingAfter so many years of refusing to give the public what they want, it’s great to see José Mourinho finally serving up somethi…

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‘To hell with the rest of the world’: Neil Warnock attacks government’s handling of Brexit – video

Neil Warnock has used a post-match press conference to attack the government’s handling of Brexit negotiations – insisting a clean exit form the EU will be better for Britain ‘football-wise’, and ‘in every aspect’Neil Warnock on Brexit: ‘I can’t wait t…

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Neil Warnock on Brexit: ‘I can’t wait to leave. To hell with the rest of the world’

• Cardiff manager attacks government’s handling of Brexit talks• ‘I can’t wait to get out. We’re better off out of the bloody thing’Neil Warnock has used a post-match press conference to attack the government’s handling of Brexit negotiations – insisti…

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No-deal Brexit could hit F1 races around Europe, says McLaren chief

• Nine F1 races to be held in Europe in 2019• ‘Border efficiency key’, says Jonathan NealeThe chief operating officer at McLaren, Jonathan Neale, has warned the result of a no-deal Brexit may put the ability of teams to stage Formula One meetings at ri…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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BBC and Sky call for EU crackdown on Saudi pirate TV service

Broadcasters highlight ‘threat’ from BeoutQ, which provides illegal access to content such as Premier League gamesThe BBC and Sky have called on the European commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over a pirate TV and streaming service t…

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Ryder Cup: how golf is new focus of soft power diplomacy

With Donald Trump a keen player, tournament offers chance for Europe to show united frontAs the Ryder Cup tees off for the first time in France this weekend, at a vast course beyond the Palace of Versailles, golf is becoming a new focus of soft power d…

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Theresa May scores own goal by holding up Belgium football shirt

Prime minister commits PR gaffe after top handed to her by Belgian counterpart They say sports and politics make uneasy bedfellows, and Theresa May will no doubt agree. At the start of a summit of EU leaders in Brussels, the British prime minister was …

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England and Belgium prepare for the ‘Brexit derby’

World Cup tie takes place as EU leaders gather in Brussels, allowing footballing and political metaphors to mix freelyIt’s not exactly Westminster v Brussels, but England and Belgium’s match on Thursday has become “the Brexit derby” that no World Cup h…

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Dreaming of England: nationhood, football and the World Cup

With the tournament almost upon us, England fans expect – but the game has changed over the decades, and the country with itGiven all that has happened since, it is easy to forget that four days after the UK voted to leave the European Union, England’s…

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Brexit makes no sense and Britain should vote again, says Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool manager calls for another vote on European future‘There is not one time in history where division creates success’ Jürgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, has told the Guardian that Brexit “makes no sense at all” and that he believes British …

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Higher costs may lead to sporting events shunning Britain after Brexit

• International federations may look elsewhere to stage big events• Executives warn House of Lords over Brexit implications for sportMajor sporting events including rugby and cricket World Cups are less likely to be held in post-Brexit Britain, the Hou…

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Wimbledon to increase prize pot to compensate for weak pound

All England Club seeks to counter sterling’s fall in value following Brexit vote

Wimbledon will announce a steep rise in prize money for this year’s tennis champions as the tournament seeks to counter the pound’s fall in value following the Brexit vote, reports suggest.

Related: Weak pound melts the British dream of a place in the sun

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What does the rest of Europe really think of the Ryder Cup?

Before the first Ryder Cup since the Brexit vote, the Guardian’s European correspondents assess the public mood in their countries, and how much people really care about the competition

Ryder Cup competitor: Henrik Stenson

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Spanish football clubs to repay tens of millions in illegal state subsidies

Real Madrid and FC Barcelona among teams Brussels finds guilty of unfair competition after receiving state finance

Real Madrid, FC Barcelona and five other Spanish football clubs must repay tens of millions of euros in illegal state subsidies, after the EU executive found they had received unfair financial aid from their government.

Real Madrid, the world’s top-earning football club, will have to repay €18.4m (£15.4m), after the European commission judged that an overpriced land deal with local authorities in the Spanish capital was unfairly tilted in the club’s favour.

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Brussels set to give verdict on ‘unlawful’ aid to Spanish football clubs

European commission inquiry has considered whether Spain broke rules on public funding through tax breaks

The European commission is expected to deliver its verdict on Monday on whether Spain wrongfully handed out tens of millions of euros in state aid to some of the country’s top football clubs.

The investigation centres on aid received by seven clubs, including Barcelona and Real Madrid, whose £86m player Gareth Bale is part of the first ever Welsh team to reach a semi-final in a major tournament at Euro 2016.

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Brexit vote: what does it mean for professional sport in the UK?

• Decision to leave European Union could have far-reaching effects
• End to freedom of movement could mean new work permits are required

So the votes are in. Britain’s status as a member of the European Union is now on borrowed time after the victory for Brexit campaign. But what could that mean for professional sport in the United Kingdom?

Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union establishes the procedures for a member state to withdraw from the EU. Once that is invoked, Britain will have a two-year window in which to negotiate a new treaty to replace the terms of EU membership.

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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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