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Dalian Atkinson: officer told ex-footballer ‘keep your head down’, murder trial hears

Witness on third day of trial says she had to look away in horror as police officer stamped on his head in 2016 incidentA police officer accused of murdering the former footballer Dalian Atkinson told him to “keep your head down” as he repeatedly stamp…

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Dalian Atkinson: officer told ex-footballer ‘keep your head down’, murder trial hears

Witness on third day of trial says she had to look away in horror as police officer stamped on his head in 2016 incidentA police officer accused of murdering the former footballer Dalian Atkinson told him to “keep your head down” as he repeatedly stamp…

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Football authorities in England accused of not taking Islamophobia seriously

Grassroots players tell study about regularly facing anti-Muslim hatred from fans, teammates and opponentsFootball authorities have been accused by Muslim grassroots football players of failing to take Islamophobia seriously despite placing a focus on …

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‘White Lives Matter’ plane organiser says police have offered protection

Burnley supporter says 60 people contributed to Premier League game stunt A man who said he organised the “White Lives Matter Burnley” stunt, in which an aircraft towed a banner bearing words over a Premier League match on Monday, said police have offe…

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Spurs criticise OED over expanded definition of ‘yid’

North London club says entry referring to its fans’ use of term ‘fails to distinguish context’Tottenham Hotspur have criticised the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) after it expanded its definition of the word “yid” to include a “supporter of or player …

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Bernie Ecclestone: £50m jewellery raid possibly an ‘inside job’

Former F1 boss says burglary at daughter Tamara’s house was an ‘awful thing to happen’The former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has said he believes the theft of £50m worth of jewellery from his daughter’s property was an “inside job”.Tamara Eccles…

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Jeremy Corbyn attacks ‘pricing out’ of football fans in Premier League

Labour leader says German model of fan ownership is more democraticJeremy Corbyn has spoken of his admiration for the German model of football fan club ownership as he went into detail about Labour’s plans to give supporters influence over how their te…

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Footballer carjacking attempt reveals threat to London’s super-rich

Ultra-wealthy hiring military drivers and bringing in more guard dogs to counter armed thieves The criminal threat to London’s wealthiest footballers is now so serious that they are hiring military drivers, bringing in more guard dogs, and could face n…

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Flamboyant horse racing pundit John McCririck dies aged 79

Face of Channel 4 racing coverage became a household name and starred on reality TVJohn McCririck, the garrulous racing pundit who became a household name as the flamboyantly attired face of British racing coverage, has died at the age of 79.Typically …

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Tom Daley’s husband says British Swimming lied in row over son’s buggy

Organisers were ‘cruel’ and ‘thoughtless’ at Diving World Series, says Dustin Lance BlackThe husband of Tom Daley accused British Swimming of telling lies as a row relating to the couple’s baby son’s access to poolside events escalated on social media….

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London Marathon runners ‘harassed’ to speed up

One of race’s official pacers also says there were no water stations for slower runnersLondon Marathon organisers are investigating claims about the absence of water stations, and slower runners being ordered on to pavements for failing to keep up with…

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London railway station to be renamed Tottenham Hotspur

TfL says change is subject to public consultation but football club appears to be telling partners decision is madeThe railway station near Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is to be renamed after the club lobbied the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, and his tr…

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Royal Windsor Horse Show condemned for Bahraini sponsorship

Event being used by kingdom to distract from human rights abuses, complaint allegesThe UK’s largest outdoor horse show, which is patronised by the Queen, faces accusations that it is being used by the Bahraini royal family to distract from human rights…

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Spurs criticised as electricians go unpaid for work to finish new stadium

• Recruitment agency collapse has led to workers not being paid• Contractors working round the clock to get stadium completedTottenham Hotspur have been urged to step in to pay contracted workers at their new stadium after electricians said they had be…

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Barry Bennell victims welcome rejection of appeal against jail term

High court judges turn down appeal by former football coach who abused young playersVictims of Barry Bennell, the former football coach who was labelled “sheer evil” after subjecting junior footballers from Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra to hundre…

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Anthony Joshua thumps boxing into the big time – but it’s gloves off for fans

Alcohol and cocaine blamed for crowd violence at local fights, with one announcer appealing: ‘Gentlemen, this is not football’These are heady times for boxing. Crossover stars such as Anthony Joshua, who last night defended his world heavyweight titles…

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Police investigate alleged poisoning of British tennis player at Wimbledon

Gabriella Taylor, 18, retired from her quarter-final match in the junior competition and spent several days in intensive care

Scotland Yard is investigating allegations that a British tennis player who was forced to retire from competing in this year’s Wimbledon tournament was deliberately poisoned.

Related: Wimbledon win worth less for Serena Williams due to sterling turmoil

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Euro 2016 hit by fresh violence – Live

  • England and Russia fans brawled and chased one another through Lille
  • Trouble erupts again as French authorities’ fears are realised

7.47pm BST

A large number of fans have congregated outside one of the bars near the Lille Flandres station – with dozens of police officers carrying riot shields standing guard.

The Press Association reports that the crowd has been chanting God Save The Queen and England Til I Die, as well as singing “Where were you in Marseille?” towards the assembled police.

7.41pm BST

Peter Walker reports from Lille

As evening fell the streets of Lille were increasingly filled with jovial French fans en route to watch their match against Albania.

There were still several roving groups of fairly drunk if also mainly jovial England and Wales supporters, moving from bar to bar and singing songs.

As with earlier some of the songs and chants were anti-Russian. Smaller groups of Russian fans looked on but did little.

It seems likely there will be more clashes later. That’s just based on the fact that there’s a lot of fairly drunk young men around, and something of an animosity now between some England fans and their Russian counterparts.

It’s worth noting that all this has involved no more than a few hundred people at most, a tiny proportion of the supporters here.

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Leicester City parade Premier League trophy through packed streets

Thousands of fans from near and far turn out to celebrate club’s first top-flight title in its history

It was the moment, surely, when those last few holdouts who had refused to see it as anything other than dream finally allowed themselves to believe.

Through a cacophonous sea of blue and white on either side, the bus carrying Leicester City’s triumphant Premier League champions slowly snaked its way through the streets of the city in a victory parade like no other in British footballing history.

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Leicester fans celebrate football’s unlikeliest win

City pubs go wild with joy as Spurs draw delivers victory for the Foxes Fairy tales really do come true after all it seems. Less than 10 months after starting the season as 5,000-1 outsiders, Leicester City is celebrating its first Premier League title…