The papers: Football 'corruption' and a Prince's secret holiday

There are 11 pages in all in the Sunday Times detailing the discoveries made by their Insight team into what the paper says was a plot to "buy" the hosting of football's 2022 World Cup for Qatar.

The paper says it is in possession of "smoking gun" documents linking Qatar's Mohamed bin Hammam - the former vice-president of football's ruling body Fifa - to payments made to some of those voting to determine which country's bid to host the contest would succeed.

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Image caption Mohamed bin Hammam did not respond when contacted with details of the Sunday Times' story

The paper lists documents and emails which it says shows that money and gifts were showered on the heads of various nations football authorities.

Many of the recipients of bin Hammam's alleged largesse were African officials, but football bosses in other continents are also implicated, the paper says.

The Qatari - who stood down from his football post in 2011 after being accused of bribing voters to elect him Fifa president - has not commented on the Sunday Times' claims.

The country's football authorities, say he was not part of their 2022 bid team, but acted as a "separate individual", and many of those accused by the Sunday Times of accepting hospitality from the Qataris say they were only receiving standard "grants" to help with community projects in their countries.

Nonetheless, the paper insists that questions must be asked about how Qatar - which it brands as "too hot, too small and with no football culture" - was able to win the 2022 contest.

It quotes John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons Culture Committee, as saying: "There is now an overwhelming case that the decision as to where the World Cup should be held in 2022 should be held again."

The paper's leader column calls for a "root and branch" reform of Fifa, with fixed term appointments replacing indefinite sinecures, a proper register of interests and a ban on gifts and favours - and the resignation of Fifa chief Sepp Blatter.

The Sun on Sunday runs its own World Cup corruption allegations.

It says police and the Italian FA are investigating claims made to the paper by a football agent that he could arrange for the Nigerian team to "fix" certain matches at the forthcoming World Cup.

The man, a former player in Italy, allegedly told the Sun's undercover reporter that he had contacts in the Nigerian team, and a sidekick said he could arrange a penalty to be given away by a player for £81,000.

Border issues

UKIP's success in the recent European elections has put the country's relationship with the EU at the forefront of national debate - and the Sundays all have their own slants on matters.

The Sunday Times reports that David Cameron told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that if her supposed favourite for the job as president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, was elected his government would be "destabilised" and he would have to bring forward the "in-out" referendum over Britain's membership of the organisation.

The paper says Luxembourger Mr Juncker is a veteran "united states of Europe" enthusiast.

In a feature in the paper, Tim Shipman and Jack Grimston say Mr Cameron is heading for a major confrontation with eurosceptic members of the Tory party over his strategy and timetable for renegotiations with the EU, particularly over freedom of movement within the community.

It is pressure on Labour leader Ed Miliband over Europe that leads the Observer.

The paper reports that senior MPs have written to Mr Miliband saying that Labour's position on reform of EU migration policy is "not radical enough".

The MPs say that Labour must reflect that immigration - and the strain it places on local services - is a major concern for its working class voters, the paper adds.

In its leader column, The Observer argues "immigration should not be blamed for our woes".

It argues for the economic benefits of Britain's "hundreds of years" of immigration, whilst acknowledging that it was "not racist" to discuss the cultural and social impact of the UK's changing population.

In other papers, politicians of all hues discuss the "borders issue".

In the Sun on Sunday, Chancellor George Osborne says only his party can deal with EU immigration by drawing a "red line" on the issue and imposing a "new set of rules" on freedom of movement within Europe.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, former Conservative minister Dr Liam Fox argues for a quota-based immigration system on the American "green card" lines. He urges the PM to "seize the opportunity" presented by the rise of eurosceptic parties to argue for a fundamental reform of the EU.

A further critic of the free movement of labour is John Prescott, who writes an opinion piece in the Sunday Mirror.

The former Labour deputy leader argues that "a labour market, like the financial market, needs rules not complete freedom."

He says Britain should join France and Italy in calling for the "freedom of movement" principle to be reviewed.

'Serious thought'

With the Queen's Speech due on Wednesday, what could be in the new session of legislation is keenly discussed.

The Sunday Telegraph says that a shake-up which will "revolutionise pension savings" is set to be unveiled.

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Image caption The government outlines its proposed new laws in the Queen's Speech

It says a system of "collective pensions" is to be allowed, where people can band together to make a big pension pot, which is then shared on retirement, rather than contributing to individual retirement nest-eggs.

The system, which is popular in the Netherlands, has the advantage of providing investors with greater security for their schemes, the paper reckons.

It adds that the Dutch system has delivered up to 30% greater yields than our "individual pot" system, although it notes that there are calls within Holland for it to be scrapped there.

The paper's leader column says the reform would encourage people "to devote more serious thought to securing their financial future after retirement".

The Sun on Sunday lists three measures it says will be in the Queen's Speech.

It says the Armed Forces will get a new watchdog to deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and discrimination within the services.

It also says senior civil servants will be barred from walking back into government jobs immediately after receiving golden handshakes from their old posts.

And it says the fines for not paying workers the minimum wage will be increased.

The Sunday Mirror highlights Ed Miliband's claim that the government is a "zombie" administration which has "run out of ideas".

Mr Miliband says fewer bills were passed during the last session of parliament than any time since 1950.

Dark radar

Several newspapers have stories of young British men who have become radical Islamists and have joined militant jihadis fighting overseas.

The Mail on Sunday leads with the story of a young Londoner who has abandoned his job at the House of Fraser to fight with rebels in Syria.

The paper says the man has posted graphic images of dead regime soldiers from Syria and boasted of killing many personally.

The paper says he leads a rebel force known as "Unit Bin Laden" and it details tweets and web posts from him encouraging extremist attacks within the UK.

A "family source" told the paper they do not understand how he came to be mixed up with extremists.

"We are just a normal British family. This is all stupid, it is not our religion," the family member told the Mail.

In the Sunday Times the mother of a British Muslim convert who has joined al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia speaks of her fears.

Sally Evans of High Wycombe says she'd rather see her son Thomas jailed in the UK than face death fighting in East Africa.

Mrs Evans said she was keeping British police informed of what Thomas was doing, based on his irregular phone calls home.

She told the paper her son would die "doing something he shouldn't be doing" and "if he took other lives, how do you live with that?"

The Independent on Sunday carries a report from Europol, the European police co-ordinating authority, warning that the threat to Britain's security is set to soar if the Syrian civil war ends and homegrown jihadists return to the UK.

It said militants were travelling to Syria under the "cover of legitimate humanitarian aid missions".

A different threat to the country's anti-terror defences, makes the lead story for the Sunday People.

It says that US whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed so much about how Britain's GCHQ gathers intelligence that Britain is now "wide open to attack", according to a Whitehall source quoted in the paper.

The source continued "parts of the radar have gone dark. That is very worrying".


It's the allegedly on-off royal romance that keeps giving - in the sense that our newspapers can continue to get headline mileage from it.

Prince Harry's relationship with Cressida Bonas is the subject of the Daily Star Sunday's front page, with the paper claiming the "lovesick" Prince is planning to "win back" Miss Bonas with a secret getaway to Devon.

The paper says a "royal insider" has told it that Prince Harry invited Miss Bonas to join him for a "secret seaside holiday" while cooking her a dinner at Kensington Palace last week.

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The paper claims Miss Bonas broke up with the Prince in April because she was scared of the attention that being a royal girlfriend brought with it, but the Devon getaway will give the couple a chance to "discuss their future".

Both the Prince and Miss Bonas are to join in a charity hike in the Alps, the paper adds.

While only obliquely referring to the speculation that the royal romance may be back on, the Sunday Times updates its readers as to what Miss Bonas is doing at present.

The answer - surprisingly - is playing a wolf with a cockney accent in a drama to be performed in a Welsh field.

The paper explains that Miss Bonas - who has a dancing and acting background - is performing in a friend's "budget play" at a festival in Hay-on-Wye.

"It's about all of us, not anyone in particular," she tells the paper.

"And no-one knows who you are, especially when you are in Wales."

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