The front pages: Ofsted acts and England's unlikeliest fans

Ahead of the publication of the Ofsted reports into the allegations that hardline Islamists infiltrated several Birmingham schools - the "Trojan Horse" plot - Monday's press seems pretty certain of what the findings are.

The Daily Telegraph is one of three papers to lead with claims that from now on, Ofsted inspections will happen unannounced in schools which give cause for concern.

The "lightning inspections" are being ordered, the paper says, as some schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse allegations were able to stage lessons and assemblies which gave inspectors a false picture of "religious harmony".

The paper says the concerns which Ofsted's report has unearthed include the axing of parts of schools' curriculums; poor governance; homophobia; segregation of the sexes; a bar on sex education, and unsuitable religious speakers at assemblies.

The Telegraph reports that six of the schools under investigation are likely to be put into special measures, and a further nine will be deemed to "require improvement".

In its leader commentary, it says: "The Trojan Horse affair has raised a number of unsettling questions about the nature of religious tolerance, the future of faith-based education and the tensions caused by allowing schools greater independence while trying to control what they teach."

The Daily Mail's comment accused "plotters" of trying to "indoctrinate children into anti-Western beliefs".

In its report on the allegations, the Mail claims that children as young as six were encouraged to join in with anti-Christian chants at one school being investigated, and there were warnings at assemblies about "white prostitutes" and "hellfire".

The Sun's comment claims both Conservative and Labour parties had known about the allegations long before they were investigated.

"Everyone was too obsessed with political correctness and terrified of upsetting the Muslim community," the paper says. It adds "sackings must follow".

Writing in the Independent, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says politicians seeking to make political capital from the affair "do not understand multicultural Britain".

She says that education secretary Michael Gove's "pushing" for state-funded faith schools has resulted in "places of segregation and separation".

She adds: "Theresa May has presided over some of the most draconian anti-terrorism laws in British history... in doing so, she has radicalised more Muslims than Abu Hamza managed."


'Knocking lumps'

The fall-out of the political spat between Mr Gove and Mrs May over how best to tackle radicalisation still fascinates the press.

The Daily Mail reports that Theresa May faces a "grilling" from MPs over whether she knew her adviser Fiona Cunningham had leaked a private letter from the home secretary to Mr Gove.

In his analysis in the paper, Andrew Pierce says Mr Gove is the "winner on points" from this political battle, with Mrs May left missing her "rottweiler" Ms Cunningham, who has been forced to resign.

In its opinion column, The Guardian says both the home secretary and the education secretary "made active moves to force their mutual animosity out into the media".

It adds that the spat over extremism occurred before either Mr Gove or Mrs May had waited to see the facts of the Birmingham case.

The prime minister "should ask his colleagues to hold off on knocking lumps out of each other before they have got to grips with the truth," it concludes.

The Sun claims that Ms Cunningham was forced out because she was "hated" by the Downing Street communication chief Craig Oliver.

The paper claims the two clashed over "PR strategy" and Ms Cunningham subsequently refused to attend his meetings or take his calls.

The Daily Telegraph says No 10 had been "gunning" for Ms Cunningham for some time, and David Cameron's aides have developed "a healthy suspicion" of Mrs May over her attempts to "position herself as a potential [Tory] leader".

In The Times' Thunderer column, Tim Montgomerie suggests it is time for Mr Gove to leave his post in education.

"Although he deserves to be remembered as a great education secretary, he has fought on too many fronts," Montgomerie says.

The Department for Education now needs someone who can "win friends" rather than "cross dangerous motorways as well as country roads to begin an argument", he adds.


'Crunch time'

With just days until the World Cup starting, there is plenty of football talk in the papers - and much of it about Fifa.

The Financial Times says three of Fifa's biggest sponsors are adding to the pressure on the organisation to fully investigate corruption claims surrounding Qatar's winning of the right to hold the 2022 tournament.

The paper quotes a football insider who notes: "Sponsors, historically... have always been passive and discreet with their observations on Fifa politics."

The paper also quotes Damian Collins MP, a campaigner for Fifa reform, who welcomes Sony, Adidas and Visa's statements.

"The only language Fifa understands is money," he told the paper, urging the other big sponsors Coca-Cola, Hyundai and Emirates to speak out too.

The Times in its leader column says it is "crunch time" for Fifa.

It says the evidence of corruption assembled by its sister paper on Sunday is "compelling and appalling".

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Image caption The Brazilian authorities took no chances with security after violent protests had taken place in the country in the World Cup run-up

It continues: "If the vote for the 2022 World Cup were rerun it would be a blow to Qatari pride but a great victory in the struggle against corruption in any walk of life."

Meanwhile, in Brazil, the edgy security around England's arrival at their base hotel attracts much comment.

The Daily Star says "Roy's boys" are surrounded by a "ring of steel".

The paper notes that as well as armed soldiers, the England squad found a throng of young Brazilian fans outside and large posters of manager Roy Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard being used as decoration by their hotel.

The 29C heat that the Daily Mirror notes greeted the side's arrival at Rio de Janeiro may seem balmy compared to the temperatures at Manaus, where England will play their first game on Saturday.

The Independent's Tim Rich is in the Amazonian city and he says the heat - and 80% humidity - "sting the eyes".

Former Brazilian player Mirandinha has predicted that England will "struggle to breathe", he adds.

Still, that shouldn't be a problem for some of England's most unlikely supporters, as featured heavily in The Sun.

The paper claims members of the Matis tribe of Amazonian indigenous people have adopted England as their own for the tournament.

Picturing a family of tribesmen in England replica shirts, the paper explains that the Matis - who are known as the Lion People - were attracted to the side because of the three lions badge on all their kit.

If England prosper, then the Matis - and their other fans - will be thankful that they are not subject to the regulations that are being imposed on Swiss fans, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The paper says that in Swiss cantons police regulations have gone out restricting "noisy celebrations" of World Cup matches to just one hour from the final whistle.

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