Newspaper headlines: Football 'corruption', Queen's speech and Bond return

Allegations of corruption at world football's governing body, Fifa, dominate the front pages.

Several officials have been indicted by US prosecutors, and some arrested in Zurich where they gathered for Fifa's presidential election.

"The events mark the most dramatic move by law enforcement agencies against an organisation that has lurched from scandal to scandal but has so far escaped criminal prosecution," says the Financial Times.

Several papers consider what all this might mean for Fifa president Sepp Blatter, who is not among those indicted, and for future World Cups.

The Sun says the English FA is leading moves to oust Mr Blatter amid hopes of reviving England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, while the Star claims world football is in "crisis".

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Image caption Fifa is due to elect a president on Friday

The Times, meanwhile, says European football chiefs have called for a complete change of Fifa's leadership and do not believe Friday's election should go ahead.

In the Mirror, Match of the Day presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker questions whether Mr Blatter can remain at the head of Fifa.

He tells the paper: "You would like to think it would be the beginning of the end for Blatter but the man is an incredible survivor.

"How can this man stay in charge when his organisation has been found to be so bereft of decency.

"I find it sickening that the beautiful game, the world's game, can be polluted in this way and left in such a condition."

'Hour of reckoning'

Oliver Brown in the Telegraph says that rather than being the sport's darkest day, it is its brightest hour.

"The day that convulsed football began at 6am Zurich time, at the hotel where Fifa's shadowy courtiers traditionally felt safest and most indulged," he writes. "How the world had longed for this hour of reckoning."

But Times chief sports writer Matt Dickinson doesn't think Mr Blatter will be going anywhere soon.

"How to oust the everlasting Sepp Blatter?" he writes. "His European enemies hoped that law-enforcement agencies might do it for them but that is certainly not imminent.

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Image caption What does the future hold for Sepp Blatter?

"They know better than to believe that he will be shamed out of his position or do the honourable thing by resigning."

In a leader article, the Times urges Mr Blatter to step down and open the way for sweeping changes at Fifa. Likewise, the Telegraph says it should be "full time" for Mr Blatter.

The Sun's Martin Lipton says Fifa has finally discovered that it is not immune to the reach of the US authorities.

The Independent says in an editorial: "The US Justice Department has rendered a signal service to football fans everywhere - by setting in motion the desperately overdue cleansing of the gigantic Augean stable that is the governing body of the world's most popular sport."

'Historic announcement'

The papers reflect on the Queen's Speech which included an EU referendum by the end of 2017 and a Trade Unions Bill dealing with strike ballot turnouts, although plans to scrap the Human Rights Act were delayed.

The Express claims credit for the "historic announcement" about Europe.

"The Queen's Speech confirmed that legislation to trigger an in-out EU referendum will be introduced into Parliament within days," it says. "Campaigners said it was now time to get behind the battle to cut ties with Brussels."

The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, says David Cameron used the Queen's Speech to flag legislation that could result in donations to Labour falling by tens of millions of pounds every year.

"In a surprise move the Conservatives introduced a new law to reform the way union activists pay a "political levy" to Labour," it explains. The paper believes the move deserves the "warmest welcome".

The Times says Labour's main source of funding has been put under threat by a surprise Queen's Speech measure to slash big donations from the unions.

The Mail says Mr Cameron used the speech to "aim a dagger at Labour's union paymasters".

The Guardian focuses on the Investigatory Powers Bill, which would give intelligence agencies new tools to target internet data.

The paper says Mr Cameron will use the Tories' majority to press ahead with a "turbo-charged" version of what critics call a "snooper's charter".

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Image caption The Queen's Speech included laws on Europe and trade unions

The paper's Patrick Wintour writes: "This may be the Queen's speech that David Cameron never planned, or entirely hoped, to pass to Her Majesty.

"He largely regarded the Conservative manifesto as an opening negotiating bid with the Liberal Democrats before inevitable coalition talks with Nick Clegg.

"Now the Liberal Democrats are dispatched to the political wilderness, Cameron suddenly finds himself the sole master in his own house.

"He no longer has to send civil service emissaries to Clegg's entourage for a second opinion. The Tory manifesto needs to be read on its own, and not as a companion volume to the Liberal Democrat manifesto."

The Independent thinks the Queen may well have wondered what happened to the government's pledge to scrap the Human Rights Act.

"Shrewd as she is," says the Independent, "she would not have been fooled by the weaselly words 'my government will bring forward proposals for a British Bill of Rights' as indicating any serious commitment to legislate."

The Guardian reckons the Queen's Speech traipsed across all sorts of ground - but everything comes back to the EU referendum.

The Times says Ed Miliband, Boris Johnson and David Cameron have all invoked the "one-nation" mantra - but only one, Mr Cameron, has had the chance to put it into practice.

'Vision in gold'

The papers herald the return of the James Bond character Pussy Galore who is to appear in an official novel, Trigger Mortis.

"Some 56 years since Ian Fleming left his most memorably named character in James Bond's arms at the end of Goldfinger she is to make a return in a new novel sanctioned by the late author's nieces," says the Times.

The book is set two weeks after the end of Goldfinger and she wakes up in Bond's flat in Chelsea at the beginning.

"She captivated a generation in one of film's most memorable roles, a vision in gold swapping quips with James Bond," says the Telegraph. "Now Pussy Galore, it appears, is back."

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Image caption Don't be alarmed... it's only a cup of coffee

And "just smell the coffee and wake up" says the Telegraph.

No, that is right, for the paper reports that an alarm clock which wakes sleepers with the smell of hot coffee could soon be available.

The gadget, it continues, replaces buzzers and beepers with the timed release of a chosen smell to wake up its users, including more unusual smells such as bank notes or tea tree extract.

Eighteen-year-old Frenchman Guillaume Rolland, who has launched a crowdfunding appeal, tells the Telegraph: "Waking up to my alarm clock was so terrible. I decided that, here in the 21st Century, there must be something I can do about it."

But the Telegraph says the only way to achieve painless waking would be to "get enough sleep, and that - in a world of work and children - is seldom to be had".

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Media captionFreelance journalist Susie Boniface and Financial Times political correspondent Kiran Stacey join the BBC News Channel to review Thursday's front pages

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