Newspaper headlines: 'Red faces' over Old Trafford alert, Eurovision 'war', EU 'point scoring'

The revelation that a fake bomb left in a toilet after a training exercise caused the evacuation of Manchester United's Old Trafford ground is explored on the front and back pages of Monday's papers.

The terror alert ahead of United's clash with Bournemouth, says the Daily Mail, descended into farce when it emerged that it was sparked by the actions of a private security company earlier in the week.

The game was called off, making it the first time a Premier League match had been abandoned before kick-off, and the Army bomb squad carried out a controlled explosion.

Manchester United bosses, says Metro and the Sun, were left red-faced on what should have been the final day of the league.

The "astonishing blunder", the Sun continues, will cost the club £3m after it agreed to refund the cost of ticket purchases and let supporters attend Tuesday's rescheduled match for free.

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United are to face Crystal Palace in Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley, notes the Daily Mirror, and will not now have a free week to prepare.

But the Daily Mirror adds supporters, stewards and the emergency services deserve praise for the "text book evacuation".

"It's a reflection of the jittery times we live in that chances aren't taken and eternal vigilance is required."

The Times says Greater Manchester Police have defended their actions. Premier League clubs have been on heightened security alert since the Paris terror attacks last November, which included a failed attempt to enter the Stade de France, it says.

In the Daily Telegraph, chief football correspondent Jason Burt says Sunday's events do not reflect well on one of the biggest football clubs in the world.

Still he adds: "There will be annoyance, ridicule, embarrassment and even anger... But the drama is an unavoidable consequence of the febrile atmosphere that exists post-Paris".


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Eurovision 'war'

Ukraine's Eurovision victory has, in the view of the Times, left Russia "apoplectic".

Jamala took first place in the song contest, ahead of Australia and the favourite from Russia. And the Times says the success of the Crimean Tatar's song 1944 - about the Kremlin-ordered deportation of her people during World War Two - helped sparked the angry response.

The ballad, explains the Daily Mail, was widely seen as a swipe at Moscow over its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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"Eurovision has long faced accusations of politically-motivated judging - but this year's results have caused an all-out diplomatic war," it adds.

"Eurovision laid bare the extent and depth of Europe's continuing divisions over Russia and Ukraine in a visceral, dramatic way," writes Mary Dejevsky in the Guardian.

In the i, Kim Sengupta, says Jamala's victory is also being seen as a "political victory" for Tatars.

The Daily Telegraph's Tim Stanley sums up the bash in Sweden, writing: "The annual guilty pleasure that is Eurovision can be read in all sorts of ways. On the one hand, kitsch entertainment. On the other, deadly serious international rivalry."


Referendum agenda

Boris Johnson's comparison of the European Union's attempts to unify Europe with the actions of Hitler attracts contrasting views.

The Brexit campaigner, says the i, faced anger and ridicule, and "his comments raised the temperature of the already fractious EU referendum campaign". But it notes he has been backed by other pro-Leave MPs.

In a leading article the Daily Mail wonders "what did Mr Johnson actually say that was wrong... Is this really a cynical, hysterical argument, or simply the voice of logic and common sense?"

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The Sun too says: "Saying that dictators have attempted something similar - albeit by force - is both truthful and a point worth making."

For the Guardian "Boris Johnson's ugly and provocative allusion to the Third Reich as a metaphor for European integration clearly signals the rhetorical trajectory".

It says: "While the remain side can fairly be accused of overstating its case, the leave side is guilty of a graver offence: wilfully misrepresenting its agenda."

The Times sees Mr Johnson's assertion as "nonsense", while noting the Remain campaign has not been without its own hyperbole.

"Britain deserves better than the shrill point-scoring into which this debate has descended," says the Times. "The public cries out for facts, analysis and sober projections of two wholly credible paths for our future."


Elsewhere, David Cameron sets out his case for remaining in the EU in an article in the Daily Mirror in which he argues a vote to leave "might feel like an act of national defiance [but] could actually lead to our national decline".

"It's not every day you get a Tory prime minister writing in the Mirror. But then it's not every day we face a decision of this ­magnitude," he says.

Meanwhile, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson tells the Times leaving the EU would see Britain "become Europe's awkward neighbour, twitching the curtains at the world outside, helpless to do much about it".

The front page story in the Daily Express focuses on government analysis on the cost of educating children of EU citizens living in the UK.

The calculations - based on funding for pupils with at least one parent from the EU - suggests the cost could have almost doubled in the last 10 years to as much as £3.2bn annually, says the paper - a "staggering illustration of the devastating impact that mass migration has had".

The Daily Telegraph carries a letter from more than 300 business figures calling for the UK to leave the EU.

It comes after similar interventions from business supporters on both sides of the debate and, reports the paper, will be seen as an "attempt to redress the balance" after the Bank of England and International Monetary Fund last week warned a vote to leave would damage the economy.


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What the commentators say...

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