Newspaper headlines: Fresh Brexit claims and football clashes

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"Back in the dark ages?" asks the Mail on Sunday's sport supplement after days of violence involving England football fans in Marseille were followed by disappointment on the pitch.

"Memories of a draw they snatched from the jaws of victory against Russia will mingle with recollections of chairs flying through the air, hooligans scattering around the Vieux Port and snarling faces," says the paper's chief sports writer, Oliver Holt.

Russia's "sickening" equaliser broke England's hearts, the Sun reports, while "Russian football thugs caused carnage".

The paper quotes England supporters as saying Russians involved in the clashes "weren't like ordinary fans - they were all like bodybuilders and meant to cause us serious harm."

Another England follower tells the Sunday Express: "The [2018] World Cup in Russia should be taken away from them."

But it is clear from the papers that some onlookers blame the English for the trouble.

A pregnant woman told the Sunday Telegraph: "It makes me sick to see the English behave like this."


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Image caption Papers disagree on whether Princess Charlotte or her brother stole the show from the Queen.

Queen in green

  • There are many pictures in the papers of the royal family on the Buckingham Palace balcony during the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.
  • Several articles remark on the vivid green dress and hat worn by the monarch. The Queen, as a Sunday Mirror writer puts it, "trooped her own colour".
  • The Queen is not one of those older women who "reach for beige, taupe and any other nondescript hue that will see them blending into the background," says Hattie Brett in the Telegraph.
  • But for other writers it was the 13-month old Princess Charlotte who stole the show as she smiled and appeared to give a royal wave.
  • The Mail claims Prince George upstaged his sister with an apparent salute, which the Sun calls "Salute to my great green".

And the Daily Star is among papers quoting a local politician who said "What has happened with the English fans is unbearable and extremely shocking... I hope that when the bill for damage has been completed their country will contribute to the cost."

But there is nothing but enthusiasm for the performance Wales turned in to win their opening game against Slovakia.

"Gareth Bale and substitute Hal Ronson-Kanu made it a day to remember for Wales and their ecstatic fans" writes James Nursey in the Mirror and Sunday People.

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Image caption David and Samantha Cameron and George Osborne all have articles in the papers supporting EU membership.

"The triumphant scenes in Bordeaux will live long in the memory for Wales at their first major finals since 1958."

Several papers agree that Welsh morale is high as they prepare to face England next week.

"Gareth Bale made history and roared: England are next" according to the Sun.

The prime minister provides an article to the Sunday Telegraph and an interview to the Observer - both warning that leaving the EU will cause a "black hole" in public finances and put guarantees of spending on pension rises and other areas such as the NHS.


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The Leave campaign "are asking you to roll the dice with our future - with your future," writes Mr Cameron in the Telegraph.

Pensions and the NHS are "on the ballot paper and they are at risk," he tells the Observer.

Similar warnings come from the chancellor in the Sun. Mr Osborne says that if Britain left the EU "I'd have to start cutting key budgets like defence... our Armed Forces will be smaller and that means fewer planes, ships and personnel."

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Media captionSunday Times education editor Sian Griffiths and political commentator Vincent Moss join the BBC News Channel to review Sunday's front pages.

And in the Mail Samantha Cameron writes what the paper says is her first-ever newspaper article, in support of staying in. "I leave politics to my husband," she says.

But she insists: "We can't let Britain and our children get left behind while we spend years in negotiations, trying to extract our country from the EU."

Nevertheless, there are claims that Mr Cameron is set to "take a back seat" in the Remain campaign, with Labour put in charge on winning over uncertain voters in the north of England.

The Express claims "emergency battle plans are being drawn up to try to win over voters and save the prime minister's career."


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Donald or Hillary?

  • With just two protagonists left ion the American election race the papers devote much space to the chances of both candidates.
  • In the Sunday Express, George Beahm reports that Donald Trump "expects to deliver a knock-out punch" when he takes on Hillary Clinton in the one-on-one TV debates in the autumn.
  • But the Observer's front page proclaims "Why Hillary can't lose" with Michael Cohen writing inside that the Republican supporters who back Mr Trump "look nothing like" the rest of the US electorate.
  • In the Sunday Times, Amanda Foreman says Mrs Clinton is the "wrong kind of feminist, right kind of candidate".
  • The Telegraph's Nick Allen says the opponents are "two of the most unpopular presidential candidates in history" and adds that a spoiler campaign by the Libertarian party candidate ex-governor Gary Johnson, could cost Mr Trump the White House.

According to the Sun "the panicking PM will let Labour lead the fight to convince working-class voters they will be worse off if we leave."

In the Sunday Mirror, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn writes in favour of EU membership: "I have seen first-hand the jobs, investment, workers' rights and environmental protection that being part of the EU helps secure for working people.

"That's why, despite its faults, I believe it's best we vote to stay and work with our friends to make the changes Europe needs."

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Image caption Several papers mention Jeremy Corbyn's TV appearance when he said he was "not a huge fan" of the EU.

But the Telegraph claims that there is "growing dismay over Mr Corbyn's failure to make an impact in Labour's official Remain campaign" and several papers cite his remark on TV that he is "seven or seven-and-a-half out of 10" in his support for the EU.

Among other concerns raised in the papers is the fear that an IRA explosion which devastated central Manchester in 1996 may have put people at risk from asbestos dust spread by the blast. It follows the death of a 40-year-old man who worked in the rubble in the weeks after the bombing, say the Express and Sunday Mirror.

The Sunday People has a report on overcrowding on Britain's trains, saying "It's only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured, or worse."

And parts of London's Tube may even be put out of action as soaring population leads to unsustainable station overcrowding, a senior manager warns in the Sunday Times.


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