Newspaper headlines: Gove referendum interview, Fifa finances and musician Dave Swarbrick 'dies again'

The death of boxing legend Muhammad Ali came after Saturday's papers went to press - although they all carry the news the 74 year old was seriously ill in a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, with a respiratory condition.

Elsewhere, leading Vote Leave figure Michael Gove is in the spotlight after his first major TV appearance of the EU referendum campaign.

The justice secretary, says the i, lashed out at the "invincible arrogance of Europe's elites" in the interview and Q&A session on Sky News, and brushed aside the absence of support for Brexit among economic forecasters and political leaders.

It was, says the Guardian, a bruising interview in which Mr Gove - "in an astonishing attack" - accused the prime minister of scaremongering over the risks of leaving the EU.

The Sun highlights a claim made by Mr Gove during the appearance that an extra £100m a week could be spent on the NHS if Britain quit the EU, using money saved from Brussels. It describes the proposal as a "direct challenge to the prime minister's authority".

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The main story in the Daily Telegraph focuses on Mr Gove's assertion the EU is a "job-destroying machine" and description of his father's fish merchant business "going to the wall" because of its quotas.

Mr Gove, says the Telegraph, gave voters a "more convincing idea" of what policy agenda might be implemented post-Brexit.

In the view of the paper's sketch writer, Michael Deacon, Mr Gove faced the same "tough" questioning from Sky's political editor Faisal Islam as the prime minister had the previous evening but a "markedly less hostile" studio audience.

In a leading article, the Times says Mr Gove's responses betrayed real weaknesses in the economic case for leaving the EU but immigration - an issue the Remain side looks vulnerable on - will be central to the debate in the run up to the vote.

"Mr Gove worked hard to make the case that the Brexiteers are answering what they deride as Project Fear with Project Hope. The great question is whether voters will choose hope over experience."


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Fifa finances

Lawyers carrying out an internal investigation at Fifa have released details of secret pay rises and bonuses worth $80m (£55m) paid to Sepp Blatter and two other former high-ranking officials.

The Financial Times leads with the announcement, reporting football's world governing body is making efforts to show its commitment to reform, even as its current leadership faces allegations of interference with investigations into its conduct.

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It is the splash in the Guardian too, which describes the claims as "another lurid episode" from the era of former president Mr Blatter.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the dossier on contracts "laid bare the largesse" that had existed at the top of the organisation.

The Times says the disclosures came as Fifa attempts to recover from a bribery scandal in which 42 other people have been indicted in the US. It also records Mr Blatter's lawyer as saying his payments were "proper, fair and in line with the heads of major professional sports leagues around the world".


'21 years too late'

An inquest ruling that the death an army recruit at Deepcut barracks in Surrey in 1995 was suicide is widely reported.

Pte Cheryl James, 18, was found dead with a bullet wound to the head in 1995. She was one of four trainees to die at the base over a period of seven years and the i reports the hearing in Woking was told bullying and a "sexualised" culture existed "where weak were prey".

The Daily Express records the grief of Pte James's parents, who say they refuse to accept there was enough evidence for the coroner's conclusion at the inquest, which was held after an earlier open verdict was quashed by the High Court.

In the Daily Mail, Barbara Davies examines the background to the case, and wonders "should women really be serving alongside men?"

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the head of the Army, General Sir Nick Carter, apologises "unreservedly" for the duty of care failings at Deepcut at the time.

"The tragedy of Cheryl's death has taught us some hard lessons and will serve as a constant reminder... of the importance of ensuring all of our people are valued and have the opportunity to flourish," he says.

In a leading article, the Guardian refers to an inquest that came "21 years too late".

It says "it is essential that those representing the bereaved have parity of funding with the other side. Otherwise evidence and assertions will go unchallenged...

"It is not enough for jury or coroner to describe the factors that contributed to the death if there is no system to make sure that what happened then won't happen again," it adds. "That means some kind of framework to compel reforms and monitor results."


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Media captionBroadcaster and barrister Sophia Cannon and Toby Young, associate editor at the Spectator, join the BBC News Channel to review Saturday's front pages

Swarbrick's select club

Finally, the Daily Telegraph publishes an obituary to folk musician Dave Swarbrick - for a second time.

Swarbrick, best known for his work with Fairport Convention, has passed away at the age of 75 and the paper takes the opportunity to recount the day in 1999 when it prematurely announced his death.

The Telegraph recalls it had received erroneous information the influential violinist and singer had died while he was recovering from a bout of emphysema in his home city of Coventry.

The obituaries staff were said to be distraught, it says, but the piece made flattering reading and Swarbrick for a while turned the error to his advantage by selling signed photocopies of the article at his gigs.

He had, says the Times, joined a select group of public figures confronted with news of their demise including entertainer Bob Hope, circus impresario PT Barnum, and Mark Twain, who in 1897 famously quipped that reports of his death had been greatly exaggerated.


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