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Newspaper headlines: Super League ‘in tatters’ and Chauvin found guilty

#AceNewsReport – Apr.21: For those papers that went to print in time to reflect former police offer Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd, striking images appear on the front pages from outside the court in Minneapolis, US.

The European Super League is once again the focus of the morning’s papers – though they went to press before it emerged all six English clubs were pulling out. The Guardian says the league is “on the brink of collapse” after Manchester City and Chelsea pulled out of the competition. The paper reports that, on a “seismic day for football”, the prime minister said the government would drop “a legislative bomb” to stop the league.

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“Cheero! Cheerio! Cheerio!” chants the Sun, in what it calls a “huge victory for football fans”. It says Chelsea and Manchester City’s decision to quit the “despised” league leaves the tournament “in tatters”.

The Daily Mirror calls it a “new hope for football” and quotes Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as saying: “It is not sport if success is guaranteed.”

BBC Sport”Their knees have gone all trembly,” is the headline on the front of the Daily Star. It says the new league is “a laughing stock” after Chelsea and Manchester City quit after “uniting the whole world” against the so-called Big Six clubs.”Own goal!” is the headline of the i paper. It reports that the UK government is prepared to change the law on football club ownership, towards the German model of fan control or by introducing a “‘golden share’ to give supporters a veto over major decisions”.”They think it’s all over,” the Metro says, playing on Kenneth Wolstenholme’s BBC commentary in the closing moments of the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final. Chelsea fans demonstrated before last night’s match against Brighton and Hove Albion, it says. Elsewhere, the paper marks “95 glorious years” of the Queen, as she celebrates her birthday on Wednesday.

AFP”Super League crumbles as clubs bow to fan fury,” is the headline of the Times. Many newspapers will have been sending their first editions to print around the time that police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering African-American George Floyd, as the news came in late in the evening UK-time.

The Times says Chauvin showed little emotion during the trial, will be sentenced later, and is expected to appeal.The Daily Mail asks whether the guilty verdict can “bring peace to America’s race turmoil”. However, it leads on the European Super League, describing the saga as “football’s civil war”.

The Daily Telegraph dedicates its lead photo to the “outpouring of emotion” in Minneapolis after jurors found Chauvin guilty. He faces up to 40 years in prison and was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter.

The Financial Times leads on comments from the Chinese president Xi Jinping launching what the paper describes as “a veiled attack against US global leadership”. The paper quotes the president as saying: “International affairs should be handled by everyone”, though he did not explicitly mention the US in his 18-minute speech.

The Daily Telegraph shows a member of the public holding a phone in one hand with his arms aloft – in what it calls an “outpouring of emotion”.

“Guilty, Guilty, Guilty” is the Metro’s headline – while the Daily Mirror says the victory represents “justice” for Mr Floyd’s family. “We can breathe a sigh of relief”, suggests the paper’s assistant editor, Darren Lewis, who writes: “Any other verdict would have seen America burn.”

ReutersPeople in Minneapolis marched through the streets following the verdict

The Guardian website describes Chauvin’s conviction as a “landmark moment – not just in the history of US policing, but around the world”. 

The local paper in Minneapolis, the Star Tribune, says it brought a strange solace to those who “believed history would repeat itself” and the white policeman would go free, while some of those gathered in the city expressed “newfound optimism” in a criminal justice system they never believed “worked for them”.

But the Times thinks it’s unlikely the verdict will reduce suspicion and fear of the police among the wider black community – as African-American families will still feel the need to “drill their sons in how to behave when a cop pulls them over”.

Some of the other front pages focus on the collapse of the European Super League – before it emerged that all six English sides were pulling out. 

The Daily Mail labels it the “defeat of greed” as the breakaway clubs realised they were alienating supporters and infuriating politicians with what it calls their “cynical move”. 

ReutersProtests continued at the Chelsea v Brighton game on Tuesday, before the English teams announced their intention to quit the league

The i describes it as an “own goal” and says the government may press ahead anyway with reforms to fan representation to head off similar moves in the future.

The Daily Star caricatures the clubs’ foreign owners as Subbuteo men waiting to be flicked away, calling them a “cabal of cowardly scavengers who massively underestimated the football community”.

The Daily Express agrees – suggesting the “corporate figures who dreamed up” such a “tawdry fiasco” will probably feature as villains in pantomimes this Christmas.

According to the Daily Telegraph, just 32 people out more than 74,000 patients admitted to hospital with coronavirus since September had received their first vaccine at least three weeks before.

PA MediaThree Covid vaccines are currently being used in the UK

The paper says the figures, which ministers are due to study on Thursday, prove the jabs work “exceptionally well” and offer protection far above the levels anticipated.

Experts will now analyse the few cases where those vaccinated did end up in hospital with Covid to see if they had a milder form of the disease and whether deaths were prevented.

And the Sun reports that tongues will be bitten at this year’s national town crier championships – as the pandemic means it will take place in total silence.

Organisers initially wanted the criers to send in videos of themselves plying their trade – but struggled to find enough quality recordings.

Instead, they must submit a written entry using a maximum of 140 words. The Sun sums up the story with the excellent headline: “Can’t hear ye, hear ye.”

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.21: 2021:

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