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#AceNewsReport – Apr.22: 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.

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

People in Minneapolis marched through the streets following the verdict
People in Minneapolis marched through the streets following the verdict

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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.”

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.22: 2021:

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