What the papers say – May 3

PA
·3-min read

The fan protests which caused the postponement of Sunday’s Manchester United-Liverpool match and the latest on Britain’s emergence from the pandemic dominate the front pages.

The i leads on the seismic football protest under the headline of “Fans’ revolt throws game into disarray”.

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The Times leads on the Old Trafford mayhem, and the planned scrapping of the one-metre social distancing rule in Britain from June 21.

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The Independent, however, highlights Dominic Raab expressing caution over the easing of restrictions, with the Foreign Secretary saying some social distancing measures could remain in place.

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The Daily Express also leads on Mr Raab but picks his more upbeat message that Britain is on the “last lap” in the Covid battle.

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Meanwhile, The Guardian features the football protest, under a lead story in which Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross calls on Boris Johnson to quit as prime minister “if he broke donation rules”.

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The Daily Telegraph runs a large photo from the football demonstration beside a lead story on hopes for a deal to have Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe released from prison in Iran.

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The Daily Mail cheers its campaign to raise funds for a Covid memorial.

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The Financial Times reports shares in so-called blank-cheque groups have fallen amid greater caution from investors.

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The Daily Mirror warns of an extinction threat to various animal species in a special environmental report, while also leading on the Manchester United protest under a headline of “Fever pitch”.

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And the Daily Star leads on the Line of Duty finale.

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