The Papers: ‘They think it’s all sober’ and PM’s fears for women


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Budweiser is one of the main sponsors for the 2022 Fifa World Cup – but it will still sell non-alcoholic beer in stadiums despite the ban

Many papers prominently cover the upcoming World Cup in Qatar with stories varying from a backlash over the last-minute ban on beer within stadiums to England players finding new ways to cope with the Middle East temperatures.

With the tournament being awarded to Qatar 12 years ago and the U-turn being made 48 hours before the hosts kick off against Ecuador the Daily Mail says there is “fan fury” at the ban.

The Daily Mirror calls the decision a “shocker” and in its splash it gives a nod to the famous World Cup commentary from 1966 with the main headline reading: “They think it’s all sober… it is now!”.

Sticking with Qatar, there are two other World Cup-related stories, with the Guardian leading on a report that migrants are being paid a meagre 35p-per-hour to work as security guards in a huge park for fans. The paper says the guards interviewed are not contracted to Fifa.

One more splash on Qatar, the Daily Star pictures England defenders Kieran Trippier and Ben White saying players are waxing their legs to “stay cool” in Qatar’s searing heat – and to “help with their sliding tackles”.

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Moving away from the World Cup, the Daily Telegraph has a startling admission by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak who talks about fears for his own family following the murder of Zara Aleena in east London. The aspiring lawyer had been walking home alone when she was fatally attacked by sexual predator Jordan McSweeney – a man with dozens of convictions and who had been on licence.

Met Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley has some strong words in the Times as he calls for more powers to sack officers accused of serious misconduct or who are under-performing. He tells the paper that one in 10 officers are unable to do their job fully, because of performance and health issues.

The Financial Times reports Chancellor Jeremy Hunt faces a backlash from some Tory MPs – including influential backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg – who hit out at his tax rises amid fears of a general election rout.

But it also says the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has praised Mr Hunt for his “fiscal prudence”.

The paper says a third of the birds bred for the festive season have died or been culled in the avian flu outbreak. According to the paper it means an average-sized turkey will cost nearly £47 meaning families are looking at cheaper alternatives.