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Newspaper review: John Terry race charge in papers

  • 22 December 2011
  • From the section UK

The England football captain, John Terry, who is facing a criminal charge of racially abusing a black player is pictured on most of the front pages.

The Guardian's headline mirrors Terry's statement that he will fight "tooth and nail" to prove his innocence.

Writing in the Times, Simon Barnes says the fact people are now shocked by an allegation of racist abuse demonstrates how much football has changed.

There was once an era when such insults were routine, he adds.

Falklands plan

As tensions rise with Argentina over the Falklands, the Daily Mail reports that Britain's military leaders are "dusting off" their plans for the defence of the islands. .

The paper tells David Cameron that he must leave the Argentines in no doubt that he is ready to scramble an air armada at a moment's notice.

The Daily Telegraph says Argentina will gain little from "sabre-rattling". .

But the Daily Mirror says joint sovereignty should not be ruled out .

The Times is claiming the "first victory" in its campaign to make adoption easier. .

The paper says the government is sweeping away the chronic delays and crippling bureaucracy faced by people who want to adopt.

A new assessment system will come into force next year.

The main story for the Guardian is the scandal involving faulty breast implants made by a French company with cheaper industrial-grade silicon.

Top tip

The incredible story of the woman who had a felt tip pen removed from her stomach 25 years after she swallowed it is covered by the Sun and also the Mirror. .

The accident happened when the woman tripped while using the pen to hold her tongue down to check her tonsils.

Her husband and GP refused to believe her, and the pen was forgotten about until it showed up on a recent scan.

It still works, and the surgeon who removed it in Exeter used it to write "Hello" to the unnamed woman.

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