Newspaper review: Football match violence condemned

Papers

Violence involving fans of Millwall football club at Wembley is covered widely in Monday's newspapers and is the lead in both the Sun and the Daily Mirror.

According to the Mirror, fans were openly snorting cocaine before going on the rampage in what the paper calls "football's weekend of shame".

The Sun, too, says "louts were openly drug taking" and has tracked down some of those it says were spotted at the centre of violent scenes.

A man seen by TV viewers walking off with a policeman's cap tells the paper he was drunk and now regrets it.

In an editorial, the Sun says football must act swiftly to stop a return to the "awful days of violence and mayhem".

The Daily Mail focuses on Newcastle fans going on the rampage in the city on Sunday - in scenes which it says were reminiscent of the dark days of football riots in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Independent talks of the "ugly return of football violence".

'Risk and responsibility'

The row between the BBC and the London School of Economics over the subterfuge employed by Panorama to get into North Korea makes the front page of several newspapers.

In an opinion column in the Times, Edward Lucas, the international editor of The Economist and a former LSE student, backs the BBC.

He accuses the LSE of being "pompous and hypocritical" in claiming that lives were put at risk and demanding that Monday's programme be cancelled.

The Independent believes the LSE has a point and the BBC has questions to answer about "risk and responsibility".

However, it thinks calls for the film to be canned are misguided.

The story also features on the front pages of the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph.

The Guardian leads with a despatch from the Syrian capital, under the headline "Damascus can no longer ignore the sound of war." "

All day and all night," says the paper's correspondent Ian Black, "you can hear the dull thud and boom of artillery, rockets or planes pounding rebel positions - the sound of war getting closer to Syria's capital."

Thatcherism 'lives'

Stay-at-home mothers have accused the government of forcing them to abandon their children and return to work, according to the Daily Mail.

Pressure group Mothers at Home Matter tells the paper that the last budget was a misguided attempt to do this.

Meanwhile, according to the Daily Express, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is launching "a fresh war on the workshy".

It says those repeatedly caught cheating the benefits system face losing their handouts for up to three years.

The debate rages on about the life of Lady Thatcher.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, London mayor Boris Johnson says "23 years after Margaret Thatcher stepped down, and after her death, her ideas are still being exported to democracies around the world... Thatcherism lives."

In an article for the Times, the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, says his party would not exist if Margaret Thatcher had survived the Tory leadership contest of 1990.

He says she would have held a referendum on the Maastricht Treaty and the need for his party would never have arisen.

Merits of exercise

The Daily Telegraph reports on German plans to prop up the struggling eurozone that would see wealthy households face new taxes on property and other assets.

The paper sees it as the latest sign that Berlin is intent on imposing even tougher rules on weaker southern euro members in exchange for using its economic might to support their finances.

According to the Guardian, one of Germany's most eminent economists, Joachim Starbatty, has called for the swift dissolution of the eurozone.

Finally, there are warm welcomes for Andrew Marr's first re-appearance on TV since his stroke in January - as a guest on his own show.

The presenter blamed his stroke on an over-enthusiastic session on a rowing machine, sparking a debate about the merits of vigorous exercise.

The Daily Telegraph covers the story and its health section asks: "Does Andrew Marr's stroke tell us it's time to slow down?"

"Couch potatoes will nod wisely," says the Sun in an editorial "but laziness and flab are bigger killers than rowing in the gym".

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