Newspaper headlines: Jimmy Hill tributes, Euro 2016 'scandal' and home-schooled 'radicalisation'

The death of Jimmy Hill - and tributes to the former footballer and broadcaster - feature on several of Sunday's front and back pages.

The Telegraph says he was one of the game's most influential figures for more than 40 years.

He made his name as a striker for Fulham in the 1950s, before a "stellar" second career in TV, the Observer reports. It says his death at the age of 87 followed a battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Hill "set the game on the road to riches", the Independent says, as he "faced down the game's establishment with the threat of a strike" to get the £20-a-week maximum wage for players lifted in 1961.

The Sunday Times says he successfully campaigned for the adoption of three points for a win in league football - "so encouraging teams to attack".

He was also a "groundbreaking administrator", commissioning the first all-seater stadium while he was Coventry chairman, writes Andy Dunn in the Sunday Mirror.

Hill remains Match of the Day's longest-serving anchor to date, with 16 seasons in the role, the Sun reports.

Ending its article, the paper says: "One thing for sure is that Gentleman Jim - the pioneer of modern-day football - was loved by millions."

Good haul for 'minnows'

Staying with football, the Daily Star reports a "scandal" over tickets for the Euro 2016 tournament in France.

It says the allocation for England fans for the opening three games is 23,520 - less than that for "minnows" Iceland and Albania.

Its front page contrasts England's population of 54 million with Iceland's 323,000, reporting that the "tiny" island's football fans have been allocated more than 31,000 tickets.

Wales and Northern Ireland "fare no better" than England, with "just 16%" of each stadium's capacity sold via their football associations, the paper adds.

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Young minds 'poisoned'?

"Radicalisation risk to home-schooled children" is the Independent's front page headline.

It says 20,000-50,000 children are being educated at home - but the government "has no idea of the exact number" because parents do not have to inform councils.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has ordered a review of home schooling amid fears thousands of children are being taught by radicalised parents, it adds.

A senior government source tells the paper: "For every parent doing a brilliant job, there may be someone filling their child's mind with poison."


Eye-catching headlines

  • Cambridge besieged by feral cats - "Colonies" of up to 50 wild cats are living and breeding in the affluent city, the Sunday Telegraph reports.
  • Islamist uses kittens to groom recruits - The Sunday Times says a British recruiter for so-called Islamic State is using images of kittens pictured with explosives to groom youngsters online.
  • Being a mother still slows down progress at work - Research has revealed a long-term negative effect on careers for women who take maternity leave - termed the "motherhood penalty" - the Observer says.
  • Watching TV repeats makes you fat - A study found people who watched a TV show a second time ate 14% more snacks than the first time they saw it, the Mail on Sunday reports.
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Janner claims 'live on'

Several papers report on the death of Lord Janner, a former Labour peer who was due to face a "trial of the facts" over allegations of child sexual abuse.

The Sunday Times says claims against him "live on", and a lawyer for alleged victims says his death - before the claims got to court - is a "massive blow".

A judge had earlier decided the peer, 87, who had been suffering from dementia, was unfit to face trial, the paper adds.

It quotes family members who say he was a man of "great integrity" and was innocent of any wrongdoing.

The Sun says the Crown Prosecution Service's handling of the case "defies belief".

Prosecutors and police admit they missed three chances to prosecute him after 1991, it says, adding that the CPS "ensured he went to his grave never facing justice, or clearing his name".


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'Finish the job'

David Cameron has ordered the Ministry of Defence to be ready to welcome women into "close combat" roles next year, as part of "radical plans" to be set out today, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

The move will "finish the job" of opening all armed forces roles to women, the prime minister tells the paper.

The Mail on Sunday says hundreds of women held front-line roles in Afghanistan, but their "primary responsibility was not to kill the enemy but to serve in a medical or communications capacity".

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'Black eye Friday'

"Dreaming of a fight Christmas" is the Sun's headline, as it says "boozy revellers caused mayhem" in UK towns and cities on Friday night.

Like several papers, the Sunday Mirror prints pictures of "sozzled" Britons from around the country - a man asleep leaning against a car in Newcastle, a traffic cone being worn as a hat in Leeds, a "sloshed Santa" in London.

The Sunday People says violence broke out in a night of "binge drinking, boozy brawls and piles of vomit".

It calls on those who needed NHS treatment after getting drunk to make donations to a hospital charity or ambulance station.

After "black eye Friday", it adds, come "sore-head Saturday and still-feeling-rough Sunday".

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The Sunday Express reports on plans to increase punishments for those caught using mobile phones while driving.

Among various changes, the paper says repeat offenders will receive four points on their licence rather than three, and fines will rise from £100 to £150.

It prints a cartoon of Father Christmas holding a mobile phone at the reins of his sleigh, as a stern policeman says: "I warned you not to text and drive."


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