Newspaper headlines: 'Great game robbery' and 'red card from Wills'

By BBC News

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A Tottenham Hotspur fan holds a placard saying: "No to Super League"Image source, PA Media

Every front page examines what the Daily Express calls the "shameful theft of our national sport."

The Daily Mirror describes opposition to the European Super League as: "The fight for our game." The i plays on Liverpool's club anthem when it warns those behind the scheme: "You'll never go it alone."

"Can we have our football back please?" asks the Daily Star - picturing a ball bursting with bank notes.

The Times and the Daily Telegraph focus on the Duke of Cambridge's intervention, as does the the Daily Mail, declaring he has cried "foul on league of greed."

A source tells the Financial Times that a payment of up to €300m (£259m) for each club that signs a "binding agreement" would have to be repaid if any of them left the Super League.

Writing in the Sun, Boris Johnson promises to do everything he can to give what he calls "this ludicrous plan a straight red".

The Financial Times reports that the prime minister's plans to commit to tougher emissions targets will require changes to most industrial activities - and the planting of more woodlands.

The Climate Change Committee is calling for an electricity system that operates without generating carbon emissions.

The Guardian points out that a predicted jump in carbon dioxide levels this year will be driven by an increase in the use of coal, particularly in China. The head of the International Energy Agency tells the paper that "this is shocking and very disturbing."

'5G rollout'

Several papers report 100ft phone masts are to be allowed in the countryside - a 20% increase on current limits. The industry trade association, Mobile UK, tells the Times it wants reform as "quickly as possible," saying the planning system is hindering an efficient 5G rollout.

The Guardian says the countryside charity, the CPRE, suggests too many masts are poorly designed.

Writing in the Telegraph, the Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden insists the government has "struck a careful balance" to help upgrade rural coverage while protecting the countryside.

There is outrage, according to the Daily Express, about what it calls "the rising toll of potholed roads."

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Motoring organisation the RAC says the UK's streets are like the "surface of the moon".

The Star claims they're responsible for wrecking thousands of cars.

The Times says the RAC has reported a 37% rise in call outs for damage caused by holes in the road in the first three months of this year, despite being in lockdown. The motoring organisation likens the UK's streets to the "surface of the moon".

The government says it's investing more than a billion pounds on the road network, but the RAC is asking for five years of ring-fenced funding for tarmac maintenance.

And the Mirror explains why the former Commons Speaker, Lady Betty Boothroyd, is selling the gifts given to her during her political career.

The paper suggests that the 91-year-old, who was a Labour MP, can't fit them all in the cottage she's moving to in south Cambridgeshire.

The treasures include a gift box given to her by the late Russian President, Boris Yeltsin, a decanter from the Royal Navy and a rare ceramic figure of Lawrence of Arabia. She says she's cherished all 40 objects but they have to go.