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French, Italian and German newspapers stir the Brexit pot as ‘Europe cheers on Azzurri’

In coverage before and after the match, outlets in France, Italy and Germany were quick to put the boot in. The daily La Stampa sought to stir the Brexit pot, as it claimed the EU wanted the Azzurri to win on Sunday on account of the UK’s departure from the bloc. The paper suggested Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council were among some of the big hitters in Brussels cheering on the Italians.

It also added: “Europe Cheers on Italy.”

French paper L’Equipe published a report suggesting 69 per cent of French fans would be supporting Italy.

The Three Lions were cruelly denied their second major trophy on Sunday, succumbing to defeat against Roberto Mancini’s steely side.

The game went to penalties after finishing 1-1 after extra-time in a pulsating contest.

The Italians held their nerve, as they won a dramatic penalty shootout 3-2, leaving Gareth Southgate and his players distraught.

However, there was not much sympathy from Germany’s top tabloid, Bild Zeitung.

Its top story had a photo of Kalvin Phillips trying to console a disconsolate Bukayo Saka, after his decisive miss.

READ MORE: Nadia Sawalha leaves little to the imagination in Euro 2020 tribute

The first line of its headline was written in small letters and said: “Italy beat England.”

Then the second line ran in bold letters: “OF COURSE ON PENALTIES.”

Meanwhile, Italian fans couldn’t resist crowing on social media “It’s coming to Rome”, in reference to England’s unofficial anthem.

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Conservatives Seize on Gas Crunch to Blame Biden, Stir Base

(AP) – A graphic calling the East Coast fuel supply crunch “Biden’s Gas Crisis.” A tweet speculating that gas stations running dry was an “INSIDE JOB.” A meme depicting the president and vice president cheering about the “Green New Deal” in front of a snaking line at a fuel station.

These and thousands of other social media posts along with conservative websites and commentators this week misleadingly painted President Joe Biden and his administration as catalysts of chaos — who not only mishandled the temporary shutdown of the nation’s largest fuel pipeline on Friday — but engineered it.

In reality, a ransom-seeking cyberattack, not a Biden executive order or energy policy, triggered the shutdown that drove residents of states such as North Carolina to panic-buy so much gas that nearly 70% of service stations in the state remained without fuel on Thursday afternoon.

Biden spoke about the hack Thursday as he sought to assuage fears around the supply crunch, reassuring the public that his administration had helped get the Colonial Pipeline back online Wednesday and that remaining outages at gas stations were a “temporary situation” that panic-buying would only exacerbate.

Still, some of the most widely shared tweets discussing the gas crunch between Friday and Wednesday lobbed criticism toward the president, according to the media intelligence firm Zignal Labs. Posts surfaced by Zignal blamed the president for the outages, criticized his response and condemned him for canceling plans for the Keystone XL oil pipeline — though that project, which would have built a crude oil pipeline, would have had no impact on the current situation.

Misleading narratives targeting Biden began picking up speed on Monday, the day North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper became the first of several governors to declare a state of emergency over the disruption.

“Wouldn’t it be weird if the CYBER-ATTACK that shutdown the United States’ top fuel line was an INSIDE JOB to pretend Joe Biden isn’t responsible for the insane increase in gas price..” read a widely shared tweet by former Florida congressional candidate Chuck Callesto.

“People can’t complain about gas prices if there’s no gas to buy,” read the caption of an image depicting a sinister Biden with his fingers interlaced, retweeted by U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado.

Other posts claimed the long gas lines across the Southeast U.S. were a harbinger of America’s future under Democrats, casting Biden as a socialist in a strategy that Republicans have frequently turned to in recent years.

“Gas shortages now, food shortages tomorrow?” tweeted Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren. “Wow … starting to feel like socialism is on the way….”

In another narrative, posts equated Biden to former President Jimmy Carter who saw his presidency crumble as a result of the 1979 fuel shortage. A statement from former President Donald Trump on Wednesday, amplified by conservative websites including Breitbart News, branded a laundry list of national and global challenges as Biden’s fault.

“Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has CREATED crisis after crisis,” Trump wrote. “First there was the Biden Border Crisis (that he refuses to call a Crisis), then the Biden Economic Crisis, then the Biden Israel Crisis, and now the Biden Gas Crisis.”

Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity on Tuesday first broadcast the graphic of Biden smiling with the words “Biden’s Gas Crisis,” a term that later gained momentum on Facebook and Twitter.

Recent world events have challenged the Biden administration in its economic goals. Over the past week, it has faced a disappointing monthly jobs report, worrisome signs of inflation and escalating violence in Israel with deaths that could foreshadow a war in the Middle East. All the while, Biden is still attempting to vaccinate the nation against the coronavirus, distribute hundreds of billions of dollars in economic aid and negotiate his own infrastructure and families plans that total a combined $ 4 trillion.

Higher energy prices often have political fallout, complicating reelection campaigns for incumbents outside oil-producing regions.

With gas prices already rising as COVID-19 restrictions loosen and Americans travel more, the pipeline’s shutdown has created an even worse public relations problem for Biden. Fuel hoarding and lines at the pump have made it difficult to gain control of the narrative.

The Biden administration’s message that the problem was a supply crunch rather than a gas shortage, while accurate, didn’t satisfy Americans who couldn’t find gas to fill their cars, according to Doug Heye, a Republican strategist based in Washington.

“You have Republican division over the House Republican Conference and you had a hearing yesterday where people were basically denying what happened on Jan. 6,” Heye said. “If you want to push a conservative message, the Biden administration just did you a favor.”

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Susanna Reid causes stir in tight low-cut dress as she sends GMB viewers into a frenzy

Her much shorter locks framed her face as they swept just below her jawline, as she sported loose waves and added some blonde highlights.

Elsewhere, the GMB host addressed Katie Price’s news of her eighth engagement to Carl Woods.

Adil said: “Very excited about Katie Price being on the show.”

Susanna quipped: “Look, whatever you say about Katie Price you can’t deny that she’s an eternal romantic.”

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.

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'Bet you're glad Piers wasn't on' Susanna Reid causes stir ex Steve Parish interview

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“So absolutely the fans, the players, the managers that came out against it – all of them must deserve high praise.”

Manchester City were the first team to pull out of the breakaway league.

They were followed by Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham.

In a statement, the Gunners said that they had “made a mistake” and apologised to fans.

Express.co.uk has contacted a spokesperson for Susanna Reid asking for comment.

Color clash: Haas cause stir with livery resembling Russian flag for new F1 season after firm co-owned by Mazepin’s dad backs team

Formula One team Haas, whose main drivers are Russian ace Nikita Mazepin and Michael Schumacher’s son, Mick, have hit the headlines ahead of the new season by revealing a bold new livery design in the colors of the Russian flag.

The striking new look, which is part of a rebranding after the American team signed a multi-year title partnership with the world’s largest potash fertiliser producer, Uralkali, received a mixed response from fans, some of whom joked about the colors being fitting for rookie Mazepin.

The 22-year-old is set to race under a neutral flag as part of a CAS ruling, while Schumacher is one of the most hotly-tipped rising stars in Germany, where his father became a national hero during his stratospherically successful reign as a Formula One champion.

“It’s definitely a case of all change,” said team chairman Gene Haas, who will oversee the renaming of the outfit to the Uralkali Haas F1 Team.

“It’s an exciting time for the team with Uralkali coming onboard and having [the two racers] driving for us. We look forward to representing their brand throughout the season.”

The move is far from the first time that a team has taken colors that closely resemble a national flag. This season alone, Alpine has taken blue, white and red colors that appear to be a nod to its French origins.

Mazepin’s father, Dmitry, bought a 20 percent stake in Uralkali for $ 2.9 billion in 2013 and is the company’s Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors.

“Haas have been struggling for money,” speculated one fan, while others continued to echo the Twitter hashtag campaign that is ongoing against Mazepin junior despite his latest apology for last year’s “groping” controversy earlier this week.

“A title sponsor like Uralkali will help them financially stay in the sport.”

A German brand with close links to Schumacher will also feature on the car: telecommunications company 1&1 has appointed the reigning Formula 2 champion as an ambassador and partnered with the team.

“Uralkali Haas F1 and Mick Schumacher complement our sports sponsorship activities perfectly,” said company CEO Ralph Dommermuth, praising the team for having “many exciting elements which we hope will make for an exciting and competitive 2021.”“The team is starting the new season with a fresh energy.”

The team chairman is already looking ahead to 2022, when new rules, designed to make races closer through cheaper cars and better aerodynamics, will be introduced.

“I’m hoping that we get back to being in the mix for scoring some points at these races,” said Haas.

“It’s been a tough couple of seasons but we’ve also got our eye on the bigger picture – in particular, 2022 and the implementation of the new regulations.”

The VF-21 car with its new branding and livery will debut during pre-season testing in Bahrain on 12th March, where the season begins a fortnight later.

“It’s going to be an exciting year head – hopefully exciting only in a good way, though,” said Team principal Guenther Steiner, adding that he had been pleased by the alliance with Uralkali.

“We face a year of learning with the drivers while technically we look ahead to the future. It’s no secret that the VF-21 will not be developed as we focus our energies now on the 2022 car and, what we hope, will be a more level playing field.

“We all know roughly where we expect to be this season in terms of the competition but we must ensure we’re there to capitalize on opportunities when they present themselves.

“But first we have to get the guys dialed in at testing. Time behind the wheel is short, so it’ll be a steep curve, but I’m personally looking forward to seeing their development as drivers and as team members within Uralkali Haas F1 Team.”
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