Warning: Front pages include spoiler details of Sunday’s Line of Duty finale
image captionA fan protest at Manchester United’s ground against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club makes several of Monday’s front pages. The i newspaper splashes with an image of the crowd setting off flares, after hundreds of protesters stormed on to the pitch ahead of the club’s game against Liverpool. The fixture was postponed.
image captionThe Guardian dubs it “The Invasion of Old Trafford”. The protest followed United’s decision, along with five fellow Premier League clubs, to join the European Super League (ESL) last month, before subsequently pulling out. Thousands gathered outside Old Trafford before a group forced their way into the ground. The Guardian leads with a call by the Scottish Conservative leader for the PM to resign if he is found to have broken government rules over his flat renovations.
image caption“Fever Pitch” is the Daily Mirror’s take on the scenes at Old Trafford. It reports that Greater Manchester Police has launched a probe into what it called the “reckless, dangerous” incident. The paper devotes much of its front page to an image of lowland gorillas in an appeal to act against the threat of extinction of many animal species.
image captionThe Times says the so-called “one-metre plus” social distancing rule will be scrapped from 21 June under plans to ensure that all restaurants, pubs, theatres and cinemas can reopen fully. But it adds that masks will have to be worn in some cases to mitigate the risks. Citing comments from Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Sunday that some Covid-19 safeguards will need to remain in place beyond June, the paper claims that this means theatre and cinema audiences will need to wear face coverings.
image captionThe Daily Express also leads with comments from Mr Raab, who told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show that Britain was on the “last lap” of winning its battle against coronavirus. The foreign secretary also said progress on vaccination meant the UK was in “a good position” to end almost all restrictions on 21 June, but the final decision would be based on the evidence.
image captionThe Daily Telegraph has spoken to the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe about Iranian reports that a £400 million deal has been secured for her release. The 42-year-old British-Iranian mother has been held in Iran since 2016, and was sentenced to prison again last week. Richard Ratcliffe said the reports were “a good sign” but that the family had not yet heard anything from London or Tehran. “My instinct is it is still a negotiating tactic,” he tells the paper.
image captionThe Daily Mail reports that its campaign to help create a memorial for Covid victims at St Paul’s Cathedral in London has raised more than £65,000 in two days.
image captionThe Financial Times leads with an analysis of data showing that shares in businesses that went public through deals with “blank-cheque” companies have dropped by an average of two-fifths, as investor caution rises. The paper also carries a warning by the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturer, India’s Serum Institute, that a shortage of jabs will last for months in the country.
image captionFinally, the Daily Star leads on the finale of Line of Duty.