Both pundits absolved West Ham's Dimitri Payet of blame.
More than 1,000 barristers have signed a letter to the prime minister urging him to allow parliament to decide whether the UK should leave the European Union.
For all that this final provided only the occasional spasm of quality, the victory was one for Portugal, with its substantial immigrant community here in France, long to savour.
Not for the first time in the evening Cristiano Ronaldo put his hands to his face and struggled to contain the emotion. On this occasion it was overwhelming joy. The Portugal captain, who was cruelly knocked out of this 2016 European Championship final by a knee injury early in the first half, walked along the touchline to take a moment alone, as the hysteria exploded around him.
With the home victory at Silverstone making it four wins from five races, Lewis Hamilton believes he has the impetus he needs to continue his recovery from a difficult start to the season as he attempts to secure his fourth world title.
The Four Kings. That is what they called Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran, those iron-willed gladiators of boxing’s last golden age.
The strange aspect of the Scottish Open always relates to the potential for more than one player to emerge a winner. So it proved again at Castle Stuart on Sunday; Alex Noren took the main prize as there was cause for celebration, too, for Tyrrell Hatton, Nicolas Colsaerts, Matteo Manassero and Richie Ramsay. That quartet claimed the final automatic qualifying berths for this week’s Open Championship.
Lloyds Banking Group is planning to cut around 640 jobs in a bid to scale back its branch network.
British consumers borrowed more than expected in May to buy homes and fund other purchases in a sign of confidence before last week’s shock decision to leave the EU.
“Tonight, all the political programmes on TV are about football,” Ezequiel Fernandez Moores, Argentina’s leading sports columnist, tells me from Buenos Aires. He has just returned home on the underground, and noticed that the arrivals board read “No te vayas Lio”: Lio, don’t go.