Struggling airline Flybe ‘set to collapse within hours’

Image copyright Reuters Airline Flybe is set to collapse within hours, putting 2,000 jobs at risk after a bid for fresh financial support failed, the BBC has learned. The struggling carrier narrowly avoided going bust in January. Exeter-based Flybe said the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on demand for air travel was partly to blame. Its website has stopped working, it now carries a message stating “This link is no longer live”. Passengers who had boarded a flight in Glasgow bound for Birmingham on Wednesday evening had to disembark after…

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Eric Dier: Tottenham midfielder involved in altercation with fan after ‘insult’

Eric Dier jumped into the stands to confront a fan England midfielder Eric Dier was involved in a confrontation in the stands after Spurs exited the FA Cup at home to Norwich after being “insulted” by a fan, said manager Jose Mourinho. Dier climbed into Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’s bottom tier and was involved in a fracas before security intervened. Mourinho said Dier’s younger brother was “not happy” about the insult. The Portuguese added: “I think Eric did what we professionals cannot do but probably every one of us would do.”…

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Norwich City (2-3 pens): Tim Krul the hero as Canaries beat Spurs

Tottenham take the lead thanks to Jan Vertonghen’s towering header Tim Krul was the hero by saving two penalties as Norwich beat Tottenham in a shootout after a 1-1 draw to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 28 years. Norwich were on the back foot in the penalty shootout when Kenny McLean’s first kick was saved by Michel Vorm, but Erik Lamela hit the crossbar for Spurs with Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes seeing their efforts pushed away by Krul. The Dutch goalkeeper, who took his…

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Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Manchester City: Holders progress to FA Cup quarter-finals

Could the ‘keeper do better?’ – Aguero gives Man City the lead Manchester City overcame a spirited Sheffield Wednesday to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals and stay on course for a domestic and European cup treble. Fresh from their Carabao Cup triumph at Wembley, holders City moved into the last eight of the FA Cup as Sergio Aguero’s 23rd goal of the season saw off their Championship opponents at Hillsborough. Up until the Argentine found the net with a strong left-foot finish, City had been frustrated by a stubborn Wednesday…

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Coronavirus: Italy to close all schools as deaths rise

Image copyright EPA Image caption Italy has the most serious outbreak in Europe Italy has confirmed that it will shut all schools from Thursday for 10 days as it battles to contain the coronavirus outbreak. And all professional sport, including Serie A football matches, will be played behind closed doors for a month. A total of 107 people have now been killed by the coronavirus in Italy, which has the most serious outbreak in Europe. PM Giuseppe Conte said the health service risked being overwhelmed. Most of the more than…

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Serie A: Inter Milan president Steven Zhang backs empty stadium proposals

Inter Milan’s Europa League last-32 tie against Ludogorets was played behind closed doors at the San Siro in February Inter Milan president Steven Zhang feels playing matches behind closed doors is the only practical way for football to continue in Italy until the coronavirus is under control. Inter have had two Serie A games postponed since the outbreak began. They also played a Europa League tie against Ludogorets behind closed doors at the San Siro on 27 February. The Coppa Italia semi-final second leg at Napoli on Thursday is their…

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Boots halts Advantage Card payments after cyber-attack

Image copyright Getty Images Boots has suspended payments using loyalty points in shops and online after attempts to break into customers’ accounts using stolen passwords. Customers will not be able to use Boots Advantage Card points to pay for products while the issue is dealt with. Boots said none of its own systems were compromised, but attackers had tried to access accounts using re-used passwords from other sites. It comes days after a similar issue hit 600,000 Tesco Clubcard holders. A spokeswoman for Boots told the BBC the issue affected…

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New James Bond film release put back by seven months

Image copyright Universal Image caption No Time To Die marks Daniel Craig’s swansong as James Bond The release of the new James Bond film has been put back by seven months as coronavirus continues to spread. The producers said they had moved the release of No Time To Die from April to November after “careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace”. The announcement comes days after the founders of two 007 fan sites called on the film studios to delay its release. It will now come out…

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Scam call centre owner in custody after BBC investigation

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCriminals on CCTV: Scammers caught red-handed A scam call centre that targeted thousands of British victims has been raided by the Indian police, following a BBC investigation. Panorama broadcast hacked footage from inside the call centre which showed how staff charged people hundreds of pounds to fix non-existent computer problems. The owner of the call centre, Amit Chauhan, denied it was a scam but declined to answer detailed questions. Mr Chauhan is now in custody after police raided the call centre. It…

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Michael Bloomberg ends US presidential campaign

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBloomberg loses badly then rolls out Trump jokes Michael Bloomberg has ended his bid for the White House after a poor showing on Super Tuesday. “Three months ago, I entered the race for president to defeat Donald Trump. Today, I am leaving the race for the same reason,” he said in a statement. Mr Bloomberg, a former mayor of New York City, has spent more than $500m (£390m) of his own money in the race to become the Democratic Party’s nominee. He…

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