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MPs: Allardyce must go if claims are true

England manager Sam Allardyce pictured earlier this month. Credit: Reuters

Several influential MPs have told ITV News that if the claims about England manager Sam Allardyce are true, then he must resign or be fired.

ITV News political correspondent Paul Brand writes that one MP on the British parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee texted him saying: "Sam should be sacked if proved - shows level of greed at the top of football, he is very well paid as England boss and should be full time - is that not enough for him?"

"Of course, MPs don't run English football," Brand adds. "But political pressure is important when it comes to high-profile appointments like this. If parliament turns against Allardyce, that could be a nail in his coffin."

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Trump attacks Clinton on Twitter following first debate

US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during their first debate Credit: Reuters

Following their first head-to-head debate on Monday evening, US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have gone back to Twitter to trade criticisms.

Describing his opponent as "Crooked Hillary", Mr Trump tweeted that he "really enjoyed" the debate.

Meanwhile, a tweet sent from Clinton's account said: "Only one person on last night's stage is prepared to be Commander-in-Chief."

Another read: "I have a winning temperament." —Donald Trump last night. Really? #SheWon."

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Merlin fined £5m over Alton Towers Smiler crash

Merlin Attractions has been told it must pay a £5 million fine for a catastrophic failure of safety which led to a crash at Alton Towers.

Two teenagers lost legs in the crash on the Smiler ride last summer.

The court heard that an engineer felt pressure to get the ride back into service, and that management linked bonuses to the time rides weren't working.

Charlotte Grant reports:

Smiler victim: My family have been left 'totally broken'

A mother-of-two who suffered serious abdominal injuries in last year's Smiler rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers said the accident had changed her from a "confident" person to one whose family had been left "totally broken".

Speaking outside Stafford Crown Court, where the theme park's owner Merlin was fined £5 million for health and safety failings, Chanda Chauhan, from Wednesbury in the West Midlands, said: "I did think it (the fine) was going to be more but as I said before it is still irrelevant to what situation we're still in.

"I'm scared to go in a car even now but I do it because I have to, I'm a mother and I want to be independent and it's taken me nearly a year just to be out here like this.

"My personal message to Merlin, to the legal side - just do the right thing and look after us all.

"Psychologically, psychiatric effects on people are invisible but they are there, do not be fooled. We struggle every day with it."

Sam Allardyce 'will be sacked' without 'robust explanation'

Sam Allardyce "will be sacked" as England manager if allegations he advised businessmen how to circumvent rules on third party ownership of players are true.

ITV News Sports Correspondent Ian Payne said it will be very difficult for the FA not to part company with the 67-year-old unless he has a "really robust explanation".

Allardyce is reportedly under investigation by the football governing body over the claims and accusations he abused his role to negotiate a £400,000 financial deal.

"If he's got a really robust explanation and lots of things happened off camera that weren't caught, then perhaps", Ian Payne told ITV Lunchtime News.

"But honestly, I can't see any way in which the FA can continue with Sam Allardyce if these allegations are true - I think he'll be sacked".

Wenger: 'Third party ownership has no place in football'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said it is time to "clear up" the issue of third party ownership (TPO) in football.

The Frenchman said he had fought against TPO for a "long, long time", which was banned in England by the FA in 2008 but remains allowed in some European countries.

Wenger made the comments in the wake of accusations being leveled at England manager Sam Allardyce of "advising" businessmen how to circumvent the rule.

Allardyce now reportedly finds himself under investigation by the FA.

"Third party ownership should not be allowed. I fight against it for a long, long time," Wenger said.

"The clubs should all possess 100% of their players but I cannot tell you anything about this story because I don't know anything about it."

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