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Official launch for Champions League final in Cardiff

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An official launch event is taking place in Cardiff tonight to mark the city as host of the 2017 Champions League final. The announcement was first made in June.

The match will be held at the Millennium Stadium and it is expected to be the highest profile event held in the city since the stadium was opened in 1999.

An estimated 165 million people watched the 2013/14 final between Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa in Portugal with a similar number expected to tune in to Cardiff's version of the game.

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Posters in GP surgeries amid radicalisation fears

Posters in Arabic, Urdu, Bengali and Somali will appear in GP surgeries across Cardiff to raise awareness of a helpline for parents worried about terrorism and radicalisation.

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The NSPCC posters, which will also be written in Welsh and English, will appear in waiting rooms.

The children's charity says the service was set up after a spate of terrorist attacks and the growing problem of extremists targeting children.

We have seen a wave of terrorist attacks in recent weeks and months and both parents and children tell us how frightened they are by what is happening.

The number of calls received by ChildLine only adds to the feelings of fear and sadness that these evil attacks have prompted all over the world.

It is vital that we are able to provide parents with non-judgemental advice on issues ranging from the wider terrorist threat to the dangers of radicalisation.

– Des Mannion, Head of NSPCC Cymru / Wales

Federico Macheda leaves Cardiff City

Federico Macheda has left Cardiff city with immediate effect Credit: PA

Cardiff City have terminate the contract of former Manchester United striker Federico Macheda with immediate effect.

The 25 year old becomes the latest to exit the City Stadium this summer as new Manager Paul Trollope looks to remould the first team squad.

Macheda, who has featured for Italy’s Under 21 side, joined the Bluebirds on a free transfer in May 2014 following a series of loans spells in both England, Germany and Italy but failed to establish himself at the club, registering 6 goals in 26 appearances.

A statement of the club’s website confirmed his departure.

“We would like to thank Federico for his contribution and wish him the very best for his future.”

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