Pressure continued to mount on Sepp Blatter after his comments on the extent of racism in football. Combined with last week’s poppy row, this story ensured that the FIFA president retained its place at the top of the week’s coverage. Meanwhile at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press began and is likely to remain in the headlines in weeks to come.
In other news, youth unemployment continued to rise, breaking the one million mark for the first time. Government-owned Northern Rock is sold to Virgin Money for £747 million and protesters are forcibly removed from the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York.