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Cenk Tosun: Crystal Palace sign Everton striker on loan

Cenk Tosun has scored one goal this season, in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham in the Premier League

Cenk Tosun has joined Crystal Palace on loan from Everton for the remainder of the season.

Tosun, 28, had not been expected to feature in new Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and was keen to secure regular first-team football.

The Turkey forward has made minimal impact at Goodison Park since he was signed by Sam Allardyce in a £27m deal from Besiktas in January 2018.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson had previously registered his interest in Tosun.

“We’re delighted to have secured Cenk’s services,” Palace chairman Steve Parish said.

“We’ve enjoyed a great first half of the campaign and Cenk’s arrival will bolster our squad as we push for a top-half Premier League finish. Cenk has a proven record as a goalscorer and we’ve admired him for some time.”

Tosun has scored once in eight appearances in all competitions for Everton this season, taking his tally to 10 in 51 games.

Palace, ninth in the Premier League table, host Arsenal on Saturday.

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Ethical veganism is philosophical belief, tribunal rules

Jordi Casamitjana leaves an Employment Tribunal in Norwich after it ruled that ethical veganism is a philosophical belief and is therefore protected by law.

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Ethical veganism is a “philosophical belief” and so is protected in law, a tribunal has ruled for the first time.

The case was brought by vegan Jordi Casamitjana, who claims he was sacked by the League Against Cruel Sports because of his ethical veganism.

His former employer says he was dismissed for gross misconduct.

The judge ruled ethical veganism should fall under the Equality Act 2010 but is yet to rule on Mr Casamitjana’s dismissal.

Mr Casamitjana, 55, who lives in London, said he was “extremely happy” with the ruling – which is ongoing – adding that he hopes fellow vegans “will benefit”.

The tribunal centres on his claim that he was sacked by the animal welfare charity League Against Cruel Sports after disclosing it invested pension funds in firms involved in animal testing.

Mr Casamitjana says when he drew his bosses’ attention to the pension fund investments, they did nothing so he informed colleagues and was sacked as a result.

The League Against Cruel Sports says it is “factually wrong” to link Mr Casamitjana’s dismissal to his veganism. The charity did not contest that ethical veganism should be protected.

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All vegans eat a plant-based diet, but ethical vegans try to exclude all forms of animal exploitation.

For instance they avoid wearing or buying clothing made from wool or leather, or toiletries from companies that carry out animal testing.

The tribunal’s ruling means ethical vegans are entitled to protection from discrimination.

“Religion or belief” is one of nine “protected characteristics” covered by the Equality Act 2010.

The judge Robin Postle ruled that ethical veganism qualifies as a philosophical belief, after satisfying several tests – including that it is worthy of respect in a democratic society, not incompatible with human dignity and not conflicting with the fundamental rights of others.

At the tribunal in Norwich on Friday, the judge said in his ruling that ethical veganism was “important” and “worthy” of respect in a democratic society.

He said: “I am satisfied overwhelmingly that ethical veganism does constitute a philosophical belief.”

Ruling ‘will inspire vegans’

Speaking to the BBC outside the tribunal, Mr Casamitjana said he was “extremely happy”.

“I’m really, really satisfied and I hope all the vegans out there that have been supporting me – there have been many helping me in my crowdfunding – I hope they now feel their little donation has been properly used and all the vegans will benefit.”

He added: “Veganism is a philosophical belief and when you look at my life and anybody else’s life who is an ethical vegan, you will see it.

“This is a positive belief, it’s not a negative belief. And therefore a positive belief is bound to be protected.”

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Mr Casamitjana supports a range of ethical and animal rights causes

He added that he is “passionate” about veganism, which “gives you hope”. Mr Casamitjana also said he was feeling “optimistic” for the ruling on his dismissal – which is due later.

Mr Casamitjana describes himself as an ethical vegan and campaigns to get his message to others.

His beliefs affect much of his everyday life. He will, for instance, walk rather than take a bus to avoid accidental crashes with insects or birds.

Peter Daly, the solicitor for Mr Casamitjana, said the ramifications of this judgement for companies that employ vegan staff are “potentially significant”.

He said any abuse directed at ethical vegans “might be seen to be harassment in the same way a racist or sexist slur might be discriminatory action”.

Rhys Wyborn, acting for the League Against Cruel Sports, said: “Although an interesting point of law, this hearing was preparation for the real crux of the matter: why Jordi Casamitjana was dismissed.

“In view of its animal welfare value, the League did not contest the issue of whether ethical veganism itself should be a protected belief, with the League maintaining that it’s irrelevant to the core reason for the dismissal.”

The tribunal will now consider whether Mr Casamitjana was treated less favourably because of his ethical veganism belief.

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Exeter v Saracens: Salary cap row cannot distract Chiefs, says boss Rob Baxter

Exeter have lost to Saracens in three of the last four Premiership finals

Exeter boss Rob Baxter does not want the salary cap row to detract from his side’s preparation for their Premiership meeting with Saracens.

Chiefs lost the last two Premiership finals to Saracens, who have since been docked 35 points for breaching the salary cap over the past three seasons.

Sunday’s game is the first time the two have met since June’s final.

“What I don’t want is guys stewing or overthinking the game and burning up their nervous energy now,” Baxter said.

“But I think come the end of the week it’s probably the right thing. If there’s anything that particularly needles you or aggravates you or motivates you – Saracens will use them all in their personal motivation – there’s nothing wrong with our lads using it in their personal motivation as well.”

Exeter were one of the clubs most aggrieved as a result of Saracens’ transgressions – chief executive Tony Rowe called for the champions to be relegated, while in the aftermath Baxter said Saracens had beaten Exeter in two finals “unfairly”.

“It was interesting before and it’s even more interesting now,” Baxter added to BBC Sport about Sunday’s game.

“We’re in that period in the run up to this game where we’ve got to lock down and really focus on ourselves.

“We do that really well in most other games and we’ve got to make sure that’s what we do this week, we’ve got to lock down and focus on ourselves.”

But the Exeter boss hopes the Sandy Park crowd are respectful of their opponents as they look to beat Saracens for a fourth successive time at home.

“For the sake of what’s good in rugby I would like to think our supporters are civil and welcoming to the Saracens supporters, but I kind of know they will be,” Baxter added.

“Over the years the amount of emails and letters I’ve received from visiting supporters who’ve dropped something into the club to say what a fantastic day they’ve had – and most of them have lost, so they’re not saying it because they’ve come here and won – they’ve said they’ve enjoyed coming to a proper rugby club and mingling with proper rugby fans.

“Those part of things should never change. That should be what rugby’s about. That’s probably why we as a club are a little aggravated by what the salary cap investigation has pointed out because that’s not what rugby’s about.”

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Chelsea: Frank Lampard on learning under Mourinho, the family balancing act and trusting the kids

Chelsea: Taking on Jose will be special – Frank Lampard

Learning from Jose Mourinho, trusting the kids and the balancing act of being a good manager, husband and dad – Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has talked about it all with Gary Lineker.

In an interview for Football Focus – which is on BBC One on Saturday (12:00 GMT) – the former England, Chelsea and West Ham midfielder discusses expectations and the club’s aims for the future.

The 41-year-old talks about how it will be “special” to face former boss Mourinho, when Chelsea travel to Tottenham on Sunday (16:30 GMT).

Watch the full interview on Football Focus on BBC One from 12:00 GMT on Saturday.

Letting go

Three years after retiring from a 21-year playing career, Lampard is in his first season as a Premier League manager.

Having implemented a fast and fluent brand of football since becoming Chelsea manager in July, Lampard has shown he is a quick learner after spending last term cutting his teeth in the Championship with Derby.

Introducing academy graduates like Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham has helped created a feel-good factor and made light of last summer’s transfer ban.

And with the club occupying fourth place in the Premier League, Lineker asked if there were parts of the job he still had to come to terms with.

“You need really good people around you, particularly a good wife because they are the ones that can really take it, like a loss and your evening can be slightly ruined which is sometimes my fault because I should be able to let go,” Lampard replied.

“I’m trying to get a little bit more balance. But I haven’t mastered it yet. If you’re going to be on that much of a knife edge that isn’t actually very nice living. That’s where family can be very important.

“Christine does so much for me at home, we’ve got a relatively young baby, she really is incredible like that. So I’m also trying to play my part on that side and I’m also trying to be a husband and be good at my job.”

The Mourinho effect

Frank Lampard’s Derby County team knocked Jose Mourinho’s Man Utd side out of the Carabao Cup last season

Sunday’s match sees Lampard face Mourinho – who managed him during two spells in charge of Chelsea – for the first time in the Premier League.

The pair previously enjoyed a profitable manager/player relationship, collecting two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two EFL Cup winners medals together.

And Lampard has long acknowledged the Portuguese boss’ lasting influence on his career.

“The detail he and others brought to Chelsea was so forward-thinking at the time,” Lampard told Lineker.

“Every training session had immense detail and was planned and structured so that you’d know what you were doing from the start. I don’t think that was so evident for me before that, it was more you’d turn up for training and it would just happen.

“He would give you reasons for what was happening and it would be on the clock. That was something I certainly appreciated as a player and the modern player expects now. I liked that and responded well to that.”

Chelsea top four challengers

Chelsea travel across London having lost four of their last five Premier League games, while Tottenham have been rejuvenated under Mourinho, winning four of their last five league fixtures.

Added to that Spurs have scored 14 goals across those matches since his appointment in November – moving to fifth and within three points of Chelsea.

“He’s a man for a big club,” Lampard added. “His personality and his record is something that needs to be in top level football.

“We know the record that Jose has as a winning manager, he’s won wherever he’s been. He’s a pragmatic manager, that can be seen as a negative but I don’t mean it like that, we used to get criticised, the early Chelsea team I played in, as somewhat boring but we weren’t.

“We had [Arjen] Robben and [Damien] Duff and tools that could really hurt teams but we were also really organised. I think Jose’s first thing is to be organised, is to be structured, so I think he’ll work on that with Tottenham.

“On top of that he has some really talented players, he’s come into a club that were probably tipped to be somewhere in the title race at the beginning of the season. So with the freshness of a Jose Mourinho of course they’re going to be challengers for the top four.

“But you have to see what Liverpool and Manchester City have been doing for two years and the gap they have opened up, it is the challenge all of us have to close.

“If we can sustain Champions League football, we would probably gain confidence from a finish like that.”

The kids are alright

Mason Mount made 44 appearances for Derby under Lampard last term

While Mount, Tomori and Abraham have become regulars under Lampard, the likes of Reece James, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Billy Gilmour have also left their mark on the Blues first team this season.

“I don’t want to sit here and look at ex-managers and criticise but there’s been times over the last four or five years where a Ruben Loftus-Cheek and others could have had these opportunities,” Lampard added.

“I wanted Mason to be around because I knew him closely. He’s probably taken to the Premier League, maybe not quicker than what I thought but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well he’s taken to it.

“I didn’t have any doubts long term, I just didn’t know if it would be the start of the season that he’d be putting me under pressure to play him.

“I wanted Tammy because of what he did last year. The big thing we’ve worked on with him is making sure he’s not just a target, he uses every little bit of his attributes to run and stretch defences and I think he’s taken to that.

“For me Tomori is probably the proudest one because when he came to Derby last year it was quite a late move for us. When I came back to Chelsea you look at it and you’ve got four centre backs, so unless I trusted Fikayo there’s no way David Luiz could have moved to Arsenal.

“He has repaid that trust in a huge way. So it’s all up to them on how they prove themselves so I can pick them because this is cut-throat, if they don’t perform, whether they’re young boys or not, great potential or not, then it’s not going to be enough for a team like Chelsea.”

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Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I will not lead Labour at next election’

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Jeremy Corbyn has said he will not lead Labour into the next election, following a “very disappointing night”.

With one seat left to declare, the party has won 203 seats – its worst result since 1935.

Mr Corbyn said he would stay on as leader during a “process of reflection”, and said Brexit had “polarised” politics.

But others within Labour, including former MPs who lost their seats, blamed Mr Corbyn’s leadership.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said Mr Corbyn was not intending to resign and it could take until April for a leadership contest to take place.

On the night, the Conservatives won a big majority, sweeping aside Labour strongholds across northern England, the Midlands and Wales in areas which backed Brexit in the 2016 referendum.

Some traditional Labour constituencies, such as Darlington, Sedgefield and Workington, in the north of England, will have a Conservative MP for the first time in decades – or in the case of Bishop Auckland and Blyth Valley – for the first time since the seat was created.

At 33%, Labour’s share of the vote is down around eight points on the 2017 general election and is lower than that achieved by Neil Kinnock in 1992.

Speaking at his election count in Islington North, where he was re-elected with a reduced majority, Mr Corbyn said Labour had put forward a “manifesto of hope” and criticised the “way the media behaved” towards his party during the campaign.

But he added: “Brexit has so polarised and divided debate in this country, it has overridden so much of a normal political debate.”

“I recognise that has contributed to the results that the Labour Party has received this evening all across this country.”

Labour primarily campaigned on a promise to end austerity by increasing spending on public services.

The party also promised to renegotiate Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, and then put it to a referendum vote alongside the option of remaining in the EU.

That strategy was criticised by party chairman Ian Lavery, who said it had led voters in traditional Labour seats to believe it was “a Remain party”.

“They believe they should have been listened to – and they think that the Labour party have totally reneged on the result,” he said.

But he added the strategy was not “Jeremy Corbyn’s decision”, as it had been approved by delegates at the party’s September conference.

Former Labour MP John Mann said the leader’s unpopularity on the doorstep was palpable and Mr Corbyn should have “gone already”.

Others have blamed the party’s support for another Brexit referendum and the long-running anti-Semitism row.

Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking, said Labour had become the “nasty party”.

Given the result, you might assume Jeremy Corbyn would swiftly fall on his sword – but he has instead called for a period of quiet reflection.

Party rules make it difficult to oust him, but already senior figures are asking how long this period will last.

Senior figures at Westminster and in local government feel delaying an inevitable leadership contest will lead to a similar result in May’s council elections.

Mr Corbyn seems intent on staying in place until someone from his wing of the party is ready to take over – but the defeat of shadow minister Laura Pidcock has eliminated one of the potential left-wing leadership challengers.

Those who would prefer shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer are keen that a new leader is in place soon to challenge Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit policy.

The battle to establish the reasons for the defeat has already begun.

The narrative from the leadership that Brexit was to blame will be challenged robustly by those who want the party to change direction.

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell, a key ally of Mr Corbyn, said he was “heartbroken” at the result and insisted he would not take on the party leadership temporarily.

“At some stage we’ll go into a leadership election,” he said.

“Jeremy wants to ensure there is a period of reflection.”

Earlier, he said he did not think the Labour leader had been “the big issue” of the campaign.

But former Labour justice secretary Lord Falconer called for the party to move quickly to replace Mr Corbyn as leader by March or April.

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Gareth Snell, who lost his Leave-backing Stoke-on-Trent Central seat, called for both Mr Corbyn and Mr McDonnell to quit.

He accused senior figures in the shadow cabinet, who are defending Remain-voting seats in London, of “sacrificing” candidates in marginal constituencies in the Midlands and the north of England.

Elsewhere in the city, Ruth Smeeth, who lost her Stoke-on-Trent North seat to the Conservatives, described the election result as “devastating”.

“For me, this is about whether the Labour Party has any right to exist [and] whether we have anything left to say,” she said.

Another Labour MP to lose her seat, Caroline Flint in Don Valley, said: “So many of my voters could not and did not want to support Jeremy Corbyn to be prime minister.”

She added: “There are moderate MPs who have driven us into a dead-end regarding Brexit and they have put the pursuit of Remain at the expense of our working-class heartlands and I feel annoyed, to say the least, about that.”

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Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, speaking after holding his Holborn and St Pancras seat, said: “As a whole movement, we need to reflect on this result and understand it together, but we also have a duty to rebuild, starting now.”

Yvette Cooper, who unsuccessfully challenged Mr Corbyn for her party’s leadership in 2015, said the results showed Labour has “to change as a party”.

She said Brexit had played a “significant part” in her party’s performance, but the election “was not just about Brexit”.

“It was about their perceptions of the party, their perceptions of the leadership,” she added.

Speaking after an earlier exit poll predicted heavy losses for Labour, former Labour home secretary Alan Johnson told ITV News that Mr Corbyn had been “incapable of leading” and “worse than useless at all the qualities you need to lead a political party.”

In a statement, the Jewish Labour Movement group also criticised Mr Corbyn. “Labour’s failure in this election lies squarely with the Party’s leadership,” it said.

“The Party must truly listen,” it continued, “because of the public’s rejection of Corbyn… the confused position on Brexit [and] its total failure to tackle anti-Jewish racism”.

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Three men fatally stabbed in London in little over 12 hours

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The man stabbed to death in Knightsbridge died near the luxury department store Harrods

Three men have been stabbed to death in London in little over 12 hours.

A man in his 20s was attacked in Hackney, east London, on Thursday afternoon. A 14-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man have been arrested.

Overnight, a man was found fatally wounded near Harrods in Knightsbridge, while another victim was killed in Deptford, south-east London.

The deaths mean 136 murder investigations have been launched in the capital this year.

It is the same amount as during the whole of 2018.

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The deaths mean 136 murder investigations have been launched in the capital this year

The victim who was killed in Knightsbridge was found unconscious near to luxury department store Harrods just after midnight after police had been called over reports of a stabbing.

He was treated by paramedics but pronounced dead at the scene at 00:39 GMT.

Another man was found injured and taken to hospital “in a serious condition”, police said.

Harrods said the store was open as usual but some entrances into the building had been closed due to the police cordon.

Emergency services were also called to Bronze Street, Deptford, at 03:00 GMT after a man was fatally stabbed.

No arrests have been made over either of the killings overnight and the Met have appealed for witnesses.

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The first victim died in Clarence Mews, Hackney, on Thursday afternoon

Detectives believe the victim killed in Clarence Mews, Hackney, on Thursday died following “an altercation involving a group of people”.

The two people arrested on suspicion of murder remain in custody but the Met said “at least two other suspects remain outstanding” and inquiries to locate them are “ongoing”.

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Charlton Athletic: Roland Duchatelet agrees sale to East Street Investments

Roland Duchatelet had been in control at The Valley since 2014

Championship side Charlton Athletic have been taken over by East Street Investments, subject to approval from the English Football League.

They have agreed to buy Charlton from Roland Duchatelet, who had been trying to sell the club since the end of 2017.

Tahnoon Nimer and Jonathan Heller – chairman and CEO of Abu Dhabi Business Development – join as directors, with Matt Southall becoming club chairman.

Charlton fans had held a series of protests against Belgian Duchatelet.

In March the EFL board rejected his demands for the league to acquire the club, because of “a significant conflict of interest”.

“We are privileged to take ownership of such an historic club and it is incredibly exciting to be part of the process of building a fresh future for the fans, loyal club staff and players of Charlton Athletic,” said Southall.