Inside the room where Poppi Worthington died

These are the first pictures ever published of the home where Poppi Worthington died including the double bed where she was found unresponsive and bleeding after her father ‘probably’ sexually abused her. 

The bed is shown strewn with towels, pillows and kitchen paper with a half-drunk baby bottle on the bedside table.  

Cumbria’s coroner has today also released images of the Peppa Pig pyjamas she was wearing on the night she died as the inquest into her death continues today. 

The upsetting pictures also show the sofa where paramedics tried desperately to revive her, her pink babygrow and Hello Kitty cot blanket.

Last week Poppi’s father Paul avoided 252 questions about her death –including why her DNA was found on his genitals – but chose to answer one to describe the 13-month-old as a ‘bully’. 

Mr Justice Peter Jackson said last year the toddler suffered ‘a penetrative sexual assault’ before her sudden death and ‘the only person who could realistically have done this to her was her father’.

These are the first pictures ever published of the home where Poppi Worthington including the double bed where she collapsed. A judge subsequently decided that she had' probably been sexually assaulted by her father

These are the first pictures ever published of the home where Poppi Worthington including the double bed where she collapsed. A judge subsequently decided that she had' probably been sexually assaulted by her father

These are the first pictures ever published of the home where Poppi Worthington including the double bed where she collapsed. A judge subsequently decided that she had’ probably been sexually assaulted by her father

Poppi ended up lifeless in the bed after her father removed her from this cot, which contained a Hello Kitty blanket

Poppi ended up lifeless in the bed after her father removed her from this cot, which contained a Hello Kitty blanket

Poppi ended up lifeless in the bed after her father removed her from this cot, which contained a Hello Kitty blanket

Poppi's Peppa Pig pyjamas worn by the 13-month-old on the night she died in 2012

Poppi's Peppa Pig pyjamas worn by the 13-month-old on the night she died in 2012

Poppi’s Peppa Pig pyjamas worn by the 13-month-old on the night she died in 2012

Poppi died from the injuries sustained shortly after her father, who had been watching pornography, took her into his bed at the family home in Barrow-in-Furness, in December 2012

Poppi died from the injuries sustained shortly after her father, who had been watching pornography, took her into his bed at the family home in Barrow-in-Furness, in December 2012

Paul Worthington will give evidence at the inquest into the death of his daughter Poppi

Paul Worthington will give evidence at the inquest into the death of his daughter Poppi

Poppi died from the injuries sustained shortly after her father, who had been watching pornography, took her into his bed at the family home in Barrow-in-Furness, in December 2012

Mr Worthington was accused of sexually abusing 13-month-old Poppi shortly before her tragic death in 2012 – but he escaped prosecution amid claims of a bungled police investigation.  

Judge on Poppi’s injuries: ‘The only person who could realistically have done this to her was her father’

Mr Justice Peter Jackson (pictured) ruled Paul Worthington had brutally abused his daughter who died in hospital hours later

Mr Justice Peter Jackson (pictured) ruled Paul Worthington had brutally abused his daughter who died in hospital hours later

Mr Justice Peter Jackson (pictured) ruled Paul Worthington had brutally abused his daughter who died in hospital hours later

Details of what happened to Poppi Worthington were only revealed for first time in January 2016 with the publication of findings by High Court family judge Mr Justice Peter Jackson.

Poppi died from injuries sustained shortly after her father, who had earlier been watching pornography on his computer, took her into his bed at the family home in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The family court judge ruled Paul Worthington had brutally abused his daughter who died in hospital hours later.

But a catalogue of blunders by police, social workers and medical staff mean that despite the legal ruling Worthington, 49, is unlikely to face any criminal action without new evidence. 

The supermarket worker, denies any wrongdoing.  

In his ruling Mr Justice Jackson said: ‘P [Poppi] suffered injuries causing substantial bleeding from the anus and that she collapsed for no plausible reason. The only explanation for those stubborn facts is that she suffered anal penetration and the only person who could realistically have done this to her was her father.

He added: ‘I find that the father perpetrated a penetrative anal assault on P [Poppi], either using his penis or some other unidentified object’.

A statement released by Mr Worthington’s lawyers said afterwards’: ‘Mr Worthington does not accept the findings of the court’.

The ruling was released months after a fresh inquest was ordered into the death of 13-month-old Poppi.

The decision meant more than two years of official silence over the case would be broken.

Poppi died in December 2012 but the public were told nothing about what happened to her or how social workers and police handled the affair.

There was an initial seven-minute inquest in October 2015 during which Cumbria coroner Ian Smith gave no information about the circumstances leading to the girl’s death. It simply found that her death was ‘unascertained’. 

Last week he avoided 252 questions about her death – but chose to answer one to describe the 13-month-old as a ‘bully’.

Paul Worthington, who is accused of sexually assaulting the toddler before she died, sobbed as he refused to say why the toddler’s DNA was found on his genitals.

He dodged 183 questions at the inquest into Poppi’s death – in addition to the 69 he refused to answer on Wednesday. 

But he did respond when asked to describe his daughter, saying: ‘Lively. Bubbly. The happy one out of the siblings. Bully, in her own little way.’

Mr Worthington, who gave evidence screened from the public and flanked by police officers armed with Tasers, became agitated yesterday as he was asked about events in the hours before Poppi died.

Alison Hewitt, counsel to the inquest, asked why the toddler’s DNA was found on his genitals on the day of her death, but he refused to answer.

The father previously told a family court hearing that his fingers were in Poppi’s mouth and that he then went to the toilet.

Yesterday he was asked whether he ‘penetrated’ his daughter himself or with an object. He again dodged the question 

Poppi’s mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sat in the hearing in Kendal, Cumbria, with her head in her hands for much of her former partner’s testimony before leaving.

Coroner David Roberts made a final appeal for answers before Mr Worthington finished his evidence. He said: ‘You were an adult in this house, as well as Poppi’s father, so you are well placed to give me information if you want to. This is an opportunity for you to tell me anything that may… help me find how your daughter came by her death.

‘I don’t want you to go without having that opportunity. Is there anything else you would like to tell me?’ Mr Worthington replied: ‘No, sir.’

Poppi’s father answered 40 questions put to him, but dodged the rest by citing ‘Rule 22’, which allows witnesses at inquests to avoid incriminating themselves. 

A family court judge has previously ruled that Mr Worthington probably sexually assaulted his daughter before she collapsed at home in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, on December 12, 2012.

But the former supermarket worker escaped prosecution because of a bungled police investigation. Key evidence, including Poppi’s last nappies, the pyjama bottoms she was wearing and a computer Mr Worthington used to watch pornography, were lost. 

This is Poppi's cot  that she slept in on the nights before she perished 

This is Poppi's cot  that she slept in on the nights before she perished 

This is Poppi’s cot  that she slept in on the nights before she perished 

This is the sofa where paramedics tried to resuscitate Poppi, but she couldn't be saved

This is the sofa where paramedics tried to resuscitate Poppi, but she couldn't be saved

This is the sofa where paramedics tried to resuscitate Poppi, but she couldn’t be saved

The clothes taken from Poppi at the Furness General Hospital on  December 12 2012

The clothes taken from Poppi at the Furness General Hospital on  December 12 2012

The clothes taken from Poppi at the Furness General Hospital on  December 12 2012

The clothes taken from Poppi at the Furness General Hospital on  December 12 2012

The clothes taken from Poppi at the Furness General Hospital on December 12 2012

Worthington left the inquest with his face down in the seats of his car as it emerged he is in witness protection after receiving threats

Worthington left the inquest with his face down in the seats of his car as it emerged he is in witness protection after receiving threats

Worthington left the inquest with his face down in the seats of his car as it emerged he is in witness protection after receiving threats

Former police officer Lindsey Bolton told the hearing that the laptop Mr Worthington used to watch ‘adult X-rated’ porn in bed on the night Poppi died was never recovered by police and there were no ‘proactive’ attempts by officers to trace it.

Mr Worthington told her he had sold the laptop to a man in nearby Millom and he would try to get it back. Asked if he had made any efforts to retrieve it, Miss Bolton replied: ‘Not to my knowledge.’

Poppi’s mother told the inquest earlier this week that she was asleep downstairs when she heard a scream. Minutes later Mr Worthington rushed in holding his lifeless daughter and shouting to his ex-partner to call for an ambulance. Poppi died just over an hour later at Furness General Hospital.

In a fact-finding judgment as part of care proceedings involving Poppi’s siblings, family court judge Mr Justice Peter Jackson, now Lord Justice Peter Jackson, said Poppi’s ‘significant bleeding’ could only be sensibly explained as being the result of penetrative trauma.

Mr Worthington has never been charged and denies responsibility for his daughter’s death. The inquest continues.

Louis Tomlinson leaves London club looking worse for wear

He enjoyed a triumphant return to The X Factor final on Saturday evening, when he took to stage to perform his new single Miss You.

And Louis Tomlinson appeared eager to keep the celebrations going later that night, when he and his girlfriend Eleanor Calder made their way to London hot-spot Reign.

However, the 25-year-old singer seemed to have taken his revelry just a tad too far, as he was spotted getting a helping hand from pals and a security team while stumbling out of the nightclub at 3AM the following morning.

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Sporting a bright yellow Umbro hoodie and sweat-drenched locks, the One Direction heartthrob struggled to keep his eyes open as he emerged from the warm confines of the dancefloor to the chilly streets of the English capital.

With a burly minder keeping an attentive, guiding hand on him, the star made his way to a waiting chauffeur-driven limo, in which he was whisked back to his hotel.

Louis’ stunning girlfriend Eleanor opted to avoid experiencing any such embarrassment in front of cameras, covering her entire face with her fashionable camel coat as she followed closely ahead of her handsome beau.

A source tells MailOnline that the couple’s night out proved to be quite the eventful one before things even kicked off, when one of Louis’ pals was asked to make a dash back to the limo for his passport to prove his age. 

Since embarking on his solo career, Louis has delivered hits such as Just Hold On, a collaboration with Steve Oki that he had memorably performed on The X Factor last year following the passing of his mother Johannah Deakin, and his hit Back To You featuring Bebe Rexha and Digital Farm Animals.

His performance at the X Faactor came just a handful of days after he took to the stage for the Royal Variety Performance, with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge among the audience members attending the high-profile annual event.

Louis’ bandmate Liam Payne recently confirmed One Direction will be reuniting following their current hiatus.

The boy band (made up of Louis, Liam, Harry Styles and Niall Horan – Zayn Malik had quit One Direction in March 2015) announced their decision to take a break two years ago, with the boys each going on to embark on their own solo careers.

Liam, however, delighted fans recently when he revealed that the band does have plans to reunite and work on new music in the future.

He assured fans they can expect more from the band, as he confirmed in an interview on Clyde 1: ‘Obviously we ARE going to get back together, so it’s fine.’

Syria govt still unsure on return to Geneva talks

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The Syrian government's chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari had said that "Damascus will decide" whether they would return to the Geneva talks

The Syrian government's chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari had said that "Damascus will decide" whether they would return to the Geneva talks

The Syrian government’s chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari had said that “Damascus will decide” whether they would return to the Geneva talks

Syrian government negotiators are still unsure whether they will return to continue peace talks in Geneva after they flew back to Damascus this weekend, a government source said Monday.

The government’s chief negotiator Bashar al-Jaafari had told reporters in Geneva on Friday that his team would go home to Syria and that “Damascus will decide” whether they would return to the UN-backed talks.

“For the time being there has been no final decision. Damascus is still thinking about the feasibility of its participation,” the government source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“As soon as a decision is reached, it will be made public through the usual diplomatic channels.”

A spokesman for the opposition delegation, Yahia al-Aridi, said meanwhile that his side’s chief Nasr al-Hariri would be back in Geneva on Monday evening.

The office of UN special envoy Staffan de Mistura, who is mediating the talks, made no announcements Monday on the planned return to negotiations.

De Mistura had said the negotiations would resume Tuesday.

But after meeting with de Mistura Friday, Jaafari said there were “big problems in this round of talks,” pointing to a communique published by the opposition last month in Riyadh signalling it was maintaining its insistence on Assad’s removal.

The opposition, united in one delegation for the first time, has defied calls to give up on its demand that Assad must step down before any peace deal can be reached.

“The language was provocative, irresponsible politically speaking,” Jaafari said, warning that if the opposition delegation stuck to such language “there will be no progress.”

The government delegation had initially refused to confirm that it would attend the eighth round of UN-backed talks at all, and arrived a day late.

Syria’s six-year war has claimed more than 340,000 lives, forced millions to flee their homes and left the country in ruins.

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New chef’s fad includes silicone dishes that change shape

  • Royal College of Art student Lina Saleh created range of ‘living’ tableware 
  • The hand-cast silicone plates are super-thin and move as you eat your dinner
  • Interactive dishes create ‘bond between food and diner’ through movement
  • However, some have criticised the project, saying ordinary plates are just fine

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Ever ambitious chefs are continuously finding different ways to present food to diners…including putting chips in mini buckets and serving steaks on slabs of slate. 

However, the latest culinary alchemy sees a potentially whole new proposition for restaurants; silicone plates that are so thin, they can be barely be seen. 

The transparent tableware is designed to add to the theatre of a meal with one particularly clever dish going from concave (a dome) to convex (a bowl) as soon as the person eating it plunges a fork into their food.    

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Art student Lina Saleh created a range of silicone plates to increase the bond between diners and their food. The super-thin dishes oscillate and move when touched with cutlery 

Art student Lina Saleh created a range of silicone plates to increase the bond between diners and their food. The super-thin dishes oscillate and move when touched with cutlery 

Art student Lina Saleh created a range of silicone plates to increase the bond between diners and their food. The super-thin dishes oscillate and move when touched with cutlery 

A little wobble with your soup, sir? This still of a bowl in motion shows how the sides of the dishes react to touch

A little wobble with your soup, sir? This still of a bowl in motion shows how the sides of the dishes react to touch

A little wobble with your soup, sir? This still of a bowl in motion shows how the sides of the dishes react to touch

The designs are the handiwork of designer Lina Saleh whose ‘living plates’ project aims to wobble, sink and even change into different shapes as the diner tucks in.

Made from silicone, they’re cast by hand to ensure they move as freely as possible. 

Saleh worked with professional chefs to create the plates, which are designed to make ‘a bond between food and diner through movements that extend the gastronomical experience of the taste.’  

The designer told Dezeen: ‘The project started by trying to create a dish for dessert that would convey the heaviness and richness of it, even before tasting it.

‘They add a new dimension to what plateware can achieve, thus changing our perception of it but also adding a new tool for a chef to express himself.’

Concave to convex...a lid holds the silicone plate in place

Concave to convex...a lid holds the silicone plate in place

Concave to convex…a lid holds the silicone plate in place

...and as soon as the fork touches the food, the 'living' plate bounces up and turns into a bowl

...and as soon as the fork touches the food, the 'living' plate bounces up and turns into a bowl

…and as soon as the fork touches the food, the ‘living’ plate bounces up and turns into a bowl

The plates on the move! This king prawn sits atop a moveable white mount made from silicone

The plates on the move! This king prawn sits atop a moveable white mount made from silicone

The plates on the move! This king prawn sits atop a moveable white mount made from silicone

The reaction to the designs hasn’t been particularly positive though, with many questioning why plastic plates were needed when re-usable porcelain seems perfectly adequate. 

 @TheMotherKevin wrote on Twitter in response? ‘Why? Why why take something that works literally perfectly and ruin it by asking it hard to use and easy to spill? I don’t have ill-will towards the creator, but I really hope the creation fails here. Just no.’

@KisagQueen added with a note of sarcasm: ‘Because I have always wanted to eat my cornflakes from a jellyfish.’  

@Jess_Stevenson added: ‘Oh look. More stuff made from plastic for no good reason, just because someone *could*. Just what the planet needs.’

Ashley Young is becoming a leader: 10 things we learned

Manchester City are sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League table after coming form behind to beat West Ham at the Etihad Satdium on Sunday.

Here, Sportsmail’s Ralph Ellis shares 10 things he learned from the weekend’s action throughout the leagues.

David Silva celebrates after scoring Manchester City's winning goal against West Ham

David Silva celebrates after scoring Manchester City's winning goal against West Ham

David Silva celebrates after scoring Manchester City’s winning goal against West Ham

1. Ashley Young has not only turned his Old Trafford career round after refusing to leave in the summer, but he’s developing a leadership role. 

The 32-year-old, whose Manchester United contract runs out this summer, went straight to the bench to get instructions for the team when he realised that Paul Pogba was about to be sent off even before Andre Marriner had produced his red card. 

And in added time he shepherded Jesse Lingard to the far side of the pitch when he was about to be subbed so that the change ate up as much time as possible.

Ashley Young (left) tells manager Jose Mourinho that Paul Pogba is about to be sent off

Ashley Young (left) tells manager Jose Mourinho that Paul Pogba is about to be sent off

Ashley Young (left) tells manager Jose Mourinho that Paul Pogba is about to be sent off

2. With only three Premier League goals so far, and talk of a search for a new agent, there’s gossip that Dele Alli has taken his focus off the sort of hard work that established his reputation at Spurs.

The stats suggest otherwise, though. Only wing-backs Kieran Trippier (7.2 miles) and Ben Davies (7.1) covered more ground than his 6.7 miles for Tottenham in their 1-1 draw at Watford. 

And so far this season Alli has run an average 7.4 miles per match compared to 6.8 last season, while his average 74 sprints per game compares to 71.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (right) is pulled back by Watford's Marvin Zeegelaar

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (right) is pulled back by Watford's Marvin Zeegelaar

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (right) is pulled back by Watford’s Marvin Zeegelaar

3. It’s not easy with such an array of talent at his disposal but Pep Guardiola has got to fit Gabriel Jesus into his starting line-up. 

The 20-year-old Brazilian has begun only three of City’s lasts seven league games, despite the sort of form that saw him set up Nicolas Otamendi’s equaliser against West Ham. 

In 24 Premier League appearances since joining City Jesus has been involved in 21 goals – scoring 15 and creating six. Break down his substitute appearances and it means he’s provided a goal every 74 minutes.

Gabriel Jesus celebrates after setting up Nicolas Otamendi’s equaliser against West Ham

Gabriel Jesus celebrates after setting up Nicolas Otamendi’s equaliser against West Ham

Gabriel Jesus celebrates after setting up Nicolas Otamendi’s equaliser against West Ham

4. Danny Drinkwater could have a huge part to play for Chelsea in the second half of the season after finally making his full Premier League debut. 

The former Leicester midfielder, whose summer move to Stamford Bridge cost £35m, was excellent in the 3-1 win over Newcastle. 

Full of energy – he made 70 sprints – he also showed the range of his passing that was crucial to Leicester’s title win creating two good chances and involved in the build-up to one of the goals.

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater looks on during his team's victory over Newcastle

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater looks on during his team's victory over Newcastle

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater looks on during his team’s victory over Newcastle

5. Mason Holgate could be the big winner from the arrival of Sam Allardyce at Everton after twice getting picked ahead of £25m Michael Keane. 

It’s the first time Holgate, just 21, has started a Premier League game in central defence in a back four this season and suggests Big Sam rates the young England star highly. 

Keane has had to be content with a place on the bench while Holgate played alongside Wales captain Ashley Williams in both the 4-0 against West Ham and then Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield.

Left to right: Jonjoe Kenny, Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the final whistle

Left to right: Jonjoe Kenny, Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the final whistle

Left to right: Jonjoe Kenny, Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin after the final whistle

6. It’s starting to look as if Manolo Gabbiadini will be on his way out of Southampton in the January window a year after his arrival. 

The Italian international, signed by Claude Puel for around £17m – has become marginalised under Mauricio Pellegrino after a poor start to the season and played only the final five minutes of the 1-1 draw at Bournemouth. 

Newcastle are among clubs said to be interested in keeping the 6ft 3ins striker in the Premier League.

Manolo Gabbiadini (centre) battles for the ball with Bournemouth's Simon Francis

Manolo Gabbiadini (centre) battles for the ball with Bournemouth's Simon Francis

Manolo Gabbiadini (centre) battles for the ball with Bournemouth’s Simon Francis

7. West Brom’s players got cheered off at the end of the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace as Hawthorns fans reacted to a change of management after campaigning against Tony Pulis. 

But forget any idea that new boss Alan Pardew is going to make radical changes to the style of play. 

Albion attempted 379 passes against Palace – some 32 LESS than when they lost at Huddersfield in their last game against Pulis against a side from outside the top six.

West Brom boss Alan Pardew issues instructions during his team's draw with Crystal Palace

West Brom boss Alan Pardew issues instructions during his team's draw with Crystal Palace

West Brom boss Alan Pardew issues instructions during his team’s draw with Crystal Palace

8. Odd that Neil Harris never gets his name mentioned for bigger jobs after three years of success as boss of Millwall. 

The 40-year-old who took the Lions back into the Championship following relegation has got them safely in mid-table on a small budget. 

He showed how cute he can be tactically, too, in the 3-1 win over promotion chasing Sheffield United by switching to a back three at half time when it was still 1-1.

Milwall manager Neil Harris has overseen three years of success at the club

Milwall manager Neil Harris has overseen three years of success at the club

Milwall manager Neil Harris has overseen three years of success at the club

9. There can’t be many defenders in League One who learned their trade at Real Madrid, but Doncaster defender Niall Mason is the exception. 

The 20-year-old signed for their Academy aged seven when his parents were working in Spain, and was friends with David Beckham when he first arrived at the club as he was the only English speaker around. 

Mason’s football education went on through Al Sadd in Qatar then Blackburn, Southampton and Villa as his parents moved around, ending up joining Doncaster last summer for a small fee following a loan spell. It’s working out well – he was outstanding in the 3-0 FA Cup win over Scunthorpe and has been earning rave reviews all season for his performances under Darren Ferguson.

10. Credit to Kevin Nolan for respecting the FA Cup as his team faced minnows Oxford City in the second round. 

The former Newcastle and West Ham skipper, whose first management job at Leyton Orient was always doomed to failure, could have been forgiven for resting half his League Two leading players to face minnows Oxford City at home. 

But he made only one change – restoring Jon Stead who had been injured for the 2-1 win over Colchester the week before – and just as well as it needed an added time goal to snatch a 3-2 victory. 

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan smiles during his team's tight win over Oxford City

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan smiles during his team's tight win over Oxford City

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan smiles during his team’s tight win over Oxford City

Music fans dismayed as T In The Park hints at no return

The boss of T in the Park has hinted the major music festival might not return after three people died at the event last year.  

Geoff Ellis has dropped the strongest hint yet that it could be all over for the highlight of Scotland’s music calendar.

The DF Concerts boss, who launched the iconic event in 1994, said any replacement camping event would be ‘very different’.

It comes after the festival was forced to move out of its traditional home at Balado, near Kinross, amid health and safety fears about a pipeline running underneath the site.

The boss of the T in the Park festival in Scotland (pictured) has hinted that the event might not return 

The boss of the T in the Park festival in Scotland (pictured) has hinted that the event might not return 

The boss of the T in the Park festival in Scotland (pictured) has hinted that the event might not return 

The popular festival attracts thousands of fans and some of the world's most successful artists (Calvin Harris performing on the  main stage in 2016) 

The popular festival attracts thousands of fans and some of the world's most successful artists (Calvin Harris performing on the  main stage in 2016) 

The popular festival attracts thousands of fans and some of the world’s most successful artists (Calvin Harris performing on the  main stage in 2016) 

Thousands of young music fans braved the wet conditions and made their way to the festival's main stage 

Thousands of young music fans braved the wet conditions and made their way to the festival's main stage 

Thousands of young music fans braved the wet conditions and made their way to the festival’s main stage 

And in 2016, the body of a father of three was found after he left the festival and two teenagers died. A teenage girl was also raped last year. 

James Richardson, 29, from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, was found dead and pathologists judged he had almost certainly taken drugs.

The discovery in July last year came after Megan Bell, 17, and Peter MacCallum, 17, died in separate incidents at the festival. It is believed the deaths were drug-related.

Hours earlier, an 18-year-old girl was raped following a night in the festival’s Slam Tent.

And speaking to Events Base magazine, Mr Ellis said it could at least two years before any decision is made on a new show, which would be aimed at an older audience.

On Friday, his Glasgow-based TRNSMT festival – held on the traditional T in the Park weekend in July – was named best new event at the UK Festival Awards in London.

Last month, it was announced that TRNSMT will return in 2018, spread across two weekends.

However, DF Concerts has so far kept tight-lipped about T in the Park’s future.

The long-running festival was shelved after two problematic years at its new home in Strathallan Castle.

Mr Ellis said: ‘I think what we come back with will be something very different.

‘If you take two years out of the market and you go back in, you probably want to refresh everything.

‘That’s not to say we won’t be back with a camping festival – at some point we will be back with a camping festival – but we’re not jumping up and down to do it in 2018.’

He added: ‘Whatever we do in the future, I think we will probably aim it at an older market as well.

‘With the last three or four years of T in the Park, we were seeing people not coming back year-on-year, whereas people did the surveys and said: ‘Yeah I had a great time, I can’t wait to be back next year.’

The DF Concerts boss, who launched the iconic event in 1994, said any replacement camping event would be 'very different'

The DF Concerts boss, who launched the iconic event in 1994, said any replacement camping event would be 'very different'

The DF Concerts boss, who launched the iconic event in 1994, said any replacement camping event would be ‘very different’

Musicians Alex Turner (left) and Miles Kane of The Last Shadow Puppets performed on the main stage in 2016

Musicians Alex Turner (left) and Miles Kane of The Last Shadow Puppets performed on the main stage in 2016

Musicians Alex Turner (left) and Miles Kane of The Last Shadow Puppets performed on the main stage in 2016

DJ Norman Cook, known as Fatboy Slim, was seen performing to thousands of fans in 2015 

DJ Norman Cook, known as Fatboy Slim, was seen performing to thousands of fans in 2015 

DJ Norman Cook, known as Fatboy Slim, was seen performing to thousands of fans in 2015 

‘It’s not because they didn’t have a good time, but because they’ve done it, they’ve ticked the box and they want to go somewhere else.’

Mr Ellis added: ‘As a festival organiser, that’s something you’ve got to learn quickly because it used to be about making sure people had a good time and wanted to come back next year. Now it’s about getting a whole new audience (each time).’

But the flit to Strathallan Castle was plagued by traffic and antisocial behaviour problems, as well as the cost of protecting nesting ospreys.

‘It’s been the most trying time of my professional life,’ said Mr Ellis. ‘I think that’s true of everybody in the company.

‘The risk is infinitesimal that the pipeline could blow up. An independent report concluded that there was a likelihood of failure at one-in-four-and-a-half million years, so you are as likely to be eaten by a dinosaur.’

A new music event is being planned for Scone Palace in May 2018.

Organisers Festival Republic, which ran Glastonbury for 10 years, are keeping details of the show under wraps. 

Attenborough urges Trump not to pull out of Paris deal

Sir David Attenborough has urged Donald Trump not to pull out of the Paris Climate deal because of the devastating effect man is having on the planet.

Sir David, 91, pleaded with the US president, after calling for action to save ‘the future of humanity’.

In an episode of Blue Planet II – which came to an end last night – he opened up about the destructive influence of mankind on the natural world.

He described an albatross as it lay dying after its mother accidentally fed it a plastic toothpick.

Sir David Attenborough urged the US president not to pull out of the Paris Climate deal because of the devastating effect plastic is having on the ocean

Sir David Attenborough urged the US president not to pull out of the Paris Climate deal because of the devastating effect plastic is having on the ocean

Sir David Attenborough urged the US president not to pull out of the Paris Climate deal because of the devastating effect plastic is having on the ocean

Referring to the Paris Climate Agreement, the US president said at the time: 'This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States'. The president is pictured yesterday speaking with reporters at the White House

Referring to the Paris Climate Agreement, the US president said at the time: 'This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States'. The president is pictured yesterday speaking with reporters at the White House

Referring to the Paris Climate Agreement, the US president said at the time: ‘This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States’. The president is pictured yesterday speaking with reporters at the White House

Sir David said: ‘Let us hope that Trump will eventually recognise that the Paris Agreement was not about Pittsburgh, or even Paris, but the entire planet.’

He added: ‘Never before have we been so aware of what we are doing to our planet – and never before have we had such power to do something about it.

‘Surely we have a responsibility to care for the planet on which we live? The future of humanity, and indeed of all life on Earth, now depends on us doing so.

There are concerns that more than a million birds and 100,000 sea mammals and turtles die every year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste

There are concerns that more than a million birds and 100,000 sea mammals and turtles die every year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste

There are concerns that more than a million birds and 100,000 sea mammals and turtles die every year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste

Sir David described the moment a baby albatross died after eating a plastic toothpick. Pictured: Scientists have discovered the birds are inadvertently feeding their chicks plastic

Sir David described the moment a baby albatross died after eating a plastic toothpick. Pictured: Scientists have discovered the birds are inadvertently feeding their chicks plastic

Sir David described the moment a baby albatross died after eating a plastic toothpick. Pictured: Scientists have discovered the birds are inadvertently feeding their chicks plastic

The Blue Plant crew recreated a scene where 7,000 plastic toys ended up in the water after falling from a ship during a storm in 1992

The Blue Plant crew recreated a scene where 7,000 plastic toys ended up in the water after falling from a ship during a storm in 1992

The Blue Plant crew recreated a scene where 7,000 plastic toys ended up in the water after falling from a ship during a storm in 1992

‘Plastic is now found everywhere in the ocean, from its surface to its greatest depths. 

‘There are fragments of nets so big they entangle the heads of fish, birds and turtles, and slowly strangle them. 

‘Other pieces of plastic are so small that they are mistaken for food and eaten, accumulating in fishes’ stomachs, leaving them undernourished.’

There are concerns that more than a million birds and 100,000 sea mammals and turtles die every year from eating and getting tangled in plastic waste. 

KEY GOALS OR THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT  

A long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels 

A long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels 

A long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels 

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change has four main goals with regards to reducing emissions:

1) A long-term goal of keeping the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels

2) To aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C, since this would significantly reduce risks and the impacts of climate change

3) Goverments agreed on the need for global emissions to peak as soon as possible, recognising that this will take longer for developing countries

4) To undertake rapid reductions thereafter in accordance with the best available science 

One of the key goals of the Paris Agreement is to limit the increase in global temperatures to 1.5°C. 

But Trump, who has expressed doubts that man-made greenhouse gas emissions are the prime cause of global warming, announced in June that he intended to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement and instead promote U.S. coal and oil industries. 

He said at the time: ‘This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States.’

And last month it was revealed that the US president was not invited to the Climate Summit next week. 

Over a hundred countries, as well as non governmental organizations, have been invited for the December 12 summit. 

Sir David added: ‘Our wellbeing is inextricably bound up with the health of the oceans.’

He said ‘all is not yet lost’ and told people to ‘reduce the amount of plastic that we use in our everyday lives’.

Sir David praised countries for coming together in 2015 to sign the Paris Agreement, but added: ‘It is true that since then the United States has threatened to withdraw from that decision.’

Charlie Austin says Bournemouth boos were ‘a bit odd’

Charlie Austin was left baffled by Bournemouth fans booing him after the striker rescued a point for Southampton on Sunday.

Austin scored his third goal in three games to cancel out Ryan Fraser’s opener and secure Saints a 1-1 draw at the Vitality Stadium.

After slotting home Nathan Redmond’s cross, Austin celebrated in front of the home supporters, who had been jeering him throughout the game.

Charlie Austin celebrated in front of the Bournemouth fans after scoring for Southampton

Charlie Austin celebrated in front of the Bournemouth fans after scoring for Southampton

Charlie Austin celebrated in front of the Bournemouth fans after scoring for Southampton

Austin had been booed during the game having come close to joining Bournemouth in 2009

Austin had been booed during the game having come close to joining Bournemouth in 2009

Austin had been booed during the game having come close to joining Bournemouth in 2009

Austin spent six weeks training with Bournemouth when he belonged to Poole Town back in 2009, but the move was blocked as the Cherries were then placed under a transfer embargo.

‘Their reaction was a bit odd, I am not too sure why. It was not my fault,’ said Austin, who joined Swindon instead and then Burnley.

‘If anything, I was going to sign here and (manager) Eddie (Howe) and (assistant manager) Jason (Tindall) did everything they could to sign me and I would have signed.

‘But, like Eddie said earlier in the week, he could not stand in my way and I am forever grateful to them for letting me go and giving me a chance.

‘It is not strange to score against them. It was a long time ago and I never actually signed for the club.’

Redmond’s assist also had added significance given he was left on the bench following his feisty exchange with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola last week.

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino said Redmond was being rested but the winger came off the bench at half-time to inspire the visitors’ fightback.

Nathan Redmond came off the bench to help Southampton take a point from Bournemouth

Nathan Redmond came off the bench to help Southampton take a point from Bournemouth

Nathan Redmond came off the bench to help Southampton take a point from Bournemouth

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‘It was a strange one,’ Austin said of Redmond’s face-off with Guardiola.

‘But he is a good pro. He came on at half-time, got his head down and changed the game in our favour.’

Both sides could have claimed victory in the second period but Bournemouth felt particularly aggrieved after Adam Smith was denied an early penalty.

Smith seemed to exaggerate his fall over Sofiane Boufal’s reckless challenge and was booked for diving by referee Jon Moss, who apologised to the full-back after the match.

The yellow card was Smith’s fifth of the season and means he will now serve a one-match ban.

‘I knew the tackle was coming. I had to ride the challenge. I’m not just going to stand there and let him go through my legs,’ Smith said.

‘Obviously the referee admitted it after, and apologised. That’s never happened before in my career.

‘Sky Sports showed it to me on the TV. I honestly don’t know how he hasn’t given it. I think someone said the referee didn’t have a great view so obviously he’s guessed, but the linesman is right there so I don’t know what he’s doing.’

Jon Moss apologised after showing Adam Smith a yellow card, which will see him serve a ban

Jon Moss apologised after showing Adam Smith a yellow card, which will see him serve a ban

Jon Moss apologised after showing Adam Smith a yellow card, which will see him serve a ban

Selena Gomez teases cleavage in sexy mini dress in London

She’s quickly rising up the ranks as one of the world’s most stylish stars. 

And Selena Gomez showcased her fashion prowess as she stepped out in two noteworthy ensembles in London on Monday morning.

Emerging from her hotel in the British capital, the 25-year-old singer first rocked a stylish floral dress, which clung to her slender physique, before flashing more skin in a blue, off-the-shoulder mini dress.

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Selena Gomez showcased her fashion prowess as she stepped out in two noteworthy ensembles in London on Monday morning

Selena Gomez showcased her fashion prowess as she stepped out in two noteworthy ensembles in London on Monday morning

Selena Gomez showcased her fashion prowess as she stepped out in two noteworthy ensembles in London on Monday morning

The Heart Wants What It Wants hitmaker looked sensational in the flower-adorned number, which boasted a billowing skirt with an asymmetric hem. 

Selena paired the navy and red number with pointed crimson heels, footwear that complemented her striking red lipstick to perfection. 

Toughening up the feminine style, Selena styled her blonde tresses into edgy waves, while her famous profile was partially concealed beneath a pair of orange, cat-eye sunglasses.

She’s versatile! Emerging from her hotel in the British capital, the 25-year-old singer first rocked a stylish floral dress, before flashing more skin in a blue, off-the-shoulder mini dress

Skintight: After appearing on London radio station, Kiss FM, Selena made a more scanty exit as she sashayed out of the building in a bardot mini dress

Skintight: After appearing on London radio station, Kiss FM, Selena made a more scanty exit as she sashayed out of the building in a bardot mini dress

Skintight: After appearing on London radio station, Kiss FM, Selena made a more scanty exit as she sashayed out of the building in a bardot mini dress

The skintight style was also given some added pizzazz thanks to its dramatic puffball sleeves

Helping hand: Selena reached out her arm as she was helped to her car by a member of her security team

Helping hand: Selena reached out her arm as she was helped to her car by a member of her security team

Helping hand: Selena reached out her arm as she was helped to her car by a member of her security team

She later changed her demure style for one of a more risque nature. 

After appearing on London radio station, Kiss FM, Selena made a more scanty exit as she sashayed out of the building in a bardot mini dress. 

The skintight style was also given some added pizzazz thanks to its dramatic puffball sleeves. 

Fancy footwear: Selena paired her thigh-skimming dress with offbeat pointed pumps that boasted dramatic fabric bows

Fancy footwear: Selena paired her thigh-skimming dress with offbeat pointed pumps that boasted dramatic fabric bows

Fancy footwear: Selena paired her thigh-skimming dress with offbeat pointed pumps that boasted dramatic fabric bows

Fancy footwear: Selena paired her thigh-skimming dress with offbeat pointed pumps that boasted dramatic fabric bows

Fancy footwear: Selena paired her thigh-skimming dress with offbeat pointed pumps that boasted dramatic fabric bows

Fashion-forward: Selena is quickly rising up the ranks as one of the world's most stylish stars

Fashion-forward: Selena is quickly rising up the ranks as one of the world's most stylish stars

Fashion-forward: Selena is quickly rising up the ranks as one of the world’s most stylish stars

The beauty was on her way to a personal appearance at London’s Coach store to do meet and greets with fans who purchased her Selena X Coach handbag.

Selena and the designer announced their collaboration earlier this summer, with the end result being met with rave reviews.   

Mixing business with pleasure Selena was pictured hanging out with her friends at the city’s festive Winter Wonderland amusement park over the weekend.  

Lady of many looks! The Heart Wants What It Wants hitmaker looked sensational in the flower-adorned number, which boasted a billowing skirt with an asymmetric hem earlier in the day

Lady of many looks! The Heart Wants What It Wants hitmaker looked sensational in the flower-adorned number, which boasted a billowing skirt with an asymmetric hem earlier in the day

Lady of many looks! The Heart Wants What It Wants hitmaker looked sensational in the flower-adorned number, which boasted a billowing skirt with an asymmetric hem earlier in the day

Red hot! Selena paired the navy and red number with pointed crimson heels, footwear that complemented her striking red lipstick to perfection

Red hot! Selena paired the navy and red number with pointed crimson heels, footwear that complemented her striking red lipstick to perfection

Red hot! Selena paired the navy and red number with pointed crimson heels, footwear that complemented her striking red lipstick to perfection

Red hot! Selena paired the navy and red number with pointed crimson heels, footwear that complemented her striking red lipstick to perfection

Red hot! Selena paired the navy and red number with pointed crimson heels, footwear that complemented her striking red lipstick to perfection

Meet and chic: The beauty was on her way to a personal appearance at London's Coach store to do meet and greets with fans who purchased her Selena X Coach handbag

Meet and chic: The beauty was on her way to a personal appearance at London's Coach store to do meet and greets with fans who purchased her Selena X Coach handbag

Meet and chic: The beauty was on her way to a personal appearance at London’s Coach store to do meet and greets with fans who purchased her Selena X Coach handbag

Flower power: The Heart Wants What It Wants hitmaker looked sensational in the flower-adorned number, which boasted a billowing skirt with an asymmetric hem

Flower power: The Heart Wants What It Wants hitmaker looked sensational in the flower-adorned number, which boasted a billowing skirt with an asymmetric hem

Flower power: The Heart Wants What It Wants hitmaker looked sensational in the flower-adorned number, which boasted a billowing skirt with an asymmetric hem

Flower power: The Heart Wants What It Wants hitmaker looked sensational in the flower-adorned number, which boasted a billowing skirt with an asymmetric hem

Flower power: The Heart Wants What It Wants hitmaker looked sensational in the flower-adorned number, which boasted a billowing skirt with an asymmetric hem

Third time's a charm! Selena opted for monochrome when she changed her look for an appearance at Radio 1 later that morning

Third time's a charm! Selena opted for monochrome when she changed her look for an appearance at Radio 1 later that morning

Third time’s a charm! Selena opted for monochrome when she changed her look for an appearance at Radio 1 later that morning

Wrapped up in a golden fleeced jacket, Selena beamed as she walked onto rides with friends, including Kylie Jenner’s pal Jordyn Woods, 20. 

The Wolves singer did her best to keep out the cold, and donned a white hoodie over a cream wool hat.

Selena kept the white vibe throughout the rest of her cosy and casual ensemble, slipping into white jeans and white lace-up sneakers.  

Looking good! Toughening up the feminine style, Selena styled her blonde tresses into edgy waves, while her famous profile was partially concealed beneath a pair of  cat-eye shades

Looking good! Toughening up the feminine style, Selena styled her blonde tresses into edgy waves, while her famous profile was partially concealed beneath a pair of  cat-eye shades

She's done it again! Selena 

She's done it again! Selena 

Looking good! Toughening up the feminine style, Selena styled her blonde tresses into edgy waves, while her famous profile was partially concealed beneath a pair of  cat-eye shades

Say cheese! The beauty stopped to share a snap with a male fan who captured a selfie on his phone

Say cheese! The beauty stopped to share a snap with a male fan who captured a selfie on his phone

Say cheese! The beauty stopped to share a snap with a male fan who captured a selfie on his phone

Busy bee! Selena was pictured heading to Kiss 100 radio station before her store appearance

Busy bee! Selena was pictured heading to Kiss 100 radio station before her store appearance

Busy bee! Selena was pictured heading to Kiss 100 radio station before her store appearance

Busy bee! Selena was pictured heading to Kiss 100 radio station before her store appearance

Busy bee! Selena was pictured heading to Kiss 100 radio station before her store appearance

Beaming: Selena appeared in high spirits as she shared a snap with Kiss Breakfast hosts Charlie, Melvin and Ricky

Beaming: Selena appeared in high spirits as she shared a snap with Kiss Breakfast hosts Charlie, Melvin and Ricky

Beaming: Selena appeared in high spirits as she shared a snap with Kiss Breakfast hosts Charlie, Melvin and Ricky

The Fetish hit-maker, who recently dyed her hair blonde, kept it fresh-faced as she made her way through the rides and to a private balcony where she enjoyed some sweet treats. 

Selena  rekindled her relationship with Love Yourself artist Justin Bieber after having previously been in a tumultuous on/off relationship with him from 2010 to 2015.

Although the new relationship has garnered a lot of interest, Selena doesn’t think anyone is actually interested in her love life. 

Smiles: Selena spent some time away from her on-again beau  while laughing it up with friends at Winter Wonderland in London on Saturday

Smiles: Selena spent some time away from her on-again beau  while laughing it up with friends at Winter Wonderland in London on Saturday

Smiles: Selena spent some time away from her on-again beau  while laughing it up with friends at Winter Wonderland in London on Saturday

Chilly: The Wolves singer did her best to keep out the cold, and donned a white hoodie over a cream wool hat

Chilly: The Wolves singer did her best to keep out the cold, and donned a white hoodie over a cream wool hat

Chilly: The Wolves singer did her best to keep out the cold, and donned a white hoodie over a cream wool hat

Wrapped up in a golden fleeced jacket, Selena beamed as she walked onto rides with friends, including Kylie Jenner's pal Jordyn Woods, 20

Wrapped up in a golden fleeced jacket, Selena beamed as she walked onto rides with friends, including Kylie Jenner's pal Jordyn Woods, 20

Wrapped up in a golden fleeced jacket, Selena beamed as she walked onto rides with friends, including Kylie Jenner’s pal Jordyn Woods, 20

Don't look down: The Fetish hit-maker, who recently dyed her hair blonde, kept it fresh-faced as she made her way through the rides

Don't look down: The Fetish hit-maker, who recently dyed her hair blonde, kept it fresh-faced as she made her way through the rides

Don’t look down: The Fetish hit-maker, who recently dyed her hair blonde, kept it fresh-faced as she made her way through the rides

Hidden: The singer kept herself well away from prying eyes as she retreated to a private balcony where she enjoyed some sweet treats

Hidden: The singer kept herself well away from prying eyes as she retreated to a private balcony where she enjoyed some sweet treats

Hidden: The singer kept herself well away from prying eyes as she retreated to a private balcony where she enjoyed some sweet treats

White out: Selena kept the white vibe throughout the rest of her cosy and casual ensemble, slipping into white jeans and white lace-up sneakers

White out: Selena kept the white vibe throughout the rest of her cosy and casual ensemble, slipping into white jeans and white lace-up sneakers

White out: Selena kept the white vibe throughout the rest of her cosy and casual ensemble, slipping into white jeans and white lace-up sneakers

Scary heights: Selena joined her friends on some particularly rides at Winter Wonderland

Scary heights: Selena joined her friends on some particularly rides at Winter Wonderland

Scary heights: Selena joined her friends on some particularly rides at Winter Wonderland

 Speaking to Billboard before she was named their Woman of the Year for 2017 in Los Angeles on Thursday, she said: ‘I mean I don’t think anybody truly, actually cares. 

‘I think for me what’s been great is that I’ve been able to live the life that I’ve wanted for myself. 

‘And that doesn’t always look the way people maybe think it should look, but it’s not really my concern anymore.’

Low-key: Selena looked comfortable as she left the attraction

Low-key: Selena looked comfortable as she left the attraction

Low-key: Selena looked comfortable as she left the attraction

Relaxed: She was later seen heading out after her fun-filled evening at the park with a group of friends

Relaxed: She was later seen heading out after her fun-filled evening at the park with a group of friends

Relaxed: She was later seen heading out after her fun-filled evening at the park with a group of friends

Relaxed: She was later seen heading out after her fun-filled evening at the park with a group of friends

Relaxed: She was later seen heading out after her fun-filled evening at the park with a group of friends

Low-profile: Selena was keen to keep a low profile as she headed out with her hood pulled over her head

Low-profile: Selena was keen to keep a low profile as she headed out with her hood pulled over her head

Low-profile: Selena was keen to keep a low profile as she headed out with her hood pulled over her head

Cosy: She kept warm in the chilly London climes as she headed out in her winter ensemble

Cosy: She kept warm in the chilly London climes as she headed out in her winter ensemble

Cosy: She kept warm in the chilly London climes as she headed out in her winter ensemble

Cosy: She kept warm in the chilly London climes as she headed out in her winter ensemble

Cosy: She kept warm in the chilly London climes as she headed out in her winter ensemble

Previously, during her cover interview for the company’s magazine, Selena – who recently ended her relationship with fellow singer The Weeknd – admitted she had decided to let 23-year-old Justin back into her life as she had never stopped ‘caring’ for the star.

She said: ‘I’m 25. I’m not 18, or 19, or 20 – I cherish people who have really impacted my life. 

‘So maybe before, it could have been forcing something that wasn’t right. But that doesn’t mean caring for someone ever goes away.’ 

Hell bent for leather: Selena stunned in a pair of high-waisted leather trousers at the Billboard Women in Music Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday

Hell bent for leather: Selena stunned in a pair of high-waisted leather trousers at the Billboard Women in Music Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday

Hell bent for leather: Selena stunned in a pair of high-waisted leather trousers at the Billboard Women in Music Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday

Ballon d’Or 2017 ceremony and shortlist plus date and time

No trophies are handed out in December, at least on a team basis, but one of football’s biggest personal accolades is about to go on the line in Paris.

The Ballon d’Or is awarded to the best player applying his trade in Europe, but is often considered the ultimate prize on a personal level for any footballer.

So ahead of the Paris ceremony on Thursday, Sportsmail has produced this need-to-know guide ahead of the event

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or four times including last time out in 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or four times including last time out in 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or four times including last time out in 2016

What time is the ceremony?

The event gets going from 6.45pm GMT on December 7, or at 7.45pm local time in Paris where it will be held.

But arrivals on the red carpet are expected a couple of hours in advance as the sea of stars arrive for the prestigious event.

Although the event gets underway at 6.45pm GMT, stars arrive on the red carpet in the hours before. Lionel Messi is pictured with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo for the 2014 awards

Although the event gets underway at 6.45pm GMT, stars arrive on the red carpet in the hours before. Lionel Messi is pictured with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo for the 2014 awards

Although the event gets underway at 6.45pm GMT, stars arrive on the red carpet in the hours before. Lionel Messi is pictured with his wife Antonella Roccuzzo for the 2014 awards

What channel is it on?

As of now, only France daily L’Equipe’s dedicated TV channel will be screening coverage from the event.

Ballon d’Or will be hosted and presented by?

Tottenham Hotspur legend and former Newcastle United winger David Ginola will host the award ceremony.

Former Tottenham and Newcastle winger David Ginola will be hosting the ceremony in Paris

Former Tottenham and Newcastle winger David Ginola will be hosting the ceremony in Paris

Former Tottenham and Newcastle winger David Ginola will be hosting the ceremony in Paris

How the Ballon d’Or is decided?

On behalf of France Football magazine, the prestigious prize is selected by a group of 173 journalists from across the globe.

It’s a closed shop to the public so fans hoping to have an official say through social media or by any other means miss out on the selective process.

FIFA ‘The Best’ is not the Ballon d’Or

It’s all got rather confusing in recent years, but the bottom line is FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards are a separate entity from the Ballon d’Or.

Up until 2009, Ballon d’Or ran alongside FIFA’s World player of the Year until FIFA took over the former, and ended the latter.

FIFA's The Best awards is a separate ceremony and was held in October, with Ronaldo (top second left) picking up the men's best player as the night's winners pose for a selfie

FIFA's The Best awards is a separate ceremony and was held in October, with Ronaldo (top second left) picking up the men's best player as the night's winners pose for a selfie

FIFA’s The Best awards is a separate ceremony and was held in October, with Ronaldo (top second left) picking up the men’s best player as the night’s winners pose for a selfie

Between 2010 and 2015 the Ballon d’Or featured under a FIFA banner in their awards ceremony, but new FIFA president Gianni Infantino wanted to revert to the old system.

This led to Ballon d’Or going back to its pre-2010 format while FIFA launched a new ‘The Best’ awards ceremony for 2016. 

Who’s in the running for the Ballon d’Or?

Just about all the best players you can think of off the top of your head. There are seven Premier League players in contention including Harry Kane, Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.

But realistically the usual big guns of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are expected to go head to head for the award.

BALLON D’OR SHORTLIST SO FAR 

Neymar – Paris Saint-Germain

N’Golo Kante – Chelsea

Luka Modric – Real Madrid

Paulo Dybala – Juventus 

Marcelo – Real Madrid 

Edin Dzeko – Roma

Harry Kane – Tottenham

David De Gea – Manchester United

Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich

Kevin De Bruyne – Manchester City

Karim Benzema – Real Madrid

Pierre-Emerick Aubemyang – Borussia Dortmund

Edinson Cavani – Paris Saint-Germain

Lionel Messi – Barcelona

Mats Hummels – Bayern Munich

Philippe Coutinho – Liverpool

Luis Suarez – Barcelona

Jan Oblak – Atletico Madrid

Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid

Dries Mertens – Napoli 

Radamel Falcao – Monaco

Sadio Mane – Liverpool

Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus

Antoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid

Toni Kroos – Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid

Eden Hazard – Chelsea 

Leonardo Bonucci – AC Milan

Isco – Real Madrid 

Kylian Mbappe – Paris Saint-Germain 

Will Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi win it?

Either one or the other has been picking up the award since 2008. While Messi has the slight majority with five, Ronaldo triumphed back in 2016.

Having helped Real Madrid become the first team to defend the Champions League as well as win the Spanish top flight, Ronaldo will be favourite to win again – especially after having already won FIFA’s best player award in October too.

Messi has a slight edge over Ronaldo having won five Ballon d'Or awards since 2009

Messi has a slight edge over Ronaldo having won five Ballon d'Or awards since 2009

Messi has a slight edge over Ronaldo having won five Ballon d’Or awards since 2009

Ballon D’or odds

The bookies agree as well – with SkyBet making Ronaldo 1/8 on favourite to win the award for a fifth time, with Messi second favourite on 9/2.

No English player has won the award since Michael Owen in 2001 and it looks like that wait will be extended for at least another year with Kane as far out as 80/1.

Michael Owen was the last English player to triumph while playing for Liverpool in 2001

Michael Owen was the last English player to triumph while playing for Liverpool in 2001

Michael Owen was the last English player to triumph while playing for Liverpool in 2001