Matt Butler

Matt Butler is a sports writer for The Independent and i paper

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Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill were on television pundit duty for Manchester United's Champions League match against Real Sociedad

Comment: Roy Keane's reunion with the Republic of Ireland will be bumpy, but unmissable

Get the popcorn out, this is going to be worth watching. The Republic of Ireland have, somehow, thought it wise to employ Roy Keane as the assistant to Martin O'Neill as the head coach of the national team.

A Cardiff City fan shows of his 'blue moustache'

Matt Butler: You’ll be in big trouble if you escape from ‘the bubble’

View from the Sofa: Bluebirds and Swans  BBC 1 Wales

Steve McNamara

Matt Butler: With such highly-charged action, who needs balloons?

View From The Sofa: Rugby League World Cup  BBC1

Emily Godley says the perception of weightlifting has changed in the five years she has been involved

Emily Godley makes sweet sacrifice to raise weightlifting’s profile

English champion and self-confessed chocoholic tells Matt Butler she fell into the sport almost by accident but has the dedication to shine in this week’s world championships

Ricky Hatton

Matt Butler: People who have ‘people’ are the luckiest people...

View from the sofa: The Jonathan Ross Show / Night of the Fight – Hatton’s Last Stand ITV  / ITV 4

Jack Wilshere has taken to Twitter to defend his comments on whether foreign players should be able to play for England

Comment: Playing for England should be for people who feel English

I have lived in England for 13 years - but I do not feel English

The England manager made an appearance on Saturday night's Match of the Day

View From The Sofa: England manager Roy Hodgson defends well in his appearance on 'Match of the Day'

View From The Sofa: Match of the Day, BBC1

Presenter Hayley McQueen (right) and guest Louise Hazel

Matt Butler: 'Sportswomen' offers fascinating insight – shame about the slot on Sky Sports

View From the Sofa: It was a worthwhile counter to the wall-to-wall blokes usually seen on Sky Sports

Matt Butler: Spectacular, awesome, epic – and unsurprisingly deadly

The View From The Sofa: Helibase 74, Epic TV

Paula Radcliffe

Matt Butler: The hurdles of trying to mix motherhood and medals

View From The Sofa: Pregnancy in Sport  Radio 5 Live

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Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

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England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
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Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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