Press stirs up the Spanish

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Predictably, the tabloid press has heated up English and Spanish rivalry before this afternoon's Euro 96 quarter-final at Wembley.

The Spanish papers have been highlighting a series of "Spain-bashing" quotes, jokes and pictures from the Mirror and the Sun. Along with dodgy jokes about Spanish moustaches, historic battles and women, the Mirror listed "Ten plagues Spain has given Europe" - which included the rice dish paella, bullfights and flamenco...

The Spanish sports daily, El Mundo Deportivo, was quick to retaliate. "Not only the cows are mad in England - the English press has also been infected by mad cows," it declared.

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