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Webb took charge of the 2010 final, becoming the first Englishman to referee a World Cup final since Jack Taylor in 1974

You can keep your red underwear, bankers told

Good news for Swiss bankers: They may soon be allowed to wear red underwear, black nail polish – and even eat garlic.

Village People: Davis makes a clean breast of it. But has he boobed?

The cosmetics firm Rodial obviously cares about its reputation, having sent a solicitors letter to Dr Dalia Nield, of the London Clinic, for expressing doubts about its product "Boob Job", a cream costing £125 a bottle, which they say can raise a woman's bust size by half a cup.

Russia: Blatter's desire to spread the love at heart of Russian win

"We go to new lands," said Sepp Blatter, concluding events in the Messe exhibition hall yesterday. In front of him the Russian contingent were celebrating, an eclectic mix of Andrei Arshavin, the pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, the supermodel Natalia Vodianova and a gaggle of men in suits. Russia had long been seen as the front-runners, despite their bid being largely contained on paper and stunning computer-generated images of their proposed stadiums, not least because they were perceived as the first choice of the president of Fifa. And presidents, as any Russian knows, usually get what they want.

Cameron accused of 'pimping himself' in Zurich

Ed Miliband was embarrassed yesterday when his chief spokeswoman accused David Cameron of "pimping himself" by spending so much time on England's World Cup bid.

Panorama will cost England votes for 2018, warns Warner

While England continue their desperate global glad-handing as the race to host the 2018 World Cup enters its final week, the man they must persuade to back them if they are to stand any chance has claimed that next week's Panorama programme could sway the minds of the 22 Fifa members who will determine the winners.

Stench of sleaze refuses to go away as World Cup bid process gets serious

Two key events this week could make or break England's attempt to host in 2018

Zurich UK fined £2m for data loss

The UK operation of Zurich Insurance was fined a record £2.28m yesterday for losing the confidential personal details of 46,000 British customers. It is the highest fine levied by the Financial Services Authority on a single company for data security failings.

Zurich fined £2.28 million for policy data loss

Zurich Insurance has been fined a record £2.28 million for losing personal details on 46,000 policyholders, the City watchdog said today.

Leading article: Literary legacy

The public battle over ownership of the manuscripts of Franz Kafka might prove to be the late author's most brilliant work. The squabble for control between private individuals and nation states, between courts and cultural institutions, has been going on for decades. And the beauty of it is that no one really knows what they are actually fighting over. The contents of the safety deposit boxes that hold the documents (which Kafka wanted to be burned on his death) have never been properly examined.

London has 'the worst food in Europe'

British cities have fared poorly in a Europe-wide survey, with London having the worst food and Birmingham being the most boring big town.

ABB quits takeover race for Chloride

Chloride looks set to be sold to its US rival Emerson Electric after a competing bidder withdrew its offer for the FTSE 250-listed power supplier.

EC fines steel makers €518m for price-fixing

The European Commission fined 17 producers of pre-stressing steel a total of €518m (£424m) for operating a cartel for 18 years, covering most EU states. Brussels said the companies, including the world's leading steel maker ArcelorMittal, operated a price-fixing and market-sharing cartel from 1984 to 2002 in all the countries that then formed the EU, except for Britain, Ireland and Greece.

Assisted suicide case: 'Ray should have been able to die at home'

Alan Cutkelvin Rees, who helped his partner die in a Swiss clinic, talks to Nina Lakhani in his first interview since charges against him were dropped

Zurich in talks with FSA as it plans assurance base in Dublin

Zurich Financial Services has started talks with the UK financial watchdog as it looks to centralise its European life assurance operations outside the country.

Beckham keen on coaching role

David Beckham has confirmed he is hoping to take up an offer from England manager Fabio Capello to join the Italian's coaching staff at the World Cup.

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