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Millions of Australians could get extra cash in their paypackets within weeks as huge tax cuts are expected to be announced in tonight’s federal budget.

With the country in recession for the first time in almost three decades, income tax cuts originally earmarked for July 2022 are tipped to be backdated to July 2020. 

Backdating the cuts means the changes will kick in as soon as they pass parliament, giving Australians up to $99 per fortnight extra in their paypackets.  

Millions of Australians (pictured are commuters in Sydney) will get extra cash in their paypackets within weeks as huge tax cuts are expected to be announced in tonight's budget

Millions of Australians (pictured are commuters in Sydney) will get extra cash in their paypackets within weeks as huge tax cuts are expected to be announced in tonight's budget

Millions of Australians (pictured are commuters in Sydney) will get extra cash in their paypackets within weeks as huge tax cuts are expected to be announced in tonight’s budget

This table shows how much extra you could get in your fortnightly paypacket if tax cuts are brought forward in tonight's federal budget

This table shows how much extra you could get in your fortnightly paypacket if tax cuts are brought forward in tonight's federal budget

This table shows how much extra you could get in your fortnightly paypacket if tax cuts are brought forward in tonight’s federal budget 

The cuts will lift the threshold for the 32.5 per cent tax bracket from $37,000 to $45,000 and raise the threshold for the 37 per cent bracket from $90,000 to $120,000.

The result is that a worker on $40,000 to $49,999 will get an extra $22 per fortnight in their pay.

A worker on between $50,000 and $89,999 will get an extra $42 per fortnight. 

WHAT IS BACKDATING?

Backdated income tax cuts mean Australians have less tax taken out of their pay cheques by their employers – rather than getting tax back at the end of the financial year.  

This could amount to as much as $99 extra per fortnight after the budget on Tuesday.

The government hopes putting instant cash in the pockets of Australians will help revive the pandemic-stricken economy. 

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Employees on $90,000 to $99,999 will get an extra $47 per fortnight and those on $100,000 to $120,000 will get $64 more.

Those earning more than $120,000 stand to benefit the most, with an extra $99 per fortnight added to their pay.

The government hopes Aussies will spend their extra cash and boost the economy which has been hammered by coronavirus restrictions. 

If the tax cuts are backdated to July 2020 then it means Aussies have effectively been paying too much tax in each paypacket over the last four months.

The government will need to give this back and there is speculation it could do this by taking even less tax from pay for the next eight months of this financial year. 

This would mean that a worker on between $50,000 and $90,000 will get an extra $63 per fortnight – instead of $42 – for the next eight months.

From July 2021, the figure would then become $42 per fortnight. 

A worker on $120,000 would get an extra $149 per fortnight for the next eight months.

Another stage of tax cuts, which helps high earners and is due to take effect in 2024, is unlikely to be brought forward. 

The third stage of tax cuts abolishes the 37 per cent tax bracket and creates a 30 per cent tax bracket for those earning $45,001 and $200,000. 

Backdating the cuts means the changes will kick in as soon as they pass parliament, giving Australians (pictured are nurses in Sydney) up to $99 per fortnight extra in their paypackets

Backdating the cuts means the changes will kick in as soon as they pass parliament, giving Australians (pictured are nurses in Sydney) up to $99 per fortnight extra in their paypackets

Backdating the cuts means the changes will kick in as soon as they pass parliament, giving Australians (pictured are nurses in Sydney) up to $99 per fortnight extra in their paypackets

The slashing of tax brackets, from five to four for the first time since 1984, will see those at the top end on $200,000 receive a tax cut of $11,640 compared with the 2017-18 financial year. 

Labor is not expected to oppose the plan to bring forward and backdate the stage-two cuts, meaning millions of Australians could have extra cash in their pockets within weeks.   

Tax cuts will be alongside wage subsidies and support for first home buyers in the budget which is designed to haul Australia out of its first recession since 1991.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described the budget as the ‘most important since the Second World War’ after coronavirus lockdowns hammered the economy and sent more than a million Australians to the dole queues.

Mr Morrison said the budget has two aims: to ‘recover what’s been lost’ and to ‘take new ground by rebuilding our economy for the future.’ 

This is how much extra you will get per year after stage two tax cuts. Aussies earning more than $100,000 will get $1,665 back and those on more than $120,000 will get $2,565 back. Under current tax rules those on $120,000 only get back $315

This is how much extra you will get per year after stage two tax cuts. Aussies earning more than $100,000 will get $1,665 back and those on more than $120,000 will get $2,565 back. Under current tax rules those on $120,000 only get back $315

This is how much extra you will get per year after stage two tax cuts. Aussies earning more than $100,000 will get $1,665 back and those on more than $120,000 will get $2,565 back. Under current tax rules those on $120,000 only get back $315

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (right) and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann pose for photos while looking over budget documents on Tuesday

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (right) and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann pose for photos while looking over budget documents on Tuesday

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (right) and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann pose for photos while looking over budget documents on Tuesday

Dozens of policies aiming to bring back jobs and stimulate growth will come at great cost, with experts predicting a record deficit of $210billion. 

The government is tipped to raise Australia’s debt ceiling to $1.1trillion, a cap that if reached would see the nation’s gross debt to GDP ratio hit 55 per cent, the highest level since the 1950s.

The eyes of the nation will be on Treasurer Josh Frydenberg when he delivers his budget speech in parliament at 7.30pm. 

Mr Frydenberg said on Tuesday morning: ‘This Budget is our plan for Australia’s economic recovery. We’re already seeing encouraging signs across the economy as people get back to work and the restrictions are eased. 

‘Right now we have a two-speed national economy. We have Victoria and we have the rest. But fortunately in Victoria, the number of daily cases has been coming down, and those restrictions have started to ease.’  

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Millions of Australians will keep more of their money this year as the government plans to backdate tax cuts. Pictured: A tradeswoman at work

Here, Daily Mail Australia looks at the measures that have been leaked or officially announced so far.

If you’re a young worker… 

Up to 700,000 Australians under the age of 35 will be thrown a jobs lifeline via a back-to-work direct wage subsidy.

The subsidy will be paid to bosses who take on new employees aged under 35 who had been on JobSeeker or Youth Allowance payments.

The plan is aimed at weaning businesses off the JobKeeper program, and help young people on JobSeeker find employment instead. 

Mr Frydenberg is expected to make the scheme a cornerstone of Tuesday’s Budget in an effort to limit the effect of the recession on young Australians.

To be eligible for the subsidy bosses will need to hire workers for a minimum number of hours, with requirements similar to the plan for apprentices and trainees. 

Up to 700,000 Australians under the age of 35 will be thrown a jobs lifeline via a back-to-work direct wage subsidy

Up to 700,000 Australians under the age of 35 will be thrown a jobs lifeline via a back-to-work direct wage subsidy

Up to 700,000 Australians under the age of 35 will be thrown a jobs lifeline via a back-to-work direct wage subsidy

If you’re a woman…

Women are among the hardest hit by the coronavirus economic crisis and are expected to be a central focus of the budget.

Mr Frydenberg said women were more likely to lose their job during the health crisis than men. 

‘In tonight’s budget, we’ll be releasing our second women’s economic security statement, helping to boost female workforce participation,’ he said on Tuesday morning.

‘We want to get it back to that record high that it was before this crisis began.’

It’s understood the statement will focus on improving women’s workforce participation, earning potential and economic independence. 

Women are expected to be a central focus of the Federal Budget to be unveiled on Tuesday night. Pictured: Three women walk through Martin Place

Women are expected to be a central focus of the Federal Budget to be unveiled on Tuesday night. Pictured: Three women walk through Martin Place

Women are expected to be a central focus of the Federal Budget to be unveiled on Tuesday night. Pictured: Three women walk through Martin Place

This graph shows how employment nosedived due to lockdowns brought in to fight Covid-19. The level recovered as restrictions were eased

This graph shows how employment nosedived due to lockdowns brought in to fight Covid-19. The level recovered as restrictions were eased

This graph shows how employment nosedived due to lockdowns brought in to fight Covid-19. The level recovered as restrictions were eased

If you’re an apprentice…

The government has unveiled a scheme to pay half the salary of trainees in any industry for a year. 

The plan, which started on Monday, is expected to cost $1.2 billion and support 100,000 jobs.

Under the scheme, any business regardless of their size or industry can get a 50 per cent wage subsidy for any new or re-commencing apprentice or trainee they hire. 

The subsidy applies for apprentices hired from Monday until the government’s cap of 100,000 is reached.

Thousands of apprentices lost their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns. The new scheme will give jobs to 100,000 new and re-hired apprentices in any industry. Pictured: Sydneysiders are seen at a pub

Thousands of apprentices lost their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns. The new scheme will give jobs to 100,000 new and re-hired apprentices in any industry. Pictured: Sydneysiders are seen at a pub

Thousands of apprentices lost their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns. The new scheme will give jobs to 100,000 new and re-hired apprentices in any industry. Pictured: Sydneysiders are seen at a pub 

The subsidy is worth up to $7,000 a quarter and will last until September 30, 2021. The money will be transferred to businesses every three months in arrears.

Thousands of apprentices and trainees lost their jobs, particularly in the hospitality sector, when the pandemic restrictions hit.  

Mr Frydenberg said the scheme would apply to every industry, including ‘people who are working as bakers, hairdressers, those who are sparkies, those who are plumbers.’ 

If you’re struggling to get on the property ladder… 

From Tuesday the government will expand its First Home Loan Deposit Scheme to provide an extra 10,000 places.

The measure allows first home buyers to get a loan to build a new dwelling or purchase a newly built dwelling with a deposit of as little as five per cent, with the government guaranteeing up to 15 per cent of the loan.

The scheme has already helped close to 20,000 first home buyers.

The maximum price of eligible homes will be higher for this round of the loan deposit scheme with caps at $950,000 for Sydney, $850,000 for Melbourne and $650,000 for Brisbane. 

Treasurer Frydenberg said the loan deposits could be used in conjunction with HomeBuilder, which provides grants of $25,000 for new homes and major renovations.

‘Helping another 10,000 first home buyers to buy a new home through our First Home Loan Deposit Scheme will help to support all our tradies right through the supply chain including painters, builders, plumbers and electricians,’ he said.

‘At around five per cent of GDP, our residential construction industry is vital to the economy and our recovery from the coronavirus crisis.’   

The measure allows first home buyers to obtain a loan for a new or newly built home with a deposit of as little as five per cent, with the government guaranteeing up to 15 per cent of the loan (stock image)

The measure allows first home buyers to obtain a loan for a new or newly built home with a deposit of as little as five per cent, with the government guaranteeing up to 15 per cent of the loan (stock image)

The measure allows first home buyers to obtain a loan for a new or newly built home with a deposit of as little as five per cent, with the government guaranteeing up to 15 per cent of the loan (stock image)

If you drive to work… 

The federal government will spend $7.5billion on fast-tracking about 50 road and infrastructure projects across the nation to support 30,000 jobs.

It will splash $750million for a new motorway in Queensland that connects Coomera to Nerang; $560 million for the Singleton bypass on New England Highway in New South Wales; and $528 million for Shepparton and Warrnambool rail line upgrades in Victoria. 

The states will also be funding the projects, in many cases matching federal investment. 

‘We have been working closely with state and territory governments to invest in the infrastructure that is ready to go and can help rebuild our economy and create more jobs,’ Mr Morrison said.

‘These projects will keep commuters safe on the road, get people home to their loved ones sooner and provide better transport links for urban and regional communities.’ 

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the building plan will particularly boost regional Australia.

‘We want to ensure our farmers and miners and other businesses can get their world-class goods to market faster and cheaper,’ he said on Monday.

‘That will happen with better roads and better rail, which is why we’re continuing to invest in making our transport corridors more efficient with further investment in infrastructure in this budget.’ 

$750million of federal funding will be allocated to the second M1 between Coomera and Nerang. Pictured is an artist's impression

$750million of federal funding will be allocated to the second M1 between Coomera and Nerang. Pictured is an artist's impression

$750million of federal funding will be allocated to the second M1 between Coomera and Nerang. Pictured is an artist’s impression 

Infrastructure: The Key projects 

There will be key investments across all states and territories including: 

• $560 million for the Singleton Bypass on the New England Highway in New South Wales;

• $528 million for the Shepparton and Warrnambool Rail Line Upgrades in Victoria; 

• $750 million for Stage 1 of the Coomera Connector (Coomera to Nerang) in Queensland; 

• $88 million for the Reid Highway Interchange with West Swan Road in Western Australia; 

• $200 million for the Hahndorf Township Improvements and Access Upgrade in South Australia;

• $150 million for the Midway Point Causeway (including McGees Bridge) and Sorell Causeway as part of the Hobart to Sorell Roads of Strategic Importance corridor in Tasmania; 

• $120 million to upgrade the Carpentaria Highway in the Northern Territory; and 

• $88 million for the Molonglo River Bridge in the ACT. 

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If you own a small business… 

The budget will include 10 tax concessions to small and medium businesses that make between $10million and $50million per year.

They include removing fringe benefits tax paid when a company gives a member of staff free parking or more than one work phone or laptop.  

Other concessions to small businesses will include allowing them to immediately deduct certain start-up expenses and prepaid expenditure; simplify their pay as you go tax installments; and settle excise duty once a month instead of weekly.

Furthermore, the amendment period for income tax assessments will be reduced from four years to two years starting from 1 July, 2021.

Sweeping tax changes in the federal budget next week will make it easier for small businesses to give benefits to their staff. Pictured: A woman makes a coffee in Sydney

Sweeping tax changes in the federal budget next week will make it easier for small businesses to give benefits to their staff. Pictured: A woman makes a coffee in Sydney

Sweeping tax changes in the federal budget next week will make it easier for small businesses to give benefits to their staff. Pictured: A woman makes a coffee in Sydney

This means the tax office can only demand more tax within two years if officials feel a company has accidentally made a mistake on a tax return.  

The changes are estimated to cost the budget $105million over the next three years.

In another major change, all Australian companies are, as of 2 October, exempt from paying fringe benefits tax when they pay for workers to train for a different role.

The government hopes this will encourage employers to re-train their staff to fill different positions instead of making them redundant. 

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said: ‘Making it easier for businesses to upskill or reskill their workforce will help people to keep their job or to find a new job as we recover from Covid-19.’

The Business Council of Australia has called for a new investment allowance which would allow companies of any size to immediately deduct 20 per cent of the value of a new asset from their tax bill. 

Struggling businesses may be able to claw back thousands of dollars from the taxman under a policy being considered by the federal government. Pictured: A cafe in Geelong

Struggling businesses may be able to claw back thousands of dollars from the taxman under a policy being considered by the federal government. Pictured: A cafe in Geelong

Struggling businesses may be able to claw back thousands of dollars from the taxman under a policy being considered by the federal government. Pictured: A cafe in Geelong

The government has indicated there will be an investment allowance but details are scant.

There are also calls for a loss carry back scheme that would allow companies who make a loss during the Covid-19 pandemic to get back some tax they previously paid when they were profitable.

The UK, US, Canada , Ireland, France and Germany all have loss carry back schemes and New Zealand has introduced a temporary one during the pandemic.

The Kiwi policy allows companies to carry their loss back one year to the preceding income year.

Kiwi businesses can get their refund after submitting this year’s tax return or apply for a refund on provisional tax already paid this year.   

The huge tax changes coming to small businesses in 2020 budget 

Businesses with an aggregated annual turnover between $10million and $50million will have access to up to ten small business tax concessions. The changes are estimated to support about 20,000 businesses and 1.7million employees. 

Immediate deduction for certain start-up expenses

From 1 July 2020, eligible businesses can immediately deduct a range of professional expenses and Australian government agency payments associated with starting a new business, such as professional, legal and accounting advice. Currently, these costs are usually deducted over a five year period.

Immediate deduction for certain prepaid expenditure

From 1 July 2020, eligible businesses can immediately deduct certain prepaid expenditure where the payment covers a period of 12 months or less that ends in the next income year. Currently, business expenditure that relates to multiple income years is generally not immediately deductible.

Fringe benefits tax (FBT): small business car parking exemption

From 1 April 2021, eligible businesses would be exempt from FBT on car parking benefits provided to employees if the parking is not provided in a commercial car park.

FBT: multiple work-related portable electronic devices exemption

From 1 April 2021, eligible businesses would be exempt from FBT on multiple work-related portable electronic devices provided to employees – even if the devices have substantially identical functions.

Simplified trading stock rules

From 1 July 2021, eligible businesses can choose to use a simplified trading stock regime. Under this regime, eligible businesses may choose not to conduct a stocktake (and account for changes in the value of trading stock) for an income year, if the difference between the opening value of stock on hand and a reasonable estimate of stock on hand at the end of the year does not exceed $5,000.

Pay as you go (PAYG) instalments based on GDP-adjusted notional tax

From 1 July 2021, eligible businesses would have the option to have their PAYG instalments calculated for them by the ATO (based on previously reported information).

Currently, they are required to calculate their actual income for the period, as the basis for their PAYG instalment calculation.

Small business excise concession

From 1 July 2021, eligible businesses would be able to apply to defer settlement of excise duty to a monthly reporting cycle, instead of the current weekly reporting cycle. This only applies to eligible goods under the current small business entity concession.

Small business excise-equivalent customs duty concession

From 1 July 2021, eligible businesses would be able to apply to defer settlement of excise-equivalent customs duty from a weekly to monthly reporting cycle. This only applies to eligible goods under the current small business entity concession.

Two-year amendment period

From 1 July 2021 eligible businesses (excluding entities with significant international tax dealings or particularly complex affairs) will have a two year amendment period apply to income tax assessments for income years. The current exceptions, including for fraud or evasion, would continue to apply. Businesses can lodge an amendment application before the time limit and the ATO may extend the time limit to give effect to the application. Currently, they are subject to a four-year amendment period.

Simplified accounting methods

From 1 July 2021, the Commissioner of Taxation’s power to create a simplified accounting method determination for eligible businesses for GST purposes will be expanded to apply to businesses below the $50 million aggregated annual turnover threshold.

Remove fringe benefits tax for retraining (applies to all companies)

From 2 October 2020 the government will remove the 47 per cent fringe benefits tax on retraining provided by employers to redundant, or soon to be redundant, employees. 

This will encourage employers to help workers transition to new employment opportunities within or outside their business.

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Moment mass brawl erupts at petrol station as women throw punches after ‘refusing to wear mask’

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This is the shocking moment when a brawl erupts at a petrol station in a Tier 3 lockdown zone after a row over ‘a face mask’.

The footage shows the fight between two groups of people at the Shell garage in Manchester Street, Oldham, in Greater Manchester –  a ‘very high risk’ area for coronavirus. 

The video shows one group, involving at least one man and two women, appearing to attack a couple in their 40s – both of whom are wearing face masks.

During the recording, the woman who is allegedly assaulted can be heard shouting that she is ‘clinically vulnerable’ and that the other group ‘refused to wear masks’.

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground.

While the man is down, one of the women from the larger group appears to kick at him twice. The man is later told to ‘stay here’ because he has a ‘split eye’.

Police say they are now investigating the incident, which took place on Wednesday.

The footage shows the fight between to groups of people at the Shell garage in Manchester Street, Oldham, in Greater Manchester - a 'very high risk' area for coronavirus

The footage shows the fight between to groups of people at the Shell garage in Manchester Street, Oldham, in Greater Manchester - a 'very high risk' area for coronavirus

The footage shows the fight between to groups of people at the Shell garage in Manchester Street, Oldham, in Greater Manchester – a ‘very high risk’ area for coronavirus

The video shows one group, involving at least one man and two women, appearing to attack a couple in their 40s - both of whom are wearing face masks

The video shows one group, involving at least one man and two women, appearing to attack a couple in their 40s - both of whom are wearing face masks

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground

The video shows one group, involving at least one man and two women, appearing to attack a couple in their 40s – both of whom are wearing face masks

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground

The footage begins with a woman in grey standing close to two women, while her partner, in red, talks to another man.

Within seconds of the video starting, one of the other women appears to throw a punch, before the situation deescalates and she appears to drag her friend away.

But then both women appear to throw a series of punches at the woman in grey.

As the melee ends, the camera darts off to the two men. The footage appears to show a man punching the man in red, sending his glasses flying off his face.

In the video, the man is then seen appearing to throw a series of punches at the man in red, who is later seen on the ground.

The two women run over, with one appearing to twice kick out at the man while he is on the ground.

The witness filming says: ‘No, no, no, no don’t kick a man while he’s down.’ 

The row fizzles out with the larger group getting into a car before being seen driving off.

The witness then urges the man in red to stay, saying he has a cut above his eye.

Greater Manchester Police say they are now investigating the incident, which took place around 3.40pm on Wednesday, October 21.  

In the video, one man is seen appearing to throw a series of punches at the man in red, who is later seen on the ground

In the video, one man is seen appearing to throw a series of punches at the man in red, who is later seen on the ground

In the video, one man is seen appearing to throw a series of punches at the man in red, who is later seen on the ground

Footage shows two women running over, with one appearing to twice kick out at the man while he is on the ground

Footage shows two women running over, with one appearing to twice kick out at the man while he is on the ground

Footage shows two women running over, with one appearing to twice kick out at the man while he is on the ground

A spokesperson for the force said: ‘Officers received a report that a man and a woman, both aged in their 40s, had been assaulted on Manchester Street, Oldham.

‘Initial enquiries indicate that a disagreement occurred between two groups of people which resulted in a number of assaults taking place.

‘A 41-year-old man was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

‘No other injuries have been reported. No arrests have been made at this time and enquiries remain ongoing.’

Meanwhile, the forces Temporary Superintendent Niall Hayden-Pawson said he was encouraging other witnesses to come forward.

Oldham is currently in Tier 3 of the government's coronavirus alert system

Oldham is currently in Tier 3 of the government's coronavirus alert system

Oldham is currently in Tier 3 of the government’s coronavirus alert system

He said: said: ‘We are aware that there is footage circulating on social media in relation to this assault.

‘However, I would like to make it clear that this footage does not capture the entire disagreement which is why we are appealing for any witnesses to come forward with information that will help us in our investigation.

‘Our officers are trying to piece together the exact circumstances which led to this assault. If you have any information at all that will assist with our enquiries and help us to establish the full picture of events then please do not hesitate to contact police.’

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8263 quoting incident number 1777 of 21/10/20.

Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.   

Oldham is currently in Tier 3 of the government’s coronavirus alert system.

Tier 3 is the highest level and means the toughest restrictions, including the closures of pubs and bars which do not serve food.

The town’s infection rate it 409 cases per 100,000 people – in the seven days to October 15.

 

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Paul Pogba ‘will QUIT France team’ after Emmanuel Macron’s comments on ‘Islamist terrorism’

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Manchester United star Paul Pogba will reportedly quit playing for France after statements by French president Emmanuel Macron alleging that Islam was the source of international terrorism.

According to various Middle Eastern news sources, the World Cup-winning midfielder, who is a convert to Islam, ‘resigned’ after the comments made by Macron on Friday. 

Pogba reportedly also resents the French government’s decision to bestow the country’s highest honour on the teacher who had shown images of the prophet Muhammad to schoolchildren in his class before being murdered in a terrorist attack. 

Samuel Paty, 47, was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 40 kilometres northwest of Paris.

Paul Pogba has reportedly quit playing for France over Emmanuel Macron's comments

Paul Pogba has reportedly quit playing for France over Emmanuel Macron's comments

Paul Pogba has reportedly quit playing for France over Emmanuel Macron’s comments

United midfielder Pogba posted this picture of him visiting Mecca on Instagram in 2019

United midfielder Pogba posted this picture of him visiting Mecca on Instagram in 2019

United midfielder Pogba posted this picture of him visiting Mecca on Instagram in 2019

Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded on his on his way home from the junior high school where he taught

Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded on his on his way home from the junior high school where he taught

Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded on his on his way home from the junior high school where he taught 

He was awarded the French Legion d’honneur, the highest decoration bestowed by the French state, in recognition of the fact that he died trying to explain the importance of freedom of speech.

Macron described the murder as an ‘Islamic terrorist attack’ that took the life of the French teacher and later added: ‘Unity and firmness are the only answers to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism.’

Pogba’s resignation was published on Sunday in the Arabic sports website, which said that the decision to give the teacher the Legion d’honneur and the comments were the motivation for his decision to stop playing as a French international. 

It said Pogba considered the decision as an insult to him and to French Muslims, especially since Islam is the second religion in France after Christianity.

Calls are growing meanwhile around the world for people to boycott French goods in the wake of the president’s comments accusing Muslims of separatism and he pledged not to give up cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.

Pogba with Macron after the Man United midfielder won the World Cup with France in 2018

Pogba with Macron after the Man United midfielder won the World Cup with France in 2018

Pogba with Macron after the Man United midfielder won the World Cup with France in 2018

Pogba kisses the World Cup after playing an influential role for France at the World Cup

Pogba kisses the World Cup after playing an influential role for France at the World Cup

Pogba kisses the World Cup after playing an influential role for France at the World Cup

THE BEHEADING OF SAMUEL PATY 

Schoolteacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday 16 October 16 by 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov.

Prior to his death, Mr Paty had received threats after he had showed pupils in his class cartoons of the prophet Muhammad on October 6.

Mr Paty had been teaching the children about free speech. His death follows the 2015 terrorist attack at the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had published on its cover a cartoon of Muhammad. Twelve people were killed and 11 injured by gunmen.

French president Emmanuel Macron said at Mr Paty’s funeral:

‘He was killed precisely because he incarnated the Republic. He was killed because the Islamists want our future.

They know that with quiet heroes like him, they will never have it.’

Mr Paty, a history and geography teacher, had advised Muslim students to look away if they thought they might be offended before showing thew class the cartoon.

He has been posthumously awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour.

Anzorov, was shot dead by police after killing Mr Paty.

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In 2019, Pogba revealed why he converted to Islam – insisting that doing so has made him become a better person.

Asked what being a Muslim meant to him in The Times’ new Life Times podcast, Pogba said: ‘It’s everything. That’s what makes me thankful for everything.

‘It made me change, realise things in life. I guess, maybe, it makes me more peaceful inside.

‘It was a good change in my life because I wasn’t born a Muslim, even if my mum was. I just grew up like that, respect for everyone.

‘Islam is not the image that everyone sees – terrorism… What we hear in the media is really something else, it’s something beautiful.

‘You get to know it. Anybody can find that he feels connected with Islam.’

More to follow… 

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AFL Grand Final photo of Gary Ablett Jnr being farewelled reveals why Richmond were pure class

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AFL fans have praised Richmond as ‘pure class’ after noticing a hidden detail in an iconic photo of Gary Ablett Jr’s farewell guard of honour. 

The Geelong Cats legend was teary-eyed as he was clapped out of the Gabba after his team’s crushing loss on Saturday – closing the door on his 357-game AFL career.

Richmond players garnered widespread adulation after captain Trent Cotchin reached out to the Cats on his team’s behalf, amid their premiership celebrations, to ask how they could help the Tigers farewell the retiring superstar. 

Together, the teams formed an honour guard and vivaciously cheered as Ablett, 36, walked off the field for the last time.  

But eagle-eyed footy fans have drawn attention to another respect-worthy display of sportsmanship.

Every Tiger player in the line removed their premiership medals from around their necks in an apparent bid to set aside their victory as they saw the AFL great off the field.

The Richmond Tigers and Geelong cats formed a honour guard to see Gary Ablett Jnr  (pictured) off the field for his final AFL match at the Gabba on Saturday night

The Richmond Tigers and Geelong cats formed a honour guard to see Gary Ablett Jnr  (pictured) off the field for his final AFL match at the Gabba on Saturday night

The Richmond Tigers and Geelong cats formed a honour guard to see Gary Ablett Jnr  (pictured) off the field for his final AFL match at the Gabba on Saturday night

The discreet detail was first spotted by fans from social media group The Mongrel Punt, who posted a close-up of the Tigers in the guard online. 

‘Zoom in. Notice anything? Not one Richmond player is wearing their premiership medallion,’ they wrote.

‘Even in a moment that is all about them, they put it aside and paid respect to give Ablett the moment he deserved. That’s absolute class.’ 

Other fans agreed, flocking online to applaud Richmond’s sportsmanship. 

‘This is culture and this is class. To stop celebrating and give this man the respect he deserves speaks volumes. And to not show your medals. Well done leadership team,’ one fan wrote. 

‘Thank you to the Tigers for all the respect you payed Gary Ablett Jr on Saturday night with his send off… To be able to do that in a time of pure jubilation is all class,’ another added. 

‘You showed a side of your club that made more than one grown mans eye leak. Thank you.’

Footy fans social media group The Mongrel Punt first spotted the discreet detail in the iconic honour guard photo

Footy fans social media group The Mongrel Punt first spotted the discreet detail in the iconic honour guard photo

Footy fans social media group The Mongrel Punt first spotted the discreet detail in the iconic honour guard photo

Ablett suffered an injury to his shoulder in the first moments of the AFL Grand Final on Saturday

Ablett suffered an injury to his shoulder in the first moments of the AFL Grand Final on Saturday

Ablett suffered an injury to his shoulder in the first moments of the AFL Grand Final on Saturday

Ablett suffered a shoulder injury moments after the first bounce in Saturday’s Grand Final clash with the Richmond Tigers.

But the AFL star showed perseverance by returning to the field after his injury was taped.

In another show of respect, Tigers players noticeably avoided targeting Ablett’s shoulder once he returned to the field.

Geelong captain Joel Selwood paid tribute to Ablett’s career in his post-match speech.

‘We love ya, and we thank you for what you’ve done for the game,’ Selwood said.

Before he was farewelled by the league, Ablett greeted his wife Jordan and son Levi on the side of the pitch. 

The 36-year-old was teary-eyed as he waved goodbye to the crowd on Saturday - closing the door on his 357-game AFL career

The 36-year-old was teary-eyed as he waved goodbye to the crowd on Saturday - closing the door on his 357-game AFL career

The 36-year-old was teary-eyed as he waved goodbye to the crowd on Saturday – closing the door on his 357-game AFL career

Levi was diagnosed with a degenerative condition this year, just months before Ablett’s mother-in-law Trudy Papalia lost her battle to lung cancer in August. 

Despite the Grand Final loss, Ablett beamed as he spoke to his son, before kissing the toddler’s cheek.

One of four children, Ablett was always destined to follow in the footsteps of his father Garry ‘God’ Ablett, who has since described his son as the greatest midfielder to ever play the game.

Ablett wowed fans with his freakish on-field skills when he made his AFL debut as a baby-faced 18-year-old in 2002.

He won two premierships with Cats in 2007 and 2009 before he headed north for a fresh start with the Gold Coast Suns when they joined the AFL in 2011.

He spent eight seasons with the Suns before returning home in late 2017 following the tragic loss of his sister Natasha.  

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