Liverpool and Spurs’ Champions League wins have European roots

UEFA wins for Spurs and Liverpool should be seen as a triumph for European integration, say Malcolm Bower and Sean Day-Lewis. Myrna Hughes is worried about the environmental cost of the final. Tim Davies says the clean sweep for English sides deserves an appropriate headline

How long before the Europhobic tabloid press and the xenophobic Brextremists hold up the recent Uefa Champions League semi-finals results as irrefutable proof that European Goliaths are no match for plucky British Davids and the UK can show Johnny Foreigner what it’s like to be a world leader?

However, before wrapping themselves even more tightly in the union flag, I do hope a brief glance at the winning players’ names and origins and those of their respective managers will bring them down to earth and explode the myth of British superiority in all things. Whether the more important message will get through the seemingly impenetrable fog of prejudice and ignorance, that almost half a century of European integration and cooperation has enriched all our lives, is sadly more doubtful.
Malcolm Bower
European Movement

• Two miracles on consecutive evenings. First Liverpool then Spurs win from impossible positions. Clearly the gaffer above the gods is telling us something. As will now be proved in Madrid, beyond any doubt, England belongs in Europe.
Sean Day-Lewis
Colyton, Devon

• As an ecstatic Tottenham Hotspur season-ticket holder for over 45 years but also one concerned about the future of this planet and humanity, I’m wondering whether, if two clubs from the same country reach a final, should they not consider rearranging that final in the home country, cutting down countless flights and emissions and making it cheaper for fans at the same time?
Myrna Hughes

• Given that your match report (9 May) said “Spurs played with drive and energy”, I was disappointed not to read a headline “Spurs Vim defeats Ajax”
Tim Davies
Batheaston, Somerset