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Manchester City’s defence of ‘battered’ song is seriously misguided

Club’s reaction to footage showing staff taking delight in lyrics that cause distress among Liverpool fans is a reminder we all can – and should – do betterIt did not take long for the most dazzling of Premier League title races to be plunged into a ro…

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Why Sheffield Wednesday cannot be charged over Hillsborough

Wednesday’s then safety officer, Graham Mackrell, has been convicted over the disaster but the club, to the families’ despair, is immune to prosecutionBereaved Hillsborough families’ last sight of accountability from the football establishment for the …

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Manchester City protest innocence to Uefa amid Champions League ban threat

• City say they have ‘comprehensive proof’ of their innocence• Uefa investigatory body members feel City have case to answerManchester City say they have provided “comprehensive proof” of their innocence to the Uefa body investigating allegations of fi…

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Hillsborough safety officer fined £6,500 over safety breaches

Graham Mackrell had earlier been found guilty of providing too few turnstiles at stadiumGraham Mackrell, the secretary of Sheffield Wednesday football club, has been fined £6,500 after he was found criminally responsible for the dangerous turnstile arr…

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It feels like a new dawn after the storm, say Liverpool supporters

After the Champions League comeback, fans salute lessons learned by owners FSG Asked for his immediate thoughts on Liverpool’s astonishing Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona at an ecstatic Anfield, the club’s German manager, Jürgen Klop…

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It feels like a new dawn after the storm, say Liverpool supporters

After the Champions League comeback, fans salute lessons learned by owners FSG Asked for his immediate thoughts on Liverpool’s astonishing Champions League semi-final victory over Barcelona at an ecstatic Anfield, the club’s German manager, Jürgen Klop…

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Bolton move closer to administration after Brentford match cancelled

• Laurence Bassini still maintains he has funds for takeover • EFL cancels match and raises prospect of administrationExpectation is growing at Bolton Wanderers that the club will go into administration after the owner, Ken Anderson, called off the pro…

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Promotion and relegation part of explosive Champions League plans

• Juventus’s Agnelli unveils proposed changes from 2024• European Club Association want ‘pyramidal’ structureThe European Club Association has set out potentially explosive plans to revamp the Champions League to include more matches and some form of p…

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EFL vote on Coventry City’s potential expulsion postponed until May

• Club make assurances that it is in talks over Ricoh Arena• City also have agreement to groundshare elsewhere if neededThe planned vote of EFL clubs on Thursday about whether to expel Coventry City has been postponed until May, after the club gave ass…

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Toxic tactics behind Coventry’s slide from FA Cup glory to brink of oblivion

The litigious, intransigent hedge fund that owns the club is bringing a proud institution to its kneesThere are a couple of signposts to help navigate the barmy situation at Coventry City, to understand how a club can be about to make itself homeless a…

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Why a former bankrupt Watford owner is in position to buy Bolton Wanderers | David Conn

Laurence Bassini claims to have £20m to keep Bolton afloat after the paucity of the Ken Anderson yearsOne of many sad elements in Bolton’s financial crisis and other current indignities is that for years they were supported by an owner most clubs would…

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Never forgotten: Liverpool marks 30 years since Hillsborough disaster

City falls silent as pictures of all 96 victims are shown on banner at St George’s HallThe bells on Liverpool’s town hall tolled 96 times and the city stood silent on Monday to mark 30 years since 96 men, women and children were killed at the FA Cup se…

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Liverpool remembers Hillsborough victims on 30th anniversary of disaster

A minute’s silence will be observed at 3.06pm and town hall bells will toll 96 timesLiverpool will fall silent at 3.06pm on Monday to mark 30 years since the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough was stopped because …

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Ex-Hillsborough safety officer laid blame for crush on poor policing

Graham Mackrell’s defence denied there were too few turnstiles – seven for 10,100 Liverpool fans with standing ticketsThe conviction of Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday club secretary and safety officer for its Hillsborough ground on 15 April 1…

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‘What do people want?’: Hillsborough safety officer is first to be found guilty

Graham Mackrell continued working in football without a problem after the disasterThe conviction of Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday club secretary and safety officer for its Hillsborough ground on 15 April 1989, is the first criminal or discip…

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Hillsborough jury fails to reach verdict in Duckenfield case

No verdict against ex-police chief but club safety officer found guilty on charge of breaching safety dutyThe jury hearing the prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter of the former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent David Duckenfield has…

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Hillsborough lawyer calls prosecution ‘breathtakingly unfair’

Defence for former police commander says many people contributed to tragedyThe barrister defending the former South Yorkshire police match commander, who was on duty at Hillsborough in 1989, against a charge of manslaughter relating to the deaths of 96…

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Hillsborough trial: David Duckenfield ‘has not been singled out’

Former match commander had ultimate responsibility at 1989 match where 96 people were killed, says prosecutionThe former South Yorkshire police match commander at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, in which 96 people were killed, has not been …

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Hillsborough match commander will not testify at his trial

David Duckenfield’s lawyer says he will not call ex-officer at manslaughter hearingThe former South Yorkshire police officer who was match commander during the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people died will not give evidence at his trial for mansla…

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Hillsborough: father of teenage girls tells court of his ‘worst moment’

Trevor Hicks says he had to choose which daughter to stay with as disaster unfolded A father whose two teenage daughters were killed at Hillsborough has told a court that the worst moment of his life was having to decide whether to go in an ambulance w…