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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…

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Willie McKay is not an agent, so why was he working on Emiliano Sala deal?

A key question from the tragedy involving Cardiff’s £15m signing relates to the role of McKay, who is not a registered intermediaryThe agent Willie McKay has been unusually public about the central role he played in the transfer of Emiliano Sala from N…

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Blackpool enter receivership ahead of sale but risk 12-point deduction

• EFL undecided about whether to impose points penalty• Millions still owed by the Oystons to Valeri BelokonBlackpool have been put into receivership so that they can be sold and the proceeds used to pay off some of the £22m owed by their owners, the O…

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Hillsborough trial: former police officer breaks down in court

Ex-South Yorkshire inspector tells jury of efforts to alleviate crush outside turnstilesA former South Yorkshire police officer who was on duty at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough when 96 people were killed has broken down in court as he reca…

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Hillsborough CCTV director ‘ashamed’ over first reaction to disaster

Roger Houldsworth tells court he had thought Liverpool fans were invading pitch Sheffield Wednesday’s CCTV engineer on the day 96 people were killed at Hillsborough in 1989 has told a court he is now “ashamed” that his first reaction to the unfolding d…

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Re-elected Ceferin stresses Uefa opposition to European Super League

• Uefa congress confirms president’s unopposed election• Only five managers attended VAR briefing, claims CeferinAleksander Ceferin has emphasised his firm opposition to a breakaway club “super league”, and to Fifa’s currently shelved proposals for a r…

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Premier League clubs extend £30 cap on away tickets for next three seasons

• £30 maximum price first introduced in 2016/17 • ‘All clubs know the crucial importance of away fans’Premier League clubs have agreed to maintain the £30 maximum price cap on away tickets for the next three seasons. The league confirmed the away ticke…

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Hillsborough police chief said Liverpool fans ‘forced’ gate open, court told

Jury hears how Duckenfield told FA chief on day of disaster the casualties were caused by ‘inrush’ of fans into stadiumDavid Duckenfield, the South Yorkshire police officer who commanded the Hillsborough FA Cup semi-final at which 96 Liverpool supporte…

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Hillsborough trial: engineers made ‘gross’ error, says expert

John Cutlack tells court that figure given for safe capacity was an over-estimateThe “seeds of disaster” were sown at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground 10 years before 96 people were killed at a 1989 FA Cup semi-final, a court has been…

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Northampton Town’s missing money: company director given 10-year ban

• Grossman was hired to oversee £10m Sixfields development• Director admitted company paid £1.5m to himself and familyThe director of a company accused of misappropriating millions of pounds in public money intended for the redevelopment of Northampton…

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Hillsborough trial: too few turnstiles used, says expert engineer

Court told of increased risk of overcrowding at stadium where 96 people lost their livesChanges made to turnstile arrangements for the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium, where 96 people lost their lives in a crush, in…

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Hillsborough trial: too few turnstiles used, says expert engineer

Court told of increased risk of overcrowding at stadium where 96 people lost their livesChanges made to turnstile arrangements for the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium, where 96 people lost their lives in a crush, in…

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Why transfer window was subdued – despite Mike Ashley splurge | David Conn

Most Premier League clubs sticking with their squads as Newcastle finally spend may be a matter of individual circumstances rather than a new trendThe headline nobody expected at the start of this or any other transfer window finally wrote itself as J…

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Why transfer window was subdued – despite Mike Ashley splurge | David Conn

Most Premier League clubs sticking with their squads as Newcastle finally spend may be a matter of individual circumstances rather than a new trendThe headline nobody expected at the start of this or any other transfer window finally wrote itself as J…

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LTA failed to act on warnings about coach later convicted of sexual abuse

• Daniel Sanders jailed after pleading guilty to child sex offences• Association’s response ‘erroneous and inadequate’ says reportThe Lawn Tennis Association failed for five years to act strongly enough on repeated warnings about the behaviour of a coa…

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Police vowed to close Hillsborough tunnel to stop crushes, court told

Leppings Lane entrance kept open at 1989 FA Cup semi-final despite previous assurancesSouth Yorkshire police gave assurances in the early 1980s that they would close off the entrance tunnel leading to Hillsborough’s Leppings Lane terrace to stop the ce…

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Europe’s top-tier football clubs reap benefit of FFP with first overall profit

• 700 top division clubs across 55 leagues record profit of £545m• Uefa report confirms commercial dominance of Premier LeagueClubs across the top divisions of European leagues have recorded an overall profit for the first time, reversing years of loss…