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Sir Alex Ferguson: messages of support flood in

No update as yet on condition of former Manchester United manager after brain haemorrhageManchester United players past and present have offered support for “father figure” Sir Alex Ferguson as the football world waited for news on his recovery from a …

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Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United fans voice shock over brain haemorrhage

Club supporters devastated after hearing former manager had emergency surgeryArms folded, Sir Alex Ferguson’s statue stares determinedly across the Bridgewater canal and into the distance. From the Old Trafford stand bearing his name, the bronze monume…

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‘Utter greed’: Bolton Ryder Cup plan runs into local opposition

Residents and conservationists criticise £240m hotel and homes scheme, which rests on hosting 2026 golf tournamentAmbitious plans to bring golf’s Ryder Cup to Bolton have swung off course after 10,000 residents, MPs and conservationists called on the g…

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Crewe reject calls for inquiry into Barry Bennell sexual abuse

Victims of football coach left ‘bitterly disappointed’ after club says it will not hold investigationVictims of Barry Bennell have said they are “bitterly disappointed” after Crewe Alexandra rejected calls for an independent inquiry into child sexual a…

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Manchester residents oppose Gary Neville’s redevelopment plans

Ex-United player wants to build sports university but locals object to takeover of green beltGary Neville’s plans to transform Manchester have again been met with opposition after hundreds of residents objected to proposals by Manchester United’s “clas…

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Barry Bennell trial: jurors urged to set aside ‘revulsion’

Ex-coach became ‘sitting target’ after admitting to child sexual offences, says defence barristerJurors in the trial of former football coach Barry Bennell should put aside their distaste for him as they consider their verdicts, his defence barrister h…

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Yorkshire football team appears in world league of stateless peoples

Debut match, between county’s first international team and Isle of Man, end in 1-1 drawBarely six months since its beer-soaked inception in the back room of a Yorkshire pub, the county’s first “international” football team made its debut in a world lea…

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Yorkshire football team set for debut in league of stateless peoples

Players who trained together for first time last weekend will take on Isle of Man in PontefractYorkshire’s first “international” football team will play its debut match on Sunday after being welcomed into a world league for repressed minorities, indepe…

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Football League will not act over allegations of bra searches at matches

Female Grimsby Town supporters complained of ‘grossly invasive’ security searches by stewards at Stevenage FCThe English Football League has decided not to act over allegations that stewards made female fans show their bras during “grossly invasive” se…

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Police concerned for Clarke Carlisle after ex-footballer reported missing

Ex-Burnley player last seen by his family in Preston on Thursday and may have been in Manchester on Friday morningPolice have said they are growing increasingly concerned for the former footballer Clarke Carlisle after he was reported missing.The ex-Bu…

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Commonwealth Games: Birmingham beats Liverpool for 2022 endorsement

West Midlands hub picked as recommended city for England’s bid after application highlighted that 95% of its venues were already in place

Birmingham has been chosen over Liverpool for England’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with an “exciting and inspirational” bid it hopes will seal its title as the UK’s second city.

The West Midlands hub impressed judges with its promise to show off British business alongside the Games, which will take place three years after Brexit.

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English Football League investigates after fans made to show bras to stewards

EFL launches inquiry after Grimsby Town supporters subjected to ‘invasive’ checks at Stevenage football club

The English Football League is investigating after female football fans were made to show their bras during “grossly invasive” security searches.

At least 10 Grimsby Town supporters had their bras checked by stewards at Stevenage football club on Saturday.

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Grimsby Town fans made to show bras to Stevenage stewards

At least 10 football supporters including a 70-year-old woman had to raise tops for security searches, a fans’ group says

Female football fans were left “shocked and stunned” when they were made to show their bras during security searches at Stevenage football club, a supporters’ group has said.

At least 10 Grimsby Town supporters had their bras checked by stewards before the League Two sides met on Saturday, according to the Mariners Trust.

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FA urged to act swiftly over David Moyes ‘slap’ comment

Women’s Aid urges FA to send out ‘clear and strong message … that there is no place for sexism and misogyny in football’

The FA has been urged to take swift action to tackle “a culture that condones violence against women” after the Sunderland manager, David Moyes, made sexist remarks to a BBC reporter.

Sunderland responded to mounting criticism on Tuesday by describing Moyes’s comments as “wholly unacceptable” and repeated its “profound regret”.

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Hillsborough families dismayed by Paul Nuttall’s ‘insulting’ admission

Families of people killed in 1989 disaster respond to Ukip leader’s admission that claims about losing close friends at match were false

Bereaved families of Hillsborough victims have reacted with dismay after the Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, was forced to admit that claims on his website about losing close friends in the disaster were false.

Margaret Aspinall, the chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, whose 18-year-old son, James, died in the disaster, described the admission as “appalling”.

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Hillsborough families dismayed by Paul Nuttall’s ‘insulting’ admission

Families of people killed in 1989 disaster respond to Ukip leader’s admission that claims about losing close friends at match were false

Bereaved families of Hillsborough victims have reacted with dismay after the Ukip leader, Paul Nuttall, was forced to admit that claims on his website about losing close friends in the disaster were false.

Margaret Aspinall, the chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, whose 18-year-old son, James, died in the disaster, described the admission as “appalling”.

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IPCC rules out inquiry into police over Bradford City stadium fire

Police watchdog says there is ‘no indication of potential misconduct by officers’ relating to 1985 disaster in which 56 people died

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has ruled out an inquiry into potential misconduct by police during the Bradford City stadium fire that killed 56 people.

On Thursday, the police watchdog said there was “no indication of potential misconduct by individual police officers” after the West Yorkshire force voluntarily referred itself to the commission.

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IPCC rules out inquiry into police over Bradford City stadium fire

Police watchdog says there is ‘no indication of potential misconduct by officers’ relating to 1985 disaster in which 56 people died

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has ruled out an inquiry into potential misconduct by police during the Bradford City stadium fire that killed 56 people.

On Thursday, the police watchdog said there was “no indication of potential misconduct by individual police officers” after the West Yorkshire force voluntarily referred itself to the commission.

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‘You can feel the atmosphere’: Britain’s Olympians and Paralympians enjoy rainy victory parade

400 athletes parade their record haul of 214 medals through Manchester as crowds flock to celebrate their success – despite the weather

It started with a firework spectacular on the sun-drenched beaches of Rio de Janeiro, and it ended – with no less of a party – on the rain-soaked streets of Manchester.

Tens of thousands of Britons scaled statues, donned ponchos and packed the city’s historic Albert Square to salute the country’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes in a jubilant, if damp, outpouring of pride and patriotism.

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Hillsborough families attack decision not to investigate David Crompton

Families criticise watchdog over decision not to investigate whether suspended South Yorkshire police chief constable told lawyers to ‘pour blame’ on Liverpool fans

The families of Hillsborough victims have attacked the police watchdog after it refused to investigate the suspended South Yorkshire police chief constable, David Crompton, over his role at the inquests.

Lawyers for 22 Hillsborough families had asked the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to investigate whether Crompton told lawyers to “pour blame” on Liverpool fans for the disaster.

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