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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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Paul Gascoigne to stand trial over alleged racist joke during show

Former footballer pleads not guilty to racially aggravated offence after appearing before magistratesPaul Gascoigne is to stand trial accused of making a racist joke at a comedy show.The former England international pleaded not guilty to a racially agg…

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Adam Johnson appeals against conviction and six-year sentence

Former England and Sunderland footballer seeks to overturn guilty verdict for sexual assault on 15-year-old girlAdam Johnson has launched an appeal against his conviction and six-year sentence for grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.Th…

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Adam Johnson should be jailed for up to 10 years, court told

Ex-England footballer’s offending left teenage victim with ‘severe psychological harm’ and suicidal thoughts, court hears

Adam Johnson should be jailed for up to 10 years for carrying out “calculated, considered and carefully-orchestrated” sexual activity with a child, a court has been told.

The former England footballer’s offending has left his teenage victim with “severe psychological harm” and suicidal thoughts, prosecutor Kate Blackwell QC said.

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Convicted footballer’s sister launches ‘Justice for Johnson’ campaign

Facebook picture urges people to change their profile picture to support Adam Johnson after child sex offence convictions

The sister of disgraced footballer Adam Johnson has posted a “Justice for Johnson” photograph on Facebook following his child sex offence convictions.

Faye Johnson posted a black-and-white image of her brother with his one-year-old daughter wearing a Sunderland AFC shirt with “Daddy” on the back.

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