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Hillsborough slur about fans burning police horse false, says CPS

Prosecutors find insufficient evidence for criminal case against officer over claims that horse was burned with cigarettesThe Crown Prosecution Service has found that a notorious slur against Liverpool supporters after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, t…

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Hillsborough police officer granted funds to fight potential manslaughter charges

Judge rules that David Duckenfield qualifies for assistance to contest attempts to lift stay on his prosecution granted at 2000 court caseThe former senior policeman who was the match commander at the Hillsborough disaster is to get funding to fight a …

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Not the real deal: EU court rejects claim that bridge is a sport

English Bridge Union loses long-running legal fight as judges rule a sport must involve ‘a not negligible physical element’It has been the subject of many a heated bar room argument, often among those gathered by the dartboard or pool table nursing a p…

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Bra checks? Football fans are used to being treated like criminals | Amanda Jacks

Invasive security measures at Stevenage FC aren’t surprising. Routine restrictions on fans would cause outrage if imposed on others in society

• Amanda Jacks is the caseworker for the Football Supporters’ Federation

The treatment of female Grimsby Town supporters asked to show their bras at Stevenage FC’s turnstiles last weekend to check whether they were underwired or not, appalled male and female football fans across the country. Stevenage FC issued a defensive statement in response, effectively blaming the reputation of the entire away contingent of Grimsby Town fans for how they were searched and treated by their stewards.

Although I’m shocked by “bra gate”, it’s hardly surprising. I’ve been the caseworker for the Football Supporters’ Federation for 10 years now and am all too aware of how poorly football fans can be treated.

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How Bahrain uses sport to whitewash a legacy of torture and human rights abuses | David Conn

Campaign groups argue that Bahrain’s association with glamour sport is used to ‘launder’ a more wholesome image for the country

The cyclist Sonny Colbrelli secured prominent exposure for the name of his Bahrain Merida team early in the Tour de France, heading the group sprint at the end of the second stage in Liège before finishing a creditable sixth. The team’s leader, Ion Izagirre, crashed out on the first day, but Bahrain Merida has already established itself on the world tour, after star signing Vincenzo Nibali competed through three spectacular weeks in May to claim a third place finish in the Giro d’Italia.

The cycling team, launched in January with an estimated £13.7m budget by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa, a son of the ruling King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, is the latest venture which will help promote the autocratically ruled, troubled country through an association with globally televised sporting events.

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Rangers tax case: supreme court rules in favour of HMRC

Court rules payments via employee benefit trusts are taxable income, with implications for many other tax avoidance cases

Companies that paid staff via “contrived” employee benefit trusts have been urged to come forward, after HM Revenue & Customs scored a landmark victory in a tax avoidance case against the former incarnation of Rangers football club.

Experts warned there were likely to be “dramatic” consequences for businesses that used the elaborate schemes, after a unanimous verdict handed down by five supreme court judges.

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Fifa ‘has come up short’ in protecting Russia 2018 stadium workers

• Report claims Fifa has failed on promise to properly monitor labour conditions
• Employees forced to work in -25C temperatures without appropriate clothing

Fifa has fallen short of its commitment to protect workers on Russia’s World Cup stadiums who have been forced to do backbreaking labour in freezing conditions without appropriate clothing and not knowing if they will be paid, according to Human Rights Watch.

Related: ‘Like prisoners of war’: North Korean labour behind Russia 2018 World Cup

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Fifa ‘has come up short’ in protecting Russia 2018 stadium workers

• Report claims Fifa has failed on promise to properly monitor labour conditions
• Employees forced to work in -25C temperatures without appropriate clothing

Fifa has fallen short of its commitment to protect workers on Russia’s World Cup stadiums who have been forced to do backbreaking labour in freezing conditions without appropriate clothing and not knowing if they will be paid, according to Human Rights Watch.

Related: ‘Like prisoners of war’: North Korean labour behind Russia 2018 World Cup

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Former chief constable wins legal challenge over Hillsborough resignation

Judges rule South Yorkshire PCC’s decision requiring David Crompton to resign after inquest findings ‘wholly disproportionate’

A former chief constable has won a high court challenge over a decision requiring him to resign.

Lawyers for David Crompton claimed there was no “fair or reasonable basis” for forcing the officer out of office in South Yorkshire.

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‘Hillsborough law’ could imprison police officers who are not truthful

Bill proposed by Andy Burnham to impose duty of candour was prompted by 27-year fight for fair hearing for victims’ families

A proposed “Hillsborough law” requiring police forces and public authorities to be open and truthful in legal proceedings, including about their own failures, and that would give bereaved families the same resources as the police to make their case at future inquests is to be presented to parliament.

The 10-minute-rule bill will be introduced by Labour MP Andy Burnham on Wednesday. The public authority (accountability) bill would impose on public authorities and employees a duty to act with “transparency, candour and frankness”. Individual officials would face a fine or maximum two-year term in prison for failing to do so, including for feeding misleading information to the media.

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Hillsborough families to crowdfund to pay police chief’s costs

Five ordered to pay £28,000 court fees incurred by former South Yorkshire police boss David Crompton

A crowdfunding appeal is to be set up for five people whose relatives died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, after a judge ordered them to pay the £28,000 legal costs of former South Yorkshire police chief constable David Crompton.

Lady Justice Sharp made the costs order after refusing an application by the five family members to be formally involved in Crompton’s appeal against his dismissal by the South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Alan Billings, last year.

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Publication of hacked David Beckham emails renders injunction worthless

Beckham team left frustrated after ‘stolen information’ about celebrity’s tax affairs and failure to get knighthood made public

A high court injunction blocking the publication of David Beckham’s hacked personal emails has been rendered worthless after a consortium of European media outlets from Romania to France published anyway.

Beckham’s team expressed deep frustration that “stolen information”, which had been prohibited from publication by the high court, had come to light, and that it was no longer possible to keep the information confidential.

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Publication of hacked David Beckham emails renders injunction worthless

Beckham team left frustrated after ‘stolen information’ about celebrity’s tax affairs and failure to get knighthood made public

A high court injunction blocking the publication of David Beckham’s hacked personal emails has been rendered worthless after a consortium of European media outlets from Romania to France published anyway.

Beckham’s team expressed deep frustration that “stolen information”, which had been prohibited from publication by the high court, had come to light, and that it was no longer possible to keep the information confidential.

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Hillsborough investigators pass 23 cases to CPS for possible charges

The 23 include individuals and organisations and the possible charges range from gross negligence manslaughter to perverting the course of justice

Investigators have passed files on 23 people and organisations suspected of involvement in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and its aftermath to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to decide whether charges should be brought.

Fifteen of the 23 suspects have been investigated in relation to the disaster itself, in which 96 people were killed in a lethal crush at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough ground. Operation Resolve, the police investigation into the cause of the deaths, said the offences it has sent to the CPS include gross negligence manslaughter, perverting the course of justice, misconduct in public office and offences for breaches of the Safety of Sports Ground Act 1975 and health and safety laws.

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Football chief under fire for ‘smear’ on Hillsborough supporters

Call for police to investigate evidence given by ex-Premier League boss Sir Dave Richards about behaviour of Liverpool fans

Serious doubts have been cast over the evidence about the Hillsborough disaster given in a statement by the former Premier League chairman, Sir Dave Richards, which included a notorious allegation against some Liverpool supporters.

Trevor Hicks, whose two teenage daughters, Sarah and Vicki, were among the 96 people unlawfully killed at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, has called for Richards’s evidence to be investigated by Operation Resolve, the current police investigation into the disaster.

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Michael Jordan scores partial victory in China trademark case

Qiaodan Sports Co ordered to stop using basketball star’s name in Chinese script but it can still use phonetic version in English

Michael Jordan has won part of his trademark case against a China-based sportswear company, following the retired basketball star’s years-long struggle for control over the rights to his Chinese name.

In a ruling by the Chinese supreme court, Qiaodan Sports Co, based in south-eastern Fujian province, must stop using the Chinese characters for Qiaodan on its merchandise, according to a transcript of court records posted on an official website.

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Ched Evans: footballer found not guilty of rape in retrial

Welsh international’s conviction quashed after judges let complainant’s former partners give evidence about her sex life

The international footballer Ched Evans has been found not guilty at his retrial of raping a 19-year-old waitress in a hotel room after a drunken night out with former club-mates.

Evans spent two and a half years in prison for rape but his original conviction was quashed by the appeal court following a high-profile and well-funded campaign by family and friends that included the offer of a £50,000 reward for information leading to his acquittal.

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NBA star Derrick Rose takes stand at rape trial

New York Knicks player testified in the $21.5m lawsuit that he interpreted an ex-girlfriend’s text message as consent to have sex with her later that night

NBA star Derrick Rose testified Friday in a lawsuit accusing him and two friends of raping his ex-girlfriend, saying he interpreted a text message from the woman as consent to have sex with her later that night.

The New York Knicks player testified Friday in the $21.5m million lawsuit accusing him and two friends of sexual assault. The suit claims that the three men came to her apartment after an evening of drinking at Rose’s Beverly Hills mansion, and raped her while she was incapacitated.

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Hillsborough Law launched to ensure officials act with ‘candour’

Draft bill launched by victims’ families would see public figures prevented from minimising responsibility at inquests

A draft bill to ensure public officials act with “candour” and do not fall prey to “institutional defensiveness” is being launched on Thursday by relatives of the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough stadium tragedy.

The proposed legislation, supported by their lawyers and many MPs, draws on lessons learnt by the families during the protracted second inquest into those 96 deaths.

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Uefa takes action against Viagogo over illegal Euro 2016 ticket sales

French police raid Bordeaux hotel where staff from online marketplace were handing out tickets for Italy v Germany

European football’s governing body Uefa has filed a criminal complaint against the ticketing website Viagogo for illegal ticket sales at Euro 2016.

Sources in Bordeaux told the Guardian that French police raided the hotel Le Provençal last Saturday, where Viagogo staff had booked a room and were handing out tickets for the game between Italy and Germany.

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