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Hillsborough inquest: chief inspector is told you are covering up your cover-up

5 hours 17 min ago
David Beal strongly objected to allegations that he was a key figure in the alleged cover-up, and changed police statements

A South Yorkshire police officer who was allegedly involved in changing another officers statement and worked for an internal evidence-gathering unit after the Hillsborough disaster has denied being a key figure in the cover-up that allegedly followed.

David Beal, a chief inspector in the force on 15 April 1989, when 96 people died at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, also told the new inquest into the disaster that he was offended by the accusation that his inability to recollect conversations with officers afterwards amounted to him trying to cover up your cover-up.

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Labour keen to get fans on boards but Premier League clubs may dig in | David Conn

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 00:04
Labours commitment to see elected supporters on the board of all clubs is a landmark step in an agonising, attritional battle

The commitment by the Labour party to see elected supporter representatives on the board of all football clubs is a landmark step in the agonising, attritional battle to recognise that Britains historic clubs are sporting homes of passion and belonging, not mere businesses for financial speculators to exploit. After the fading of instinctive disbelief that politicians have actually promised to do something as concrete as pass a law to enable this it takes just a minute to see how progressive and constructive this could be for the clubs and the game. On consideration, two fans on the board of a club, treated with respect, consulted, marching on together with the other directors, can bring a smile to your face.

Yet if the Premier League acts in character, its 20 owners, dominated now by absentee billionaires, served by their chief executive, Richard Scudamore, and his lobbyist Bill Bush, will fiercely oppose the proposal. The usual way of such skirmishes over 17 long years since Tony Blairs Labour government launched its football taskforce with a view to easing the aggressive capitalism of the Premier League era, will be that individuals are criticised, too. So it can be expected that Clive Efford, Labours well-meaning, diligent shadow sports minister, who decided his party must do this after a long consultation with supporter groups, may now be a target for bile.

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Hillsborough inquest: PC says police chiefs tried to blame junior officers

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 15:54
Police and ambulance service response to disaster which claimed 96 lives was chaos

Senior police officers tried to scapegoat Liverpool supporters and junior officers for the 1989 Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people died, a constable who was on duty at the Sheffield Wednesday ground has claimed.

Fiona Nicol also told the new inquest into the disaster, at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest attended by 54,000 people, that the police and ambulance service response was chaos.

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Hillsborough parent tells inquest of childrens deaths and appalling police

Mon, 13/10/2014 - 15:26
Trevor Hicks, who led support group after losing daughters in disaster, says police swore at fans when they pleaded for help

Trevor Hicks, whose two teenage daughters were among 96 people killed by the crush at Sheffield Wednesdays ground during the FA Cup semi-final in 1989, has given harrowing evidence at the new inquest into the Hillsborough disaster, and of treatment by South Yorkshire police on the day, which he said was appalling.

Hicks said when it became obvious there was serious crushing in the central pens of the Leppings Lane terrace before Liverpool and Nottingham Forest kicked off at 3pm, he and other Liverpool supporters called up to a police officer, asking to help the people trapped. The policeman, Hicks told the inquest, ignored them for a while, then finally replied: Shut your fucking prattle.

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Hillsborough inquest: police admit Sun report of fans looting corpses was false

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 15:51

Former inspector admits police were playing Russian roulette with fans lives as disaster at death trap entry was foreseeable

A South Yorkshire police inspector who was on duty at Hillsborough when 96 people died has admitted that two nasty allegations police made against Liverpool supporters, on which the Sun relied for its stories under the headline The Truth on 19 April 1989, were false.

Gordon Sykes acknowledged at the new inquest into the disaster that in 1989 he had related stories that 10 dead supporters had been stripped of their possessions by other fans and that one dead supporter had numerous wallets on him. Police officers made those allegations to a local news agency, Whites, which led to the Sun reporting that fans were looting and picking the pockets of dead people at Hillsborough.

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Police got away with Hillsborough safety before disaster, inquest told

Thu, 09/10/2014 - 17:16
Former police inspector Gordon Sykes says approach to turnstiles was a death trap and match commander seemed weak

A former South Yorkshire police inspector who was on duty at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough when 96 people were crushed to death has said he believed before the match that the approach to the stadiums Leppings Lane turnstiles was a death trap and that police had got away with crowd safety for years before the disaster.

Gordon Sykes also told the inquest into the disaster that there was a big problem with managing safety at Hillsborough if there was an inexperienced chief superintendent in overall command, as happened in 1989.

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Hillsborough inquests: Leppings Lane chief made no crowd control decisions

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 16:00
Court hears Roger Marshall agree that letting Liverpool fans into stadium tunnel at 1989 FA Cup match was a critical failure

The South Yorkshire police superintendent who was in charge outside the Leppings Lane turnstiles at the 1989 FA Cup match at Hillsborough when 96 people died, has told the new inquest into the deaths that he did not make any decisions of his own to manage the crowd that day.

Roger Marshall, questioned by Paul Greaney QC, representing the Police Federation, agreed that he had supported the decisions of two more junior officers which was first to close Leppings Lane to traffic, then, once the police had lost control of the crowd, to request the opening of a large exit gate.

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Former Leeds United managing director sues GFH from Dubai jail cell

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 17:40
David Haigh sues former Leeds owners for alleged deceit
Claims he was lured to Dubai with false promise of a job
Haigh held in Dubai jail cell for five months without charge

The former Leeds United managing director David Haigh, who has been held in a jail cell by Dubai police without charge for five months, has sued his former employers and Leeds owners, Gulf Finance House, for alleged deceit.

Haighs claim, issued in the high court in London, alleges that GFH, its Dubai subsidiary GFH Capital, the GFH directors Hisham Al Rayes and Jinesh Patel, and a Dubai-based lawyer, Peter Gray of the firm Gibson Dunn, lured him to Dubai in May with the false promise of a job.

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Why its business as usual for Massimo Cellino at Leeds United

Tue, 07/10/2014 - 14:58
Despite the owners and directors test, there has been a brittle lack of action since an Italian court found the Championship clubs owner had elusive intent in evading 390,000 import duty

Two weeks after the Guardian revealed that an Italian court found Massimo Cellino had elusive intent and had formed a bogus corporate screen to criminally evade 390,000 import duty, the Italian remains in charge at Leeds United.

His ownership of the club continues despite the owners and directors test, operated by both the Premier and Football Leagues, stating that people cannot own or run a football club if they have recently been convicted of a criminal offence involving a dishonest act.

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