Viet Nam News by Paul Kennedy The year 1989 was both heartbreaking and pivotal for football fans the world over. In April, due to the sheer incompetence of West Yorkshire Police, 96 Liverpool fans died at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield before an FA Cup semi-final. Their deaths will never be forgotten and those responsible for a series of catastrophic errors that caused so many people to lose their lives are finally being held accountable. In the months that followed the disaster, an inquiry was launched into its cause and to offer recommendations to improve the safety of football grounds. Overseen by Lord Justice Taylor and released at the beginning of 1990, the report had a huge impact on safety. Perimeter and lateral fences were removed and stadiums were converted to be all-seater. In the summer of 1992 Manchester United’s Stretford End along with Arsenal’s North Bank were demolished and replaced with seats. Liverpool’s Spion Kop followed suit a few … [Read more...] about We must root out all things evil from the beautiful game
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Angry: Liverpool fans protest of the golden handshake given to Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore. — Photo courtesy of Alistair Bascombe Viet Nam News by Paul Kennedy Around 200 men from Liverpool travelled to Spain in 1933. They were ordinary, working class lads. Many from industrial backgrounds like coal miners, or dock workers, who headed south to fight in the Spanish Civil War. At the time, the UK government wanted nothing to do with troubles in Spain where General Francisco Franco was hell bent on ruling the country with a fascist iron fist. Despite the ban on Brits helping out, the Liverpudlians, along with many other working class men from other cities in the UK, went anyway, picked up their arms and fought side by side with soldiers who they couldn’t even speak the same language as. They had no real reason to be there other than they believed it was the right thing to do. No doubt most, if not all of those fighting, had socialist tendencies and strong … [Read more...] about Just Scu on earth do you think you are, Richard?
Abramovich knocks back approach to buy Chelsea LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain’s richest man has had a bid to buy Chelsea football club turned down by Roman Abramovich, according to British media reports. The Daily Mail reported that Jim Ratcliffe, the chairman and chief executive of multinational petrochemicals group Ineos, expressed an interest in the Premier League club which the Russian has owned for 15 years. Chelsea’s future has become uncertain since Abramovich ran into UK visa problems, which caused him to miss Chelsea’s FA Cup final victory over Manchester United last month. The delay in renewing his UK tier one investment visa, which has been reported to be linked with worsening UK-Russian relations, led to him applying for Israeli citizenship, which was granted last month. Israeli passport holders can enter Britain without a visa for short stays, although they require visas to work there. Speculation over his commitment to Chelsea intensified when the club … [Read more...] about Abramovich knocks back approach to buy Chelsea