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Retailer removes T-shirt from sale over Hillsborough links

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LONDON (AP) A British retailer has withdrawn a T-shirt from sale in its stores and online following complaints that its design could be associated with the Hillsborough soccer disaster.

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Topman had on sale a red shirt with a large “96” on the back and the phrase “what goes around comes around” underneath. The word “Karma” is written on one of the sleeves.

Ninety-six people were crushed to death in the Hillsborough stadium disaster, which happened in Sheffield in April 1989 at an FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

Topman said it “apologizes unreservedly for any offense caused by this T-shirt” and that the “garment has been removed from sale online and in stores.”

The retailer said the design was inspired by a Bob Marley track, with the number referring to the year of the re-release.

Jury: 96 fans ‘unlawfully killed’ in Hillsborough disaster

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WARRINGTON, England (AP) — A jury has found that 96 soccer fans were “unlawfully killed” in the 1989 Hillsborough Stadium disaster because of mistakes by the police.

The verdicts mark the conclusion of inquests that lasted more than two years into Britain’s worst sporting disaster.

The original verdicts of accidental death were overturned in 2012, and a new inquest was ordered after years of campaigning by the victims’ families.

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The jury, which had been considering 14 questions set out by the coroner, concluded that fans did not contribute to the disaster.

The jury also found that police planning errors “caused or contributed” to the situation that led to the crush at the April 1989 FA Cup semifinal match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at the stadium in Sheffield.

Final Hillsborough service to be held at Anfield

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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) A memorial service at Anfield for the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster will be held for the final time Friday.

The event has been held annually at Liverpool’s stadium since the tragedy in Sheffield on April 15, 1989. A minute’s silence will be observed across Liverpool at 3:06 p.m., the exact time that the human crush occurred at Hillsborough Stadium 27 years ago.

A minute’s silence was also held before Liverpool’s Europa League match against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday.

In January, the relatives of the victims decided that this year’s memorial would be the last, stating they had “unanimously agreed” to stop the services.

The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Town Hall’s bells will toll 96 times, flags at civic buildings will be flown at half-staff, and other events will be held across the city.

A jury looking into how the fans died has started considering conclusions this month. The hearings are already the longest running inquests in British legal history, starting in 2014.

2014’s Top Ten moments in Premier League – Numbers 10-6

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Looking back on 2014, it has been an amazing year in the Premier League. From title races, to tense relegation battles and pulsating storylines building at some of the world’s top clubs, we’ve had it all. Over the next few days at PST, we will be counting down our top 10 moments from the past 12 months in the PL. Here’s numbers 10-6.


10. GOAL! Jonjo Shelvey hits one on the screws from near half-field — The Swansea City man betrays the bald community by cracking a shot from inside that half-circle to catch USMNT and Aston Villa keeper Brad Guzan off his line. “And boom goes the dynamite.”


9. Merseyside bosses come together to salute the Hillsborough 96 — It takes a great deal to bring Everton and Liverpool together, but the pair of Premier League bosses gave brilliant tributes at the Hillsborough Memorial service at Anfield in April. Marking 25 years since the horrific disaster, Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers each stirred the souls while showing soccer’s community is greater than rivalry.

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8. Ryan Giggs takes an unorthodox final bow at Old Trafford — One of the greatest players in Premier League history called it a career when he shuffled off into the sunset to end the season at Manchester United. Of course, that he did it as acting manager of one of the world’s biggest clubs somehow fits the bill even more.

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7. Cardiff City 3-6 Liverpool — What. A. Match. Sometimes when considering Liverpool’s drop-off from last season, we forget how often their offense made amends for their defending in the previous campaign. Luis Suarez had a had trick, and the Bluebirds twice led in the first half.


6. Alan Pardew head butts David Meyler — It goes without saying that the Newcastle United boss is lucky to have his job after going forehead to face with the Hull City player during a match. A lengthy ban followed, and Newcastle’s season spun down the drain soon afterward.

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Star-studded Hillsborough 96 charity match sells out Anfield (photos)

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In a charity match where nearly everyone wins, it’s fitting that the Liverpool XI and Global XI drew 2-2 on Monday at a sold-out Anfield.

The ‘Celebration of the 96‘ was organized by the Hillsborough Family Support Group to raise funds for the victims and families of the Hillsborough disaster and to “celebrate the lives of the 96 people who died at the stadium disaster on April 15, 1989.”

Robbie Fowler scored twice for the local squad, while Vladimir Smicer and Bruno Cheyrou scored for the international side.

All players wore the number 96 on their kits.


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Local legends team: James, Jones, McAteer, Burrows, McAllister, Thomas, Barnes, McManaman, Owen, Fowler, Wright, Wark, Kennedy, McMahon, Thompson, Redknapp, Whelan, Rush, Aldridge.

International legends team: Westerveld, Babbel, Hyypia, Bjornebye, Kvarme, Hamann, Molby, Cheyrou, Smicer, Garcia, Litmanen, Xavier, Diao, Heggem, Bishop.