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Boston marathon: Arsenal v Everton minute"s silence

Arsenal to hold minute's silence ahead of Everton clash in tribute to Boston victims

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

12:35 GMT, 16 April 2013

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UPDATED:

12:50 GMT, 16 April 2013

A one-minute silence will be held before tonight’s Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton to mark the Boston Marathon bombings and 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The tribute had already been pencilled in to honour the 96 lives lost at Hillsborough but the moment will now be extended to mark the tragic events in Boston yesterday where at least three people were killed.

Both sets of players will also wear black armbands as will referee Neil Swarbrick and his officials.

Tribute: Arsenal and Everton will hold a minute's silence before their Premier League clash on Tuesday night

Tribute: Arsenal and Everton will hold a minute's silence before their Premier League clash on Tuesday night

Everton players and fans observe a minutes silence

More than 140 people were injured after two blasts ripped through the spectator
area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday.

There
has been no immediate claim of responsibility as reports emerged later
that one of the dead was an eight-year-old boy and the youngest of the injured is believed to be three years old.

A number of people caught up in the blast remain in a critical condition. The injuries ranged from
cuts and bruises to amputations.

Many victims suffered lower leg
injuries and shrapnel wounds. Some suffered ruptured eardrums.

Blasts: Explosions ripped through the spectator area near the finish line at the Boston Marathon

Blasts: Explosions ripped through the spectator area near the finish line at the Boston Marathon

Injuries: Pavements were stained with the blood of those who were caught directly by the blast

The
twin blasts at the race took place almost simultaneously and about 100
metres apart, knocking runners and spectators off their feet, shattering
windows and sending smoke rising over the street. The devices found
were believed to contain ball bearings.

About
two hours after the winners crossed the finish line in the heart of
central Boston, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston
Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the line.

Another
explosion could be heard a few seconds later.

American sports stars stood shoulder to
shoulder on Monday as the NBA, NHL and MLB paid tribute to the victims
of the bombings.

Tribute: Baseball's St Louis Cardinals line up to pay their respects before facing the Pittsburgh Pirates

Tribute: Baseball's St Louis Cardinals line up to pay their respects before facing the Pittsburgh Pirates

Remembered: San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors had a minute's silence in Oakland

Remembered: San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors had a minute's silence in Oakland

Mansfield to pay tribute to Hillsborough victims against Liverpool

Mansfield pay tribute to Hillsborough victims by placing 96 names on empty seats

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

11:09 GMT, 6 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:25 GMT, 6 January 2013

Mansfield will pay tribute to the 96 Hillsborough victims this afternoon by placing their names on the empty seats which segregate the home and away fans.

The Blue Square Premier side host Liverpool in the FA Cup in one of the most eagerly-awaited ties of the third round.

'We wanted to do something in light of what has happened this year in terms of Hillsborough and as it's been so long since the two sides met,' explained operations director, Paul Broughton.

Tribute: Mansfield will place the cards on 96 empty seats in the north stand

Tribute: Mansfield will place the cards on 96 empty seats in the north stand

'One of our fans suggested we place a name on each of the empty seats in the segregation section of the stadium. The idea sent shivers down my spine. It was an amazing idea.'

Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, said: 'I felt moved when I heard that Mansfield had planned this tribute.

Remembering: MK Dons fans paid tribute at Hillsborough on Saturday

Remembering: MK Dons fans paid tribute at Hillsborough on Saturday

'To me, it sums up where we are at, in terms of how everyone around the country is starting to realise what we’ve known for a long time about Hillsborough.

'It will be a lovely gesture and I think it's entirely appropriate for us going forward in our fight for justice. It means a great deal and I would like to thank Mansfield on behalf of the HFSG for what will be a beautiful gesture.'

Former MP Sir Irvine Patnick, who was accused of smearing Liverpool fans after Hillsborough passes away

MP who blamed Liverpool fans for the death of 96 people at Hillsborough passes away

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UPDATED:

09:18 GMT, 31 December 2012

The former Conservative MP who helped smear Liverpool fans after the Hillsborough disaster has died.

Sir Irvine Patnick, who was a source for a Sun story criticising the supporters' behaviour in the tragedy, died yesterday aged 83.

He was the MP for Sheffield Hallam from 1987 to 1997.

Sorry: Sir Irvine Patnick was knighted in 1994 but has since apologised for his involvement in the Hillsborough cover up

Sorry: Sir Irvine Patnick was knighted in 1994 but has since apologised for his involvement in the Hillsborough cover up

A successful businessman before becoming an MP, he was knighted in 1994.

There had been calls for him to be stripped of his knighthood since his role in The Sun's coverage of the disaster was made clear by the Hillsborough Independent Panel in September.

Amid widespread revulsion at the police cover-up which sought to shift the blame for the tragedy to the fans, Sir Irvine said in September he was 'deeply and sincerely sorry' about his role.

Justice: The families of the 96 who died at Hillsborough have fought tirelessly for the truth to come out

Justice: The families of the 96 who died at Hillsborough have fought tirelessly for the truth to come out

Tragedy: 96 Liverpool fans were killed during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough

Tragedy: 96 Liverpool fans were killed during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough

He said he had passed on police information that was 'inaccurate, misleading and plain wrong'.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died in the crush at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest.

A statement issued by his family to the BBC said: 'Sir Irvine Patnick OBE, died peacefully on 30 December 2012, aged 83, in Sheffield.

Smear: Irvine was a key source in the Sun's story that blamed the behavior of Liverpool fans for the tragedy

Smear: Irvine was a key source in the Sun's story that blamed the behavior of Liverpool fans for the tragedy

'He was a much loved husband of Lynda and father of Suzanne and Matthew.

'He'll be sadly missed by his brothers and by all his family and friends.'

Hillsborough charity single "He Ain"t Heavy, He"s My Brother" is Christmas No 1

A fitting tribute! Hillsborough charity single 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother' claims Christmas No 1 spot

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UPDATED:

19:15 GMT, 23 December 2012

A cover version of 1969 Hollies hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' released as a tribute to the Hillsborough tragedy has claimed the Christmas No 1 spot.

The song, which has been heavily promoted by the club's famous figures over the past few weeks, beat X Factor winner James Arthur to the coveted position.

Former manager and player Kenny Dalglish, Paul McCartney and Alan Hansen are among the cast of stars of Justice Collective and were joined by Robbie Williams, Gerry Marsden, Melanie C, Paloma Faith and Shane MacGowan in the bid to raise vital cash for the families continuing to fight for justice for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the tragedy.

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Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop led the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts

Release: Kenny Dalglish and John Bishop led the campaign to get the single to the top of the charts

WHERE TO GET THE SINGLE

Click here to buy from iTunes

Or text the word ‘Justice’ to 80010 from your mobile in the UK (1 + standard network rate)

Current Liverpool boss Brendan
Rodgers said: 'I think it's been great support [and] a great applause to
the football fraternity. I think they recognised what these families
and people have been through.

'For
that to make number one shows that they've been helping them and
that'll be great for everyone concerned, puts a nice finish to the year
and allow the families to move on and be proud of what they've done.'

The record sold 269,000 copies this week, compared with 224,000 by Arthur.

A statement on the Liverpool website thanks all those who had bought the single as well as those who dedicated their time to ensuring people knew of it.

Fight: Families, with support from the likes of Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham (centre), continue campaigning for justice for the 96 who lost their lives in 1989

Fight: Families, with support from the likes of Shadow Health Secretary and MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham (centre), continue campaigning for justice for the 96 who lost their lives in 1989

It read: 'After weeks of campaigning
and promoting, football fans around the world have achieved an historic
feat – the Justice Collective's Hillsborough charity single 'He Ain't
Heavy, He's My Brother' is Christmas No.1!'

'Following widespread support for the track it was confirmed as the highest seller of the week on Sunday.

'Competition had been provided by
X-Factor winner James Arthur with 'Impossible', but even the 24-year-old
himself asked the public to purchase 'He Ain't Heavy' to ensure it
finished in top spot before Christmas.

Together we're better: Everton projected this message on to Anfield in support of the single

Together we're better: Everton projected this message on to Anfield in support of the single

'Football supporters, both Liverpool
and otherwise, backed the song from its inception, and clubs across the
country have given their support by playing the record at half-time
during league fixtures.

'Celebrities, politicians, football
figures and contributors to the recording have all used social media to
raise awareness about the single, while Liverpool manager Brendan
Rodgers made an impassioned plea for fans to buy the track on Thursday.'

Everton showed their class with their
own message of support, taking to Twitter on their official account to
say: 'Great news that the Justice Collective have made it to number one.
Congratulations from everybody at Everton. #merseysideunited.'

VIDEO Hillsborough charity single He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother

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Star: Paul McCartney in the single which hopes to raise 1m for families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Star: Paul McCartney in the single which hopes to raise 1m for families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster

Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song

Support: Liverpool legends Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish sing their lines in the song

He ain't heavy: Former manager Kenny Dalglish and Peter Reid
Who's singing what

The road is long – ANDY BROWN

With many a winding turn – ANDY BROWN

That leads us to who knows where – GERRY MARSDEN

Who knows when – PAUL HEATON

But I'm strong – GLENN TILBROOK

Strong enough to carry him – GLENN TILBROOK

He ain't heavy, he's my brother – JOHN POWER/ROBBIE WILLIAMS

So on we go – JOHN POWER

His welfare is of my concern – MELANIE C

No burden is he to bear – ROBBIE WILLIAMS

We'll get there – ROBBIE/MELANIE C

For I know – REBECCA FERGUSON

He would not encumber me – HOLLY JOHNSON

He ain't heavy, he's my brother- HOLLY JOHNSON/REBECCA F

If I'm laden at all – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

I'm laden with sadness – BEVERLEY KNIGHT

That everyone's heart – PALOMA FAITH

Isn't filled with the gladness- PALOMA FAITH

Of love for one another – ELIZA DOOLITTLE

It's a long, long road – DAVE McCABE

From which there is no return – PETER HOOTON

While we're on the way to there – REN HARVIEU / JON McCLURE

Why not share- JON McCLURE / REN HARVIEU

And the load – DAVE McCABE

It doesn't weigh me down at all – MACCA

Coz he ain't heavy – MACCA

(He ain’t heavy) – SHANE MACGOWAN

He's my brother – SHANE MACGOWAN/ BEVERLEY K

He's my brother – ALL (most)

He ain't heavy, he's my brother … – ALL (most)

Martin Skrtel tattoos Liverpool fans to raise money for Hillsborough families

Liverpool defender Skrtel inks Hillsborough tattoo on fan in bid to raise cash for families

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UPDATED:

17:16 GMT, 18 December 2012

Martin Skrtel turned out to be a natural tattoo artist when the Liverpool defender took part in a charity inking session to raise money for the victims’ families of the Hillsborough disaster.

In a show of solidarity, 96 football fans bustled into a tattoo studio in Liverpool to take part in the challenge, and one was even willing to let first-timer Skrtel try his hand at inking his his back.

The event was organised by tattoo artist Will Holmes, but special guest Skrtel wasn’t prepared to leave him in the lurch when it came to inking some of the fans.

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Dab hand: Martin Skrtel coloured in the numbers 96 on Barry Nicholls' back

Dab hand: Martin Skrtel coloured in the numbers 96 on Barry Nicholls' back

The Slovakian defender helped tattoo the back of an employee of the football club, Barry Nicholls, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Barry said: ‘Martin agreed to come and pledge his support, which we were really pleased about.

‘We thought he had done tattooing before, so to find out he hadn’t when he turned up was a little alarming.’

The 28-year-old Skrtel, who has plenty of tattoos himself, seemed pretty competent as he put some colour into an eternal flame on the back of his brave volunteer.

But Barry was in safe hands, as Skrtel was coached through his first-time inking by an expert.

Skrtel said: 'Before I came here I didn't know a lot about Hillsborough but once I got used to being at the club, I started to understand what had happened.'

Brave man: Barry Nicholls volunteered to allow Skrtel to colour a tattoo on his back

Brave man: Barry Nicholls volunteered to allow Skrtel to colour a tattoo on his back

'I think it is great that the Liverpool supporters and the club have stuck together to fight for justice for the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy.'

An impressive 1,000 was raised from tattoos as well as 500 for a shirt signed by Skrtel.

Demand was so high for the tattoos on offer at the Royal Ink Tattoo Studio in Anfield that they had to compile a reserve list for those who wanted to be inked for the cause.

All the money raised on the day will go towards the fight for justice for victims, survivors and families of the Hillsborough tragedy, which claimed 96 lives in 1989.

Former Liverpool players Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen, comedian John Bishop, musicians Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams have also joined forces under the moniker of the Justice Collective and released a charity cover of He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother in a bid to top the charts at Christmas to raise money for the worthy cause.

Bouncing back: Skrtel will hope Liverpool can improve after being beaten by Aston Villa at the weekend

Bouncing back: Skrtel will hope Liverpool can improve after being beaten by Aston Villa at the weekend

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Manchester City want to trial standing area

Champions City plan standing trial as campaign for terracing return gathers momentum

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UPDATED:

13:29 GMT, 17 December 2012

Manchester City want to spearhead the campaign to bring safe standing to the Premier League.

The champions are planning to trial a return to terracing but need the backing of the Football Association.

Aston Villa and West Ham are the only other top-flight clubs to openly back the initiative.

Plans: Manchester City want to introduce safe standing to the Etihad Stadium

Plans: Manchester City want to introduce safe standing to the Etihad Stadium

'Manchester City Football Club is supportive of
initiatives to enhance safely, our fans’ matchday experience if
supported by the appropriate football authorities,' a spokesman told the Manchester Evening News.

Standing was banned in the top two divisions following the Taylor Report into the Hillsborough Disaster.

A total of 96 Liverpool fans were killed in 1989 but the Hillsborough Independent Panel recently placed the blame for the tragedy at the door of South Yorkshire Police.

That was a boost to the campaign to bring safe standing back to the Premier League.

Campaign: Support is growing for standing areas like those in Germany (below)

Campaign: Support is growing for standing areas like those in Germany (below)

Campaign: Support is growing for standing areas like those in Germany (below)

National fans group the Football Supporters Federation believe the introduction of 'rail seat' zones, which are present in Germany's Bundesliga, would improve the atmosphere in English grounds.

They took their campaign to Parliament earlier this month and were backed by 13 clubs, including Villa.

But City's bitter rivals Manchester United oppose the idea.

A source told the MEN that OId Trafford would be 'incapable' of supporting standing sections.

Hillsborough must be remembered as football considers using nets after Rio Ferdinand coin incident

Remember Hillsborough! As football considers using nets to stop yobs, relatives of victims killed in tragedy issue warning

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UPDATED:

01:51 GMT, 11 December 2012

Relatives of Hillsborough victims have warned that erecting netting to protect players from missiles could eventually lead to the return of the fences that killed their loved ones.

Players' union chief Gordon Taylor said on Monday that mesh nets would have saved Rio Ferdinand from the coin that struck him above the eye in the last minute of Sunday's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

Such nets are used across Europe, while Manchester United have one behind the goals at Old Trafford to stop disabled supporters being hit by the ball.

Target: Supporters hurled coins at the United players as they celebrated their last-gasp victory over City on Sunday

Target: Supporters hurled coins at the United players as they celebrated their last-gasp victory over City

But last night Steve Kelly of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign said: 'I don't think nets would bring safety. The next thing would be wire mesh and then fencing, and we all know what that has meant.

'Preventing missiles is a society thing. With all the money the clubs have to pay players the wages they are getting, there should be better ways to identify fans in the crowd who throw things.

'They should be making real examples of these people, not trying to fence groups of fans in. It should be more than a 50 slap on the wrist and a temporary ban.'

Tragedy: Ninety-six Liverpool supporters lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy

Tragedy: Ninety-six Liverpool supporters lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy

The controversy came on the day Attorney General Dominic Grieve sought to have the Hillsborough inquest verdicts of accidental death quashed. Mr Grieve said there was a 'good' case to hold new hearings into the deaths of the 96 Liverpool fans in 1989.

City officials and Greater Manchester Police were still trawling through CCTV footage in an attempt to identify the thug who threw the coin at Ferdinand after United's winning goal. It is understood the process could last into the new year.

PFA chief executive Taylor had said earlier in the day: 'I think you've got to give consideration to some netting in vulnerable areas, be it behind the goals and round the corner flags.'

Confrontation: City have banned supporter Matthew Slott for life after he ran on to the pitch

Confrontation: City have banned supporter Matthew Slott for life after he ran on to the pitch

It is understood City are not giving too much thought to putting up netting and will only do so if ordered to by the FA, which is unlikely.

City are reviewing their procedures in the wake of Sunday – as they would after any big game – and are determined to find the offender and work out how another fan was able to evade stewards and run on to the field in the direction of Ferdinand. Matthew Stott, 21, was yesterday charged with pitch encroachment and will be banned for life by City.

Last night FA chairman David Bernstein said: 'It is deplorable to see those incidents. To see Rio Ferdinand with blood on his face is absolutely terrible. It's disturbing to see a recurrence of these things. We've had racial abuse issues, the odd pitch incursion, things being thrown at players. 'It has to be dealt with severely.'

Bloody mess: Ferdinand was struck by a 2p coin as he celebrated United's late victory

Bloody mess: Ferdinand was struck by a 2p coin as he celebrated United's late victory

City have previously given consideration to moving visiting supporters to less visible areas of the Etihad Stadium to stop players celebrating provocatively. It will be considered again when they eventually expand their stadium.

Former United midfielder Paddy Crerand yesterday denied Ferdinand was to blame for what happened. During a passionate interview on Radio 5 Live, Crerand said: 'I was at the game yesterday and that is absolute rubbish. Who suggested that, and where did that come from It's absolute garbage.'

On Monday night the story took another twist when Ashley Cole’s mother angrily denied posting an insulting message about the attack on Ferdinand after a Facebook page purporting to belong to her younger son Matty appeared to revel in the defender’s injury.

Sue Cole insisted she was not the author of a post that said: ‘Give the fan that threw it (the coin) a medal.’

All-star charity single for Hillsborough families bidding for Christmas number one

All-star charity single for Hillsborough families to challenge X Factor for Christmas No.1

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UPDATED:

10:52 GMT, 26 October 2012

An all-star charity single to raise funds for Hillsborough families will take on the X Factor for Christmas No. 1.

Robbie Williams, Mel C, Rebecca Ferguson and Paloma Faith are among the stars who have come together to cover The Hollies' 1969 hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother.'

All money raised from the single will go towards paying the legal costs of families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

All-star cast: Pop stars including Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Paloma Faith will record a charity single to raise money for Hillsborough families

All-star cast: Pop stars including Robbie Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Paloma Faith will record a charity single to raise money for Hillsborough families

Fundraiser: Proceeds from the single, which could be Christmas No.1, will help the families of the 96 pay their legal costs

Fundraiser: Proceeds from the single, which could be Christmas No.1, will help the families of the 96 pay their legal costs

It comes after a damning report was released last month into the handling of the deaths, at an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's ground.

Other artists involved in the single include Mick Jones from The Clash, Chris Sharrock from Oasis and the Lightning Seeds, and Gerry Marsden, who recorded the Liverpool anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

Steve Rotheram, MP for Walton and long-standing Hillsborough campaigner, said: 'I am proud to announce that a group of some of the biggest UK recording artists are coming together to record 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' to support the Hillsborough families fight for justice.

'Whilst we are confident that the campaign for truth and justice is nearing a conclusion, for 23 years the bereaved Hillsborough families have carried the eternal flame of hope that we would one day see those responsible brought to justice.

Robbie Williams singing on French TV this week

Paloma Faith

Stars: Robbie Williams (left) and Paloma Faith (right) are just two of the stars who will sing The Hollies' 1969 hit 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'

'All profits from this CD will go towards assisting with any legal costs incurred in that fight. The families have suffered enough.'

Club legend Kenny Dalglish added: 'The families of the 96 should never have been in the position they are now in, of having to fight to get the accidental verdicts of the 1989 inquests overturned.

'I will continue to support their dignified campaign every step of the way.'

Triple Ivor Novello winning songwriter Guy Chambers will produce the single, which will be recorded at his North London studio later this month.

He said: 'I am deeply honoured to be asked to produce this record for the 96. If it can help to raise money to support the families' legal battle so that they finally get their time in court then our job will be done.

'I spent my teenage years in Liverpool and feel a deep affection for both its musical heritage and the unique solidarity of its people.'

The song was played during Everton's tribute to the 96 victims before their Barclays Premier League match with Newcastle United last month.

Hillsborough: Sir Norman Bettison resigns from police

Hillsborough police chief quits ahead of hearing amid allegations of 'boasts over lies'

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15:02 GMT, 24 October 2012

One of Britain's most senior policemen – Sir Norman Bettison – who allegedly 'boasted' about cooking up lies to blame Liverpool fans for the Hillsborough disaster has resigned.

The chief constable of West Yorkshire Police was being urged to quit after devastating allegations about his integrity and had originally said he would leave the force next year.

But he tendered his resignation ahead of a meeting on Wednesday morning which was to consider his role in the aftermath of the 1989 tragedy, which he investigated for South Yorkshire Police.

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Under investigation: Sir Norman Bettison

Shadow Transport Maria Eagle

Allegations: Merseyside MP Maria Eagle said in
parliament that West Yorkshire Police's chief Sir Norman Bettison
'boasted' about smearing Liverpool fans in 1989 and chose to 'concoct' a
falsehood

Families of Hillsborough victims were celebrating as they believe Sir Norman had been at the heart of a police cover-up that blamed their loved-ones for causing the deaths of 96 fans.

Sir Norman said he had never blamed the fans for the tragedy and defiantly added: 'There’s nothing I’m ashamed of'.

'First, and foremost, the Hillsborough tragedy 23 years ago left 96 families bereaved and countless others injured and affected by it,' he said.

'I have always felt the deepest compassion and sympathy for the families, and I recognise their longing to understand exactly what happened on that April afternoon.

'I have never blamed the fans for causing the tragedy.'

It came after Shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle told Parliament Sir Norman revealed a 'plot' to help 'concoct' a false version of events for the tragedy in a pub conversation with a survivor.

He has long been accused of smearing fans in the wake of
Hillsborough, when he was a chief inspector with South Yorkshire Police
at the time.

Ms Eagle used
parliamentary privilege, which protects her from being sued for
defamation, to make the allegations which were based on new evidence
from a witness who discussed the disaster with Sir Norman.

Sir Norman dismissed reports of the
conversation saying: 'The suggestion that I would say to a passing
acquaintance that I was deployed as part of a team tasked to “concoct a
false story of what happened”, is both incredible and wrong. That isn't
what I was tasked to do, and I did not say that.'

Sir Norman said the police authority
and some of the candidates in the forthcoming PCC elections made it
clear that they wanted him to go.

'I
do so, not because of any allegations about the past, but because I
share the view that this has become a distraction to policing in West
Yorkshire now and in the future.'

Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of
the Hillsborough Families Support Group, welcomed the announcement but
said Sir Norman's pension should be frozen while the investigation takes
place into the police cover-up highlighted by the Hillsborough
Independent Panel.

Tragic: Liverpool fans try to get away from the crush

Tragic: Liverpool fans tried to get away from the crush in the stadium in the 1989 tragedy

She said: 'I'm absolutely delighted he's gone but as far as I am concerned he should have been sacked.

'I would now like to know what payments and pension he's going to get.

'Any financial benefits should be frozen until the outcome of the investigation into the cover-up.

'This is not the end of it, the next thing is to make sure his role is properly investigated.'

Mrs Aspinall, who lost her 18-year-old son James in the disaster, said the families had 'no vendetta' against the former chief constable.

'He's not the only one who we believe took part in this cover-up. But as a senior officer he should have been honest from the very beginning,' she said.

'He allowed the families to suffer for 23-years while knowing the truth all along.'

Maria Eagle, a Labour Merseyside MP, said he had 'always denied any involvement in the dirty tricks campaign' but she alleged he was behind the 'black propaganda' campaign.

She quoted from a letter from John Barry, who was at Hillsborough for the FA Cup semi-final tie that led to the death of 96 Liverpool fans.

Pleased: Chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group Margaret Aspinall (pictured at Westminster last week) welcomed the news but said Bettison 'is not the only one involved in this cover-up'

Pleased: Chair of the Hillsborough Families Support Group Margaret Aspinall (pictured at Westminster last week) welcomed the news but said Bettison 'is not the only one involved in this cover-up'

The letter, written in 1998 to a solicitor for the Hillsborough Family Support Group, was copied to Ms Eagle in 2009 and she has been given permission to make it public.

Ms Eagle said Mr Barry was studying part-time at Sheffield Business School where one of his fellow students was a 'middle-ranking police officer'.

Mr Barry wrote: 'He told me that he had been asked by his senior officers to put together the South Yorkshire Police evidence for the forthcoming inquiry.

'He said that 'we are trying to concoct a story that all the Liverpool fans were drunk and we were afraid that they were going to break down the gates so we decided to open them.'

Ms Eagle said: 'Mr Barry confirmed to me in the covering letter in 2009 that the middle-ranking police officer to whom he referred is Norman Bettison.'

Earlier this month the chief constable said the recent uproar made him 'reflect' on 'what is best for the future of policing' in his force area.

In September he was forced to issue a humiliating apology after saying
Liverpool fans were partly to blame for what happened.

He said his role was never to 'besmirch' the fans and said the Reds' supporters were in no way to blame for the disaster.

Chaos: Thousands spilled onto the turf to avoid the crush that was happening in the stand

Chaos: Thousands spilled onto the turf to avoid the crush that was happening in the stand and for years Liverpool fans were wrongly blamed for the problems

He
faced calls to resign from the families of victims for criticising
fans' behaviour despite an independent panel clearing them of
wrongdoing.

Sir Norman, 56,
said he would retire from his 225,000 post on March 31 next year,
despite being recently granted an extension to his contract.

It
remains to be seen whether he will receive any extra pay off over his
gold-plated public sector pension of up to 150,000 a year.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating Sir Norman's conduct in the aftermath of Hillsborough.

It came as it was revealed more than 1,400 police officers face investigation over the Hillsborough disaster.

The names of 1,444 serving and retired officers have been given to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for its probe into the 1989 tragedy which killed 96 fans.

Labour MP Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Commons home affairs committee, revealed the number handed over by South Yorkshire chief constable David Crompton.

Tribute: A man lays flowers at a memorial to the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster. The 1,444 officers face a rpobe from the Independent Police Complaints Commission

Tribute: A man lays flowers at a memorial to the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster. The 1,444 officers face a rpobe from the Independent Police Complaints Commission

He said: 'This is a huge number of names, more than we expected.'

Home Secretary Theresa May said during a debate on the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report which vindicated the fans, that the number pointed to the 'enormity' of the controversy.

She promised that a ‘thorough and wide-ranging’ IPCC probe would focus on ‘potential criminality and police misconduct in respect of police officers, both serving and retired’.

The debate took a dramatic twist when Labour MP Maria Eagle read out a letter from a witness on the day which implicated Sir Norman Bettison, the current chief constable of West Yorkshire, as being part of a conspiracy involving police trying to ‘concoct a story that all the Liverpool fans were drunk’.

The allegation – made using parliamentary privilege – could add to the pressure on Sir Norman to be sacked and stripped of his pension, which he is due to receive when he retires in March.

Mrs May said the Government was considering fast-tracking laws to compel police to give evidence to a new investigation by the IPCC watchdog. ‘This includes proposals to require current and ex-police officers who were maybe witnesses to a crime to attend an interview.’

Recent controversies involving newspaper phone hacking and potential sexual abuse had undermined the public’s confidence in police, she said. Mrs May paid tribute to the 96 Hillsborough victims, their families and survivors.

She said: 'Their persistence and indomitability has been an inspiration and I offer them the commitment the Government will do everything in its power to move them from truth to justice.'

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Liverpool opponents Anzhi to lay Hillsborough wreath

Liverpool's Europa League rivals Anzhi to lay wreath at Hillsborough memorial

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UPDATED:

15:38 GMT, 23 October 2012

Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala will pay tribute to victims of the Hillsborough disaster after they train at Anfield on Wednesday.

The club are on Merseyside for Thursday's Europa League clash with Brendan Rodgers' side, but will use the stadium for a final practice session on the eve of the Group A match.

Coming to town: Ex-Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is manager of Anzhi Makhachkala

Coming to town: Ex-Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink is manager of Anzhi Makhachkala

Anzhi, managed by former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink, will lay wreaths at the memorial to the 96 who lost their lives in 1989.

Russian media report Hiddink, as well as Roberto Carlos, star player Samuel Eto'o and others, will make the heart-felt gesture at 6pm.

With attention on the game, goalkeeper Pepe Reina will miss the match through injury, but expects to be back in time for the weekend clash with Mersey rivals Everton.

The Spaniard said: 'I'm getting better, little by little. It wasn't worth taking any risks because you risk it getting worse. I'll be patient and get really good.

'Brad was excellent. He was composed, he was really good in the air, when he was called on he was fast off his line, and he played well with his feet. He had a complete game.

Remember the 96: The Hillsborough memorial stands proud outside Anfield

Remember the 96: The Hillsborough memorial stands proud outside Anfield

'He's a good fighter and a good keeper for Liverpool, not just an understudy. He's another 'keeper for the club and he'll do his best to play as many games as possible.'

Liverpool have three points from their first two Europa games, while Anzhi top the group with Udinese on four points. Young Boys of Bern are yet to register.