Scarred: An Everton fan shows off his wounds after he was slashed by a rival supporter this week. Photo – FacebookViet 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 … [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?