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“This is the truth, and we’ve now got it, that the fans were unlawfully killed, and the Liverpool supporters were not to blame in any way,” British Parliamentarian Andy Burnham told the BBC on Tuesday. “So simple, so clear.”
After dozens died in the crush at Hillsborough Stadium, English officials painted fans as culpable drunks. Behind the scenes, a comprehensive effort was being made to suppress the truth.
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From the disconnected safety of the control booth, David Duckenfield, the overmatched and overwhelmed police officer in charge, told a lie that became the foundation for more lies, a generational coverup around the deadliest disaster in English sports history.
After dozens died in the crush at Hillsborough Stadium, English officials painted fans as culpable drunks. Behind the scenes, a comprehensive effort was being made to suppress the truth.
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Cam Nekkers, the coach of a high school basketball team in Pickering, was suspicious the instant he saw the towering teenager preparing to play for the opposition: “I knew it when I looked right at him — I said ‘that guy’s 30 years old.’”
He was wrong.
He’s actually 29.
Jonathan Nicola, a 6-foot-9 Grade 11 student at Catholic Central High School in Windsor, has been posing as a 17-year-old since arriving in Canada last fall, according to officials.
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In the fall of 1988, Colin Campbell, a fourth-year assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings, was still on special assignment. Head coach Jacques Demers had asked him to monitor and mentor Bob Probert, the team’s troubled enforcer, expecting Campbell, himself a former player, would be able to help.
“I didn’t expect him to fight and get in the boxing ring,” Demers said.
NHL executive has waffled on fighting in the game, but he’s not one to back down from a scrap.
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It has been another bumpy week in Colin Campbell’s tenure inside the National Hockey League’s head offices, with a rash of embarrassing emails unsealed as part of a class-action lawsuit former players are bringing against the league. Here are five other flashpoints in Campbell’s career:
The NHL’s former disciplinarian hasn’t been able to avoid controversies, some of his own doing.
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When a man from a prominent Toronto family threatened to punch Donald Trump in the mouth, he employed a distinctly Canadian tone. John Bassett wrote that he would have no regrets “whatsoever” in punching his American colleague in the face, but made sure to end his seven-paragraph letter with “kindest personal regards.”
John Bassett wrote that he would have no regrets punching Trump in the face, but made sure to end his seven-paragraph letter with “kindest personal regards.”
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Some context to the big verdict out of England on Tuesday: What happened at Hillsborough?
Police mistakes, not the behaviour of Liverpool fans, led to the crush at the stadium during the 1989 FA Cup semifinal.
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What happened at Hillsborough?
Police mistakes, not the behaviour of Liverpool fans, led to the crush at the stadium during the 1989 FA Cup semifinal.
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Cam Nekkers, the coach of a high school basketball team in Pickering, was suspicious the instant he saw the towering teenager preparing to play for the opposition: “I knew it when I looked right at him — I said ‘that guy’s 30 years old.’”
Jonathan Nicola, a 6-foot-9 Grade 11 student at Catholic Central High School in Windsor, has been posing as a 17-year-old since arriving in Canada last fall, according to officials.
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“I didn’t expect him to fight and get in the boxing ring,” Demers said.
NHL executive has waffled on fighting in the game, but he’s not one to back down from a scrap.
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“I only wear a suit when I go to the bank,” Bassett told Sports Illustrated in 1983. “My hair is short when I’m raising money and long when I’m spending it.”
John Bassett wrote that he would have no regrets punching Trump in the face, but made sure to end his seven-paragraph letter with “kindest personal regards.”
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A timeline for the career of John Scott, the six-foot-eight, 260-pound enforcer and soon-to-be movie subject who played in Toronto on Saturday, skating with the St. John’s IceCaps against the Toronto Marlies at the Air Canada Centre:
A timeline for the career of John Scott, the six-foot-eight, 260-pound enforcer and soon-to-be movie subject who played in Toronto on Saturday.
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