Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield has post-traumatic stress disorder and will not give evidence at his retrial Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield will not give evidence in his retrial as he has post-traumatic stress disorder. The defence case in the trial of the retired chief superintendent, who denies the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 Liverpool supporters at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, began at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday afternoon. Benjamin Myers QC, defending Duckenfield, 75, said he would not be called to give evidence as his medical condition makes it 'undesirable'. Judge Sir Peter Openshaw told the jury: 'It is his right not to give evidence. As I told you earlier in the trial, he has post-traumatic stress disorder. 'In the circumstances, his medical condition makes it undesirable for him to give evidence.' He directed jurors not to draw any inference against Duckenfield because of the decision. Earlier on Wednesday, the court was told … [Read more...] about Hillsborough match commander David Duckenfield will not give evidence at his retrial for manslaughter of 95 Liverpool fans because he has post-traumatic stress disorder, judge says
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A controversial Labour councillor who sparked a row over online comments has been allowed to stand as the party’s general election candidate in Liverpool. Ian Byrne made “unacceptable” and “sexist” posts on social media aimed at public figures including businesswoman Michelle Mone, the former Tory minister Esther McVey and Prince William. He has also been accused of appearing to make light of domestic violence against women online after Everton lost an FA Cup match 3-0 to Wigan. “Everton wives are getting the suitcases out of the loft,” he wrote after the match, which has been perceived as making light of domestic violence. Byrne has apologised for making and sharing “unacceptable” social media posts. He said he was a “very different person now”. His selection for the West Derby seat sparked a row within the constituency Labour party. After a formal complaint by more than 50 members, representatives on the national … [Read more...] about Labour allows candidate who made sexist comments to stand
“Last week, there was uproar at Whitby Town when their PA announcer, Colin, revealed the winner of the Great British Bake Off over the Tannoy during the match,” writes Elliot Leaver. “Are there any other examples of TV spoilers being given at live football events?” Chris Page and several others got in touch with one spectacular example from 23 February 1983. “On Coronation Street, Deirdre Barlow found herself having to make a choice between staying with her husband, Ken, or leaving him for Mike Baldwin. She would eventually choose [SPOILER ALERT] … the former, leading to an announcement at Old Trafford. “Manchester United were playing Arsenal in a League Cup semi-final when the message ‘Ken and Deirdre reunited – Ken 1 Mike 0’ flashed up on the scoreboard. At a time when people were not quite as worried about spoilers, the announcement was greeted with rapturous cheers from the crowd rather than uproar.” It all ended in … [Read more...] about Which football matches have featured TV show spoilers?
GARETH SOUTHGATE already had enough on his plate without the food fight. England's preparations for their Euro qualifiers were hit by friendly fire as Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez clashed in the canteen. Manchester City star Sterling will not face Montenegro after the canteen bust-up, which followed Liverpool's victory in Sunday's title showdown. But the Three Lions boss is not the only manager forced to deal with fights involving his own players as these clashes show.NEYMAR VS SEMEDO As the phrase goes; don't poke the bear. In his first training session at Barcelona, an eager-to-impress Nelson Semedo was the unfortunate recipient of a nutmeg from Brazilian trickster Neymar during a keep-ball session. The defender hated being mugged off by his team-mate and the pair locked horns before Sergio Busquets and Samuel Umtiti intervened. But Neymar was livid, he threw his bib off and stormed away from the training ground.A few days later, the forward was packing his bags for PSG. CARROLL VS … [Read more...] about Training ground bust-ups: From Sterling and Gomez’s canteen spat to Hartson aiming kick at Berkovic’s head at West Ham