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Men's Replica Majestic Adam Duvall Camo Alternate Jersey - #23 MLB Cincinnati Reds Cool Base Six people, including two former senior police officers, have been charged with criminal offences over the 96 deaths in the Hillsborough disaster and the alleged police cover-up that followed. David Duckenfield, the South Yorkshire officer who was in command of policing at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in 1989, has been charged with the manslaughter of 95 people. The 96th, Tony Bland, died four years later after his life support was switched off; a manslaughter charge cannot be brought in his case because his death came more than a year and a day after his injuries were sustained. Sue Hemming, the Crown Prosecution Service head of special crime and counter-terrorism, Authentic Chandler Parsons Youth Jersey said the CPS would allege that Duckenfield’s failure to take personal responsibility on the day was “extraordinarily bad and contributed substantially to the deaths of each of those 96 people who so tragically and unnecessarily lost their lives”. Sir Norman Bettison, the former chief constable of Merseyside and West Yorkshire police, who was an inspector in the South Yorkshire force at the time of the disaster, has been charged with four counts of misconduct in a public office. Of those charges, Hemming said Bettison allegedly told lies about his involvement in the disaster. “Given his role as a senior police officer, we will ask the jury to find that this was misconduct of such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder,” she said. Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday chief executive and officially designated safety officer for the Hillsborough stadium, has also been charged with breaching the terms of the ground’s safety certificate and failing to take reasonable care under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The three other men are all charged with doing acts with intent to pervert the course of justice, for the process by which statements made by South Yorkshire police officers on duty at Hillsborough were subsequently reviewed and changed. Donald Denton, the South Yorkshire police chief superintendent who operated in a senior role in that process, Andrew Adams Youth Jersey his deputy, chief inspector Alan Foster, and the then South Yorkshire police solicitor, Peter Metcalf, have all been charged. The charges are the latest significant landmark in a 28-year campaign for accountability fought since the disaster by the families of the 96 people who died, survivors of the crush and the wider Liverpool and football supporting communities. Trevor Hicks, president of the Hillsborough Family Support Group whose teenage daughters Sarah and Vicki were killed, said that families had wanted more people to be charged but that the news was a vital step forward. “If I’m honest I didn’t think we would get to this day, no,” he said. “We didn’t think we would. This is a success for society at large. There are no winners but it sends a message out that nobody is above the law. After Grenfell Tower and others, the message is ‘watch out, families will come after you.’” Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James was killed, said she felt the families had turned a corner. “The message this sends is ‘never give up. Carry on fighting’. This should never happen again. No one should go through this to get to the truth. That’s the legacy of this.” Of the decision to charge, Hemming said: “Following our careful review of the evidence, in accordance with the code for crown prosecutors, I have decided that there is sufficient evidence to charge six individuals with criminal offences.
Men's Premier Reebok Andrej Nestrasil Green Jersey - #15 NHL Carolina Hurricanes Salute To Service We have definitely been here before. Southampton’s Nathan Redmond joined the long list of England penalty shootout villains as Germany progressed to the final of the European Under-21 Championship after a thrilling encounter in which Aidy Boothroyd’s side were outplayed for large periods. That they survived an extra-time onslaught from opposition who appeared to possess superior fitness despite having two days fewer to prepare is a testament to the spirit of the side. But that will not make it any easier to bear after they suffered the same fate as the teams of Bobby Robson and Terry Venables at the 1990 World Cup and Euro 96. The shootout was in the balance when Yannick Gerhardt and Tammy Abraham both missed with the second spot-kicks. Lewis Baker, Ben Chilwell and James Ward‑Prowse all slotted home, yet it fell to Redmond, Authentic Anthony Rendon #6 Womens Jersey who arrived in Poland as England’s most experienced player in his third tournament, to become the fall guy as his tame penalty was saved by Julian Pollersbeck to send Germany through. “We are absolutely gutted,” said Boothroyd, who replaced Gareth Southgate in September after his promotion to the senior side. “It’s a mixture of being sick of losing on penalties after going so close, but also very pleased, that this is not just one game. A lot of hard work went into this tournament, a lot of players have given everything. “With all the practice we have done, their goalkeeper made two very good saves. We learned lots of lessons from the past, and worked on penalties, but the fatigue, the energy expended and the fact we fancied ourselves means we are very disappointed.” Pollersbeck, who revealed before the match he had not featured in a penalty shootout since his junior days, consulted scraps of paper stuffed down his socks in an attempt to outfox England’s players. Andrew Adams Womens Jersey The ploy worked as first Abraham and then Redmond appeared to be a bundle of nerves as they approached, with the Germany manager, Stefan Kuntz – England’s nemesis in the memorable Euro 96 semi-final at Wembley – admitting the goalkeeper had made specific plans for each taker. “He told us he was going to study the shooters and if he believes a shooter is very self-confident he will pick a side and if he doesn’t, he will concentrate on the ball,” Kuntz said. After the victory at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, this defeat was only the second England have endured in 21 matches at various youth levels this year, having suffered a similar fate in the Under-17 European Championship final against Spain last month. In truth, England were second best after Abraham had put them ahead early in the second half as they dropped deeper and deeper in an attempt to hang on to their lead. Having gone ahead in the first half through Davie Selke’s header before that was cancelled out by Demarai Gray, the substitute Felix Platte’s equaliser with 20 minutes to go took the game into extra time and there looked like being only one winner as Germany pressed forward.
Youth Adam Eaton Replica Navy Blue Majestic Jersey: MLB Washington Nationals #2 Alternate Cool Base For Aidy Boothroyd the frustration is still raw. Eleven months on from England’s semi-final defeat by Italy at the European Under-19 Championship, the manager sacked by Northampton Town in December 2013 with his side rooted to the bottom of the Football League will watch his Under-21 team face Germany in the Silesian city of Tychy for a place in Europe’s most prestigious youth tournament. Since that 2-1 loss in Mannheim last July England’s age-group sides have embarked on a remarkable run of 17 wins from the 20 matches they have played in tournaments, the only defeat coming in a shootout in the final of the European Under-17 Championship against Spain last month. That was followed just over a fortnight ago by a first global success since 1966 and all that when many of the players in Boothroyd’s charge last year became Under-20 world champions in South Korea by beating Venezuela after an inspirational comeback against Italy in the semi-final. Now, with a meeting with England’s bête noire on the horizon, the man who watched the Euro 96 semi-final in Baildon Woodbottom working men’s club in Shipley while Stefan Kuntz, his opposite number in the dugout on Tuesday night, Anthony Sherman Youth Jersey was scoring the equalising goal against Terry Venables’s team at Wembley, is desperate to make his own piece of history. “If someone said to me after the match, if we’ve lost: ‘Well done for getting to the semi-final,’ I won’t like that,” Boothroyd said. “This is the sort of issue that we have. In order for us to be better, we’ve got to go and win these games. You’ve got to make these opportunities count.” He added: “The Germans, the Spanish, any team that has been successful, if you look at their track record, if you delve into their history, they have won these tournaments. The age groups, from 16 to 21, the teams winning those go on to win the senior tournaments – that’s a fact. The problem we have is that we get players to a certain ceiling and then they can’t get into Premier League teams because other players are bought. That’s a problem, but we can’t do too much about that.” Of the semi-finalists here England’s squad accumulated half as many top-flight minutes for their respective clubs last season. The Germany side who thrashed England 4-0 in the 2009 edition of this tournament contained six players who went on to win the World Cup in Brazil three years ago. In contrast Stuart Pearce’s side, containing Lee Cattermole and Adam Johnson, have since won a combined number of little more than 100 caps. But, whisper it, a new breed of young English player appears to be emerging despite their lack of opportunities. Alex Rodriguez Authentic Jersey No one epitomises that more than the Swansea defender Alfie Mawson who sat alongside Boothroyd at the pre-match press conference here and was not afraid to admit his ambition is to captain the senior side one day, despite never having represented his country until a few months ago. “I want to be a player in five or six years’ time that young players can come to me and ask for advice,” he said. “That’s the image I want to give off. “If I can instil that in people’s minds now, it will create better images when I get to be a captain one day. If that ever meant becoming a captain at national level, that would be a dream come true. At the moment I’ve got to try to get past the finish line in this competition and you don’t know what’s going to happen in a couple of years. I take it in my stride, keep going and keep going and hopefully at the end of the week we’ve got another title.”
Men's Majestic Washington Nationals #6 Anthony Rendon Replica Navy Blue Alternate 2 Cool Base MLB Jersey Stefan Kuntz has good reason to look forward to another semi-final against England. A day short of 21 years since he scored the equaliser and then converted the fifth penalty for Berti Vogts’s side in the Euro 96 shootout, the former striker will lead Germany into the European Under-21 Championship showdown with Aidy Boothroyd’s team on Tuesday night. Perhaps understandably, Kuntz became something of a folk hero in England and in his homeland after his exploits at Wembley, with the reprisal of David Baddiel and Frank Skinner’s tournament anthem Three Lions before the World Cup two years later featuring the two comedians playing against a team of Germans all wearing shirts bearing his name. “My mum asked me: ‘Why?’ I think it was one of the only situations that I lied to her,” Jarell Martin Authentic Jersey he remembered after Germany’s 1-0 defeat by Italy on Saturday which set up the last-four showdown in Tychy. “Of course, I couldn’t tell her that Kuntz in German is ‘Kuntz’ but what it means in English! So I said: ‘Hey Mum, that’s because I scored the goal, I think!’ So don’t tell my Mum, please.” The song was also adopted by the Germans after they returned home with the European Championship trophy in 1996, so much so that it was re-released in 2014 after their World Cup triumph in Brazil. More than two decades on from the infamous night when Gareth Southgate – Boothroyd’s predecessor in charge of the under-21s – missed the crucial spot-kick, the likable Kuntz is hoping for a special reunion with the manager of England’s senior side. “I want to hug him because I think we shared the experience together,” he said. “Sometimes we win and sometimes they win. The most amazing memory in my head from that is my thought that England could not score penalties. I said to my coach: ‘I will take the fifth one,’ thinking that the English would never score all five penalties. I was wrong. Then I had to take the fifth one and you know where my heart was? Very deep in my pants. Of course it was the biggest victory for me. “But the most impressive thing was that when we left the pitch the English supporters gave us a standing ovation. I had goose pimples. I’ve never felt this from opposition supporters. It was amazing. This was fair play at its best.” Even though many of his squad were not even born then, Kuntz does not intend to show them any videos of that semi-final. Instead, David Robinson Authentic Jersey he will be concentrating on getting past opponents who have grown into this tournament with successive victories against Slovakia and hosts Poland without a large contingent of Germany’s best young players. Joachim Löw’s Confederations Cup squad contains seven members who would have been eligible to play in this tournament, and Kuntz has been unable to call on the Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah after he withdrew with injury before their first match. A 2-0 friendly victory against England in March should provide Germany with some confidence they can reach the final on Friday despite a lacklustre performance against Italy and Kuntz is aware that should it end up going to penalties once more, his team could have the edge despite the presence of a team psychologist in England’s camp this time. “At Euro 96 I think we were very experienced players and maybe if you read every day that you cannot score penalties sometimes maybe you believe that a little bit,” the 54-year-old said. “But maybe we will lose some day? I don’t know. “It’s very funny. Some of my players are asking me now because I think somebody told them. There are many parallels – the first game we played against Czech Republic and the third against Italy and now a semi-final against England. Of course, I have to tell them because they don’t remember.”
Men's Adidas Memphis Grizzlies #3 Allen Iverson Swingman White Home NBA Jersey Of course there were denials. There are always denials. It is part of the dance, the fast‑paced barynya, when it comes to Russia and doping allegations. No sooner had the Mail on Sunday revealed that the country’s entire 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup was under investigation by Fifa for possible doping offences, than its deputy prime minister, and chairman of 2018 World Cup Russia, Vatily Mutko, put up the shutters. “There have never been and will never be any problems with doping in our football,” he said. “They have written some sort of nonsense.” He was similarly dismissive about allegations about doping in Russian athletics in 2013. So it goes. This, of course, is the same Mutko that a World Anti-Doping Agency investigation found might have personally intervened to cover up a failed drug test by a banned foreign footballer, which meant the sample was never declared positive and he was free to keep playing. And the same Mutko who was Russia’s sports minister during the period when the Canadian law professor Richard McLaren found that more than 1,000 elite Russian athletes across 30 sports had benefited from a state-sponsored doping programme. Strangely it did not harm his political career. In fact he was promoted. These latest revelations were a bombshell with a particularly long fuse. Last December McLaren told us that “the Russian team corrupted the London 2012 Olympic Games on an unprecedented scale”, Chandler Parsons Womens Jersey and that the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow and 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi were also perverted. He also revealed that over 30 Russian footballers were implicated but at the time appeared to be unclear who was involved. Now we see the picture in high definition. Yet it always felt strange to believe that football would be any less tainted than rowing, say, or athletics. Or that Russia would attempt to influence the Olympics but not the World Cup. The task, as always, has been proving it. Yet while Mutko and co are again in the dock, there is only a slim chance of conviction. As the Mail on Sunday notes, the key difficulty for Fifa is that the widespread cover-up means not all the sportspeople implicated in McLaren’s report can be shown to have taken performance-enhancing drugs. Some may be innocent. Their clean urine might have been swapped by the authorities, say, for another clean sample without their knowledge. That is why Fifa needs to throw everything at this. Of course it will be difficult to prove and prosecute. But one could say the same about previous investigations into Russian sports. Yet investigators such as Dick Pound and McLaren were able to find a way. Given what McLaren unearthed about the behaviour of the Russian government, which has been accused of having cheated, lied and obfuscated when it comes to doping its sports stars from 2011-2015, David Robinson Youth Jersey there is surely enough evidence to take the World Cup away from Russia. One look at Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino, laughing away with Vladimir Putin at the Confederations Cup, suggests the chance of it happening are between slim and none. Still, these latest revelations leave Fifa with uncomfortable questions. And it is surely about time it started telling us what would it take to withdraw a World Cup from a host country. After all both Russia and Qatar remain under investigation by the Swiss attorney general, Michael Lauber, who is looking into 172 suspicious transactions which passed through Swiss banks in bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. What if he found that both bids were spectacularly corrupt? Common sense tells you it should change something. Fifa-sense tells you it wouldn’t. Qatar has also been the subject of a damning report by Amnesty International into how it has treated migrant workers building World Cup stadiums. After noting that many of them were forced to live in squalid accommodation, had their wages withheld and passports confiscated, it called the abuse of migrant workers “a stain on the conscience of world football”. Few would question that – except perhaps the bit about football having a conscience. Maybe it is also time that we are more sceptical about football’s lack of positive doping tests too. True, in the past prominent players have been found to have taken nandrolone, while the 211 blood bags of 36 former clients of Dr Fuentes are also said to include footballers. Yet the stink has been infrequent and never lingered. But would anyone be surprised if some of today’s top players were getting illegal pharmaceutical assistance? Especially as the game is so fast and unrelentingly furious?
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