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GUARDIAN – Hillsborough officer: alcohol scent could have been smell of death

Alan Ramsden also tells new inquest into 1989 disaster that his statement on events was changed without his knowledgeA former South Yorkshire police officer who was on duty at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 has said a reference he made in his statement to a “smell of alcohol” in the pens where 96 Liverpool supporters died was wrong in hindsight and could have been “the smell of death”.Alan Ramsden, who served in the force from 1974 until 2002, told the new inquest into the disaster that other officers had not encouraged him to make reference to alcohol. “It was just an assumption by me at the time,” he said. Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – How will Ángel di María compare with British football’s record signings?

Will Di María go the way of Fernando Torres and Andriy Shevchenko or Dennis Bergkamp and Rio Ferdinand?Manchester United have no excuses now. In the past 12 months they have spent 195.3m on Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo and ngel di Mara. Their transfer record, which had stood since Dimitar Berbatov joined from Tottenham Hotspur on a crazy deadline day back in 2008, has been smashed twice in eight months.United are no strangers to extravagance. Sir Matt Busby made Denis Law the most expensive player in the history of British football in 1962; Ron Atkinson broke the transfer record to sign Bryan Robson in 1981; and Alex Ferguson edged that figure ever higher during his 26 years with the club. Now Louis van Gaal has made Di Mara the most expensive player to grace the English game. How will he fare? Here is the formbook for record breaking transfers in the past 20 years. Continue reading…

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