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Football: Tears as Hillsborough dead named at inquests

Relatives wept Tuesday as the names of the 96 Liverpool football supporters who died in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium crush were read out in court. Lord Justice John Goldring, the coroner presiding, said Britain's worst sporting disaster was "seared into the memories" of everyone affected by it, as he gave an opening statement at the start of new inquests into the deaths. In emotional scenes before the jury was sworn in, relatives quietly sobbed as the names of the deceased were slowly read out over six minutes.

Football: Families seek truth in new Hillsborough inquests

The families of 96 Liverpool supporters who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster will gather in a purpose-built court on Monday to hear fresh inquests into the deaths in Britain's worst sporting disaster. The fans were caught up in a crush on a terrace during an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, northern England. Some died on the pitch as fellow fans and police officers desperately tried to revive them, while other fans made makeshift stretchers out of advertising hoardings.

Football: Late kick-offs to honour Hillsborough - FA

Matches in England on the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster next month will kick off seven minutes late as a mark of respect, the Football Association announced on Friday. Ninety-six Liverpool fans lost their lives in the tragedy on April 15, 1989. They were attending an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, northern England, which ended six minutes after kick-off.

Football: Hull and Charlton advance into FA Cup quarters

Hull City booked an FA Cup quarter-final with Premier League rivals Sunderland after seeing off second-tier Brighton 2-1 in a fifth round replay on Monday. Also through to the last eight were Charlton, who spoilt fellow Championship side Sheffield Wednesday's dream of a derby with Sheffield United after a 2-1 win at Hillsborough in their fifth round clash.

Football: Hull and Charlton advance into FA Cup quarters

Hull City booked an FA Cup quarter-final with Premier League rivals Sunderland after seeing off second-tier Brighton 2-1 in a fifth round replay on Monday. Also through to the last eight were Charlton, who spoilt fellow Championship side Sheffield Wednesday's dream of a derby with Sheffield United after a 2-1 win at Hillsborough in their fifth round clash.

Football: Hull and Charlton advance into FA Cup quarters

Hull City booked an FA Cup quarter-final with Premier League rivals Sunderland after seeing off second-tier Brighton 2-1 in a fifth round replay on Monday. Also through to the last eight were Charlton, who spoilt fellow Championship side Sheffield Wednesday's dream of a derby with Sheffield United after a 2-1 win at Hillsborough in their fifth round clash.

Football: Wednesday-Charlton FA Cup tie postponed

The FA Cup fifth-round encounter between second-tier sides Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic was called off on Saturday because of a waterlogged pitch at Wednesday's Hillsborough home. "The FA Cup fifth-round tie between Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch," Wednesday said in a statement. "Match referee Mark Clattenburg conducted a pitch inspection at 10.30am (1030 GMT) on Saturday morning and deemed the surface unplayable."

Football: Gerrard makes £96,000 Hillsborough donation

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has made a personal donation of £96,000 ($159,000, 117,000 euros) to families affected by the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, he revealed on Tuesday. The England midfielder has a family connection to the tragedy, as his cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley was one of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster. "I think the timing's right and having spoken to the club, I've decided to do it now," Gerrard told Tuesday's edition of regional newspaper the Liverpool Echo.

Football: Major apologises for lack of Hillsborough report

Former British prime minister John Major apologised Tuesday for failing to authorise an independent investigation into the Hillsborough disaster as requested by the families of the victims. Police put forward "pretty strong views" there was no need for a report but Major, the former leader of Britain's right-wing Conservative Party, said the families of the 96 football fans killed in the tragedy should have been listened to by the authorities.

Hillsborough coroner vows inquests will begin on time

The coroner leading fresh inquests into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster assured relatives of the 96 victims on Monday that they will start on schedule in March. Lord Justice John Goldring told a crowded pre-inquest hearing in London that the inquests would begin on March 31 in the northwest English town of Warrington despite a huge volume of material requiring consideration. "I certainly remain committed to that date (March 31) and it is partly for that reason that I have sought ... to drive those investigations forward as much as I can," he said.
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