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The Black Cats remain in the relegation places despite an upturn in form

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Hard-pressed staff sent victims direct to mortuary as stadium disaster unfolded

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The judge is keen to ensure that they are within easy travelling distance from Liverpool

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The Hillsborough hearings will not be delayed

Police lose attempt to delay Hillsborough inquests

The judge presiding over the re-opened inquests into the 96 Hillsborough victims has rapidly and categorically rejected attempts by the Police Federation to delay the hearings by up to six years, until the conclusion of criminal investigations into the tragedy.

Lord Justice John Goldring, appointed the Coroner for the new Hillsborough inquests into the 1989 disaster at the FA Cup semi-final match

Hillsborough coroner promises to target 'culpable or discreditable conduct' in inquest early next year

Lord Justice Goldring reassures families that proceedings would be transparent

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Luis Suarez bite: Liverpool striker faces long ban

FA has stated standard three-match punishment for the offence is "clearly insufficient in these circumstances"

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The Chelsea interim-manager returns for the first time

People take part in the Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield

Liverpool owner John Henry 'humbled' by Hillsborough families

Today marks the anniversary of the disaster

Saracens will hold a minute's silence before game this weekend

Saracens maintain plan to hold minute's silence for Margaret Thatcher despite anger among own fans

Debate over whether to pay respects to form Prime Minister has divided opinion

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers only wants a minute’s silence for Hillsborough

Hillsborough families oppose minutes silence for Margaret Thatcher

Brendan Rodgers has said the only silent tribute this weekend should be held before Liverpool's game at Reading in order to honour the memory of the 96 supporters who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

A view of Wembley, Liverpool will mark Hillsborough this weekend, respects paid to Thatcher
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Her compulsory membership plan for supporters was detested and failed

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