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"The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous." So wrote Joseph Goebbels, but the Nazi propagandist was only half-right when it came to the behaviour of many of the South Yorkshire police after the tragedy that unfolded at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989. Certainly they lied big, and kept up their lies, yet they have ended up finally looking not ridiculous, but cynically culpable and emotionally bankrupt.

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IPCC heavily critical of Hillsborough chief constable Sir Norman Bettison

Bettison would have a case to answer for gross misconduct

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Jeff Bush's home in Hillsborough County, Florida, where he was swallowed by a sinkhole

Florida sinkhole: work continues on dangerous ground which has claimed one life

Jeff Bush is presumed dead after being swallowed by opening

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Pepe Reina has seemingly always been linked with a move away from Liverpool, with United touted as one possible destination. However, with Victor Valdes announcing he will leave Barcelona, it's thought Reina will be approached to replace him. A return to the club he started his career at is sure to appeal more than a move to Liverpool's greatest rivals.

Jose Reina insists relationship with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is 'very good'

There has been speculation all season surrounding the Spain international's future

The reserves pictured playing at Langtree Park yesterday

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A fan invaded the pitch and flares were set off in the stands

David Crompton said his email 'was never intended to cause any offence'

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David Crompton, the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, whose force's failings at the Hillsborough disaster led to the deaths of almost 100 football fans, has apologised for "inappropriate and insensitive" remarks in which he accused the families of victims of lying about the disaster.

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