Hillsborough verdicts are quashed

BY foxsports • December 19, 2012

Rangers chief executive Charles Green says he is happy with the outcome of the club's share flotation.

Green has revealed the bulk of the shares in the Scottish Third Division club have been purchased by City investors.

The Rangers owner had been hoping for the club's support to take up ?10m worth of shares, but despite falling well short of the projected target, the Yorkshireman remains positive.

Green said: "The institutional community have invested heavily. We've taken ?17m already from institutions and that list is out there public; it's the great and good of London.

"For me as chief exec the really important endorsement is that of the financial community who have come out in support of it.

"All football clubs are high risk and there's been a history of failure to deliver.

"We know that football clubs historically haven't performed very well, but Rangers is an institution, it's a major sporting brand and we think that makes a difference."

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The Londoners will feel justice was done following the Bantams' shock reprieve in the competition, after twice coming from behind to win 4-2 in extra-time and secure a tie at Southend.

The replay followed a 1-1 draw in the initial tie, after which City were expelled and then reinstated for fielding ineligible player Curtis Good.

Bradford's Kyel Reid put them ahead on the half hour when he smashed home a loose ball from 12 yards.

On-loan Fulham striker Marcello Trotta levelled just before the break, sending Jon McLaughlin the wrong way from the spot after he was fouled by City defender Carl McHugh.

Former Bee Alan Connell made it 2-1 to the cup specialists in extra-time when he converted from the spot after a Shaleum Logan foul on Blair Turgott but Trotta pounced again, firing a left-footed drive home into the top corner to equalise.

Substitute Clayton Donaldson made it 3-2 to the hosts, slotting home Harry Forrester's cross from a tight angle, before Forrester himself sealed it late on with a cool finish into the bottom corner.

Rosler, who was "perplexed" by the FA U-turn, said: "We could have done without the extra-time but I was pleased with our professional approach to a game we didn't expect to have to play.

"We scored some good goals and it is important to keep our run going in the run-up to Saturday's big game here against Stevenage.

"I would like to have wrapped it up in the 90 minutes but Bradford battled hard and made it difficult for us, but in the end I thought we deserved the win. We came through without any knocks and now our main priority is Saturday's game, when we will have a full house here."

Chris Coleman's men have endured a poor year with just one win over Scotland coming in between six defeats, which has left their chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup all but extinguished.

They have fallen behind fellow Group A strugglers Scotland, who drop two places to 72nd, while Republic of Ireland have fallen six spots to 42nd.

Northern Ireland are the only home nations side to improve upon their ranking.

Michael O'Neill's side rose 17 places in the last rankings - into the top 100 - and their improvement continues this month, rising four places to 96th.

Spain finish the year at the top spot, with Germany and Argentina remaining in second and third respectively, while Italy move into fourth spot.

A run of six wins in eight games in 2012 has seen Colombia move up from 36th at the end of last year and into the top five, while Portugal have drifted three places to seventh.

Holland, Russia and Croatia complete the top 10, while 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil - playing only friendly fixtures in recent months - are down in 18th spot.

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge and two other judges in London have ordered fresh inquests following an application by the Attorney General Dominic Grieve.

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said there were "good grounds" for the application made by Mr Grieve.

Lord Judge described what happened in 1989 as "catastrophic".

Referring to the families, he said there had been a "profound, almost palpable belief that justice has not been done and that it cannot be done without and until the full truth is revealed".

He said: "We must record our admiration and respect for their determined search for the truth about the circumstances of the disaster and why and how it had occurred, which - despite disappointments and setbacks - has continued for nearly quarter of a century."

After Lord Judge announced the decision of the court, families in the packed courtroom greeted it with a loud round of applause.

More than 40 families had made the journey to London for the hearing, while others watched by videolink from Liverpool.

When giving the ruling, Lord Judge expressed regret that the process the families had gone through over the years since the disaster had been "so unbearingly dispiriting and prolonged".


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