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The creation of the slick, saleable and endlessly commercial sport we see today, however, has its roots in the dreadful events of April 15, 1989, and the changes debated nine months later in Parliament.
Commercialisation in Football
Broken Dreams : Vanity, Greed and the Souring of British Football
Bower argues that the increasingly uneven struggle between the regulatory body, the FA, and the bullies of the gold-rush frontier, the Premier League chairmen, is at the heart of football's problem; the failure of the former to respond to the mounting evidence of dodgy dealing and corruption, and the ruthless efficiency with which the latter have exercised their financial clout.
Policing with Contempt: The Degrading of Truth and Denial of Justice in the Aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster
Journal of Law and Society
ACC Jackson was present at the Sheffield stadium, with the court having heard he was dressed in civilian clothes and not on duty.
"I considered that I was in command of a major, a major, developing major incident sir..."
Walter Jackson ticked 'on duty' in his interview . . . with Chief Constable Leslie Sharp.
Police chief claims Duckenfield 'was not the most senior officer on duty at Hillsborough'
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Asked about ACC Jackson’s role, he added: “I would have expected the Assistant Chief Constable to take immediate charge… I understand he was the senior officer on call that weekend in any case.”
The Hillsborough Disaster was a fatal crowd crush at a soccer match in the eighties. It was deliberately staged for social control.