The Hillsborough Independent Panel has released previously unseen papers that contain the recordings of the Hillsborough disaster that occurred 23 years back at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, Chelsea have been awarded European Club of the Year by the ECA at an awards ceremony hosted on Monday, Assou-Ekotto says Hugo Lloris has to wait it out to become Tottenham’s first choice keeper and finally, Fulham complete the signing of Giorgos Karagounis from Panathinaikos.

Hillsborough Papers Published

LiverpoolThe wait is finally over for families of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives on 15 April, 1989 in what is labeled as the most horrific stadium disaster in the history of British football.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel has collated documented information from over 80 organizations who had a role to play on the day of the Hillsborough disaster. The families of the 96 fans have been waiting over two decades to learn how the entire collapse played-out from beginning to end.

Although an initial report by Lord Justice Taylor, published in 1990 stated the failure of “police control” as the main cause of the Leppings Lane section of the stadium collapse, the Crown Prosecution Service didn’t accept as evidence strong enough to bring a prosecution. But all of this has changed as the dossiers related to this incident are now released, allowing the families and the government to take a closer look and understand the main cause behind this incident. The released papers indicate that the Hillsborough disaster was ‘failure in police control’ and exposes the vulnerability of the victims, families and survivors.

“This is what the families and the fans have been fighting for 23 years. Without the truth you cannot grieve and where there is deceit, you get no justice.” – Margaret Aspinall, chairwoman of Hillsborough Families Support Group.

Chelsea Win European Award

Roberto di Matteo turned Chelsea’s fortunes around last season, over-delivering on an under-promise. The club which was left in turmoil by the departure of Andre Villa-Boas went into the hands of the former Chelsea player who didn’t just do a fine job of turning the Blues’ season around but also won the much coveted Champions League trophy that was eluding Chelsea all these years.

This, coupled with Chelsea’s sixth place finish in what was a highly competitive season in the Premier League won the club the European Club of the Year award presented by the ECA at an awards ceremony held earlier this week.

Amongst other things, this will surely serve as an impetus for the London-based outfit to move on and aim for a better finish to their Premier League campaign this time.

Lloris Must “Fight”, Says Assou-Ekotto

There were already rumours about Hugo Lloris being unhappy at his new club, having been kept on the bench ahead of veteran keeper Brad Friedel. And now, Cameroon international Benoit Assou-Ekotto has come out in the open and stated that competition within the team is a given and that Lloris must fight just like everyone else for his spot.

“It won’t be easy for him because there is competition. Number one keeper in the French team or not, he will have to fight to get the position in the team. We currently have a keeper that doesn’t make any mistakes, who is very well-known in Great Britain. To start I believe Lloris will be No.2. If our keeper doesn’t make any mistakes there is no reason to change.” – Assou-Ekotto when asked about Hugo Lloris

There is no doubting Lloris’ quality at the top level. However, the fact that Friedel, at this age is consistently appearing and playing his role perfectly at Tottenham means that Lloris has his work cut out on the training pitch. Not the easiest thing to oust a 41 year-old keeper with over 15 years of experience in the Premier League, isn’t it?

Fulham Sign Karagounis

Fulham have completed the signing of 35 year-old Greece midfielder Giorgos Karagounis from Panathinaikos for the duration of the season. Karagounis has amassed a lot of experience having previously played in the Serie A with Inter Milan and in Portugal with Benfica and will surely add that extra bit of quality to the Fulham midfield.

“I’m delighted to have signed for Fulham Football Club and I am excited by a new challenge in England and the Barclays Premier League. I’m looking forward to working under Martin Jol and playing alongside some fantastic players at this Club.” – Karagounis upon joining Fulham

“He’s been an influential player for his club sides and is a renowned player in world football as he’s about to become the most-capped player for Greece. He brings many certain qualities to our squad.” – Martin Jol on Karagounis

With the likes of Diarra, Richardson, Duff and Frei plying their trade in the rest of the midfield, Fulham could pose a serious threat to opponents this season once Karagounis enters the frame.