Newspaper headlines: Hillsborough fallout, Olympic kits and golf surprise

The fallout from the Hillsborough inquest verdicts, and Team GB's outfit for the Rio Olympics, make the front pages.

The Guardian leads on the suspension of South Yorkshire Police chief constable David Crompton following the inquests.

The paper says Mr Crompton was suspended six months before he was due to retire.

It continues: "He had been heavily criticised by families of the victims of Britain's worst stadium disaster for going back on a previous apology he had issued in 2012.

"The decision to suspend Crompton came towards the end of a dramatic day of reaction to the inquest's ruling on Tuesday that the 96 had been unlawfully killed, in which MPs and the people of Liverpool criticised the force and voiced support for the long campaign of the family members who sought a truthful explanation of how the victims died."

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Image caption South Yorkshire Police chief David Crompton has been suspended

The Telegraph says Mr Crompton was suspended over his force's lies that the Hillsborough disaster was caused by drunk Liverpool fans.

"David Crompton was relieved of his duties after spending £24m funding officers' legal defences during the two-year inquest which this week returned unlawful killing verdicts," it reports.

"Amid mounting anger at police yesterday, Theresa May, the home secretary, agreed to discuss changing current legislation to make officers liable for disciplinary action for life.

"Andy Burnham, the Labour MP, called on Mrs May to make the law retrospective to apply to the actions of the officers involved in the cover-up in Sheffield."

The Times reports that one former sergeant told the inquest that he saw Liverpool fans drinking beer, cider and carafes of wine despite photos or videos showing no one staggering or carrying large volumes of alcohol.

The I says Mr Crompton was suspended after his force was condemned in the Commons as "rotten to the core" and accused of "retelling discredited lies" at the inquest.


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You'll Never Walk Alone

The papers reflect on the vigil attended by thousands of people in Liverpool city centre to remember those who died.

The Times describes the city as grinding to a halt.

"Wearing both Liverpool and Everton scarves and many carrying children, the family members stood beneath a large banner spelling out 'truth' and 'justice'," it says.

The crowd sang the Liverpool FC anthem You'll Never Walk Alone, reports the Telegraph.

David Conn in the Guardian writes that the wide cobbled concourse of St George's Hall became a rally of thousands.

"People had begun to gather in the sunshine from the early afternoon, their response to the inquests jury's verdict markedly solemn, in remembrance of those who died and in respect for their families' epic fight against South Yorkshire police lies, but with no tone of raw triumph," he says.

The Independent states: "Football supporters wearing scarves, city workers in suits, children and pensioners stood together in the bitter cold last night outside St George's Hall for a vigil to mark their decades-long battle - and their triumph."

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Image caption Thousands of people attended a vigil in Liverpool city centre

The Mirror uses its front page to carry the words of the lord mayor of Liverpool to the victims' families: "You are a symbol of truth and justice."

The Sun reports that Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool manager at the time of Hillsborough, read a passage from the Bible at an emotional service.

The papers describe the sombre mood in the Commons as the home secretary delivered her statement.

Patrick Kidd in the Times writes: "The atmosphere in the Commons can change in an instant, like flicking a switch. The playground becomes a churchyard, the bearpit replaced by a cloister.

"One minute MPs are screaming 'shame' and 'disgrace' across the chamber, the next is a breathless hush."

For the Mail's Quentin Letts, Mrs May displayed grace and decency.

"Theresa May, not often given to much show, read the Hillsborough determinations in full to a silent Commons," he says. "She moved slowly through the 14 questions which had been put to jurors, plus the single-word answers they gave which cemented this dreadful scandal.

"As she did so, the home secretary's voice failed her slightly. It cracked, lifting from her larynx with the noise of old parchment being folded flat on a spine."


Tiny trunks

Heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and diver Tom Daley cause something of a stir with the launch of Team GB's kit for this year's Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

The Times notes that it is cooler and lighter than the one worn at London 2012 - but once again designed by Stella McCartney.

"Although the medal-winning diver Tom Daley admitted there was little room for marginal gains in his micro trunks," writes chief sports reporter Martyn Ziegler.

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Image caption Jessica Ennis-Hill models the new Team GB Olympic outfit

The kit gets the thumbs up from the Guardian.

"All hail Team GB," it says. "With the 2016 Olympics 100 days away, Stella McCartney has fired the starting pistol for Team GB, unveiling a kit for Team GB and ParalympicsGB that features a new heraldic coat of arms as its logo.

"The proud puffed chests of the lions on the coat of arms made for an unmistakably patriotic image, and a confident one that stands out among the generically futuristic graphics that abound on most sportswear.

"Meanwhile, the proportions of both Daley's and Ennis-Hill's kit appeared to have taken inspiration from the Brazilian taste for barely-there beachwear."

However, the Express reports that the kit came under fire with sports fans saying Daley was left "almost naked".

The Mail thinks Daley's trunks are so tiny that it asks: "Forget your kit, Tom?"


Golf buddies

Finally, the Times brings us the story of the golfers who were somewhat miffed to be asked to start at the 10th tee after paying £99 for a round - only to end up meeting a couple of rather well-known people.

"No one wants to start on the 10th, do they?" said Jonathan Purr. "Well," replied The Grove golf club in Hertfordshire, "there's a group behind you that won't be stopping."

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Image caption Barack Obama played golf with David Cameron on his recent visit to Britain

That rather special group overtook them at the 13th hole - they just happened to be a chap called Barack and his golfing buddy Dave.

"It was Obama who actually said sorry for the inconvenience," says Mr Purr. "He bounded out of the buggy and came over."

As it turned out the president and the prime minister did stop briefly - for a snap with Mr Purr and his two playing partners.