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Hillsborough Victims’ Families Receive Apologies At Last

Thu 13th Sep 2012 | Football Governance

David Cameron led a wave of apologies after the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel released yesterday revealed the true extent of the cover-up and exonerated Liverpool fans from any blame in the disaster.  

In a somber day for the families of the victims, the Prime Minister led apologies for the failings of the police and the cover up which followed. The Sun newspaper also apologised for its part following the publication of its version of ‘The Truth’ in the immediate aftermath of the disaster stating they were “deeply ashamed and profoundly sorry”.

The panel’s findings, published in a 400 page document, revealed South Yorkshire Police’s mismanagement of the situation revealing how measures aimed at crowd control were prioritised over those of crowd safety and the cover-up that followed.

 The FA issued a statement today praising the panel’s exhaustive work on the report.

"Having thoroughly reviewed yesterday's report in full, The Football Association would like to commend the Hillsborough Independent Panel for their exhaustive and professional work.

"The FA reiterates its deep and ongoing sadness at the dreadful events that unfolded on 15 April 1989.

"For 23 years the families have suffered unbearable pain, and we have profound sympathy for this.

"The FA has cooperated fully with the Panel throughout this process and has released all documentation in line with their request.”

However, the FA’s decision to hold the FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium has also been questioned as the ground lacked a valid safety certificate at the time and an overcrowding situation in the previous year’s semi-final in the Leppings Lane End was known to have occurred.

"The FA and English football has changed immeasurably, and has learnt many lessons in the last 23 years. Through advancements in safety and investment in facilities English football is now a much safer, more welcoming environment for supporters.”

There are now calls for a fresh inquest into the disaster which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans which could lead to criminal investigations of those involved.

 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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