Hillsborough was covered up -- official
September 12, 2012 10:28 AM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (80 comments total)
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On 15 April, 1989, 96 Liverpool fans
were crushed to death at the Hillsborough Stadium, in what was the worst stadium disaster in British football history
. At the time and for years afterward, the blame for the disasters was laid squarely on the supporters themselves, who supposedly were drunk hooligans, smeared and slandered both by the South Yorkshire police and the media, especially The Sun
. Now, twentythree years after the disaster prime minister David Cameron has formally apologised for the coverup
.Speaking in the Commons on Wednesday, the prime minister said the findings in the report were "deeply distressing". He said: "With the weight of the new evidence in the report it's right for me today as prime minister to make a proper apology to the families of the 96 … On behalf of the government, and indeed of our country, I am profoundly sorry that this double injustice has been left uncorrected for so long."
The apology is the outcome of the latest and most in depth inquiry into the disaster, done by the Hillsborough Independent Panel
, which has today released its final report
. The Independent Panel itself was the result of years of pressure by the families of the victims as well as Liverpool supporters in general, who had never accepted the findings of the first inquiry into the disaster or the attempts to blame the victims themselves for their deaths.
has also apologised for its role in the coverup, but whether that will make much of an impression in Liverpool is doubtful, where many football fans and their families have never forgiven the paper for it.
The Guardian's coverage of the Hillsborough disaster
The Hillsborough Family Support Group