23 Years Later, FA Finally Apologizes

Earlier this month David Bernstein, Football Association chairman, apologized for the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster. The Hillsborough Independent Panel, chaired by the Right Reverend James Jones, the Bishop of Liverpool, lead the investigation on the tragedy and went through 400,000+ pages of documents relating to the tragic event. Following the lengthy investigation, the panel prompted the governing body of the FA to come out with an apology.

The disaster occurred during 1989 FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest when a huge influx of Liverpool fans were directed by staff and police to a section of the stadium that reached over capacity. Staff and police quickly lost control and eventually a crush barrier gave away leading to the death of 96 and injuries to another 766.

The tragic game hosted on Sheffield Wednesday’s ground, a neutral location, for the past 23 years has been covered up by staff, emergency services, and police. In an article by ESPN it was revealed the FA approved Sheffield Wednesday’s ground despite the fact that it had no safety certificate and potential dangerous crowd situations which had been exposed in previous years.

Bernstein during his apology stated “We are deeply sorry this tragedy occurred at a stadium the FA selected. This fixture was played in the FA’s own competition, and on behalf of the FA I offer a full and unreserved apology and express sincere condolences to all the families of those who lost their lives and to everyone connected with the city of Liverpool and Liverpool Football Club”

“We are deeply sorry this tragedy occurred at a stadium the FA selected. This fixture was played in the FA’s own competition, and on behalf of the FA I offer a full and unreserved apology and express sincere condolences to all the families of those who lost their lives and to everyone connected with the city of Liverpool and Liverpool Football Club” – David Bernstein

In the same ESPN article it is stated the South Yorkshire Police have reopened the investigation and are going to make sure justice is served to those who acted out of the line of duty during tragic game. FIFA president Sepp Blatter, David Berstein, and David Cameron all apologize and hope these news findings in the investigation can bring some peace to the families of the victims.

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