The Hillsborough Independent Panel report has been released, and it has revealed a systematic coverup that was kicked into action just minutes after the Hillsborough Disaster happened. Plus, according to the report, 59 of the 96 could have survived if they had received adequate medical care after 3:15pm BST on April 15, 1989. British Prime Minister David Cameron has issued an apology to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough. Plus, Sheffield Wednesday has issued an apology too.
According to Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking in Parliament today, “The Liverpool fans ‘were not the cause of the disaster’. The Panel has quite simply found ‘no evidence’ in support of allegations of “exceptional levels of drunkenness, ticketlessness or violence among Liverpool fans ‘no evidence that fans had conspired to arrive late at the stadium’ and ‘no evidence that they stole from the dead and dying.’”
More details will be released throughout the day.
Here are the Premier League and England news headlines of the day:
- Prime Minister issues Hillsborough apology — Sky Sports
- Hillsborough paramedic hopes report will help him move on from disaster — The Guardian
- Hillsborough report reveals police made ‘strenuous efforts’ to deflect blame on to fans — The Telegraph
- Rio Ferdinand banned from driving for six months — The Daily Mail
- Sheffield Wednesday apologise to families of 96 who died in the Hillsborough disaster — The Independent
- Manchester City hero Paul Lake set for big screen — Manchester Evening News
- Families of 96 killed in the Hillsborough tragedy begin viewing documents — The Independent
- Hodgson insists England were better than in Euro 2012 — The Guardian
Here is Prime Minister David Cameron’s apology in full:
Mr Speaker, I want to be very clear about the view the government takes about these findings and why after 23 years this matters so much, not just for the families but for Liverpool and for our country as a whole.
Mr Speaker what happened that day – and since – was wrong. It was wrong that the responsible authorities knew Hillsborough did not meet minimum safety standards and yet still allowed the match to go ahead.
It was wrong that the families have had to wait for so long – and fight so hard – just to get to the truth. And it was wrong that the police changed the records of what happened and tried to blame the fans.
We ask the police to do difficult and often very dangerous things on our behalf. And South Yorkshire Police is a very different organisation today from what it was then.
But we do the many, many honourable police men and women a great disservice if we try to defend the indefensible. It was also wrong that neither Lord Justice Taylor nor the Coroner looked properly at the response of the other emergency services.
Again, these are dedicated people who do extraordinary things to serve the public. But the evidence from today’s report makes very difficult reading.
Mr Speaker, with the weight of the new evidence in this Report, it is right for me today as Prime Minister to make a proper apology to the families of the 96 for all they have suffered over the past 23 years.
Indeed, the new evidence that we are presented with today makes clear that these families have suffered a double injustice.
The injustice of the appalling events — the failure of the state to protect their loved ones and the indefensible wait to get to the truth. And the injustice of the denigration of the deceased – that they were somehow at fault for their own deaths.
On behalf of the Government – and indeed our country – I am profoundly sorry for this double injustice that has been left uncorrected for so long.