Read the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report: Open Thread

Today marks a profound day in the history of English football with the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report, which reviewed 400,000 original documents to uncover the coverup by South Yorkshire Police. The report puts to rest the conspiracy theories that Liverpool fans were a cause of the disaster. We can now put to rest those lies, knowing that the truth has been revealed. The cause of the Hillsborough Disaster was a failure of police control.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel report is now available for viewing here:

HIP Report

Or you can download it directly here.


116 out of 164 police statements were amended to remove comments that were directly unfavorable to the South Yorkshire police.

The panel replies that 41 had the potential to survive after 3.15pm, though they can’t say how many could have been saved.

Apology from The Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie:

Kelvin MacKenzie, the editor of The Sun when the paper ran a front page story blaming fans for the Hillsborough tragedy, today offered his “profuse apologies to the people of Liverpool”.

Mr MacKenzie, who wrote the headline The Truth on the controversial report, said in a statement: “Today I offer my profuse apologies to the people of Liverpool for that headline.

“I too was totally misled. Twenty three ago I was handed a piece of copy from a reputable news agency in Sheffield in which a senior police officer and a senior local MP were making serious allegations against fans in the stadium.

“I had absolutely no reason to believe that these authority figures would lie and deceive over such a disaster.

“As the Prime Minister has made clear these allegations were wholly untrue and were part of a concerted plot by police officers to discredit the supporters thereby shifting the blame for the tragedy from themselves.

“It has taken more than two decades, 400,000 documents and a two-year inquiry to discover to my horror that it would have been far more accurate had I written the headline The Lies rather than The Truth. “I published in good faith and I am sorry that it was so wrong.”

Please use this open thread below to post your opinions. Plus, if you find any revealing facts in the report, please post them in the comments section below (feel free to include the page number to make it easier for us to find).

Also, in addition to the report itself, the 400,000 documents have been made available. You can search through the indexes to view PDFs of all of the documents at

11 thoughts on “Read the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report: Open Thread”

  1. Ambulances told by police to not go on the pitch to help and save people because of “fighting on the pitch” when there was no fighting. People trying to get out of the ground hit by police and pushed back in. These events are an abomination..the decision to cover up these events and print the lies in the media is the only possible thing that could surpass the actions on that day in its evil.

    I like many others as a teenager watched on tv in horror.

    The anthem “You’ll never walk alone” has never been more poinient. Those family’s and proponents of the fight for justice for the deaths of all the men, women and children on that day deserve recognition and most importantly justice.

    I hope the findings and now overwhelming support for justice can bring some consolation to those families of the victims and for those that survived.

  2. I hope this will give the survivors the peace and justice they have been denied for all these years. If any of the people involved in the lies i hope they are brought to justice. RIP Liverpool 96.

  3. The shock of this report indicating lives could’ve been saved on that day after 315 is so tragic.

    The people in charge denied medical treatment to people who would still be alive today.

    In one way justice has been done but will the people who lied ever be punished?

  4. Such a sombre atmosphere in the city today. Relief, coupled with the heartbreak of opening up of old wounds.

    Kelvin Mckenzie has been backed into a corner today and has had no choice but to apologise. He is absolute scum and his silence for the past 23 years is deafening.

    Justice has not been done today, this is just to start. Those responsible should now get their comeuppance. Credit to the families of the 96 for never giving up on their loved ones. Credit to Andy Burnham (EFC supporting MP) and Steve Rotherham (Mayor of Liverpool) too. Fought alongside the families all the way.

    1. “Those responsible should now get their comeuppance”

      And that’s at the only point that the Prime Minister and Government’s apology should be given any credence.

  5. McKenzie’s a prick. When all’s said and done the police’s attitude to football fans in this country isn’t much different nowadays. GMP are a nightmare to deal with when you travel in to Manchester on a match day, some Stoke fans took them to court with the help of the FSF and Liberty no less , and won.
    I don’t buy there not being a conspiracy to cover it up.Thatcher and the Tory party’s attitude to Liverpool is well known, as is the Football bill she was trying to introduce.

    As soon as you put on a football shirt in this country you attract a negative label in the eyes of the police force.

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