Amongst a variety of sports, football is known as the KING. Millions of people are enjoying it on TV every hourwhile thousands of fans are joining a stream of people to stadiums to cheer for their favorite teams every day.
But, not all the football matches give the best experience for the spectators, especially the Hillsborough disaster on April 15th, 1989. Have you ever heard of this catastrophe? Do you know that this 1989 tragedy at a British stadium led to the deaths of 96 fans and even the remaining Liverpool fans were accused as the main reason?
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What happened at Hillsborough stadium in 1989?
It was a nice spring day on April 15th, 1989. And thousands of avid fans were flocking to the Hillsborough stadium to follow the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Of course, no one knew that the great day of football has soon become a terrible carnage.
The disaster began from 2.30pm to 2.40pm when hundreds of Liverpool fans started to streaming towards the stadium, especially through the Leppings Lane. This created an obstruction through the turnstiles into the stadium. To solve this trouble, the police commander in charge of the match requested to open an exit gate C and guided crowds of people down a tunnel and into two standing-room-only pens. Since then, a crush developed in a heartbeat.
Hundreds of people entered the pen and forced up against those in front. And these people were pushed up against the fencing which was designed to prevent the pitch invasion. Then lots of spectators tried to get away from the developing crush by climbing out of the pen behind the goal onto the track.
When the crowd continuously surged one of the metal barriers,itsuddenly tumbled over one another and into the front fences. And when a Liverpool fan struck the crossbar of the goal, the situation became more terrible. Lots of people managed to get away from the dreadful mass of bodies by forcing to open another small gate while the other fought for air above them.
Although the football match was halted just five minutes to solve the trouble, it was too late. 95 people died, mostly of asphyxia while standing. The 96th victim died in 1993 after spending some years of coma.
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Victims of the Hillsborough disaster
A total of 96 death is truly a horrible result of the disaster. The witnesses said that lots of dead and injured fans were placed across the field. Meanwhile, the other fans tried to help each other.
One of the youngest victims was a schoolboy named Jon-Paul Gilhooley. He came to the stadium with his uncles, John and Brian Gilhooley, who both survived. Gerard Baron was a retired postal worker from Preston, who was the oldest person to die in this disaster. And lots of painful stories came from the victims’ relatives. A social worker had to pull a woman out of her brother’s dead body while another woman was stopped to give a hug to her dead relatives.
What happened at the inquest?
At first, police, members of the media and politician were quick to blame the fans themselves. They reckoned that the fans had been drunk and disorganized and this led to a hard push into the arena.
However, many investigations and probes over the years pointed that it was not the behavior of the Liverpool fans. It was a series of wrong decisions by the police that might have led to the disaster in 1989. And one of the most serious criminal accusation in the group announced lies with the match commander, David Duckenfield, who has been charged with the unpremeditated killing.
On this day, Mr. David Duckenfield gave an order to open the exit gate to permit throngs of fans to flood onto the terrace. And this led to the deadly crush. But, at the time he reported to the Football Association that the Liverpool fans had forced to open the gate by themselves.
Nearly three decades for investigating, the jury concluded that the main reason belonged to grossly careless failures by police and ambulance services. Besides, the jury provided the proof of the unsafe design of the Hillsborough stadium.
Until June 2017, six people were accused with different offenses for their actions during and after the Hillsborough disaster. This proved that the Liverpool fans innocent in a long time.