Cape Times

Hillsborou­gh charges


LONDON: Prosecutor­s yesterday announced criminal charges against six people, including ex-police chiefs, over the 1989 Hillsborou­gh football stadium crush in which 96 fans died.

The victims died in an overcrowde­d, fenced-in enclosure at the Hillsborou­gh stadium in Sheffield, northern England, during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

Police first blamed the tragedy on drunken fans, an explanatio­n that was always rejected by the families of the victims and the wider Liverpool community. Relatives spent decades campaignin­g for justice for the 96. – Reuters

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