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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Premier League fans mark Hillsborough verdicts

The-Hillsborough-DisasterPremier League supporters hailed Hillsborough
campaigners on Saturday after new inquests into
the 1989 stadium disaster found police
responsible for the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.

At Goodison Park, home of Liverpool’s local
rivals Everton, campaigners including Margaret
Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family
Support Group, were applauded on the pitch
prior to a game against Bournemouth.
During a minute’s applause, fans unfurled a
banner reading “JUSTICE AT LAST 96 BROTHERS
IN ARMS”.

Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son, James, died in
the disaster, shared a touchline embrace with
Everton manager Roberto Martinez as she left
the pitch.

At St James’ Park, Newcastle United supporters
spontaneously broke out into a rendition of
‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, the Liverpool anthem,
during a minute’s applause ahead of their side’s
game with Crystal Palace.

There will also be a minute’s applause before
Liverpool’s game at Swansea City on Sunday,
which will be the Anfield club’s first domestic
fixture since the verdicts were announced.

Last Tuesday, a jury found that police blunders
caused the fatal crush at the Hillsborough
stadium in Sheffield, south Yorkshire, following
two years of evidence in the longest inquest in
British history.

Two criminal investigations into the disaster
should conclude by the end of the year and
prosecutors will then consider whether charges
can be brought.

AFP

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