14 Sep 2012

English FA apologises for Hillsborough disaster

11:39 am on 14 September 2012

The English FA chairman David Bernstein has issued an unreserved apology to the families of the 96 Liverpool fans killed in the Hillsborough disaster following the publication of an independent report into British football's darkest day.

The report by the Hillsborough Independent Panel, published on Wednesday, revealed a litany of police cover-ups in the wake of the horrific crush caused by overcrowding at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

Bernstein said the FA and English football has changed immeasurably, and learned many lessons in the last 23 years.

In an earlier statement the FA paid tribute to victims' families who have fought for more than two decades for justice for their loved ones.

Victims' families say they'll be pressing for a new inquest into the disaster, and criminal charges brought against those responsible.