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Hillsborough Disaster – All you need to know ahead of the last memorial service

  1. The Hillsborough disaster took place during a match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, killing 96 people. The match was the 1988-1989 FA cup Semi-final.
  2. Today marks 27 years since the Hillborough disaster. The human crush that caused the deaths of 96 people and injured 766 others remains the worst stadium-related disaster in English sports history, and one of the world’s worst football disasters.
  3. 78 of the victims were aged 30 or younger, 38 of them were children or teenagers, and 3 of them were aged under 50.
  4. The 1990 official inquiry into the disaster concluded that “the main reason for the disaster was the failure of police control.” This resulted in the elimination of standing terraces at all major football grounds across England, Wales and Scotland.
  5. Then UEFA President Jacques Georges stirred up a controversy by labelling the Liverpool supporters as “beasts”, wrongly suggesting that their hooliganism caused the disaster. He apologised later when he discovered the real cause.
  6. By 1999, 10 years after the disaster, at least three survivors were known to have committed suicide because of the emotional problems the tragedy had caused them.
  7. During the 2009’s remembrance ceremony, Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Charles Itandje was caught by cameras “smiling and nudging” team-mate Damien Plessis. He faced a fortnight long suspension, was then omitted from the club’s first team squad and never played for the club in any capacity again.
  8. A television drama film, based on the disaster and subsequent events, titled simplyHillsborough, was produced by Granada Television. It was highly praised and won the BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama in 1997.
  9. In 2015, Facebook investigated a group set up to mock the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. The group left the Liverpool fans “hurting and angry”. The group wasn’t blocked but their identity wasn’t disclosed.
  10. During last night’s UEFA Europa League match, the supporters of Liverpool and Dortmund observed a minute’s silence. Fans from both sides then joined together in a rousing rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” both prior to the kick-off and in Liverpool city centre.

HILLSBOROUGH DISASTER – WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY

  1. Memorial Services were held every year, but after agreeing with the affected families it has been decided that this years’ service will be the last.
  2. One minute silence will be observed across Liverpool at 15:06 BST, the exact time when the FA Cup semi-final was abandoned following a terrace crush.
  3. Flags on civic buildings will be flown at half mast and bells at the town hall, the Municipal Building andLiverpool Metropolitan Cathedral will be rung 96 times.

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