England remembers the 96 Liverpool supporters who died during a game at Hillsborough stadium in 1989.
Hello, I’m Charlotte Bellis and you’re watching Newsy.com.

April 15 marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy at Hillsborough. The Telegraph describes the situation inside the stadium that day. The following quote is graphic.


“The pressure was so great that the fans at the front were squashed into the perimeter fencing, their faces distorted by the mesh. One fan said: ‘I realized that the guy next to me was dead; his eyes were bulging and his tongue out. It was sheer horror.’” (Telegraph)

Current Liverpool captain and boyhood fan, Steven Gerrard, lost his cousin, Jon-Paul in the disaster. He tells the BBC what it was like waiting for news from the stadium.

“Obviously, going to bed that night and thinking about it lying there in bed and praying, if you like, and keeping your fingers crossed that it didn’t get any worse than what we’d already heard. Unfortunately for myself and my family we got the dreaded knock the next morning to say that a member of the family was at the game and had been tragically killed.” (BBC)

The Hillsborough Justice Campaign, a group for survivors and family members of the dead, is still looking for an explanation of what happened. The Times of London sympathizes with their plight.

“What makes life harder, still, for families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died is a sense that the legal process failed them. The Taylor Report blamed authorities for mistakes leading to the fatal crush… Yet no individual or public body has been held to account in law.” (Times of London)


ESPN Soccernet reports that the effects of Hillsborough are still apparent today. The removal of fences and the change from terraces to all-seater grounds “changed the atmosphere and demographic of British football stadia forever.” (ESPN)

Should an individual or government body step forward to take the blame? Has enough been done to ensure an incident like this could never happen again?

Hillsborough Disaster Remembered

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Apr 14, 2009

Hillsborough Disaster Remembered

England remembers the 96 Liverpool supporters who died during a game at Hillsborough stadium in 1989.
Hello, I’m Charlotte Bellis and you’re watching Newsy.com.

April 15 marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy at Hillsborough. The Telegraph describes the situation inside the stadium that day. The following quote is graphic.


“The pressure was so great that the fans at the front were squashed into the perimeter fencing, their faces distorted by the mesh. One fan said: ‘I realized that the guy next to me was dead; his eyes were bulging and his tongue out. It was sheer horror.’” (Telegraph)

Current Liverpool captain and boyhood fan, Steven Gerrard, lost his cousin, Jon-Paul in the disaster. He tells the BBC what it was like waiting for news from the stadium.

“Obviously, going to bed that night and thinking about it lying there in bed and praying, if you like, and keeping your fingers crossed that it didn’t get any worse than what we’d already heard. Unfortunately for myself and my family we got the dreaded knock the next morning to say that a member of the family was at the game and had been tragically killed.” (BBC)

The Hillsborough Justice Campaign, a group for survivors and family members of the dead, is still looking for an explanation of what happened. The Times of London sympathizes with their plight.

“What makes life harder, still, for families of the 96 Liverpool fans who died is a sense that the legal process failed them. The Taylor Report blamed authorities for mistakes leading to the fatal crush… Yet no individual or public body has been held to account in law.” (Times of London)


ESPN Soccernet reports that the effects of Hillsborough are still apparent today. The removal of fences and the change from terraces to all-seater grounds “changed the atmosphere and demographic of British football stadia forever.” (ESPN)

Should an individual or government body step forward to take the blame? Has enough been done to ensure an incident like this could never happen again?

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