Hillsborough Disaster 1989

On 15 April 1989 a human crush killed 96 football fans and injured hundreds more at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Even though Liverpool had more fans, they had been put in a smaller section of the stadium because the roads from Liverpool led to the entrance to the stand at Leppings Lane. 

This report was broadcast the following day on RTÉ Radio's 'This Week' programme and includes interviews with Liverpool supporters describing the overcrowding and the crushing. "Why didn't they give us the big end?" one of them asks. Reporter Donal Byrne talks to soccer expert Simon Ingliss, who explains why the Yorkshire police put them there.

A new inquest is currently taking place into the Hillsborough deaths after a 2012 inquiry quashed the original ruling of accidental death, finding that 41 of those who died might have been saved.

The accompanying image shows the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield Stadium. It is from an RTÉ News report broadcast on 31 March 2014.

RTÉ Sport Looks Back at Hillsborough

Hillsborough Inquiry 2012

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