Police ‘still blame drunken fans’ for Hillsborough deaths

Football On The Fieldsource: The Guardian
published: 12 November 2014

Many South Yorkshire police officers who were on duty in 1989 when 96 people died in a crush at the Hillsborough football ground in Sheffield still allege that drunken Liverpool supporters partly caused the deaths, the new inquest into the disaster has been told.

Michael Brookfield, a superintendent on the force in 1989, told the inquest in Warrington that officers who were on duty at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest “regularly” say that drunken supporters were a cause of the disaster. He said, however, that it is a “ridiculous myth, appallingly dishonest” that South Yorkshire police blamed the victims for causing their own deaths.

He said that during the past two years, during which two new criminal investigations have been launched into the disaster and its aftermath, 1,471 South Yorkshire police officers “caught up in this inquiry” have formed a Hillsborough welfare group, of which he is now chairman.

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