Hillsborough Inquiry: FA commend Independent Panel findings

The Football Association has commended the work of the Hillsborough Independent Panel following the publication of its report on Wednesday.

The 394-page report arrived at definitive conclusions with regards to the way in which the disaster at the Sheffield Wednesday stadium unfolded 23 years after it took place, as well as detailing the subsequent misconduct of public authorities.

Ninety-four Liverpool supporters lost their lives on the day of the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest, with two more later passing away in hospital.

“Having thoroughly reviewed yesterday’s report in full, The Football Association would like to commend the Hillsborough Independent Panel for their exhaustive and professional work,” the FA’s statement reads.

“It is also important that The FA recognises the tireless commitment shown by so many, particularly the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

“We welcome the publication of the report and the subsequent comments of the Prime Minister [David Cameron] and the Leader of the Opposition [Ed Miliband].

“The FA reiterates its deep and ongoing sadness at the dreadful events that unfolded on 15 April 1989.

“The organisation’s thoughts at this time remains with the families of all those who lost their lives in such terrible circumstances, as well as everyone connected with the City of Liverpool.

“For 23 years the families have suffered unbearable pain, and we have profound sympathy for this.

“The FA has cooperated fully with the Panel throughout this process and has released all documentation in line with their request.

“The FA and English football has changed immeasurably, and has learnt many lessons in the last 23 years. Through advancements in safety and investment in facilities English football is now a much safer, more welcoming environment for supporters.”

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