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English FA makes statement on Hillsborough disaster verdicts

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Before their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield Stadium against Manchester City Liverpool supporters hold banners prior to a minute’s silence in tribute to the 96 supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster of 25 years ago on 15 April 1989, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)


Earlier Tuesday, a jury delivered verdicts that took more than two years to resolve, easing some of the burden felt by the families and friends of 96 supporters killed in the Hillsborough disaster.

The verdicts ruled, amongst other things, that law enforcement made mistakes that led to the “unlawful killings” of the supporters at Hillsborough.

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Now the English FA has released a statement on the verdicts:

The FA reaffirms its deep sorrow and regret that these tragic events, which occurred at one of its fixtures, led to the loss of life of 96 football supporters on 15 April 1989.

The FA’s sincere condolences remain with the families and friends of the victims.

They have conducted themselves with great dignity throughout these Inquests, during which there has been an exhaustive investigation of the horrific circumstances that took place 27 years ago.

Ultimately, the Inquests stand as testament to the struggle undertaken by the families so the truth might be brought to light.

While much has changed since 1989, The FA and English football in general must continue to recognise, remember and learn from the tragedy. In looking forward, it is important we never forget.

Given the ongoing criminal investigations, there are limitations to what we can say. It is in the interests of all concerned that further consideration of the disaster by the relevant authorities must be allowed to take its course.

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