The families of the 96 victims who died in the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster sang an emotional rendition of the Liverpool anthem, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, outside court after a long-running inquest found their relatives had been unlawfully killed.
After hearing more than two years of evidence, the jury also concluded that the behaviour of Liverpool supporters on the tragic day of the Liverpool-Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final did not cause or contribute to Britain’s worst sports stadium tragedy.
The jury also found that there were errors in police planning for the match, and on the day of the match, which caused or contributed to the dangerous situation at Sheffield Wednesday FC’s home ground.
Seeking to alleviate a crush that had developed outside the ground at the Leppings Lane End shortly before kick-off, the police match commander opened an exit gate.
It enabled 2,000 fans to stream into the ground and they piled into the already over-full pens behind the goal at that end of the ground, causing a fatal crush.