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The Hillsborough Disaster - 15th April 1989

The Hillsborough disaster was an incident that occurred at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. During the FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs. A human crush resulted in 766 people being injured and 96 killed. The incident has been subject to a number of controversies and inquiries and remains the worst stadium-related disaster in British history.

In English football matches, opposing supporters are segregated in the stadium. Although Liverpool had more supporters, Nottingham Forest was allocated the larger area to avoid the routes of rival fans crossing. As a result, all Liverpool supporters had to enter through a single entrance with only 23 narrow turnstiles. This restriction led to dangerous overcrowding outside the ground before kick-off.

Soon a bottleneck developed with more fans arriving than could be safely filtered through the turnstiles in time for the match beginning. Many people arrived at the turnstiles with the wrong ticket but after being refused entry to the stadium they could not leave because of the amassing crowd behind. Fans outside could hear cheering as the teams came on to the pitch but were stuck in this narrow passage unable to move. As the situation worsened, a police constable radioed to request the game to be delayed until the fans were all inside but the request was declined.

Now with approximately 5,000 fans trying to enter through the 26 turnstiles and increasing safety concerns, the police opened a large exit gate to try and relieve pressure outside the ground. The exit gate led down a tunnel directly to the two already overcrowded central enclosures. As the gate was opened thousands of supporters poured into the stadium through the unmanned tunnel.

The ensuing influx of supporters caused serious crushing. Hundreds of people were pressed against the fencing by the weight of the crowd behind them. People still entering were unaware of the problems at the front and continued to push down the tunnel to the central pens.

For some time, problems at the front of the pen went unnoticed (except by those affected) as attention was absorbed by the match. As people began to realise there was a problem some fans climbed over side fences or were lifted by fellow supporters onto the stand above to escape the crush. Moments after kick-off, a crush barrier broke under the weight and fans began to fall on top of each other. Some Liverpool fans tried to climb the fence to escape on to the pitch but were stopped by police. After six minutes the situation was so bad the game was stopped.

Those who remained trapped in the pen unable to get out were crushed. Many victims died of compressive asphyxia while standing or from being trampled under foot. As the terrible events unfolded, some police officers were still concentrating on trying to prevent Liverpool supporters reaching the opposing supporters. Some fans who tried to break through the cordon to carry the injured to waiting ambulances were forcibly turned back by police. 44 ambulances arrived outside the grounds, but police prevented all but one from entering the stadium. Of the 96 fatally injured only 14 made it to hospital.

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This better not be photoshopped!!! 😍😍

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Amalia Garcia.

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First Gillette photos

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Team Hug!

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Edin Dzeko about winning the cup. (x)

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FUNNY Kompany power lifts kit man

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