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20 Years Ago: Hillsborough Disaster  
User currently offlineRacko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4856 posts, RR: 20
Posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

20 years ago on this day 96 football fans died in the horrible Hillsborough disaster because of a combination of an outdated stadium and a police force that wasn't able to handle the situation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsborough_Disaster
http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/hillsborough-disaster

While I don't like what the Taylor Report and subsequent changes have let the British football become we can all be thankful that since that day at least in Europe we have been spared of tragedies of that scale at football matches.

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User currently offlineEZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4963 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1646 times:

RIP to everyone who perished there. Luckily things have evolved in a manner that these sort of things are not seen anymore in Europe, and if stadiums have a official capacity, it's for a reason. Some day we will see this in Argentina too.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/liverpool/7997924.stm

I didn't know one of Gerrard's cousins was one of the 96 victims.



Carp aunque ganes o pierdas ...
User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6611 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1604 times:



Quoting Racko (Thread starter):
because of a combination of an outdated stadium and a police force that wasn't able to handle the situation.

I think another contributing factor was that football fans in general were basically seen as trouble makers by the authorities given all the trouble that had occurred in the 1980s. So, when problems did start to occur it was seen as "same old story" rather than a real tragedy occurring. There was a program about this on tv on saturday and some people said that they tried to get the attention of the police to say people were getting crushed and they just got blanked. Even when people got over the fences to escape the crush, the initial reaction was that it was a pitch invasion, not a genuine escape from real trouble.



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User currently offlineEZEIZA From Argentina, joined Aug 2004, 4963 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1603 times:



Quoting Oly720man (Reply 2):
I think another contributing factor was that football fans in general were basically seen as trouble makers by the authorities given all the trouble that had occurred in the 1980s. So, when problems did start to occur it was seen as "same old story" rather than a real tragedy occurring. There was a program about this on tv on saturday and some people said that they tried to get the attention of the police to say people were getting crushed and they just got blanked. Even when people got over the fences to escape the crush, the initial reaction was that it was a pitch invasion, not a genuine escape from real trouble.

Absolutely agree with that, and I see it here way too often. Football fans are troublemakers, not people .. until they realise that something is really happening.
However, the police does share responsability for Hillsborough because it's the police that let those thousands of fans inside the stadium knowing that the max capacity had already been covered and passed.



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