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    Inquiry Finds Police Cover-Up in Deaths of 96 Fans at Hillsborough - The Daily Beast

    One of the biggest sporting disasters in British history has now also been described as a major scandal. On Wednesday, a panel of experts investigating what happened at Hillsborough soccer stadium in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, on April 15, 1989, issued adevastating report, which found that British police and other public agencies covered up and misrepresented how 96 Liverpool supporters were crushed to death due to overcrowding during a soccer match.

    Back in 1989, the death of the Liverpool fans was almost immediately blamed on the victims. British soccer at the time was rife with accusations of hooliganism—and Liverpool—as the source of major opposition against the right-wing government ofPrime Minister Margaret Thatcher, was portrayed as a haven for Britain’s feckless, violent, and drunken underclass. Britain’s best-selling newspaper, The Sun, under the leadership of its chief editor, Kelvin Mackenzie, claimed that drunken fans had robbed personal belongings from the dead, urinated on them, and attacked police officers and emergency responders. Other newspapers also ran these allegations, but only The Sun put them on the front page with a blazing headline: “The Truth.”

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 09:11:26 AM PDT

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