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The failure to react effectively and block off the access to the stand and specific pens was a contributory element, but the force of people pushing through was the one and only cause of death that day.
. . . despite making a number of requests for the provenance, as we understand it at the moment no one has worked out the provenance of it and therefore nobody knows which version of the footage we are dealing with, or indeed Operation Resolve (the ongoing criminal investigation) are dealing with.”
Mr Weatherby added: “This was an issue that was brought to importance for our team when a family member brought in a DVD of footage that was already held by the family which was considerably superior in quality to the footage that had been served on us.
“By examining that, we believe that an error has been made in the identification of one of the deceased on the footage in the original investigation.
“So that brought into sharp relief the importance of finding the best possible footage in terms of quality that we can.”
originally posted by: Kester
a reply to: Metallicus
That issue is discussed here in Cobaltic's thread.
. . . I recommend you never practice your singing sitting down.
It's much harder to have correct airflow singing this way. It's much better to sing standing up, with your shoulders relaxed.
The Hillsborough Family Support Group is firmly against safe standing.
We fought for all-seater stadiums, so they should stay.
The match was the 1988–89 FA Cup semi-final, with Hillsborough, home ground of Sheffield Wednesday, selected as a neutral venue. In English football, fans are routinely segregated to avoid crowd trouble; at the time of the disaster fans had a reputation for hooliganism, which meant that terraces were additionally divided into pens, enclosed at the sides and front in fencing. The crush occurred in pens in the Leppings Lane stand, allocated to Liverpool fans. Entry was possible only via one of seven decrepit turnstiles, a restriction that led to dangerous overcrowding outside the ground before kick-off. In an attempt to ease pressure outside the ground, Police Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, the senior police officer responsible for the match, ordered an exit gate to be opened. The opened exit gate led to a tunnel marked "Standing", which led directly to the two already overcrowded enclosures. In previous years the tunnel had been closed off by police when the two central pens were full; however, on this occasion the tunnel was unmanned. The ensuing influx of supporters caused crushing, and 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, and fans began to fall on top of each other. The game was stopped after six minutes. To carry away the injured, supporters tore down advertising hoardings to use as stretchers and emergency services were called to provide assistance. Of the 96 people who died, only 14 had been admitted to a hospital. When the FA chairman visited the control box to find out what had happened, Duckenfield falsely claimed that the supporters had forced open a gate.
See how the bereaved Hillsborough families, there loved ones murdered in a social control operation, have been used as emotional weapons against the vast majority of fans, who wish to return to standing and singing, part of the soccer experience before the Hillsborough black op.