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Apologies over Hillsborough disaster

Report by Adam Sich

Boris Johnson and the Football Association (FA) have both issued apologies over the Hillsborough disaster.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel's report into the events at the FA Cup semi-final 23 years ago revealed a police cover-up had taken place which had intended to shift blame for the disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans, to the victims themselves.

The Mayor of London had written an article in the Spectator in 2004 about Liverpool fans supposed involvement in the tragedy.

Following the independent report, Mr Johnson has issued an apology for the piece. He said: "I'm very, very glad that this report does lay to rest the false allegation that was made at the time about the behaviour of those fans.

"I was very, very sorry in 2004 that the Spectator did carry an editorial that partially repeated those allegations, I apologised then and I apologise now.

"I do hope the families of the 96 victims will take some comfort from this report and that they can reach some sort of closure."

Meanwhile, FA Chairman David Bernstein has offered "a full and unreserved apology" to all those affected.

The ground did not have a valid safety certificate at the time of the match. Sheffield Wednesday apologised on Wednesday and Bernstein has now followed suit.

He said in a statement: "We are deeply sorry this tragedy occurred at a venue the FA selected.

"This fixture was played in the FA's own competition, and on behalf of the Football Association I offer a full and unreserved apology and express sincere condolences to all of the families of those who lost their lives and to everyone connected to the City of Liverpool and Liverpool Football Club."

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