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Liverpool FC And Hillsborough Victims Attacked By Boston Globe

by | 17th, December 2010

TO help Bostonians make sense of Boston Red Sox owner John Henry’s acquisition of Liverpool FC, Alex Beam writes:

“Two months ago, Red Sox owner John Henry and his partners in New England Sports Ventures purchased Liverpool FC, historically one of Europe’s greatest soccer teams… For now, the Red Sox PR machine is pumping out happy news about Henry’s visits to grotty Liverpool… Even by the deranged standards of European soccer, Red fans are totally bonkers. Their excitable Internet fan sites are still agonizing over a 21-year-old soccer riot that killed 96 people.”

One day on, the Globe – probably having done some research on the internet – realised the error in saying marauding Liverpool fans were responsible for the deaths of 96 people who had gone to watch the match.

“Because of a reporting error, Alex Beam’s column on Tuesday in the ‘g’ section mischaracterised the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster involving Liverpool soccer fans as a ‘riot’.

“The official investigation into the disaster, which cost 96 lives, placed the blame primarily on poor crowd control and inadequate stadium design.”


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This picture may only be used within the context of the Hillsborough court case. An undated file showing the tunnel at the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground, shown to the jury at Leeds Crown Court. * a private prosecution brought by the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Match commander Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield and Superintendent Bernard Murray deny the manslaughter of two of the victims of the disaster at the FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's ground on April 15, 1989.

Posted: 17th, December 2010 | In: Sports Comment | TrackBack | Permalink