Britain’s state prosecution service on Wednesday announced criminal charges against six people over the 1989 Hillsborough soccer stadium crush in which 96 fans died, the country’s worst sporting disaster.
The decision, which comes 28 years after the tragedy, follows last year’s inquests which found that those who died were unlawfully killed.
Police at first blamed the tragedy on drunken fans, an explanation that was always rejected by the families of the victims and the wider Liverpool community. Relatives campaigned for justice for the 96 for decades.
The details of the charge are
David Duckenfield, who was the match commander for South Yorkshire Police on the day of the disaster.
Graham Henry Mackrell, who was Sheffield Wednesday Football Club’s company secretary and safety officer during the time of the disaster in 1989.
Peter Metcalf, the solicitor acting for the South Yorkshire Police during the Taylor Inquiry and the first inquests.
Former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton of South Yorkshire Police.
Former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster of South Yorkshire Police.
Norman Bettison, a former officer with South Yorkshire Police and subsequently Chief Constable of Merseyside and West Yorkshire Police.
The stampede resulted in the death of 96 innocent lives.