Liverpool Hillsborough Inquest: Police Commander Admits To “Lie”

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The police commander who was in charge of the FA Cup semi-final in 1989 at Hillsborough issued an apology after lying about his actions on that fateful day in which 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives.

David Duckenfield revealed that he wasn’t completely honest with the FA at the time and didn’t tell them that he authorised the opening of the gates which led to the crushing in the Leppings Lane end.

According to the Telegraph, Duckenfield’s confession drew gasps from the courtroom as he also admitted to being out of his depth on the day.

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“I was probably deeply ashamed, embarrassed, greatly distressed and I probably didn’t want to admit to myself or anyone else, what the situation is.

“What I would like to say to the Liverpool families is this, I regret that omission and I shall regret it to my dying day.

“I said something rather hurriedly, without considering the position, without thinking of the consequences and the trauma, the heartache and distress that the inference would have caused to those people who were already in a deep state of shock, who were distressed.”

“I apologise unreservedly to the families and I hope they believe it is a very, very sincere apology.”

The various campaigners who fought hard to have the case re-opened and reviewed once more was for days like this and for those responsible to be handed the punishments they deserve.

In terms of the inquest, it is fair to say that there will probably be more revelations as the court case continues.

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