Sheffield Wednesday offers ‘sincere condolences’ to Hillsborough victims’ families

Leppings Lane, Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield. Photo: SWNS
Leppings Lane, Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield. Photo: SWNS
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Sheffield Wednesday has given ‘sincere condolences’ to the families of the Hillsborough disaster victims after an inquest into their deaths found they were unlawfully killed.

The football club put out a statement today (Tuesday, April 26) after the verdicts of a two-year inquest were made public. Ninety-six Liverpool fans were killed during an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest, played at Wednesday’s stadium on April 15, 1989.

Leppings Lane, Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield. Photo: SWNS

Leppings Lane, Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield. Photo: SWNS

The inquest jury found there were features in the design and layout of Hillsborough which contributed to the disaster. They found Sheffield Wednesday made errors in preparation for game, and management of the stadium and errors or omissions by Sheffield Wednesday may have contributed to dangerous situation outside turnstiles.

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The club statement said: “First and foremost, we recognise the tireless dedication of the families who have remained dignified throughout this process despite the enormously difficult evidence that had to be heard in detail over the course of the inquests.

Leppings Lane, Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield. Photo: SWNS

Leppings Lane, Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield. Photo: SWNS

“Since the disaster, football has evolved immeasurably, with all stadia and associated safety procedures changing beyond recognition in the intervening years.

“Both the ownership and leadership of Sheffield Wednesday has also changed in this time and we reiterate that the sincere condolences of the current chairman, board of directors and everyone at the club remain with the families of the 96 and our thoughts are with all those affected by the tragic events of 1989.

“Sheffield Wednesday will be making no further comment at this time.”