Families did not get ‘compassion’ after disaster

FA chairman Greg Dyke.. Photo:  David Davies/PA Wire
FA chairman Greg Dyke.. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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Grieving families of the 96 Hillsborough victims have been sent an apologetic letter by the chairman of the Football Association, it has been reported.

Greg Dyke is said to have told families the FA had not shown enough ‘compassion’ and outlined measures it is planning to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the disaster at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium.

Ninety-six Liverpool fans were crushed to death at an FA Cup semi-final match.

Mr Dyke’s letter said: “I feel personally that as an organisation we have not demonstrated the empathy and compassion the victims’ families could have expected from the governing body of our national game.”

Next month’s anniversary is expected to be marked with a minute’s silence before both FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium – between Arsenal and Wigan on Saturday, April 12, and Hull and Sheffield United the following day.

Players on all sides will wear black armbands with the number 96 on them.

And 96 prominent seats will be left empty at the stadium as a mark of respect for those who died on Saturday, April 15, 1989.

The FA is also set to present the city of Liverpool with the FA Cup trophy to be put on permanent display.

New inquests are due to begin next week in Cheshire.

Mr Dyke wrote: “The months ahead will inevitably be difficult for everyone involved as the full circumstances of the tragedy are examined in more detail than ever before.”