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British PM apologizes over "injustice" to Hillsborough victims

2012-09-12 17:37:19 GMT2012-09-13 01:37:19(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

LONDON, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said he is profoundly sorry for the "double injustice" to the victims of the Hillsborough football disaster in 1989, after an independent report was published on Wednesday.

The prime minister said police had failed to do enough and had also tried to blame football fans for the tragedy, which killed 96 people and left hundreds injured.

The Report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, ordered by the House of Commons to look into previously unseen documents about the tragedy, said a quicker response would have "had the potential to save more lives."

On April 15, 1989, over 50,000 people travelled to Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, to watch an FA Cup Semi-Final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

However, a crush of the overcrowded stand killed 96 people, including men, women and children, while hundreds more were injured and thousands traumatised.

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