1989: Football fans crushed at Hillsborough Stadium

At least 93 football supporters were killed in Britain's worst-ever sporting disaster. People were crushed to death at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield during the FA Cup semi-final match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.

The crush is said to have resulted from too many Liverpool fans being allowed in to the back of an already full stand at the Leppings Lane end of the ground.

More than 2,000 Liverpool fans had still not got into the stadium when the match started at 3:00pm.

A police spokesman said orders were given for the gate to the stand to be opened because they believed the pressure of fans outside the ground was "a danger to life".

But as fans rushed in, those already there were pushed forward and crushed against the high, wired-topped safety fences. However, it was more than five minutes into the match before what was happening became apparent to those not in the Leppings Lane stand.

Then (when alerted by fans spilling through a narrow gap onto the pitch or being lifted by others into the seating areas above), a policeman ran onto the field and ordered the referee to stop the game. Improved security measures recently introduced at the grounds to keep rival fans apart( meant that for many fans), there was no escape from the crush.

At least 200 people were injured, about 20 seriously.

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