translated from Spanish: 31-year-old from the Hillsborough Tragedy: the day football changed

Unfortunately, football in all parts of the world has delivered great tragedies throughout history and all of them dragged some modification or sanction, but one of them marked a before and after in the organization of matches, in the composition of the stadiums and in the role of the police.On 15 April 1989 there was a very sad moment in England, at a time when the clubs would have already suffered the expulsion from European competitions for what happened in the final of the 1985 European Cup between Liverpool and Juventus, where several “Reds” fans had already lost their lives. This time, the violence had nothing to do with it.

Anfield’s team faced Nottingham Forest for the unique English Cup semi-final on Sheffield Wednesday(Hillborough), but in the match preview there was chaos like no other. The police and party organizers allowed the excessive entry of fans and produced an avalanche against the bars, that caused the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans by suffocation and crushing.As they could, the bars were broken and the doors were opened to decompress and court all the hundreds of affected, who reached 750, but in addition the image of children, women and men already lifeless in the grass of the playing field, forced a profound change that traveled the world.

We stand together today as a family to remember the 96 Liverpool fans – men, women and children – who so tragically lost their lives at Hillsborough. You’ll Never Walk Alone. — Liverpool FC (at ) (@LFC)
April 15, 2020

With Margaret Thatcher at the helm, an infamous investigation was carried out in which the police justified what happened to the Hooligans, who this time had nothing to do with it, and also misrepresented official documents. Just 28 years later, several mistakes were acknowledged and David Cameron’s government made it public, in unprecedented. On the other hand, in those complicated ’80s in England, historical changes were brought forward forever. The mood calmed down in the stands, the bars were removed from all the courts and from there, the clubs took over security within the court, while police had to arrange the operations together seven days in advance.

31 years ago today, 96 children, women and men lost their lives at Hillsborough. — Liverpool FC (at ) (@LFC)
April 14, 2020

That’s how the Premier League era began to work (1992) and how England went on to have one of the most pro-deal organisations in the world, with almost no acts of violence in the stands, except for some misfits. This is how the Hillsborough Tragedy was hinged and became forever remembered with great sadness and pain.

Original source in Spanish

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