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Hazard Management and Emergency Planning by John Handmer, Dennis Parker

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CHAPTER 10

Disaster at Hillsborough Stadium: a comparative analysis

BRIAN D. JACOBS and PAUL't HART

 

On 15 April 1989 the semi-final match of the Football Association Cup was to be played at the Hillsborough ground in Sheffield. The ground had been selected as a neutral venue to host the Liverpool and Nottingham football clubs in their competition for the opportunity to play in the final for the Cup at Wembley in London. However, the game had been underway for only six minutes when play was stopped as spectators on the terraces behind the Liverpool goal had become severely crushed. The result was that 95 people died and over 400 received hospital treatment.

Not surprisingly, the tragedy was received with shock throughout the nation, and most ...

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