Six Are Charged in 1989 Hillsborough Stadium Disaster in England – New York Times

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The victims suffocated at an F.A. Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest after the police opened a gate in an effort to relieve congestion outside the stadium before the game. That resulted in fans outside flooding in, trampling some and crushing others against steel fencing. In addition to the 96 who died, who ranged in age from 10 to 67, more than 700 others were injured. (One of the 96 died days after the match; another, who was left in a persistent vegetative state, died in 1993.)

A BBC documentary about the Hillsborough disaster. Video by Cosmos Documentaries

After the disaster, some senior law enforcement officials and members of the news media, particularly at The Sun, initially pointed fingers at the victims for abetting their own deaths, saying they had been drunk and unruly.

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