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ECHO – Liverpool FC News: Andy Burnham on Hillsborough: A darkness has been lifted – Liverpool is now seen in a new light

LIVERPOOL-BORN shadow secretary of state for health Andy Burnham penned this thought- provoking piece on the journey the Hillsborough truth campaign has taken from the day of the disaster on April 15, 1989, to the explosive revelations of the Hillsborough Independent Panel and how it has changed perceptions of the city

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METRO – FA’s Hillsborough apology not good enough, says former culture secretary

The FA have been accused of negligence by former culture secretary Andy Burnham, after they issued an apology for selecting Hillsborough as a venue. Liverpool fans believe the FA have a lot more to answer to for selected Hillsborough as an FA Cup venue (Picture: Getty) The initial apology from football’s governing body was criticised for its tardiness following the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report, and hasn’t been accepted by the victims’ families. FA chairman David Bernstein then issued his own apology on behalf of the organisation, but Burnham insists the FA have no defence in the part they played in the Hillsborough disaster. Andy Burnham has accused the FA of negligence (Picture: PA) ‘I don’t think there is an answer which people will accept,’ said Burnham. ‘It was basic negligence of people’s safety.’‘Did the FA know about all the other near misses at semi-finals down the years? In 1981, Wolves against Spurs; in 1987, Leeds against Coventry.‘I remember as an Everton supporter going to Hillsborough the year before for a third or fourth round game in the FA Cup and having one of the most distressing experiences of my life. ‘All these things were known. How did nobody in football act upon them?’ The comments from Bernstein had to be made after it was clear the initial statement took no responsibility of what happened on the tragic day in 1989. ‘The organisation’s thoughts at this time remain with the families of all those who lost their lives in such terrible circumstances, as well as everyone connected with the city of Liverpool,’ read the original statement. ‘For 23 years the families have suffered unbearable pain, and we have profound sympathy for this.’ That angered many and forced Bernstein to read his own statement where he apologised profoundly for the disaster happening at an FA selected stadium.   PICTURES: Liverpool commemorates the Hillsborough disaster

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