Former chief superintendent David Duckenfield has admitted that he told a lie over the Hillsborough tragedy, and apologised to the Liverpool fans involved, reports CaughtOffside.
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The match commander confessed during the new inquest in to the tragedy which killed 96 supporters in 1989. This comes as a shock to many, who have experienced police silence or lies on the issue since the incident over 25 years ago.
The ex-policeman claimed that the biggest regret of his life is his actions on the fateful day, and deeply regrets his comments to investigators in the aftermath. It is unknown whether this will lead to any kind of compensation to the families affected by the terrible situation.
Duckenfield revealed that he had authorised the opening of the gates that had let Liverpool fans overcrowd the stand, and had then not admitted to doing so.
He said: “I was probably deeply ashamed, embarrassed, greatly distressed and I probably didn’t want to admit to myself or anyone else, what the situation is. What I would like to say to the Liverpool families is this, I regret that omission and I shall regret it to my dying day.
He added: “I said something rather hurriedly, without considering the position, without thinking of the consequences and the trauma, the heartache and distress that the inference would have caused to those people who were already in a deep state of shock, who were distressed. I apologise unreservedly to the families and I hope they believe it is a very, very sincere apology.”