Questions still to be answered over football tragedy
THE Football Association still has serious questions to answer over the Hillsborough disaster despite its full apology, according to campaigning MP Andy Burnham.
The shadow health secretary questioned how the FA had allowed the FA Cup semi-final 23 years ago to be played at a ground without a valid safety certificate, and said negligence was to blame.
An initial FA statement made yesterday did not contain an apology but, following calls from Hillsborough families, four hours later FA chairman David Bernstein made 'a full and unreserved apology'.
It came after the Hillsborough Independent Panel report showed the ground was unsafe and did not have a valid safety certificate at the time of the match on April 15 1989.
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Mr Burnham, an Everton fan who did much to have the inquiry into the disaster reopened when he was a member of the Labour Cabinet in 2009, said: "The FA need to ask themselves some serious questions.
"The main one is why did they allow a semi-final to be played at a ground without a valid safety certificate?
"I don't think there's an answer that people can accept because I think it was because of negligence of people's safety."
Hillsborough families welcomed the FA's apology – but said it should have been made years ago.
Margaret Aspinall of the Hillsborough families support group said: "We welcome the apology but the one thing that makes me angry is that we have had to wait for this report before we get all the apologies that should have been made a long time ago."