April 15 1989 seemed like just another day of good old footy where Liverpool were to play against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup 1988-1989 semi-final match, with the Hillsborough Stadium playing host. However, the day goes down as one of the darkest in the history of English football as a crash in the stadium resulted in the death of 96 supporters, with numbers of up to 766 being taken in with injuries.
Given the magnitude of the match considering both teams were at their peaks, an ensuing influx of supporters caused the Leppings Lane stand – which was specifically allocated for the Liverpool supporters – to crumble down. The match was consequently stopped after only six minutes into the game.
A report released by the Hillsborough Independent Panel in September 2012 concluded that up to 41 of the 96 fatalities might have been avoided had they received prompt medical attention.
Regardless, the fact still remains that 96 individuals lost their lives on that fateful day and as such, all standing terraces in all major football stadium in England, Wales and Scotland were done away with.
RIP to all those who lost their lives.
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