Serious questions need answering by the FA

THE Football Association has been accused of ‘negligence’ for allowing Hillsborough football stadium to be used for the FA Cup semi final at which 96 fans were crushed to death - when the ground did not have a valid safety certificate.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham claims the FA has questions to answer over the Hillsborough disaster despite their full apology for their part in the disaster

Burnham questioned how the FA had allowed the game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest 23 years ago to be played in a ground without a valid safety certificate, and said negligence was to blame.

FA chairman David Bernstein made ‘a full and unreserved apology’ after the Hillsborough Independent Panel report showed the ground was unsafe and did not have a safety certificate at the time of the match on April 15, 1989.

Burnham, an Everton fan who called 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.

“Why were supporters allowed to go into those unsafe conditions and did the FA know of those other near misses at other semi-finals such as 1981 Wolves v Spurs and 1987 involving Leeds.

“I remember going to Hillsborough the year before and having one of the most distressing experiences of my life. All of these things were known about Hillsborough, how did nobody in football act upon them?”