What about stadium?

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AS another enquiry about the Hillsborough disaster gets under way, no doubt the police will yet again be vilified for the blame.

On April 15, 1989, the ground was the scene of one of the worst sporting tragedies of all time when 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death in an FA cup semi-final.

Official investigations into the disaster criticised Sheffield Wednesday for not acting upon previous incidents (especially the 1981 FA Cup semi-final) that had shown the potential for crushing at Hillsborough.

The ground did not hold a valid safety certificate, it had not been updated since 1979. I believe the enquiry should go further back and deeper than just the police, the circumstances and consequences of the events on April 15, 1989, were put in place well before the date of the disaster, even if crowds had been limited to official capacity.

I am talking about the actual design of the stadium. Why was it designed to corral fans in with nowhere to escape? Had the cages not been erected, the fans could have overflowed on to the pitch. In the circumstances many were crushed up against the cages.

Why has there been very little comment or questioning about the stadium design or about who allowed this design, who actually designed it and why it was not dismantled after 1981?

The police may have done things wrong, but nothing as far reaching as designing and allowing such an irresponsible stadium design to be implemented, and following warnings not to have it dismantled. The stadium itself was a death trap.

Fred Hodson

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