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Martin Tyler apologises for Hillsborough comment and issues statement to explain

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Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler has apologised over a comment made on BBC radio this morning which appeared to connect the Hillsborough disaster with hooliganism.

In a statement released this afternoon, he said: "This morning while discussing various crises facing football 30 years ago, I referred to some examples including the Hillsborough disaster and also controversy over hooliganism at matches.

These are two separate issues.

After Tyler's comments earlier today, the BBC posted a statement on Twitter which read: "We regret that we did not robustly challenge Martin Tyler on a comment which appeared to link Hillsborough & hooliganism.

And Liverpool Wavertree MP and Reds fan Paula Barker tweeted: "Disgusting comments from Martin Tyler this morning on BBC Radio 4 Today who said 'Hillsborough and OTHER hooligan related incidents' Nobody challenged him!!

READ MORE: Final Hillsborough IOPC report won't be published before next year READ MORE: Starmer on Liverpool, plan for government and writing for The S*n Asked for his thoughts looking back to the rebrand of the top flight in 1992, he made comments which many viewed as linking Hillsborough to wider 'hooligan-related issues'.

We weren't that long after Hillsborough, and other hooligan-related issues as well.
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