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Martin Tyler apologises for comments linking Hillsborough to hooliganism

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Martin Tyler and the BBC have apologised after the commentator appeared to suggest the Hillsborough disaster was linked to hooliganism.

I apologise sincerely and wholeheartedly for any misunderstanding.” The BBC said in a statement: “We regret that we did not robustly challenge Martin Tyler on a comment which appeared to link Hillsborough and hooliganism.

Duckenfield was acquitted of gross negligence manslaughter following at trial at Preston Crown Court in 2019.

There is no connection at all between the Hillsborough disaster and hooliganism.

“Martin has since apologised for the comment and clarified that these were separate examples and he did not intend to conflate the two.” The disaster during the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough in Sheffield on April 15 1989 caused the death of 97 Liverpool fans.

“These are two separate issues.

An inquest jury ruled in 2016 that the victims were unlawfully killed due to gross negligence manslaughter by the South Yorkshire police officer in command on the day, David Duckenfield.
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