Liverpool says its fans have been completely exonerated by the
The panel revealed
A club statement read: "Liverpool commends the
"The club also welcomes the Prime Minister's apology to the families and survivors on behalf of the Government and await the Attorney General's pending review of the report.
"After 23 long and painful years, our fans have finally been fully exonerated of all blame.
"Today, the world knows what we have always known, that Liverpool fans were not just innocent on that terrible day but that there was reprehensible and hurtful misrepresentation of the truth."
He said: "We hope today's findings will give some comfort to the families and survivors and go some way to addressing some of the key questions that have hung over the Hillsborough tragedy for the last 23 years."
He said: "[
Ayre said it was, however, a day of mixed emotions for the families of the 96 and everyone involved with the club.
"Firstly [there is] sadness. Sadness that this whole tragedy was avoidable, and that even when it happened more could have been done to save lives," he told liverpoolfc.com
"Secondly, anger. Anger at the cover-up we now see, and knowing that our fans, the families and victims have been unnecessarily troubled for 23 years because of that.
"And thirdly, pride - because I think anyone connected to
"The courage and dignity shown by the Hillsborough families and survivors is an example to all of us," a statement from the England captain read.
"Speaking as someone whose family directly suffered, I know the pain and hurt will remain.
"However, I hope that today's report helps bring some comfort, now that everyone knows what happened on that day."
Campaigners have now called for the parties responsible for the disaster to be made accountable.
"Clearly people indulged in criminal activities by changing and altering statements and telling lies.
"If you or I did that we would be prosecuted - people cannot be above the law."
Former sports minister
"It is really sad it has taken so long to get this information into the public domain."
The Premier League, which was not formed until three years after the tragedy, issued its own statement on Wednesday evening.
The original Taylor Report into the tragedy in 1990 - while now shown to have been far from the full story - became the catalyst for major changes regarding fan safety at football matches, most noticeably the insistence on all-seater stadia at the highest level, which in turn helped the development of the fledgling Premier League in the years that followed.
The statement read: "The Premier League welcomes the publication of the Independent Panel Report into the tragic events that unfolded at Hillsborough on 15th April 1989 but is saddened that it has taken so long for this information to be made available to the families and friends who lost loved ones.
"The Hillsborough families' campaign has brought this day about and it is through its tireless campaigning, supported by many including Liverpool FC and former Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport Andy Burnham MP, that we now have a fuller understanding of what led to the catastrophe that saw 96 fans die as a result of going to a football match.
"The relationship between fans, the football authorities and government has thankfully moved on radically since those times and the Premier League and English football more widely is committed to continuing to drive standards of ground safety, communication and liaison between supporters and the stakeholders involved in making a matchday as welcoming and safe an environment as possible."
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