Premier League football fans mark Hillsborough verdicts

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Premier League supporters hailed Hillsborough campaigners on Saturday after new inquests into the 1989 stadium disaster found police responsible for the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.

At Goodison Park, home of Liverpool’s local rivals Everton, campaigners including Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, were applauded on the pitch prior to a game against Bournemouth.

During a minute’s applause, fans unfurled a banner reading “JUSTICE AT LAST 96 BROTHERS IN ARMS”.

Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son, James, died in the disaster, shared a touchline embrace with Everton manager Roberto Martinez as she left the pitch.

At St James’ Park, Newcastle United supporters spontaneously broke out into a rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, the Liverpool anthem, during a minute’s applause ahead of their side’s game with Crystal Palace.

There will also be a minute’s applause before Liverpool’s game at Swansea City on Sunday, which will be the Anfield club’s first domestic fixture since the verdicts were announced.

Last Tuesday, a jury found that police blunders caused the fatal crush at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield, south Yorkshire, following two years of evidence in the longest inquest in British history.

Two criminal investigations into the disaster should conclude by the end of the year and prosecutors will then consider whether charges can be brought.