Hillsborough inquiry: Sheffield Wednesday welcome release of Independent Panel's findings

The Championship club, whose ground was the venue of the disaster in which 96 people died, have underlined their commitment to providing families with closure on that fateful day
Sheffield Wednesday have issued a club statement welcoming the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel's findings.

The panel, chaired by the Bishop of Liverpool, is set to convene on Wednesday morning to reveal a 400-page report to the families of those who died in the disaster on April 15 1989.

And Wednesday, whose ground was the venue of the FA Cup semi-final clash between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool which ended in disaster that day, have expressed their hope that the report can provide closure for those affected.

"Sheffield Wednesday FC welcomes the release of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report and would like to acknowledge the enormous amount of hard work by all involved during what was, and continues to be, an extremely emotive process," a statement read.
"Throughout the compilation stage, the club has worked closely with the panel and the other donating organisations to ensure that, in line with the ethos of maximum disclosure, we have been totally transparent.
"Sheffield Wednesday would also like to record its gratitude for the thoroughly dignified manner with which the Hillsborough Family Support Group and its representatives conducted themselves throughout all levels of consultation with the club.
"Since the acquisition of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club in December 2010 and the subsequent decision of the previous board to dissolve the former parent company Sheffield Wednesday PLC , chairman Milan Mandaric and the current board of directors have adopted a policy of complete compliance with the requests of the Hillsborough Independent Panel  and on behalf of the club would like to offer our sincere condolences and an apology to all the families who have suffered as a consequence of the tragic events of 15 April, 1989.
"We can only hope that the publication of the Hillsborough Independent Panel report goes some way to providing the closure sought by all those involved.
"The thoughts of everyone at Sheffield Wednesday FC remain with the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives, their families, and the wider Liverpool community who have all been affected so deeply by the disaster of 23 years ago."