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Hillsborough inquiry: Boris Johnson issues apology for 2004 comments

The London Mayor says sorry for once claiming that Liverpool fans were "mindless" during the disaster in 1989 after Wednesday's release of previously unseen documents.

London mayor Boris Johnson has apologized for comments he made in an interview in which he blamed Liverpool fans for the Hillsborough stadium disaster.

In the article the mayor of London had claimed that "drunken" Reds fans had "mindlessly tried to fight their way into the ground".

Johnson made the comments in an article in The Spectator in 2004 and expressed his regret about them. The apology comes a day after a report was released in which Liverpool fans were found blameless in the tragedy.

"I'm very, very glad that this report does lay to rest the false allegation that was made at the time about the behavior of those fans," Johnson told reporters. "I was very, very sorry in 2004 that the Spectator did carry an editorial that partially repeated those allegations, I apologized then and I apologize now.

"I do hope the families of the 96 victims will take some comfort from this report and that they can reach some sort of closure."

Since the release of the report, Prime Minister David Cameron declared he was “profoundly sorry for this double injustice that has been left uncorrected for so long" and apologies also came from the leader of the opposition, Ed Miliband.


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