- The panel finds that a total of 41 people out of 96 “had the potential to be saved” beyond the 1515 time determined by the original inquest.
This was the most chilling part of the whole report. There were many who had reversible signs and symptoms of asphyxia and their lives could have been saved if the coroner had conducted a thorough inquest and not stuck to an arbitrary cut off. This new evidence points to an even greater tragedy. In a grotesque twist, the coroner then ran tests to determine the blood alcohol levels of the victims in a possible attempt to corroborate police accounts of drunkenness. The independent panel determined that alcohol consumption was “unremarkable.”
There is a now a move on for a new inquest and possible prosecutions for those involved in the cover up. A total of 116 police statements out of 164 were altered by the South Yorkshire Constabulary reflecting a deep and well orchestrated effort to shift the blame onto the fans. A group of four officers, a police spokesperson, and a local MP, fed untrue claims to a news agency of disruptive, drunken, and violent fans causing the tragedy. That narrative was picked up by The Sun who then ran that infamous article, ironically titled “The Truth.”