LONDON (AP) - The English Football Association has offered a "full and unreserved apology" to the city of Liverpool and the families of 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough stadium tragedy in 1989, Britain's worst sports disaster.
FA chairman David Bernstein says he is "deeply sorry" about the tragedy that occurred at a cup semifinal run by English soccer's governing body. The field didn't have a valid safety certificate.
In addition, nearly 800 were injured when police herded around 2,000 Liverpool fans into caged-in enclosures that were already full.
Bernstein, who wasn't in the FA post at the time, said in a statement Thursday that "nobody should lose their lives when setting out to attend a football match."
Secret papers disclosed Wednesday from an independent panel said crowd-safety dangers were well known at the Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield.