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Today's TSF linkpost is dedicated solely to the verdicts that came in from the inquest into the Hillsborough disaster, one of the worst tragedies in the history of football.

Justice for the 96.
Justice for the 96.
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There are bits and pieces from around the internet but it felt wrong to mix those up with the news coming from the Hillsborough inquests.

For those of you who might be newer fans of the beautiful game, the Hillsborough disaster was a human crush due to overcrowding that claimed the lives of 96 people and left 766 others injured after an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, played at the neutral ground of Hillsborough, the home ground of Sheffield Wednesday. In the wake of the tragedy, media and law enforcement largely blamed the fans themselves for the crush; the families of the 96 have been fighting for the truth for decades. Today, the inquest into the matter convened over two years ago delivered a verdict that appears to be closer to providing real justice and closure for those families.

A warning, some of the images and descriptions in today's linkpost are disturbing and upsetting.

Hillsborough disaster: deadly mistakes and lies that lasted decades | Football | The Guardian
As the longest inquest in British legal history unfolded, a picture emerged of a callously negligent police force led by an inexperienced commander whose actions directly led to the deaths of 96 people.

Hillsborough inquests jury says 96 victims were unlawfully killed | Football | The Guardian
Jurors also rule Liverpool fans’ behaviour at 1989 FA Cup semi-final did not contribute to disaster as verdict vindicates families.

South Yorkshire police: who did what at Hillsborough | Football | The Guardian
From the then chief constable to the force’s solicitor, 12 men’s names have come to the fore over the 1989 stadium deaths.

Jury: 96 fans ‘unlawfully killed’ in Hillsborough disaster – ProSoccerTalk
The verdicts mark the conclusion of inquests that lasted more than two years into Britain's worst sporting disaster.

How are we, the Hillsborough families, still standing? We took the power back | Julie Fallon | Opinion | The Guardian
Through 27 years of stress and trauma, they have led the way for others seeking truth and justice for ordinary people. That is their legacy.

[AUTOPLAY] Hillsborough: anatomy of a disaster | Football | The Guardian
As the jury return their verdict at the inquest into the lethal crush at Hillsborough in 1989, David Conn analyses the evidence with the help of recently released footage from the day.

Hillsborough inquests: former police chief may face prosecution | UK news | The Guardian
Ex-Ch Supt David Duckenfield is a focus of CPS inquiries into possible criminal offences by police after jury delivers verdict.

Hillsborough inquests: Fans unlawfully killed, jury concludes - BBC News
Ninety-six football fans who died as a result of a crush in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster were unlawfully killed, the inquests conclude.

Finally, if you haven't seen the ESPN 30 for 30 "Hillsborough" about the tragedy, I can't recommend it strongly enough. It's available on Netflix if you want to check it out. Here are a couple of reviews from when it first aired:

‘30 for 30: Soccer Stories’ on ESPN Revisits Hillsborough - The New York Times
An ESPN documentary examines the disastrous 1989 soccer match in England in which 96 fans died.

Hillsborough 30 for 30 Is a Must Watch, Even For Non-Soccer Fans | The Big Lead
This story is not a soccer one, but a human one.