John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council said; “We welcome the conclusion of the inquests with the announcement of the jury’s formal findings.

“I very much hope that these findings will bring some peace to the families of the 96 people who tragically died that day. The fifteenth of April 1989 is a dark day in the history of both Sheffield and Liverpool and we are truly sorry for the losses the families have endured. As always our thoughts and sympathies are with them above all.

“We have always accepted and continue to accept our errors in the safety certification of Hillsborough Stadium in 1989. We unreservedly apologised for those failings and we repeat that apology.”