New Probe Ordered In British Sports Tragedy

96 deaths at game in Liverpool in 1989


After nearly a quarter of a century, the families of the victims of Britain's worst sports disaster are closer in their campaign for the truth.

Britain's High Court and the government delivered twin decisions Wednesday that marked significant milestones in the relatives' search for justice over the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy that saw 96 Liverpool fans crushed to death.

A new criminal investigation was ordered by the Home Secretary, and about an hour later, Britain's top judge overturned the original ruling that the 96 deaths at the FA Cup semifinal match were accidental.

"I'd like a corporate manslaughter verdict in the inquest — it's the least for what they have done," said Anne Williams, whose 15-year-old son, Kevin, died at Hillsborough.