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The disaster also led to a number of safety improvements in the largest English football grounds, notably the elimination of fenced standing terraces in favour of all-seater stadiums in the top two tiers of English football.Reporting in 2012, it confirmed Taylor's 1990 criticisms, while also revealing new details about the extent of police efforts to shift blame onto fans, the role of other emergency services, and the error of the first coroner's inquest.Police believed there had been a real chance of fatalities had swift action not been taken, and recommended the club reduce its capacity.In a post-match briefing to discuss the incident, Sheffield Wednesday chairman Bert Mc Gee remarked: "Bollocks—no one would have been killed".

A crush occurred at the Leppings Lane end of the ground during the 1981 semi-final between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers after hundreds more spectators were permitted to enter the terrace than could safely be accommodated, resulting in 38 injuries, including broken arms, legs and ribs.Kick-off was scheduled for pm on 15 April, and fans were advised to take up positions 15 minutes beforehand.At the time of the disaster, most English football stadiums had high steel fencing between the spectators and the playing field in response to both friendly and hostile pitch invasions.Liverpool and Nottingham Forest met in the semi-final at Hillsborough in 1988, and fans reported crushing at the Leppings Lane end.Liverpool lodged a complaint before the match in 1989.

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