Global media welcome Hillsborough outcome

Floral tributes and a scarf with the word Justice are laid on the steps of St George"s Hall in Liverpool to commemorate the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster on April 27, 2016. Image copyright AFP
Image caption The sense of justice finally being served was the prevailing sentiment in the media reaction

Global media have been unanimous in welcoming the Hillsborough verdicts.

Newspapers around the world have largely echoed British press coverage, focusing on the protracted inquiry, police culpability and justice for the families of the 96 victims.

German newspaper Sueddeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung speaks of "belated justice for the Hillsborough dead".

The 96 fans who died "have finally been exonerated", says left-wing newspaper tageszeitung.

"Hillsborough was no accident", says Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung's London correspondent Jochen Buchsteiner, describing it as the "greatest disaster in British sporting history".

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Image caption European press welcomed the inquest's verdict

Police reputation

Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport declares: "Hillsborough: Justice is done", adding the "tragedy of Hillsborough was caused by the incompetence of the police". La Repubblica goes further saying "after nearly three decades of lies, false leads, false accusations", the unlawful killing verdicts had finally uncovered the truth.

In France, Liberation speaks of the "gruelling marathon trial", while Le Monde says that police responsibility was "singled out".

"The reputation of the British police, who are renowned for their fairness, has suffered a severe blow, not only in Britain but also probably abroad." said Czech TV correspondent Ivan Kytka.

Outside Europe, the New York Times says: "Together, the findings amounted to an unambiguous rejection of a narrative pushed for many years by the police and some in the news media that portrayed the fans as drunk and out of control."

Elsewhere, Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm al-Sabi points out the "Hillsborough disaster changed the face of British football, as the cement steps and steel fences have disappeared from stadiums and were replaced with modern seats and good security measures."


The Hillsborough verdict has also resonated on social media around the world. Liverpool Football Club has supporters in more than 50 countries, including China, Indonesia, India, Kenya and Argentina.

News of the ruling has trended on Facebook, with the name Hillsborough and the hashtag #JFT96 ("Justice for the 96") tweeted hundreds of thousands of times.

British football is hugely popular in China. Since the 15 April anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, dedicated accounts have appeared on China's microblogging site Sina Weibo.

China Sports Daily shared an archived front page image from Britain's Sunday Echo published the day after the tragedy.

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Image caption China Sports Daily's Seina Weibo page, showed a picture of the Sunday Echo cover from the time

The Liverpool Fans page on Sina Weibo says of the ruling: "We have been waiting 27 years! today finally got justice". Another account, Liverpool Tabloids, posted a list of the 96 victims.

Many Chinese social media users posted images of the candle emoji as a tribute to those who died, with one user posting "YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE."

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Elsewhere, Liverpool fans also expressed sympathy for the victims and their families. One Indonesian user posted: "With love from us in Indonesia to you...We are one family."

Another in India wrote "Thoughts with the families of Hillsborough tragedy." A Kenyan fan posted a list of the many errors made by police on the day of tragedy.

While in Algeria, a fan posted an image with the word "96. Justice AT LAST"

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