Broadcaster Martin Tyler apologises for Hillsborough comments after seemingly relating disaster to hooliganism

Broadcaster Martin Tyler apologises for Hillsborough comments after seemingly relating disaster to hooliganism
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Sky Sports broadcaster Martin Tyler came under fire after his recent comments on BBC Radio where he seemed to relate the Hillsborough disaster to hooliganism.

Tyler said on radio: "You've got to remember that football was in a bit of a crisis at that time [1992, when the First Division was rebranded to the Premier League].

"We weren't that long after Hillsborough, and other hooligan-related issues as well. It was very much a difficult time for the game generally."

As we all know, the Hillsborough disaster occured due to police negligence and not due to the hooliganism of Liverpool fans, which was the narrative pushed at the time and which has since been disproved in court.

Earlier this morning Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, was among those calling for an apology from Tyler: "Hillsborough and 'OTHER hooligan related incidents'. Exceptionally crass comments from Martin Tyler on @BBCr4today - a man who should know much better.

"Even now, people whose careers are built on football still spread these foul smears. I hope there'll be an apology sharpish."

Tyler released a statement of apology today: "This morning while discussing various crises facing football 30 years ago, I referred to some examples including the Hillsborough disaster and also controversy over hooliganism at matches.

"These are two separate issues. There is no connection at all between the Hillsborough disaster and hooliganism - I know that, and I was not implying that there was. I apologise sincerely and wholeheartedly for any misunderstanding."

Source: Liverpool Echo