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Hillsborough survivor worried over Newcastle fan congestion at FA Cup tie

Hillsborough survivor worried over Newcastle fan congestion at FA Cup tie

  • FA to speak to Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle officials
  • Newcastle fans post footage of congestion issues in stadium

A survivor of the Hillsborough disaster insists lessons have still not been learned after Newcastle fans complained of overcrowding at their FA Cup third-round defeat by Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

The Football Association is to speak to officials from both clubs after footage emerged on social media of congestion around the exit to the tunnel in the Leppings Lane End, with reports of fans ripping out security screening to give themselves more room.

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Peter Scarfe, who runs the Hillsborough Survivors Support Alliance and was at the game there in 1989 that led to the deaths of 97 Liverpool fans, said the scenes from last e showed there were still problems.

“It’s history repeating itself isn’t it? Lessons obviously haven’t been learned,” he told the PA news agency. “Grounds now are about standing and rail seating and you kind of think this wouldn’t happen any more but it seems to in Sheffield.

“It is a disaster waiting to happen. Nearly 34 years of experience and research and mistakes to learn from and they just obviously haven’t.”

Fans claimed on social media there was a lack of stewarding before the game and that they were crammed in, and the Newcastle United Supporters Trust has appealed for information.

“People will panic,” Scarfe said. “If you are new to the stadium and you have heard the stories you are bound to panic. The amount of messages which have come through today shows that people are being re-triggered because the same thing is happening again.”

Sheffield Wednesday have been approached for comment.

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