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posted by Morning Star in Britain

Statement amended to say fans were drunk

THE referee in charge at Hillsborough has revealed that his statement was changed to support allegations that fans were drunk.

The statement made by Ray Lewis was amended by a senior police officer, according to ITV documentary Hillsborough: Smears, Survivors and the Search for Truth, which is aired tonight.

Ninety-six football fans died in a human crush.

Mr Lewis, the FA Cup semi-final ref on April 15 1989, said he had described “mixed” groups of fans in his police statement.

He realised the word had been changed to “pissed” when he later saw a typed version of it.

He said: “The handwriting, I must admit, of the police superintendent isn’t particularly good, but I’m sure that anyone who would actually look at that would identify the word is definitely not ‘pissed’.

“So I just feel it’s been placed in there to give support possibly to police actions.”

The documentary also reveals that former Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards included allegations of bad behaviour of fans in his statement about the tragedy, in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

In his statement, Mr Richards, who went on to become chairman of Sheffield Wednesday after the disaster at the club’s stadium, claimed fans had shouted lewd comments

about a female casualty whose blouse had become unbuttoned.

The programme makers say Mr Richard’s description of the apparently dead woman does not match any of the seven women killed in the tragedy. Their letters were returned unopened after they wrote to ask him about his statement.

The investigations also reveals that a witness who reported the same allegations to police was Cherry Daniels, daughter of now-retired South Yorkshire Police chief inspector David Sumner, who had been on duty at the match. She said that she informed the investigating West Midlands Police about her father’s position but was told it was not relevant.

In April, after the families of the deceased had been fighting for decades to put right the media and authorities’ lies about the circumstances of the disaster, an inquest jury found the 96 victims were unlawfully killed and fans were not to blame.

Two investigations into the disaster, Operation Resolve and the Independent Police Complaints Commission inquiry, are due to hand files to the Crown Prosecution Service in the new year.