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04th Jun 2023

Football fan arrested for wearing ’97 not enough’ shirt at FA Cup final

Charlie Herbert

Police confirmed he was arrested because of the shirt

A football fan was arrested at the FA Cup final for wearing a football shirt mocking the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy.

During the final between Manchester United and Manchester City, pictures circulated on social media of a man in a Man United shirt with ‘NOT ENOUGH 97’ on the back.

This was a clear reference to the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, when 97 Liverpool fans were killed in a crush during the FA Cup semi final between their side and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium.

The Met later tweeted that the man had been identified, and was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.

The force confirmed to the BBC that the arrest was due to the football shirt the man was wearing.

Sharing a picture of the man being arrested, the Hillsborough Survivors Support Alliance (HSA) tweeted: “Let this be a warning to anyone else thinking of doing anything similar. And that goes for using ANY tragedy.”

In a longer statement, the HSA said: “On Saturday 3rd June 2023, the first ever all Manchester cup final took place at Wembley between Manchester City and Manchester United.

“It was the opportunity for Manchester as a city to show itself in its best light but unfortunately this was marred by a so-called Manchester United fan wearing an away shirt that mocked the deaths of the 97 unlawfully killed at Hillsborough, the families and the survivors of the tragedy that took place on April 15th 1989.”

The HSA continued: “On the back of the shirt was the number 97 and above that, where players names are normally displayed, where the words Not Enough.”

The group labelled the man’s behaviour “despicable” and thanked the Met, the FA and staff at Wembley for their “swift action and arrest” of the man.

They added that the shirt sent an “abhorrent message targeting family members and survivors of the Hillsborough disaster back in 1989.”

“Let’s hope the justice system can be as swift with the appropriate punishment for this act of hatred,” the HSA concluded.

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