'Families of the Hillsborough disaster victims have reacted angrily to the £6,500 fine handed out to a former secretary of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, saying it values each of the 96 at just £67.70.
Graham Mackrell, 69, who was safety officer for the club at the time of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, was sentenced on Monday after he was found guilty of failing to discharge a duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act in respect of ensuring there were enough turnstiles to prevent unduly large crowds building up outside the ground.
But outside Preston Crown Court, an enraged Louise Brookes, whose brother Andrew died at Hillsborough, said: "Our 96 are dead and all its worth is £67.70 each. Shameful. Thirty years to get to this.
"Our 96 deserve better than this and us families deserve better than this. We are all getting on in age and enough is enough.
"My weekly shopping costs more than £67.70."
Speaking of Mackrell, Christine Burke, whose father Henry died in the disaster, said: "When Hillsborough happened he was in charge of the safety certificate at the time and he should have been sacked straightaway. There should have been no way that he could have pursued his career as he did do after Hillsborough.
"He went on to bigger and better things, he was promoted. This is a man who has been paid very well and gone on to do other things. That should not have happened."
She said she was "absolutely livid" when reference was made in court to Mackrell's good character and said if he was "any kind of professional person and decent man" then he would have answered the 22 questions put to him by officers from Operation Resolve - the criminal inquiry into Hillsborough - rather than give no comment.'
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