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Sky News’ Holmes sorry for comparing West Ham violence to Hillsborough

  • Sky News’ Holmes sorry for comparing West Ham violence to Hillsborough

Eamonn Holmes, anchor of Sky News' "Sunrise" and presenter on ITV's "This Morning," is backpedaling after sparking outrage Tuesday.

During a report on how Manchester United's team bus was pelted with missiles before the Red Devils' Premier League fixture at West Ham United, Holmes compared the violence outside Upton Park to the Hillsborough disaster, saying, according to Jasper Jackson of the Guardian: "This is going back to the '70s and '80s, the type of thing you were seeing that was bad about Hillsborough, for instance."

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Holmes' remarks came exactly two weeks after a verdict of new inquests into the Hillsborough disaster concluded that the 96 people who died at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989 were unlawfully killed.

Upon hearing of the backlash, Holmes quickly took to Twitter and offered his "humblest and most honest apologies" in a series of tweets.

Holmes' first tweet, however, in which he accused someone of trying to "stir up trouble," attracted further criticism.

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