Hillsborough: 23 Years of Injustice.
Liverpool fans desperately try to climb the fence onto the safety of the pitch.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The match was abandoned after only 6 minutes of play. For anyone that saw the match (and I sat -with my dad and brother- watching the TV, at home in Sheffield), there was ‘what seemed’ only a moment of madness and the disaster happened before anyone could intervene.
The controversial front page of the Sun.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
At the time, The Sun
claimed (via headlines) that it was “The Truth,” when they claimed that the 96 dead were unruly.
Now (13/09/2012) their headline is “The Real Truth”:
– Cops smeared Liverpool fans to deflect blame.
-41 lives could have been saved, says new probe.
–SUN: We are profoundly sorry for false reports.
-Families of 96 victims call for prosecutions.
After (12/09/2012) last night’s vindication, the country feel that The Sun headline needs to apologize properly; even though a sorry is in the editorial today. They now blame the police reports for their reporting, Claiming they are sorry for their profound error, and the headline “The Truth”, written by former editor Kelvin McKenzie
. The Sun reported back then that drunken Liverpool fans urinated on and stole from the dead.
However, has their been a perversion of justice?
MP (Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary) had plenty to say about this issue on ITV’s
This Morning today.
“There must be a fresh inquest. There has to be a fresh inquest… We all knew Hillsborough was unsafe… There has to be a new inquest. There need to be criminal prosecutions … investigations.”
An MP, a Coroner, and the police were in congress to make it seem like the 96 dead were at fault. A huge police cover-up and the altering of reports by police chiefs it is claimed is at the heart of this issue.
The Leppings Lane end after the tragedy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“I remember the anger.” MP Andy Burnham said. “I felt the same last night. In my view it was a cover up a stitch-up!”
Stating, “…South Yorkshire Police failed the victims and families… Disgraceful lies were told which blamed the Liverpool fans for the disaster… I’m ashamed. It’s been a dreadful day for the force.”
It has been reported that police chiefs simply put a line though reports and rewrote them.
So who is to blame?
I believe, Senior officers in the police should now be accountable, after the empty lies portrayed for all these years! Hillsborough ground had a licence that was 10 years out of date.and the media frenzy demonized football fans in general and Liverpool fans in particular. so who is to blame?
Certainly not the 96 who were innocent victims of a stadium that was overfilled. Certainly not the families who have had their loved ones be-smearched by press, police, and inquest staff.
But the police? The FA? The British press? The coroner and inquest staff? All of those have blood on their hands. And for Sheffield Wednesday’s ground -which will never be the same since that day- the touch of disaster cannot ever rub-off.
Hillsborough Disaster Memorial – 1, Hillsborough, Sheffield – geograph.org.uk – 1254629 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I’ll leave the last word to Mary Corrigan, the mother of Kieth Corrigan (one of the 96) who appeared on ITV’s This Morning program (today), where she spoke for all the victims and their families:
“It’s 24 years too late…. Its just too little, too late.”