Liverpool – the only city to eclipse The S*n.

The Hillsborough disaster was a human crush that caused the deaths of 96 people and injured 766 others, at a football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15th April 1989. Ever since, the families of the 96 have been seeking justice from the South Yorkshire Police after accusations of unlawful killings by gross negligence manslaughter. Following a tireless campaign led by bereaved families and survivors, in 2012 the High Court quashed the original accidental death verdicts and ordered new inquests.

Last year the jury felt that there were major omissions in the 1989 operational order, including specific instructions for managing the crowd outside the turnstiles, specific instructions as to how the pens were to be filled and monitored, specific instructions as to who would be responsible for the monitoring of the pens. They were asked fourteen questions in total and most of their answers were met with large roars of approval as they agreed the fault was not with the people, but with the police. It was decided that the 96 were unlawfully killed.

photo by Beautiful Liverpool

Today it has been announced that Liverpool FC bans The Sun reporters from attending matches at Anfield due to their Hillsborough Disaster coverage. It will also be refused any access to interviews with the players, as well as manager Jurgen Klopp, with the decision believed to have come after the club’s directors held talks with the families of those who died in the tragedy. The decision is believed to have been made on Thursday night. This is due to the stories The Sun ran just four days after the disaster depicting Liverpool fans as drunkard thugs who caused the tragedy. Truth be told, the city abandoned The S*n in 1989 but it’s nice for it now to be officially banned from LFC.

After all those years, they never gave up. They picked on the wrong city and picked on the wrong Mum’s. With the support and spirit of the city propelling them, in a David v Goliath scenario, the underdog has won. We always knew the truth but now it’s in paper and now we have justice. Liverpool was once described as a shifting outpost of defiance and determination. We never forgot, we never gave up and we didn’t rest until justice prevailed. We have the utmost admiration those who gave their lives to seek justice for those who lost their own. Our thoughts and feelings go out to all the families connected with the 96.