Kelvin Mackenzie, the editor of The Sun whose infamous “The Truth” laid blame on the fans
Twenty three years later, the Hillsborough tragedy was revealed as resulting from a “failure in police control” and “multiple failures” within other organizations that compromised crowd safety. 96 people died and hundreds others were injured.
The South Yorkshire Constabulary at that time laid the blame on violent and drunken fans and altered police reports shifting the blame away from them. They were aided and abetted by Kelvin Mackenzie, the editor of The Sun whose infamous, ‘The Truth’ vilified fans as shiftless, alcoholic, violent degenerates. Following that article, the tabloid was boycotted in Liverpool.
Today, David Cameron apologized in the British parliament to those families affected by that tragedy. In response to the Hillsborough Independent Pan’s findings, Liverpool issued a statement:
” Liverpool Football Club commends the Hillsborough Independent Panel report which acknowledges the avoidable catastrophic failures before, during and after the disaster. The club also welcomes the Prime Minister’s apology to the families and survivors on behalf of the Government and await the Attorney General’s pending review of the report. After 23 long and painful years, our fans have finally been fully exonerated of all blame. Today, the world knows what we have always known, that Liverpool fans were not just innocent on that terrible day but that there was reprehensible and hurtful misrepresentation of the truth.”
This is a great day for justice. For those who never gave up hope. YNWA from an Arsenal fan.