Liverpool FC: Victims of the Greatest Miscarriage of Justice in Sporting History
I am not a fan of Liverpool FC or a fan of Liverpool as a place.
I am a Mancunian and I follow Manchester City.
There is a long standing enmity between the two Northwest populations, to which I am not a fully paid-up member, but by nature, I must say Scousers and Mancs don't see eye to eye.
One thing that I have no doubt about, however, is the appalling treatment doled out to the supporters of Liverpool FC concerning the Hillsbrough disaster.
Only now, 20 years after those appalling scenes were played out on live TV, is there a sniff of justice in the air.
I find it incomprehensible that on the day that we hear of Met' Police Officers being removed from duty for their lack of self-control at a public protest, we also hear that there are SECRET, sealed files that pertain to the actions of the West Yorkshire Police Force 20 years ago.
As a football fan, it makes my blood boil to think back to what was printed and reported at the time, and to then see the same newspapers and news organisations jumping on the bandwagon of support for the Liverpool FC dead.
I am sure that the families are glad for the continued interest in their undoubtedly just cause, but I sense that there are some reports that remain in the mind of all who read them.
When it comes to the secret files and the possibility of a fresh enquiry, I sincerely hope that it extends to the misreporting of the whole event over an extensive period of time by the media, including the publicly funded BBC.
I feel that we all owe Liverpool fans an apology, as there would have been acceptance of the picture that was painted, even if we dismissed it as soon as more accurate information came forward.
We also owe Liverpool fans a debt for the way in which they have conducted themselves in support of those who died.
For it could have been our own friends and families.
As I say, I am no fan of Liverpool FC, but I am a fan of Liverpool FC's fans.
Without a doubt, you have my support for all that you have been through and for the battle for justice that continues.
I honour those who were unlawfully killed and promise that I will keep the memory of them and the Hillsborough Disaster alive, as the story needs to be told.
But most of all, I offer my undying admiration for ALL Liverpool fans, your determination, bloody-mindedness in the face of the full weight of the state and its corrupt officials.
In my mind, you are truly the greatest fans of all.
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