After the Hillsborough disaster cover up that kept the truth from the public for more than twenty years, is it wrong to question the faith and trust that we have in the British Police force?
The Sun released “THE TRUTH” as the front page headline, followed by three sub-headlines: “Some fans picked pockets of victims”, “Some fans urinated on the brave cops” and “Some fans beat up PC giving kiss of life”. The Sun claimed that these headlines were from sources inside the Police force but it later emerged that the source was Irvine Patnick the MP for Sheffield Hallam. To this day many Liverpudlians refuse to buy the tabloid newspaper in protest of these horrific allegations.
The Police also were at fault for guiding the fans into the stadium fans were guided into the lower tiers central pen when this became crowded stewards and police would the guide the remaining fans into the lower tier side pens this for unknown reasons did not happen.
As the pens became over crowded and fans started getting crushed they tried to spill on the pitch the police were oblivious to what was going on and would not allow the fans to spill on to the pitch although the game had been called off because of what was taking place. Actions like this surely make us question the minds of the police force that day.
The way in which clubs around the country came together in September of this year was a tribute to fans and people across the game at all levels, moments of applause and silence were held before kick offs to celebrate the exposure of the truth. One of the most fitting tributes came from Liverpool’s rivals Everton who played The Hollies’ song ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ over the stadiums announcement system whilst holding a moments applause and displaying pictures of the victims on the various screens around the stadium. Two mascots also lead the teams out that night a young girl from Mersyside who wore an Everton shirt bearing the number 9 and a young boy who wore a Liverpool shirt with the number 6 this was an emotional tribute to the 96 innocent fans that were killed that day and united the whole of Mersyside.