Posted: September 14, 2012 in This is the Voice of Lefty Reason

The media is full of the results of the latest findings of what seems almost an endless series of inquiries into the Hillsborough disaster when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives attempting to watch a soccer match.  The policing of soccer games was very different back in 1989; Thatch and her huntin’, shootin’ fishin’  chums were convinced that your average working class soccer fan was a violent thug who had to be herded, penned and corralled like cattle in order to watch eleven blokes kicking a ball about.  Fans were quite literally caged back in the eighties and the game was far from the gentrified, prawn sandwich money-pit that it has become.  The cages that met the fans that day had inadequate crush barriers and the police decision to throw open a large gate at the back of the pen led to an uncontrollable surge that proved fatal.  Horrific, barely believable scenes are still fresh in the memory as the situation unfolded like some sort of disaster movie and no-one really seemed to have a handle on what was happening and who was in charge.  As if that didn’t provide enough pain and hurt (and it did) the lies, cover-ups, deceit and misinformation that was then pumped out by the media and the police compounded the hurt and the loss to unimaginable levels.  Perhaps now, all these years later, someone, somewhere will be finally held accountable?

  1. Torbjorn O.K. says:

    I sure hope someone will be held accountable, Tim. The scenes that unfolded at Hillsborough 23 years ago are to this day extremly difficult to watch. My to sons saw some of it the other day, and they couldn’t get their heads around the fact that there were fences around the pitch and that so many people died at a football match. It should never happen again. The scenes at Goodison yesterday, were Everton gave a splendid display of togetherness with the red side of town, gave me hope for the future.

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