Reds anthem rises up iTunes chart

The Liverpool anthem 'You’ll Never Walk Alone' has shot to number two in the iTunes singles chart following a campaign by supporters in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disclosures.

The damning Hillsborough Independent Panel report, which was released last week, said a cover-up took place to shift the blame from bungling police and emergency services on to the 96 innocent victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

The report also said that 41 of the 96 lives lost at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium on April 15, 1989, could have been saved.

Now Liverpool fans are trying to get their football club’s anthem to number one in the charts to “send a message” to the nation.

The campaign was sparked on Twitter by Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram.

He tweeted yesterday: “People have asked what they can do now. If you download You’ll Never Walk Alone, it will send a message to the rest of the Country! £YNWAno1”

The MP then said: “Just spoke to Gerry Marsden who is supporting YNWAno1 and will donate any proceeding (sic) to Hillsborough charities. Great gesture. Great man.”

The track then went from number 22 to number two in just four hours.

Mr Rotheram’s final tweet last night read: “Currently No2! Think I am going to have dropped off to sleep by the time we get to No1. Great effort everybody, just brilliant. £YNWAno1”

The Hillsborough panel found 164 police statements were altered, 116 of them to remove or alter “unfavourable” comments about the policing of the match and the unfolding disaster.

South Yorkshire Police, which still employs 195 officers who were on duty at the ground on the day of the tragedy, said the force would refer itself to police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Chief constable David Crompton said South Yorkshire Police would consider asking the IPCC whether those involved in the Hillsborough tragedy should face manslaughter investigations.

Mr Crompton said the force was looking into a number of issues to refer to the watchdog, including corporate manslaughter, manslaughter and misconduct in public office.

Trevor Hicks, from Keighley, West Yorkshire, who lost daughters Vicky, 15, and Sarah, 19, in the tragedy, said the families would not speculate on what charges should be brought before they had reviewed the evidence.

He said many of the families were “only just beginning” to start looking at the 400,000 documents now the enormity of Wednesday’s disclosures was sinking in.

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