Angry Fans

OUR football correspondent LIAM MACKEY is back in top form and full of energy.

He casts his eye over your comments and gives his own critical analysis of the goings on throughout the world of football. You may agrewith him or then again you may not. This week’s contributions from fans cover: The tragedy of Hillsborough 20 years on and the need for the truth to come through; Arsene Wenger, Drogba and what £100,000 would have bought you a few years ago; Ticket allocations; Wembley and Bon Jovi Champions League predictions; Manchester United, the media hype and Fergie’s recent lack of organisation, motivation and leadership
The Letter of the Week goes to Derek Turner, Manchester United fan from Clonmel, . Get in touch with your postal address and our magnificent prize will be winging its way to you.

IT WAS with great sadness that I read Brendan's letter in Angry Fan's (Irish Examiner, April 7). For the last 20 years, the families of the victims of Hillsborough have had to overcome enormous barriers in their pursuit of justice for the wrongdoings on that tragic day. This journey is made more difficult by the mindset of a small minority that are determined to remain ignorant of what really happened that afternoon. Call it what you like, but there is a blatant inaccuracy at the heart of Brendan's letter of such magnitude that I felt compelled to write in to rectify.
Brendan asks 'was it the police who broke down the gates and forced their way into the ground? No it was the fans'. WRONG
He would be well advised to read the Lord Justice Taylor's commissioned report on what happened that day. Here is perhaps the biggest fact from that report:
The chief cause of the disaster was the decision by the police to 'open the gates' which resulted in a mass entry into an already full Leppings Lane End Gate. FACT.
A recent report on ITV's 'Newsnight' on the Hillsborough tragedy showed some CCTV footage of that day (even though 'someone' broke into the Hillsborough security room the night of the tragedy and stole the vital stadium CCTV, thus removing a chief source of evidence of what happened that day).
At no stage during the footage do we see fans 'breaking' down the gates and stampeding into the terrace. In fact, you can clearly see the gates being opened by a number of policemen and groundsmen.
Brendan attempts to justify this attack on Liverpool fans by arguing that one should not 'speak ill of a man who is not around to defend himself'. Well Brendan, there are 96 voices who can't speak up and defend themselves against the myths (that you continue to perpetuate) that have prevented the truth behind the Hillsborough tragedy ever being uncovered.
Justice for the 96. For those who never came home. YNWA
Cork Kopite, by email



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