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Hillsborough: In 1981 Tottenham Hotspur not Liverpool fans were the white working-class scum in the cage

by | 14th, April 2013

Hillsborough private court case

IN Liverpool, two memorials to the 96 football fans who died at Hillsborough have gone on display. It was On 15 April 1989 when it happened. Liverpool were playing Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final. There was a crush of bodies in the Liverpool end. And it got worse. And worse. The fans had nowhere to go. The police would not open the gates to release the pressure. The fans begged them to. The police did nothing. To them, the unfolding human disaster was only about crown control.

As the bodies were being collected, the police, the State and the media colluded to blame the fans. They lied .

All football fans who followed their clubs back then know that it could have been them trapped in those overcrowded pens.

Liverpool were the club whose fans were unlucky to have paid the price for years of neglect at football grounds and an opinion of those in power that football fans were working-class scum.

The Sunday Times wrote in 1983:

“The game drifts slowly into the possession of what we are now supposed to call the underclass; and a whole middle-class public grows up without ever dreaming of visiting a football league ground.”

In 1985, a Sunday Times editorial “described football as a slum sport watched by slum people in slum stadiums“.

It was easy to demonise the white working class who made up the vast bulk of support for the game.

(It continues to this day as the elite use football to hammer home the moral message that the white working class are racists at heart, that their thoughts and actions must be policed lest they embark on a race riot. The talk is of a minute’s silence for Margaret Thatcher. What idiot thinks

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