Hillsborough: Liverpool Fans Take The Brunt Of Anti-Football Abuse
AS the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 people died and hundreds more were physically injured, the Reading Chronicle produced this front page:
The other face of football
This turns out not to be a story of people playing sport and keeping fit. The story goes on:
Football hooliganism may be thought of as a relic from a previous age when gangs of denim-clad skinheads held the game to ransom and names like Hillsborough and Heysel were symbols of its ills.
Hooliganism played no part in the deaths of so many who had gone to see the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. It was all lie. The police and State colluded to frame the 96, to make them instruments of their own deaths.
It could have been any fans who died that day. It very nearly was fans of Spurs.
The State was at war with football supporters, who it saw as animals.
After a barrage of outrage, the Berkshire Media Group, state that it wanted “to apologise unreservedly for appearing to link football hooliganism with the Hillsborough tragedy on our front page of this week’s issue. It was never our intention to do so and we fully accept that hooliganism played no part in the tragic events of 15th April 1989.”
Good that the paper accepts what the courts ruled.
Sad, thought, that the paper hasn’t moved form the balls that football fans are all working class scum who need controlling lest they riot.