It’s been 20 years since that fateful day at Hillbsorough but the memory of the 96 people who lost their lives on that hollow ground live on.  It is the worst sporting disaster in UK history.  I remember that day vividly as a 13-year-old. I can’t remember whether I watched it live or on the news.  I didn’t understand then the magnitude of the catastrophe.  As I grow older, I did a lot of read-up on the issue and I was able to understand how a name of a football stadium becomes synonymous with a tragedy.  This tragedy led to an inquiry by Lord Taylor, who on his report recommended the all-seater stadium that you enjoy today.

I had a chance to visit Anfield 4 years ago. During the visit, I made my way to the Hillsborough Memorial at the Shankly Gates to pay my tribute and respect.

Hillsborough Memorial

Hillsborough Memorial

You can see the video rendition of how the tragedy unfolded on the BBC website.

What happened to the family of those who died at Hillsborough in the aftermath is nothing short of injustice. First they have to endure the pain of  the accusation by the S*n tabloid who accused Liverpool fans of pickpocketing and urinating on the victims.  The editor of the tabloid became public enemy #1 in Liverpool. The tabloid circulation dropped from 200,000 to 12,000 a day; which in my opinion is 12,000 too many.

And second, no one was ever held accountable for the disaster.  Families of those who died with the help of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign is still searching for justice. We will not stop until we find the truth on what happened on that day on April 15, 1989 3.06 pm.

On the 20th anniversary today, I want to pay my respect to my brothers and sisters who died that day. You will never be forgotten and we will keep pursuing the justice in search of the truth.

Justice for the ’96.

You’ll Never Walk Alone.

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