I received this brilliant letter from a Manchester United fan that was written to the Boston Globe over the Vile Hillsborough slur article written by Alex Beam.
We have received many messages of support from other football fans but I am sure that many fellow Liverpool supporters agree with me it sure means a lot to us to see this kind of support from our arch-rivals.
Please keep the pressure on the Boston Globe and Alex Beam until they apologise.
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I am a 38 year old United fan and I have emailed this to firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 15th April 1989. Its a date that still sends shivers down my spine. I know where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news. Many, many people are the same in this country. Of course, the early news that filtered through that day, was of something that seemed the normal for that period of time in the United Kingdom. Two teams. A football match. Rivalry. Hooliganism. Except these fans weren’t rivals. These were fans of two football teams, with similar traditions and similar ideas on how football should be played. Added to this, was the fact that this was no ordinary game. It was a showpiece. An FA Cup semi final. One step from Wembley and a final, the stuff that young boys grow up thinking they want to actually play in. Those that don’t make it in the profession, will be happy just to attend one in their lifetime!
As a Manchester United fan, arch rivals to Liverpool, I could understand the ridiculousness of Mr. Beam’s article, if I didn’t know it was so factually incorrect. There is no love lost between my team and that lot from the other end of the East Lancs Road. Certainly had it been Liverpool versus Manchester United, the game would have had the local constabulary more than a little worried.
But Mr. Beam’s article is the single most laziest piece of journalism I have ever read. And there can be no excuse. Not in this technological age. Not when there must be thousands, upon thousands of entries that refer to what happened on that fateful afternoon on the internet. I have read that Mr. Beam seeks to write such articles in an attempt to provoke. This may be hearsay, but I doubt it and as I have said already, there can be no excuse for such provocation.
If Mr. Beam had bothered to engage his brain before he started to write, he would have researched his story and come to the conclusion that his, was certainly not the best angle to take on a story surrounding Liverpool Football Club. Especially when his only real interest, is that he unfortunately shares the same nationality as the current owner!
I would suggest Mr. Beam sticks to a subject he has a better understanding of. The World Series (involving two teams from the same country) for instance. Leave football, not saw-cer, to the people that have grown up with the sport and who have a better education of this most fantastic of sports!
I would hope that the editor forces an apology from Mr. Beam prior to terminating his contract of course.