Kenny Dalglish knows about the events of 15th April 1989 better than most.
He was Liverpool manager at the time and attended countless funerals of those who lost their lives. The events of that day reached an emotional peak for him almost two years later, when he shocked the footballing world by resigning from his position.
Despite his own personal sacrifice, the Scotsman was keen to keep all the attention on the families in the aftermath of Tuesday’s verdicts – though he did have some stern words for those in the establishment:
“For the families… everything they fought for over the last 27 years, they’ve come out and won every argument that’s been put in front of them. They’ve been totally vindicated – the fans and the families have also been totally victorious in everything they put forward.
“The truth that they knew 27 years ago has just come to pass now and it’s taken them 27 years of their lives to fight for the person who went to watch a football match and lost their life.
“It becomes a public relations exercise, doesn’t it? People who feel guilty go into defence mood and they went into defence.
“They (the families) were fighting against the Establishment and the Establishment closed ranks, they tried to keep everything away and run away from the truth.
“Fortunately although it’s been a horrendous amount of time for them to have to wait for it, it’s true that they (the authorities) were not telling the truth and the people who were there – doing their utmost to save lives on the pitch – were telling the truth.
“It was something that was known widely on Merseyside that our people were telling the truth.” (via Echo).
Thank you, Kenny.