Liverpool marks Hillsborough disaster anniversary

BY foxsports • April 15, 2011

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish led commemorations Friday to mark the 22nd anniversary of the Hillsborough stadium disaster.

It is the first time Dalglish has attended the memorial service as Liverpool manager since 1990, a year after the crush at the 1989 FA Cup semifinal against Nottingham Forest led to 96 Reds fans dying.

The mental scars of the tragedy led to Dalglish leaving the manager's job in 1991. He was re-hired in January following Roy Hodgson's departure.

''It's a significant day for every Liverpool supporter,'' Dalglish said Friday. ''Everyone knows what it means to the football club. It's a day when we remember that 96 fans went to a football match and never came back.

''It's a sad day and it's a day etched in the minds of everyone connected with the club.''

During the Anfield service attended by the Liverpool squad, there were chants of ''Kenny'' when legislator Steve Rotheram called on Dalglish to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

The crowd also sang the name of Rafael Benitez, who left the manager's job at the end of last season but has continued to help supporters' groups in their ongoing fight for justice following the events of April 15, 1989 at Sheffield Wednesday's ground.

An inquest jury ruled in 1991 that the deaths were accidental, but South Yorkshire Police were strongly criticized for their handling of the tragedy. The relatives of those who died have pressed for criminal charges against the police.

Benitez, who still lives in the city, was among 10,000 people at the service.

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