Liverpool owner hails families at Hillsborough memorial
LIVERPOOL (AFP) - Liverpool owner John Henry marked the 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster on Monday by paying tribute to the families of the 96 fans killed in the tragedy.
Henry was attending Monday's annual memorial service at Anfield for the Liverpool supporters crushed to death during over-crowding on the terraces of Hillsborough before an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989.
Around 12,000 people attended the service, which was the first held since the report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel revealed a shocking cover-up which attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy from the authorities to the victims.
"In my time at Liverpool I have come to understand the importance of the 96 to the club and I have been honoured and humbled by the dignity and persistence of the families in their search for truth and justice," Henry said.