Liverpool FC owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have banned reporters of The Sun newspaper from Anfield and the club’s training complex Melwood.
Journalists of the newspaper will no longer have access to any of the club’s facilities and will be denied access to Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp and his players because of the lies they published following the 1989 disaster.
It has been reported that the owners were the ones who made the decision to close the door on the publication, 28 years after the disaster.
Trevor Hicks, president of the Hillsborough Families Support Group, who lost 2 daughters at Hillsborough, commented: “The Sun’s coverage did enormous damage to me, Jenni (his then wife) and all the families and caused us great distress.
“We tried to contact The Sun many years ago; we asked them to name their sources for the scurrilous stories, but we never got that and we have never moved on since.
“We did not accept that the apologies they have made were genuine, and we support Liverpool Football Club banning the paper.
“All the 96 people who died supported Liverpool, Anfield is our spiritual home, and there was an element of the place being besmirched by the presence of The Sun.”
The Sun released the following statement following the decision: “The Sun and Liverpool FC have had a solid working relationship for the 28 years since the Hillsborough tragedy. Banning journalists from a club is bad for fans and bad for football. The Sun can reassure readers this won’t affect our full football coverage.
“The Sun deeply regrets its reporting of the tragic events at Hillsborough and understands the damage caused by those reports is still felt by many in the city. A new generation of journalists on the paper congratulate the families on the hard fought victory they have achieved through the inquest. It is to their credit that the truth has emerged and, whilst we can’t undo the damage done, we would like to further a dialogue with the city and to show that the paper has respect for the people of Liverpool.”
Liverpool Football Club has chosen not to release a statement.