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'They were fighting against the establishment and the establishment closed ranks'
Kenny Dalglish has said those that died in the Hillsborough tragedy 27 years have been ‘completely vindicated’.

KENNY DALGLISH HAS paid a touching tribute to the families of the 96 people who were found to have been unlawfully killed at Hillsborough 27 years ago.

The former Liverpool manager was in charge at the time of the tragedy and attended four funerals in one day in the immediate aftermath.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday night, hours after the victims had been absolved of any blame for what occurred on 15 April 1989, Dalglish said that the inquest jury’s decision ensured the Liverpool supporters who perished that day have been ‘totally vindicated’.

DalglishTweet JOHN GILES / PA Archive/Press Association Images Kenny Dalglish pictured during the memorial service held for the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989. JOHN GILES / PA Archive/Press Association Images / PA Archive/Press Association Images

“The fans have been totally vindicated, and the families have been victorious in everything they put forwards”, said Dalglish.

The truth they knew 27 years ago has just come to pass now. They fought for the person who went to a football match and lost their life. You cannot summarise or even to begin to guess what those families have been through for 27 years. There were times when things looked bleak and they stayed totally true to their loved-ones.

The fans who survived… what did they have in their mind? That maybe people thought that they were the ones who caused the death of the people who were feral Liverpool fans, and for them to have to live with that for 27 years must be soul-destroying for them.

They were fighting the establishment and the establishment close ranks.”

You can listen to the whole interview here.

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