American columnist blasts 'bonkers' Liverpool fans for mourning Hillsborough 'riot'

08 December 2010 02:11
An American columnist has deeply offended Liverpool fans by calling the Hillsborough disaster a 'riot'.

Alex Beam of The Boston Globe said the club's fans are 'totally bonkers' because they are 'still agonizing over a 21-year-old soccer riot that killed 96 people'.

Disaster: 96 people were killed at Hillsborough in 1989

On April 15 1989 96 Liverpool fans were killed and hundreds more injured in the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough Stadium during the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

Beam's comments have sparked a great deal of anger among Liverpool fans on social network and fans' websites.

Tears: mourners gathered at Anfield in 2009, 20 years after the Hillsborough disaster

On fans' forum on independent Liverpool Football Club website, Alan Farlie wrote: 'Have a heart Alex. Read a bit before you slander the names and memories of 96 innocent victims, and the names and reputations of a city, a club and its fans.

'The reason people are still "agonising" is that there are many wholost family and friends on a bright summer's day. There are still manywho were at Hillsborough that day and who remember being crushed asthere fellow fans died around them, crushed to death, because offailures in organisation and policing.'

Beam, 56, alsodescribed the city of Liverpool as 'doggy' and 'grotty' in a pieceintended to criticise the club's new owner, John W. Henry, who alsoowns the Boston Red Sox.

On Wednesday, the Globe published a correction at the top of the article on their website.

It read: 'Because of a reporting error, Alex Beam's column on Tuesday in the "g" section mischaracterised the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster involving Liverpool soccer fans as a "riot."

'The official investigation into the disaster, which cost 96 lives, placed the blame primarily on poor crowd control and inadequate stadium design.'

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Source: Daily_Mail