Man City fans call on club to support Hillsborough disaster initiatives after tribute shame
A group of Manchester City fans have written to the club’s CEO Ferran Soriano to ask that the club support two Hillsborough disaster-related initiatives.
MCFC Fans Foodbank Support, a group of supporters who collect food donations at home games to help Mancunians in need, have requested that the club officially support the Real Truth Legacy Project and a Hillsborough Law. The former is a campaign to get education about the Hillsborough disaster – in which 97 Liverpool supporters lost their lives in 1989 – added to the national curriculum, while the latter is aimed at introducing a statutory duty of candour on public servants during all forms of public inquiry and criminal investigation.
The move comes after a minority of City supporters disrupted the minute’s silence in tribute to the victims of the disaster, held before Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Liverpool at Wembley. In a letter addressed to City CEO Ferran Soriano, MCFCFFS said: “Manchester City can join Liverpool FC, Everton FC and other clubs in their calls to ensure that the legacy of Hillsborough is not forgotten, and that the lies which caused so much pain to families cannot be repeated.
“The rivalry on the pitch with Liverpool has never been stronger than it is right now. Off the pitch however, it should be a different story. Despite calls for a rivalry defined by hatred and aggression in certain sections of the media, there is so much more to be achieved through mutual respect, understanding and friendship.”
Both City and Pep Guardiola publicly apologised to Liverpool for the disrespect shown by some supporters, but MCFCFFS believe a more proactive approach is needed going forward. “We all know that this will not solve the problem, and we believe that dealing with it should be a high priority for the club.”
The group know better than anyone the good that can come from football fans uniting and working together for common causes.
MCFCFFS have worked with the Merseyside branch of Fans Supporting Foodbanks to provide emergency help to food banks across both Greater Manchester and Merseyside, produce and supply thousands of items of PPE across the region during the covid pandemic and launch the Right to Food campaign to end food poverty in the UK.
“City fans have a proud history of supporting the victims of the Hillsborough tragedy, one which we hope to see continue in the future,” the group said on Twitter. “We believe that there is so much more to be achieved through mutual respect, understanding and friendship than a rivalry defined by hatred.”
Ian Byrne, MP for Liverpool West Derby, has also called on City to back The Real Truth Legacy Project.