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QC Jonathan Goldberg claims Liverpool ‘riot’ caused Hillsborough disaster

QC Jonathan Goldberg claims Liverpool ‘riot’ caused Hillsborough disaster

QC Jonathan Goldberg claims ‘riot’ from Liverpool supporters caused Hillsborough disaster

Justice for the 96

On the 15th of April, 1989, 96 Liverpool fans died during a crush at the FA Cup semi-final match at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium.

In the wake of the disaster, many of those affected and later those educated about the tragedy have sought to find justice for those that lost their lives. To find the reason and culpability of those responsible for the deaths.

A timeline by the BBC details the event and within describes how the match commander Ch Supt David Duckenfield 26 years later admitted:

His failure to close a tunnel before opening gate C “was the direct cause of the deaths of 96 people”. Under pressure, he “froze” and failed to consider the consequences of admitting thousands of fans on to already-packed terraces, he told the jury.

In 2017, Duckenfield was to be ‘charged with manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 people.’

The 96th victim, Tony Bland, died more than a year and a day after his injuries during the disaster and the law at the time meant no prosecution could take place.

However, in 2019, Duckenfield was found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter.

Bringing the events to the present year, 2021, retired Ch Supt Donald Denton, retired Det Ch Insp Alan Foster and former South Yorkshire Police solicitor Peter Metcalf were accused of altering police statements after the disaster.

Today, all three were acquitted. The judge, Mr Justice William Davis, said:

The statements had been prepared for the public inquiry chaired by Lord Taylor in 1990. He said this was not a statutory inquiry and therefore not considered “a court of law”, so it was not a “course of public justice” which could be perverted.

James Aspinall was one of the 96 tragically killed because of the crush. His mother, Margaret, described the ruling as “an absolute mockery.” She continued saying, “We’re always the losers no matter what the outcome today.”

Goldberg interview causes outrage

Jonathan Goldberg QC, who represented Mr Metcalf, was interviewed on BBC Radio5Live by Adrian Chiles.

In the interview Goldberg said that the Liverpool fans’ behaviour was ‘appalling’ and that Metcalf did not cover of criticism of the police but instead ‘cut out’

“Of course my client who’s accused of covering up criticism of the police. What he in fact did was cut out criticism of the Liverpool fans whose behaviour was perfectly appalling on the day, causing a riot that led to the gate having to be opened, that unfortunately let the people in who crushed to death the innocents as they were. Complete innocents who were at the front of the pens who had arrived early and were not drunk and were behaving perfectly well.

“But as always it’s the innocents who suffer unfortunately. But these families have been wound up with just these awful political statements that had no basis in reality. And over 32 years there’s never been anything like it, it’s a complete conspiracy theory that’s a nonsense. This was cock up, not conspiracy.”

You can listen to the full interview here. The interview with Goldberg begins at 2:28:15.

On social media, people criticised both Goldberg for what were described by broadcast journalist David Easson as ‘UTTER LIES’ and Chiles for letting the ‘lies play out.’

Guardian writer David Conn pointed out that the inquests jury in 2016 concluded that ‘no misbehaviour by Liverpool fans contributed to the disaster.’

Adrian Chiles later admitted he should have reacted better saying, “I should have pulled him up. That is essentially a myth that has been debunked.” 

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