Journalists From The Sun Have Been Permanently Banned From Anfield By Liverpool FC

28 years after the Hillsborough Disaster

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In a small semblance of justice for Liverpool fans, albeit 28 years later, Liverpool Football Club announced today that they have banned reporters from The Sun newspaper from attending home matches following its 1989 coverage of the Hillsborough Disaster in which 96 fans died.

The Independent reports that: "Press accreditations from any reporters covering matches from The Sun will not be approved, meaning that the newspaper's football journalists will be denied entry to Anfield for any matches across all competitions."

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This decision to ban The Sun came after directors of LFC met with family members of those who died in the disaster. The restriction of access includes all interviews with players and Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp.

Four days after the disaster in 1989 the front page of The Sun accused fans of pick-pocketing victims, urinating on police officers and killing an officer. It took 27 years for a verdict to prove that 96 fans were unlawfully killed, and that lives could have been saved.

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Following this verdict last year, The Sun declined to comment on any part of the landmark ruling on its front-page, sparking further controversy. This renewed animosity between the Murdoch-owned paper and fans led to campaigns like "The total Eclipse of The S*n", pressuring business owners to not stock the paper.

The Sun released a statement this afternoon that read: "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."

Somewhat unsurprisingly Liverpool fans were less sombre about the news.

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