Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants Hillsborough report to end vile chants

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes the Hillsborough Independent Panel's report into the disaster will bring an end to disgraceful and tasteless chants by "idiots".


Rodgers said the smear campaign which had been perpetrated against the fans was something which had gained a global foothold and he sympathised with what the families had faced up to. "There is no doubt the propaganda at the time, if you were outside the city of Liverpool and its people, planted seeds throughout the country and the world," added the Northern Irishman, who was among a number of club representatives who attended a vigil in the city on Wednesday night. "It is the people who have suffered over all the years who have had to contend with that and fight against that sort of relentless campaigning at the time. "But having come into the city and been around the people and being at the vigil last night there has never been any qualms about any sort of justification. "We have all suffered death in our lives but to have it happen to your son, daughter, brother, sister, and then have a campaign against that - you can't begin to imagine what that must feel like." Rodgers explained he had nothing but admiration for the work of the families of the bereaved who fought for the truth to be revealed.
"It has been incredible what they have had to go through," he said. "I was a 16-year-old boy in Northern Ireland at the time and I sit here today as a 39-year-old and the families have just had justice. "It is absolutely incredible it has taken all that time. My respect goes out to everyone involved in that process over 23 long, hard, arduous years and hopefully they found some sort of justice yesterday. "I have met with some of the campaigners since I've been here and had a shortened version of what they have been through and it has been remarkable really for all the families. "The inspiring effect it has had on me alone, and certainly for the club, is that you fight: there is a cause there and if you feel strongly enough about it you must be relentless to make a wrong right. "These people have done that. They have suffered - none of us can begin to imagine what they have been through. "Everyone will draw inspiration from how hard they have fought and the time and effort which goes into protecting those loved ones. "I don't think it's only a message for the football club and the city, I think it is a world message."

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