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Video: Remembering the Hillsborough disaster, 25 years later

Apr 15, 2014, 7:58 PM EDT

After a weekend where English soccer stopped to remember the 96 lives that were lost at Hillsborough, 20,000 people gathered at Anfield on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy, with the managers of both Liverpool and Everton football clubs speaking in to honor those that lost their lives in Sheffield.

“You’ve all stood for 25 years together, to honor and fight for the 96 people we lost,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said. “Your courage, your fortitude, your resilience, your dignity, and your love for the people you lost, that’s what inspires me every single day of my life as the manager of Liverpool.”

Roberto Martínez, speaking to his family’s reaction in Spain to news of the tragedy, sympathized with the nightmare the victims’  families have been subjected to, both through the disaster itself and the years of turmoil that have followed.

“How can anyone die watching the game you love,” Martínez asked. “That isn’t right. That isn’t fair.

“What happened after wasn’t right or fair, either. To have to fight for the good names of the ones you lost was appalling. But as my chairman said a year ago, the authorities took on the wrong city, if they thought they were going to get away with that.”

Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, and Robbie Mustoe offered their thoughts during today’s broadcast, with both managers’ words at Anfield featured in the coverage, above.

  1. navyeoddavee9 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Sad, sad day, no red or blue, when it comes to Hilllsborough, just the City of Liverpool as one. It has taken a long, long time for some type of closure, but they will never be forgotten, may they now rest in peace.

  2. pgilbert15303 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    The 30 on 30 documentary is a must watch!

    • lilgurgi - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      I turned it on mid way through and the show was spot on from what I could see. I’ve set the DVR to catch the next replay so that I can watch the full show.

    • kryptock - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Yeah it was awesome. When the documentary closed, I was waiting for a rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as the credits rolled.

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