Dalglish breaks Hillsborough silence
Wednesday 04 March 2009
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has spoken out about the Hillsborough disaster for the first time.
Ninety-six fans were killed at Sheffield Wednesday's ground when Liverpool met Nottingham forest for an FA Cup semi-final in 1989.
With the 20th anniversary of the tragedy nearing, the then Liverpool manager has said that the police and officials should have delayed the kick-off. Dalglish also warned that it was something "nobody should forget"
The deaths happened when Liverpool fans were allowed into an already crowded section of the stadium. Supporters at the front of the terrace were crushed as they were pushed up against metal fencing (something which has now been banned). The match was stopped after six minutes when it became clear there was a serious problem.
Dalglish, who also played for Liverpool for many years said: "The easiest thing to do is just to put the kick-off back a bit. That's no problem for anybody.
"If the police are talking to the FA and the FA have got to make that call, there wouldn't have been any resentment or disagreement with the people in the dressing room, neither Brian Clough (the Nottingham Forest manager at the time) or ourselves certainly.
"It's something that everybody wished had never happened but I think it's also something that nobody should forget."
Dalglish was being interviewed for a programme to mark the anniversary of the disaster, the first time he has spoken on camera about the events.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United can learn lessons from the transfer template of rivals Manchester City
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea top the list of the Premier League's most expensive squads
Cyprus vs Wales match report: Gareth Bale's bullet header has Welsh on brink of Euro 2016
Bayern Munich 'training camp' to supply refugees with food, footballs and German lessons
Anthony Martial: Manchester United's new signing received Patrice Evra's boots as a kid
- 1 President Obama leaves touching comment on Humans of New York photo from Iran
- 3 The Chinese city where men have 'three girlfriends because there are so many women'
- 4 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 250,000 back our campaign
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up