Hillsborough families oppose minutes silence for Margaret Thatcher
Wednesday 10 April 2013
Brendan Rodgers has said the only silent tribute this weekend should be held before Liverpool's game at Reading in order to honour the memory of the 96 supporters who died in the Hillsborough disaster.
The Liverpool manager's comments come in the wake of suggestions by the Reading chairman, John Madejski, and Dave Whelan at Wigan that football should show its respect for the former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Madjeski admitted that there was no chance of a silence being observed for Lady Thatcher because of the animosity towards her among Merseysiders, while the chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group said any plans for a minute's silence at this weekend's football games would be a "big mistake" in a week which marks the anniversary of Hillsborough.
"It's a terrible thing to speak ill of the dead, I know because it happened to my son and all the Hillsborough victims for 23 years," said Margaret Aspinall. "But if they do hold a minute's silence for Margaret Thatcher, I think they are making a big mistake. The fact is a lot of people would break that silence. Margaret Thatcher had contempt for football and its fans, in fact she was in favour of identity cards for all supporters."
Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton supports a minute's silence though. "She was such a great person and a great leader, she was first class and I think there is every reason that what she has done should be recorded," Charlton said.
Latest in Sport
Manchester United can learn lessons from the transfer template of rivals Manchester City
Pavement The Forum, London
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea top the list of the Premier League's most expensive squads
Bayern Munich 'training camp' to supply refugees with food, footballs and German lessons
David De Gea, Peter Odemwingie and the 18 weirdest transfer deadline day stories
- 3 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 4 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'
- 5 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
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
Britain to take more refugees as Cameron bows to pressure after more than 100,000 back our campaign
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up