Rodgers Praises Courage of Hillsborough Families
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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 13, 2012)(ITN - NO ACCESS UK/ ABC (Aust)/ TVNZ/ .co.uk SITES (Internet) NO USE AFTER 30 DAYS) 1. SOUNDBITE (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER BRENDAN RODGERS SAYING: "Well, I suppose like the rest of the country I was very happy for the families and the survivors and all those people that have supported the groups for the last 23 years. Obviously shocked as well at some of the findings within the report. The most important people in all of this are the families that have suffered for this period of time. It has been incredible what they have had to go through. I remember I was a 16-year-old boy in Northern Ireland at the time. A couple of months later I left come to England. I am sat here today as a 39-year-old and the families have just had justice." STORY: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has welcomed new evidence about the Hillsborough tragedy that led to UK Prime Minister David Cameron issuing a public apology. The Conservative Party leader spoke on Wednesday (September 12) after the release of an independent panel's investigation into the deaths that said police had sought to blame the Liverpool fans, portraying them as aggressive, drunk and ticketless and bent on packing into the already crowded stadium. The independent panel, set up in 2010 by the last Labour government to examine all the public paperwork relating to the tragedy, concluded that it could have been avoided, more lives could have been saved and the police response was flawed. "There were clear operational failures in response to the disaster and in its aftermath there were strenuous attempts to deflect the blame onto the fans," it said. Senior police edited their officers' witness statements from the day to paint them in a less damaging light, the report said. South Yorkshire Police removed negative comments from 116 out of 164 police statements. Speaking to reporters on Thursday (September 13), Rodgers said his thoughts were with the families of the victims, and added that he hoped the findings of the independent panel would encourage fans of other clubs to stop negative chanting about the tragedy. "Well, I suppose like the rest of the country I was very happy for the families and the survivors and all those people that have supported the groups for the last 23 years," he said when asked for his reaction when he heard the news on Wednesday. "Obviously shocked as well at some of the findings within the report. The most important people in all of this are the families that have suffered for this period of time. It has been incredible what they have had to go through. I remember I was a 16-year-old boy in Northern Ireland at the time. A couple of months later I left come to England. I am sat here today as a 39-year-old and the families have just had justice."