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Margaret Thatcher passes away: Dave Whelan wants minute"s silence for former Prime Minister

Wigan boss Whelan calls for Wembley silence before Millwall clash to honour former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

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David Kent

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17:09 GMT, 9 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:09 GMT, 9 April 2013

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has called for a one-minute silence in honour of Baroness Margaret Thatcher.

The former Prime Minister died yesterday, aged 87 after suffering a stroke.

Whelan, whose Wigan side face Millwall in their FA Cup semi-final clash on Saturday, believes football fans should pay their respects to the deceased prime Minister.

Eyes on the prize: Dave Whelan would like a minute's silence for the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Eyes on the prize: Dave Whelan would like a minute's silence for the former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Speaking to the BBC, Whelan said: 'We owe Mrs Thatcher a minute's silence.

'We have to say thank you very much for the service she gave'.

But the Premier League have told Sportsmail there are no plans for a one-minute silence ahead of this weekend fixtures.

Bradley Wiggins: Liar Lance Armstrong made me so glad I"m clean

Liar Lance made me so glad I'm clean, says Tour de France winner Wiggins

By
Richard Moore

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21:59 GMT, 24 January 2013

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02:38 GMT, 25 January 2013

Sir Bradley Wiggins has revealed how
watching Lance Armstrong's drug confession left him feeling angry, sad
and emotional – but relieved that he will never have to tell his son his
father doped to win the Tour de France.

'I wasn't going to watch it,' said
Wiggins last night, speaking at the Team Sky training camp in Majorca.
'I was determined not to watch it. But then I got home and I watched it
with my seven-year-old son Ben.

'Those initial six questions, the yes-no answers, watching him suddenly cave in after all those years of lying so convincingly . . . there was a lot of anger, a lot of sadness. I was slightly emotional as well. It was difficult to watch. My wife couldn't watch it. She walked out the room.

All smiles: Sir Bradley Wiggins during the Team Sky Media Day in Alcudia, Majorca on Thursday

All smiles: Sir Bradley Wiggins during the Team Sky Media Day in Alcudia, Majorca on Thursday

All smiles: Sir Bradley Wiggins during the Team Sky Media Day in Alcudia, Majorca on Thursday

'It was heartbreaking in some respects for the sport, but then the anger kicks in,' Wiggins continued. 'You're thinking, “What a ****ing a******e”.

'Then I've got to explain to my son what it's all about, that he has won the same race his dad has won. But by the end of the hour and a half I had the best feeling in the world.'

It was a feeling of relief and smugness, said Wiggins, who last year became the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

Confession: Lance Armstrong admitted to doping during his interviews with Oprah Winfrey

Confession: Lance Armstrong admitted to doping during his interviews with Oprah Winfrey

He said: 'When Armstrong started welling up talking about his 13-year-old son asking him what it was all about . . . I never have to have that conversation with my own son. I can tell him his father's won the Tour de France clean and so there was an element of being quite smug.

'By the end, I thought, “You deserve everything you get”, and I felt no sympathy for him at all.

Meet the team: Wiggins with Josh Edmondson and Chris Froome in Mallorca

Meet the team: Wiggins with Josh Edmondson and Chris Froome in Mallorca

Training: Wiggins rides in Port Alcudia

Training: Wiggins rides in Port Alcudia

'I was a fan of Lance. I watched him
win the world championships in 1993 when I was 13, and when he came back
from cancer and won the Tour de France in 1999 I was 19, on the British
track programme, and that was so inspirational.

'And then I never really raced with him in his prime. I raced him at
the Tour when he came back in 2009 and I was fourth and he was third.'

Armstrong told Oprah Winfrey that he was clean in that comeback Tour,
though the US Anti-Doping Agency put the chances of him not doping that
year at 'one in a million'. Wiggins concurs. 'When he said he was upset
about USADA's claim that he doped in 2009 and 2010, I thought, you lying
b*****d,' he said.

'I can still remember going toe-to-toe with him, watching his body language and comparing the man I saw at the top of Verbier on stage 15 to the man I saw at the top of Mont Ventoux on stage 20 a week later, when we were in dope control together. It wasn't the same bike rider.

'I don't believe anything that comes out the guy's mouth any more.'

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford added that Armstrong's confession had put cycling's credibility in the 'last chance saloon'.

He said: 'The sport must never go back to the place it was in the past. Fans must genuinely trust the results.'

Demba Ba joning Chelsea

Ba set to join Chelsea as Pardew confirms striker will leave with Newcastle's blessing

By
Neil Ashton and Sami Mokbel

PUBLISHED:

00:57 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

00:57 GMT, 3 January 2013

Demba Ba is on the verge of joining Chelsea from Newcastle.

The Senegal striker, left out of the Newcastle squad for the game against Everton ahead of his proposed 7million switch, underwent a medical on Wednesday.

Ba could be handed an instant role in the weekend FA Cup clash against Southampton.

Away: Demba Ba looks set to join Chelsea after being given permission to speak to the Stamford Bridge club

Away: Demba Ba looks set to join Chelsea after being given permission to speak to the Stamford Bridge club

Chelsea interim manager Rafael
Benitez said after the club's shock 1-0 defeat at home to QPR: ‘Fernando
Torres is one of the players we need to rest, he has been playing too
many games. I don’t have any official information about the situation.
Officially he (Ba) is not our player. The club are working on it and we
can talk about him when it’s official.

‘If we can do the business then, hopefully, he can be available for the weekend.’

Newcastle confirmed Chelsea had triggered the striker’s 7m release
clause and that he had been left out of Wednesday night's 2-1 defeat to
hold talks with Chelsea officials.

The Stamford Bridge club saw off late interest from Arsenal in Ba, who,
it is understood, will earn around 70,000 a week at his new club — a
significant improvement on his terms in the North East.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew told Sky Sports: ‘It’s done, he’ll go to Chelsea with our blessing.

Main man: Ba has been in fine form for Newcastle, scoring 13 goals in a struggling side this season

Main man: Ba has been in fine form for Newcastle, scoring 13 goals in a struggling side this season

‘For us, it’s not a bad thing because all the uncertainty over whether
he was going to stay, it’s now done. We are bigger than any player so in
some respects I’m pleased.’

Chelsea’s bid looked in the balance on Sunday after talks between Ba’s
representatives and club officials broke down over his wage demands.

Sportsmail understands Ba’s advisors initially rejected Chelsea’s
attempts to hold further talks on Monday, saying they wanted to speak
with other interested parties.

But, after a significant breakthrough, Chelsea moved quickly on Wednesday.

Get shirty: An image quickly circulated on Twitter of a Chelsea shirt being printed with 'Ba'

Get shirty: An image quickly circulated on Twitter of a Chelsea shirt being printed with 'Ba'

The Senegal striker, 27, joined Newcastle in 2011 from West Ham and has
scored 29 goals in 54 league games for them. But he has been
consistently linked with a move away from the club because of the
release clause in his contract.

Newcastle have tried several times to persuade the striker to sign a
new, improved deal in a bid to get rid of the clause but Ba has always
refused.

Benitez had put a new striker at the top of his January shopping list
after Liverpool’s 12m capture of Daniel Sturridge, which was confirmed
on Wednesday, left Torres as his only recognised striker.

Owner Roman Abramovich remains interested in Atletico Madrid’s Radamel
Falcao but it is looking increasingly likely the Russian will have to
wait until the summer to land him.

Wave goodbye: Ba looks set to bid farewell to Tyneside and move south to London

Wave goodbye: Ba looks set to bid farewell to Tyneside and move south to London

Newcastle will step up their pursuit of Marseille striker Loic Remy after Ba’s departure.

The 26-year-old France striker, who has scored 82 goals in six years in
the French league, was identified as Newcastle’s top target even before
Ba left.

Newcastle are hoping to see off late interest from QPR and West Ham to land Remy.

Newcastle have also shown an interest in Ajax’s Holland youth forward Jody Lukoki.

Papiss Cisse will prove his worth, says Alan Pardew

We don't know why he's not scoring but Cisse will prove net worth, insists Pardew

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22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has backed goal-shy Papiss Cisse to re-discover his goalscoring prowess, and believes the 8million striker is a better player than last year.

It is nearly a year since the Senegal international joined Newcastle from Freiburg. He scored on his debut as a substitute against Aston Villa and finished the season with 13 goals in 14 games, while his partner Demba Ba found the net just once.

This season, with Ba claiming the central striking role in a new-look Newcastle, and Cisse playing mainly on the right flank, he has only found the net twice in the Barclays Premier League while Ba has 11, second only behind Michu and Robin van Persie.

Off target: Papiss Cisse has been below his best in front of goal this season

Off target: Papiss Cisse has been below his best in front of goal this season

On Saturday, Pardew was booed by home fans when he replaced Cisse with match-winner Shola Ameobi and the unhappy striker reluctantly shook his manager’s hand.

But Pardew is insistent the 27-year-old will have a crucial role to play for the remainder of the season, especially when Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye return from injuries in the New Year, and he has new recruits. With Ba’s Newcastle future still in the balance as the club await the dreaded 7.5million bids which will invoke his release clause, Cisse could be back as centre forward very soon.

And Pardew admitted: ‘Papiss is a victim of our injury problems. Without Ben Arfa and Cabaye we have lacked quality in the last third and have not created a lot of moments for him to score.

Backing: Alan Pardew is confident Cisse will rediscover his form

Backing: Alan Pardew is confident Cisse will rediscover his form

'Hopefully we can create more moments for him and he will start scoring goals soon.

‘I can confidently predict Papiss will score more goals in the second half of the season. In some respects playing right has helped his game and his ball retention.

'He needed to improve on that as a striker and I thought, even last year when he was scoring goals, that was a weakness in his game.

‘He has improved that. It has taken the pressure off him to score goals that has helped a little bit. He’s still had chances.

'When you look at him in training, we are a little bit perplexed as to why he’s not scoring goals. But he is getting there, getting chances and that’s the main thing.’

Mark Clattenburg race row must end, says Petr Cech

End this row! Cech demands closure on Clattenburg race case as he calls for better lines of communication with refs

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07:00 GMT, 15 November 2012

Chelsea's Petr Cech wants an end to the club's race row with Mark Clattenburg.

The goalkeeper has admitted he has no idea if the referee made inappropriate comments interpreted as being racist in nature towards John Obi Mikel – a charge the official denies – but has backed the Blues in their fight.

The complaints stemmed from Chelsea's 3-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United on October 28, a match in which Clattenburg sent off both Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres of Chelsea.

Storm: Referee Mark Clattenburg stands accused of making racist comments towards Chelsea players during the Premier League defeat to Manchester United

Storm: Referee Mark Clattenburg stands accused of making racist comments towards Chelsea players during the Premier League defeat to Manchester United

The Metropolitan Police closed their investigation into the matter on Tuesday, while the Football Association says it will complete its own probe by Friday.

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Hands up who wants this to end: Petr Cech wants closure on the row

'I think there should be better communication from the side of the referee towards the public as well,' he added. 'I think it would help. You have so many projects of respects for the referees and I think that would help as well.

'They are more open because like I said, the players come and say fair enough I made mistake, it was completely wrong, I shouldn't have dived, I shouldn't have done this, and you get the credit for that.

'And I think you'll get respect from the people and I think this is what can sometimes happen with the referees.

'Their job is very hard anyway and we all know that but I think the communication could be better.'

Remembrance Day 2012: Premier League respects war heroes

The Premier League remembers: Clubs pay their respects to war heroes

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16:05 GMT, 10 November 2012

Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, Premier League clubs across the country paid their respects to those who have served their country in war.

Players had poppies emblazoned on their strips while those at Stoke's home game against Queens Park Rangers warmed up in Appeal T-shirts.

A minute's silence was impeccably observed at all grounds.

Message: Arsenal players' shirts were emblazonded with poppies

Message: Arsenal players' shirts were emblazonded with poppies

A minute's silence is observed before kick off in an English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Fulham

Chelsea, like all 20 Premier League
clubs this weekend, will wear poppies on their shirts against Liverpool tomorrow, which will then
be auctioned off to raise money for the Royal British Legion.

Defender Gary Cahill admitted he might have to explain the significance of the
red flowers to some of his foreign team-mates, but was sincere as he discussed the importance of marking Remembrance Sunday after meeting
servicemen and women at Chelsea's training ground at Cobham.

In memory: A war tribute outside Everton's stadium before the match with Sunderland

In memory: A war tribute outside Everton's stadium before the match with Sunderland

'Some are based here for the next two or three years and some are going off, March until December,' he says.

'They
come back for Christmas. It's real life. It must be crazy. I can't
imagine what that would be like. They deserve a lot of respect.'

Remembering: Stoke and Queens Park Rangers players observe a minutes silence

Remembering: Stoke and Queens Park Rangers players observe a minutes silence

Stoke City's Peter Crouch wears a Poppy Appeal t-shirt

Referee Martin Atkinson (centre) wearing a Poppy Appeal t-shirt

Matching: Peter Crough (left) and referee Martin Atkinson wore Poppy Appeal t-shirts at Stoke

Heads bowed: Reading players wore poppies on their shirts against Norwich

Heads bowed: Reading players wore poppies on their shirts against Norwich

Liverpool and Manchester United unite for Hillsborough tribute

Man United and Liverpool ally for Hillsborough tribute

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22:08 GMT, 18 September 2012

Liverpool have revealed details of the tribute that will be paid to the 96 Hillsborough victims this weekend when they return to Anfield for the first time since the damning report about the tragedy was published.

A mosaic will be displayed on three sides of the ground – the Anfield Road End, the Centenary Stand and the Kop – before Sunday's game against Manchester United to spell out '96', 'Justice' and 'The Truth' ahead of kick-off.

Memorial: Liverpool's game against United will mark the first at Anfield since the Hillsborough report

Memorial: Liverpool's game against United will mark the first at Anfield since the Hillsborough report

Memorial: Liverpool's game against United will mark the first at Anfield since the Hillsborough report

Then 96 red balloons will be released by opposing captains Steven Gerrard and Nemanja Vidic to honour the memory of those who lost their lives on April 15, 1989, while representatives from three support groups will be present.

United are still in negotiations with Liverpool and are determined to respect the occasion but they will not yet reveal how.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre, who has thanked neighbours Everton for the poignant show of support before Monday's game against Newcastle, says the club are determined to show their appreciation for those who have campaigned tirelessly to get the truth published.

Merseyside United: Liverpool's rivals Everton paid their respects before Monday's game against Newcastle

Merseyside United: Liverpool's rivals Everton paid their respects before Monday's game against Newcastle

'It is the first opportunity we have had as a football club to pay tribute at Anfield for what everyone has done – the families, the fans and various other people like Andy Burnham MP,' said Ayre.

'It is a chance for everybody to show their respects.' Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant United will do everything possible to provide their assistance this weekend.

'As a club, we are totally supportive of Liverpool in this situation,' said the United manager.

'It's going to be a very emotional day on Sunday and we will support them in every way that we can. We are in complete support of Liverpool Football Club at this moment in time and we understand what those families must have felt reading the report.'

Liverpool will travel to Switzerland today for their first Europa League game against Young Boys Berne without several key players. Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Pepe Reina will all stay at home to prepare for the United game.

Hillsborough: Everton tribute to Liverpool victims

Merseyside united: Classy Everton's show of solidarity encapsulated by Moyes' tribute

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07:22 GMT, 18 September 2012

They were scenes that proved there are far more important things in life than football.

Before a ball had even been kicked between Newcastle and Everton at Goodison Park, the blue side of Liverpool had already shown their class.

In a moving show of solidarity, two mascots, one young girl in Everton blue and one small boy in the red of Liverpool, led the players on to the pitch.

Solidarity: The two mascots' numbers combined to read 96, the number of those who lost their lives in 1989

Solidarity: The two mascots' numbers combined to read 96, the number of those who lost their lives in 1989

Respect: The Everton team showed their support to the victims' families

Respect: The Everton team showed their support to the victims' families

As they emerged in front of the teams from the tunnel, the numbers on the back of the shirts became visible, the girl’s was the number 9, and the boy had the number 6.

This neat touch was, of course, implemented for Everton to show their support to the families of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

The players and mascots assembled on the centre circle before The Hollies’ He Ain’t Heavy was belted out of the speakers accompanied by a photo collage of the 96 victims of the disaster.

The players, the staff, the officials and the fans inside the stadium, among them Trevor Hicks and Margaret Aspinall, applauded throughout the song as the faces of those who lost their lives in 1989 poignantly lingered on the screen.

Solidarity: A banner inside Goodison Park showed the unity in the city

Solidarity: A banner inside Goodison Park showed the unity in the city

Leighton Baines dedicated his strike – the first goal in the 2-2 draw with Newcastle – to the memory of the Hillsborough disaster victims. His father, a Liverpool fan, had survived the incident.

Baines said: 'I'd dedicate it to them definitely, but then it's hard to relate me scoring or the game in general with Hillsborough in some respects, because football pales into a certain level of insignificance when you compare the two.

'But I thought what we did at the start of the game was a nice touch and hopefully now people can start to move forward, and perhaps get some of the closure that they need.'

Rival support: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson (right) and Mike Phelan were at the game

Rival support: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson (right) and Mike Phelan were at the game

Everton
manager David Moyes expressed his support for the victims’ families in
the form of strongly-worded, yet emotive, programme notes.

Moyes said: 'I, and everybody
at Everton, stand alongside the families who have challenged the
authorities over what has been proved a travesty.

‘I'm a football manager, a supporter
and a father, and I applauded the families who continued to fight for
the ones they loved. I believe everybody in the world of football will
have been shocked by the wrongdoings surrounding Hillsborough which were
exposed last week.

‘As part of the football family, I,
and everybody at Everton, stand alongside the families who for so long
have challenged the authorities over what has now been proved a
travesty. I am not only a football manager, I'm a football supporter and
a father, and I applaud the families who continued to fight for the
ones they loved.

Joint effort: Everyone in the stadium applauded before the game began

Joint effort: Everyone in the stadium applauded before the game began

Everyone in the stadium applauded before the game began

‘The
outcome was nothing short of disgraceful. We have all been brought up to
believe and trust in authority. The authorities who were responsible
for ensuring the safety of supporters that afternoon let themselves
down, as have the government parties who have been in power since.
‘Praise must go to Andy Burnham and the families for getting disclosure.'

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre
said: 'I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to all the staff and
fans at Everton Football Club from everyone at Liverpool for the
display of support you have shown the Hillsborough families tonight.

'We’ve always been great rivals on
the pitch but off it, the two clubs have always supported each other. In
the immediate aftermath of the disaster, Everton Football Club was
there for us and that solidarity was on display again last week when the
Hillsborough Independent Panel’s findings were revealed.

Revelations: Last week it became known that the police had attempted to incorrectly blame fans for the incident

Revelations: Last week it became known that the police had attempted to incorrectly blame fans for the incident

Them too: Newcastle's players joined in before the match

Them too: Newcastle's players joined in before the match

'At times like this, football
rivalries take a back seat – something that makes this city unique and I
think supporters of both clubs can be immensely proud of the way they
have conducted themselves over the past days, weeks and years since the
tragedy.'

Last week, an independent panel
revealed that the police had attempted to blame the fans inside the
stadium for the tragedy, which cost 96 lives and changed the landscape
of football forever.

For everyone to see: Fans were proud to be associated with banners more commonly seen at Anfield

For everyone to see: Fans were proud to be associated with banners more commonly seen at Anfield

For everyone to see: Fans were proud to be associated with banners more commonly seen at Anfield

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "They kept fighting for truth… now we must give people hope"

'They kept fighting for truth… now we must give people hope', says Liverpool boss Rodgers

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22:38 GMT, 13 September 2012

It had just gone 3pm on Wednesday afternoon when Brendan Rodgers gave a blast of his whistle and beckoned Liverpool's players together.

No words were exchanged but, then again, none were needed. As the city prepared to fall silent to honour the 96 souls who had perished at Hillsborough, at 3.06pm Liverpool's manager and his squad, behind the walls of their Melwood training base, paid their own private respects.

Enough is enough: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants an end to vile chanting

Looking back: Rodgers at the vigil in Liverpool

'What attracts you to this club is its history,' said Rodgers. 'If you are clever and bright enough, you will look into the history. A big part of this club was this disaster. It was a monumental disaster for this club, its supporters and their families.

'Everyone who comes in here understands their role. Everyone understands the magnitude of what happened. We had our silence on the field, during our session.

'I looked at the eyes and the faces of the players who have just come in. They were not bemused by it. They understood why they were in silence. That is what it is about to be here – it is understanding history.'

There is also an acute need to understand the city. The astonishing events of Wednesday, from the Prime Minister's apology to the heart-breaking disclosures of the Hillsborough report, provoked myriad emotions: relief, justification, anger and sadness.

As he drove away from the vigil that was held later that evening outside St George's Hall, it was then Rodgers appreciated fully what being Liverpool manager entails. Coaching and training are all well and good but the real challenge is to inspire and lead by example when times are most difficult.

'I love every minute of being a manager but life is more important,' Rodgers said. 'Life, people's health. Families. But what football can give people is hope. That is what it provides.

Total support: Fans leave tributes at the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield

Full support: Fans leave tributes at the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield

'One thing I have got out the last few days is that perseverance and persistence are the biggest things you can have in life, whether it is in your professional capacity or social life. (The Hillsborough families) have fought for 23 years.

'Can you imagine their journey The good days, the bad days. But they kept fighting. So desire, will, perseverance; those were great words that came flashing back to me when I was driving home. I have said it before and I will repeat it again – (being Liverpool manager) is a way of life.

'You carry a city and people's hopes here. As a leader of a club such as Liverpool, your duty is not just to the players but to provide hope for your supporters.

'I think I understood what being Liverpool manager was about before I came in but there is no doubt the whole process in meeting Margaret (Aspinall) and Jenni (Hicks) and the people involved with the families heightens the responsibility. There is absolutely no doubt.

'There is no honeymoon period here. The boat has set sail in terms of me being the manager here but being around those people… As I say I understand what it means to them and I am more than happy to carry that hope.'

And hope is such a key word. After 23 years campaigning with courage, integrity and dignity, those families who lost loved ones at Hillsborough have faith that those who were responsible for causing the disaster will be held accountable.

Yet, for all the hope, a sorrow remains that will never leave. Some revelations were simply too grievous and it will take time for those who were bereaved – and the city that has stood so staunchly behind them during their campaign for the truth – to comprehend with them.

'Like everyone else I'm sure what hit home was the 41 people who could have survived,' said Rodgers. 'That must have been a sad moment for the families, as much as there was justice and as much as there was a feeling they had won.

'They must have gone to bed with a real sadness that actually their son or brother maybe had the chance to be alive. That was the single biggest thing that shocked me because people have passed away and lost their lives and seeing the two young girls who lost their father.

'Imagine how the course of those two young girls' lives changed Their father may have survived so that hit home, as someone who has lost parents over the last 18-months. I suppose the only comfort they can draw was that everything they have been fighting for has been proven right.'

So will there be closure

'I am not sure,' he replied. 'I think the fight goes on for all of your life. You don't really get justice because you never get your father, sister or brother back. but you fight for the right and the cause. The cause was simple: it was the name of the people of Liverpool which was damned all these years.

'There is no doubting some people on the outside would have believed the propaganda. There is absolutely no question, so it was great for those people last night to put the message worldwide that we were right all along.'

Hillsborough and Munich chants must be stopped

EXCLUSIVE: Stop this hate! Hillsborough and Munich chants must be stopped

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22:02 GMT, 12 September 2012

Manchester United and Liverpool supporters have been urged to stop singing songs mocking the tragedies that have afflicted both clubs following Wednesday's dramatic revelations about the death of 96 fans at Hillsborough.

Sandy Busby, son of the late United manager Sir Matt, and Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler both welcomed the conclusion by the Hillsborough Independent Panel and immediately called upon fans to put an end to the vile chants heard in recent times.

Cut it out: Jamie Carragher (centre left) and Kenny Dalglish (left) were among those to pay their respects on Wednesday

Cut it out: Jamie Carragher (centre left) and Kenny Dalglish (left) were among those to pay their respects on Wednesday

A minority of United fans still sing about the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy, while some Liverpool supporters – and indeed those from other clubs – continue to mock the 1958 Munich air disaster that claimed the lives of 23 players, staff and journalists.

Last night Busby – whose father survived the crash in Munich – said: 'My heart goes out to the Liverpool fans who were affected by Hillsborough because I know what it's like.

'You think about it every day. The pain never really goes away. The anniversaries are still upsetting and every day something reminds you of the terrible thing that happened.

'Maybe after this some of the Liverpool fans, and of course the families, can take some comfort that the correct things have eventually been said.

'All I hope now is the two sets of fans – the minorities that are still out there – can stop these awful songs. It's sick and it's sad and it's a shame.

'People think it washes over you but it doesn't. If the people who sing them could stand in the shoes of the relatives of those who died in these tragedies then maybe they would think twice.'

Fowler, who scored 128 goals in 266 appearances for Liverpool, added: 'There is a lot of animosity in football these days but there is no place for that kind of chanting. We have all heard the songs but, thankfully, the majority of fans would never sing about tragedies and we can only hope they set the example going forward.

Not forgotten: There are still vile chants which a minority of fans deem acceptable after the Hillsborough and Munich disasters

Not forgotten: There are still vile chants which a minority of fans deem acceptable after the Hillsborough and Munich disasters

Solidarity: Liverpudlians turned out for a vigil in their city after the truth was finally uncovered

Solidarity: Liverpudlians turned out for a vigil in their city after the truth was finally uncovered

'You have seen what Liverpool is about as a city in the last 24 hours. Yes, people have their differences but they come together at difficult times and Liverpool and Everton, the clubs and the supporters, will always be there for one another.'

Both United and Liverpool have made attempts to dissuade their fans from singing distasteful songs, with varying degrees of success.

Fans from other clubs also sing about the tragedies from time to time. But with the two North West giants due to meet at Anfield in the Barclays Premier League next week, all eyes will be on both sets of fans once again.

Busby added: 'I remember my dad and Bob Paisley holding hands on a bus at Wembley before the (1983) Charity Shield game.

'It was designed to show the fans that the two clubs could stand side by side off the pitch and support each other and have a warm feeling for each other. It was a great idea but some people don't want to listen do they'

Tributes: Across Liverpool people have showed their support for the victims' families after the fateful day in 1989

Tributes: Across Liverpool people have showed their support for the victims' families after the fateful day in 1989

After thousands gathered in the city centre last night for a vigil in memory of the Hillsborough victims, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: 'I was incredibly moved by the vigil. The courage and dignity displayed by the families and survivors is truly humbling.'

Commenting on the report Liverpool's managing director, Ian Ayre, added: 'It's vital (that the public know) because even in recent times we've seen people still stick to this myth that Liverpool fans were responsible for this tragedy.

They now know what we've known for 23 years, which is that Liverpool fans weren't responsible. We've exonerated ourselves and this report has exonerated them.'

Ayre said the phrase which struck the biggest chord with him in Prime Minister David Cameron's speech was 'double injustice' and he said: 'Not only the fact these people died unnecessarily, but the fact a process ensued and dragged their names through the mud.'