Yesterday British Prime Minister, David Cameron, apologised to victims of Hillsborough disaster for the death of 96 Liverpool fans on 15 April 1989. In this battle for justice and truth lasting 23 years, footballing world played its part too. The families affected had support of various support groups, media personnel, footballers and clubs.
On 19 April 1989, four days after the disaster, Real Madrid and AC Milan were in competition in the European Cup semi-final at San Siro when the referee blew his whistle 3mins and 6 seconds into the first half and halted play. 3:06 PM was when disaster struck at Hillsborough four days ago. There was a minute’s silence as the 73,000 crowd started applauding in respect to those affected. Halfway through the minute, Milan fans started singing “You’ll never walk alone”, the song associated with Liverpool FC.
Turns out, Milan on its own part had printed out sheets of the song and asked the fans to memorise it and sing it on the day of the game against Real. And that’s what the fans did. An absolutely amazing and touching gesture by AC Milan, Real Madrid and their fans.
The game also featured classy characters such as Ruud Gullit, Van Basten, Rjikaard, Maldini, Ancelotti from Milan and Buyo, Chendo, Michel, Butragueno and Schuster for Real. Video of the moving gesture is below.