The minute’s silence was the wrong idea, in my opinion. Don’t take that the wrong way, of course, as it was a massive tragedy and those people killed are gone forever.
But do we have a minute’s silence annually for every other disaster? Or Ibrox? Heysel? The Titanic? Or anything else? Especially if the teams playing were not involved. The scousers should’ve played on the Sunday, anyway. They should be doing their own minute’s silence that day, having their own grieving and respect moments.
The vast majority of non-scouser fans see the scouser ‘never the cause, always the victim’ mentality as a constant denial to their very own fault on the Hillsboro’ disaster. Do the scousers give the same respect for the 42 Italians they killed at Heysel?
I am certainly not condoning the few idiots up in the 500s who started a fairly muted ‘murderers, murderers…’ song during the minute’s silence, but I do question whether we should have to create these possible scenarios in the first place. Everyone can show their respect how they wish during their own time. Some don’t agree, which is their prerogative, but unfortunately a few feel they need to let others know that they think the scousers are dirty murdering scum during a moment when they should be showing some respect and keeping their thoughts to themselves, just like the vast majority of those in the stadium managed to do.
The minute’s silence should be respected. Of course it should. The fans who cannot hold back their opinions of those who killed those at Hillsboro’ should be asked to leave the stadium. But this wouldn’t work logistically and there would have been riots. Just don’t have a minute’s silence in the first place. Neither club playing yesterday was involved 20 years ago and, as I said previously, should we be holding a minute’s silence each year forever more on the anniversary of all disasters? Each individual should show his respect in his own time, should he wish to do so.
Did the whole of Liverpool come to a standstill yesterday? Or just those who went to Anfield? And those attending a match between two London teams being held in London? Will this now become an annual occurance like 11am on 11th day of the 11th month?
I wish to reiterate that everyone should respect the minute’s silence, no matter what they think of the fans who killed their own, albeit not deliberately.