The former editor of The Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie , has reportedly claimed that the newspaper’s allegations about Liverpool supporters at Hillsborough was "the truth".
The Sun famously claimed that Liverpool fans had caused the tragedy (which resulted in the loss of 96 lives) by drunkenly storming the gates, and also alleged that fans urinated on the bodies of the dead and pickpocketed them.
Then-editor MacKenzie made a grovelling apology the next day, but The Sun is still boycotted by many Liverpool fans because of those horrendous accusations.
The paper then issued a formal apology in 2004, saying they were "truly sorry" for making "the most terrible mistake in history."
However, in a stunning display of insensitivity, MacKenzie has now apparently told a business lunch in Newcastle that he was forced to apologise by owner Rupert Murdoch and he still stands by his allegations.
"I went on the World at One the next day and apologised. I only did
that because Rupert Murdoch told me to," he said, according to the
"I wasn’t sorry then and I’m not sorry now because we told the truth. There was a surge of Liverpool fans who had been drinking and that is
what caused the disaster."
All The Sun’s allegations were disproved by the Justice Taylor inquiry
into the tragedy
Now, whilst MacKenzie may wish to report on the tragedy from