Reactions to publication of Hillsborough report

From Kenny Dalglish to Trevor Hicks, a round-up of some of the emotive reaction to the findings of the Hillsborough report
There has been significant and understandably emotive reaction to today's publication of the Hillsborough report from clubs, footballers, journalists, campaigners and the family members of victims. Here's a small selection:

"Today, the world knows what we have always known, that Liverpool fans were not just innocent on that terrible day but that there was reprehensible and hurtful misrepresentation of the truth."

Statement from Liverpool FC

"… 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 today."

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre.

"...the truth is out today and the justice starts tomorrow. We intend to follow every avenue, from prosecution to changing to unlawful killing verdicts and every other avenue we feel necessary. We’re not looking for scapegoats, but rather, accountability..."

Trevor Hicks, president of the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

"What the families have been put through for 23 years is a disgrace... So to hear the apology, it goes a long way. It doesn’t make us feel better because we are still and always will be at the end of this, the losers at Hillsborough."

Margaret Aspinall, chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

"Very positive outcome. 23 yrs waiting for the truth next step justice."

Kenny Dalglish, former Liverpool player and manager.

"The courage and dignity shown by the Hillsborough families and survivors is an example to all of us.

"For 23 years they have fought for truth and justice on behalf of the victims and survivors of this terrible tragedy and all Liverpool supporters.

"Victims and survivors suffered not just on April 15, 1989 in Sheffield, but for over two decades afterwards with the shameful slandering of their actions by people who abused their position and power.

"Speaking as someone whose family directly suffered, I know the pain and hurt will remain.

"However, I hope that today's report helps bring some comfort, now that everyone knows what happened on that day."

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool captain.

"These were criminal activities. We have got to the truth but where is the justice? That is what is crucial now. It will be even more frustrating if nothing else happens.

"Where I am disappointed is there was no mention of Margaret Thatcher, Bernard Ingham or Colin Moynihan or the government’s role in the cover-up. The Thatcher government is getting away scot-free. It is not highlighted at all. The blame is being laid at the door of the police and ambulance service."

Sheila Coleman, Hillsborough Justice Campaign.

"Everton Football Club urges all Evertonians to 'Remember The 96' on the day the Hillsborough files are finally released to the families."

Liverpool's Merseyside rivals Everton show their support on Twitter.

"I can't support any of the actions taken in 1989 to alter statements... The truth didn't come out. It wasn't acceptable and doesn't correspond to the sort of standards I would expect from officers these days... If people are shown to have acted criminally they should face prosecution. It's very simple."

South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Compton

"Today I offer my profuse apologies to the people of Liverpool for that headline... It has taken more than two decades, 400,000 documents and a two-year inquiry to discover to my horror that it would have been far more accurate had I written the headline 'The Lies' rather than 'The Truth'."

Kelvin Mackenzie, editor of The Sun at the time of the tragedy.

"The man is a lowlife. A clever lowlife, but a lowlife."

Trevor Hicks' response to Mackenzie's apology.

"Twenty-three years ago The Sun newspaper made a terrible mistake. We published an inaccurate and offensive story about the events at Hillsborough. We said it was the truth - it wasn't.

"It's an appalling story and at the heart of it are the police's attempts to smear Liverpool fans.

"It's a version of events that 23 years ago The Sun went along with and for that we're deeply ashamed and profoundly sorry. We've co-operated fully with the Hillsborough Independent Panel and will publish reports of their findings in tomorrow's newspaper. We will also reflect our deep sense of shame."

Current editor of The Sun Dominic Mohan offers his apologies.

"The Premier League welcomes the publication of the Independent Panel Report into the tragic events that unfolded at Hillsborough on 15th April 1989 but is saddened that it has taken so long for this information to be made available to the families and friends who lost loved ones.

"The Hillsborough families' campaign has brought this day about and it is through its tireless campaigning, supported by many including Liverpool FC and former Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport Andy Burnham MP, that we now have a fuller understanding of what led to the catastrophe that saw 96 fans die as a result of going to a football match.

"The relationship between fans, the football authorities and government has thankfully moved on radically since those times and the Premier League and English football more widely is committed to continuing to drive standards of ground safety, communication and liaison between supporters and the stakeholders involved in making a matchday as welcoming and safe an environment as possible."

Premier League statement on the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report.