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Liverpool fans can heal the rift

In a week that the start for justice begins for Liverpool fans wrongly accused of causing the Hillsborough disaster it is ironic that Sheffield Wednesday has not explained why they did not have a valid safety certificate to hold the game.

Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday offered a "profound" apology to the families of those who died as did FA chairman David Bernstein on Thursday to all those affected by the Hillsborough disaster.

96 people lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest 23 years ago and the Police have to be held accountable for the mistakes made both during and after the game but you have to feel that is a personal episode between the Liverpool fans that needs closure.

Strong leadership is now needed from the top and with other disasters in the football archives it is time as Sir Alex Ferguson has said for Manchester United and Liverpool and other fans to end the tasteless chanting that has marred games in the past.

Liverpool fans have endured chants from United supporters about the Hillsborough disaster while the Reds fans have also been guilty of singing about Manchester United's Munich air disaster.

"You'd hope that this is a line in the sand in terms of how the fans behave with one another," Ferguson said.

"Both clubs have suffered fatalities through football.

"You hope that fans do behave themselves and support their team and that will be the end of it."

It may be time for fans to get behind their teams but history will never be forgotten.

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