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'I'd been painted as a drunken, ticketless murderer' - David Cameron's apology 10 years on

Tony Evans and Richie Greaves discuss David Cameron's Hillsborough apology 10 years on.



Tony Evans and Richie Greaves joined Joe Molloy on The Football Show to discuss Hillsborough.

10 years ago, then British Prime Minister David Cameron apologized to the people of Liverpool.

Liverpool fans were absolved of blame for the tragedy at Hillsborough that took place in 1989. But 10 years on the tragedy itself still lingers prominently in the lives of Liverpudlians and Liverpool fans. The apology from Cameron didn't come with further answers.

Joe Molloy asked Richie Greaves and Tony Evans, two people who were there that day, about how they felt when they learned of Cameron's apology.

"We never thought we'd hear a double apology off a Tory Prime Minister," Greaves said.

"When he came out with that, I just broke down. I don't think we realized the weight that we were carrying on our shoulders, to walk around for 23 years basically. I said in my evidence in Worral in 2014, that for 23 years of my life I'd been painted as a drunken, ticketless murderer.

"That was the day the truth finally got out...that's what that day is called, it's known as truth day."

While Greaves doesn't work in sports media, Evans has spent the last decade since the Hillsborough apology covering Liverpool and anything related to the football club. His recollection of the day was somewhat melancholic as peers reached out to express their apologies and sympathies.

"We'd had so many disappointments," Evans said.

"All of a sudden, to hear a Tory Prime Minister say this was unbelievable. I was in shock. I was doing the rounds with the media that day, it was my day off in work, but I spent all day [in work]. And I spent all day saying at least people were hearing the reality of the situation.

"At last the establishment have accepted it.

"Lots of people who got in touch with me, people who worked in newspapers, people in senior positions and apologized to me...'we thought the worst of you, I'm so ashamed.'"

But Evans believes the collective sympathy and understanding has diminished since that day. He believes that people are now more likely to use Hillsborough as an attack on Liverpool fans and the people of the city.

"And to think that we're in the situation that we're in now. A decade on, when everything is worse than ever. All that truth, all that reality, seems to have evaporated. Because so many people have backslid. The abuse, the trolling and the Hillsborough denying is worse, in my belief, than it ever has been."

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