David Moyes of Everton look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at Britannia Stadium
David Moyes has attacked the authorities for betraying the 96 victims of Hillsborough.
On a night when Goodison Park paid its own emotional tribute to the Liverpool fans who died in the 1989 tragedy, Moyes laid into the establishment for letting them and their families down.
The Everton boss claimed he was stunned by the extent of the cover-up, which was finally revealed last week, branding it "a travesty".
Writing in his programme notes for his side's 2-2 draw with Newcastle, Moyes said: "I believe everybody in the world of football will have been shocked by the wrongdoings surrounding Hillsborough, which were exposed last week.
"As part of the football family, I, and everybody at Everton, stand
alongside the families who for so long have challenged the authorities over what has now been proved a travesty.
"I am not only a football manager, I'm a football supporter and a father, and I applaud the families who continued to fight for the ones they loved.
"The outcome was nothing short of disgraceful. We have all been brought up to believe and trust in authority.
"The authorities who were responsible for ensuring the safety of supporters that afternoon let themselves down, as have the government parties, who have been in power since."
Everton were led out by a girl in a Blues strip wearing No 9 and, standing to her right, a boy in Liverpool colours with the No 6 on his back to represent the victims.
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Everyone then applauded as the faces and names of the 96 were displayed on Goodison's two big screens to The Hollies' He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother.
Twenty-three years on and it is clear that Hillsborough remains painfully raw for everyone in Merseyside's footballing family.
Source from: www.mirror.co.uk