Newcastle United are reporting that Rafa Benitez traveled to Hillsborough Stadium this morning and the Spanish manager laid a wreath in tribute to those who died in the Hillsborough disaster.
The Hillsborough disaster was a human tragedy when fans were crushed to death on 15 April 1989, during the FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.
There were 96 total fatalities and 766 injured and it is the worst disaster in British sporting history.
Rafa Benitez at the Hillsborough memorial today
The disaster was initially blamed by the police on Liverpool fans who had been drinking, but after several inquiries it was deemed the supporters were unlawfully killed due to grossly negligent failures by police and ambulance services to fulfill their duty of care to the supporters.
That led to huge improvements in the seating at Football Stadiums throughout England and reduced capacities at the grounds.
Rafa Benitez knew all about the disaster after being the successful Liverpool manager from 2004-2010 and it says something of the man that he goes out of his way to lay a wreath for the victims and their families.
Rafa is not only bringing the skill and the pride back to Newcastle United Football Club, but he’s bringing the heart of the club back too – he deserves massive credit for doing that.