A Bit Of Class From Benitez Speaks Volumes About The Man

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.

7 comments so far

  • jezza442

    Apr 8, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #1

    rafa ,what a top bloke,he’s not only making us a better club on the field he’s also enhancing our reputation off the pitch with gestures like this .

  • TyneMouth

    Apr 8, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #2




    …………SHELVEY……………. DIAME…

    ..RITCHIE…………. PEREZ…………. ATSU..



  • JamesToon

    Apr 8, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #3

    How can you not love this man.

    Also, credit to hughton and brighton, they really are pushing us right to the very limit, he’s done a very good job there.

  • jezza442

    Apr 8, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #4

    spot on jamestoon and apparently according to a few people on here he’s overrated.pish absolute pish!

  • jezza442

    Apr 8, 2017 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #5

    wouldn’t mind seeing this team some time….
    yedlin mbemba clark dummy
    hayden shelves
    Ritchie gayle atsu

  • Tsunki

    Apr 8, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Toonbotherer should be proud that TOF has bravely donned the mantle of WUM Complainer and is using his mighty blogging powers to devastating effect, not letting any pestilent nuisance like fact deflect him from his irrational hatred of the one man tasked, and succeeding with a promotion remit (damn him how dare he!) .

    Hard to believe that he is not a tiresome infester from the backwash with his yearnings to join the heathen hordes of the Wear, or rooting for Brighton, so many miles away from the Geordie hills and valleys, to beat us into a precarious second place.

  • JackBall

    Apr 8, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #7

    It may be sacrilege to say that winning is not everything, but is not nicer to respect your team and hey, win also. No one could ever say that we are near perfect, but I truly like our team and the manner in which Rafa goes about his business. He has the right balance of passion and dignity that in many ways is as important as a final result. People can rightly criticize a tactical/team selection decision here and there, but criticizing the man has, as far as I can see from over here, has zero justification.


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