Gordon Taylor has promised to apologise to the families of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster for drawing a comparison between the 1989 tragedy and the Ched Evans case.
The chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association says he will not resign after making the remarks, which sought to find a parallel between Evans’s attempts to overturn a rape conviction and the bereaved families’ efforts to expose the truth of Hillsborough.
Initially, supporters were blamed for the disaster, which left 96 people dead. After Evans’s move to Oldham collapsed yesterday, Taylor said: “He wouldn’t have been the first person to be found guilty, maintained their innocence and been proved right. We know what happened with Hillsborough.”
The comments were met with anger and speaking on BBC Radio Merseyside today, Taylor expressed the intention to say sorry. “The last thing I intended to do was to upset anyone connected with the Hillsborough case.
“I’ve long been a supporter of them, so if that was the impression they got it’s a totally wrong one and I’m very sorry. That’s not what I intended.
“I know the people involved and I would be very happy to let them know that. I was intending to show [the bereaved families’ work] as a campaign to prove the reality of what happened [at
Hillsborough] and how determined they’ve been and how much I admire them. Ched Evans is a totally different case but he has the same belief in his innocence.”
Amar Singh, Digital Sports Editor of the Evening Standard, explains more.