Relatives of 96 Liverpool fans who died in Britain's worst football disaster 22 years ago are a step closer to finding out why they were targeted in a campaign of vilification instead of receiving sympathy from the authorities.

The relatives' long campaign to find out what happened in the days that followed the tragedy at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, on April 15, 1989, achieved a political breakthrough when MPs were told all the documents relating to the tragedy are to be released.

It was the first time a debate had been held in the Commons in response to an e-petition. Nearly 140,000 people backed a petition on the Downing St website calling for the release of all the relevant documents.

The lingering anger about the tragedy was intensified by rumours spread afterwards which blamed the deaths on yobbish behaviour by the fans.

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This was reported in several newspapers, most notably in the Sun, which ran the rumours under the headline "The Truth".

But they were dismissed outright in the official report by a High Court judge, Lord Taylor, which squarely blamed mistakes by the police.

- Independent