Sir Norman Bettison is not well regarded on Merseyside.
Wolves owner Steve Morgan is currently facing a backlash from Wolves and Liverpool fans after pictures appeared in the Express and Star of him shaking hands with retired Chief Constable Sir Norman Bettison at Valley Parade during Wolves’ 2-1 over Bradford City at the weekend.
Bettison resigned as Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police following the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s report into the Hillsborough disaster last year – and has been subject to investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over the alleged cover-up from 1989. An investigation into his conduct in 1989 is still ongoing after being accused by Parliamentary figures of trying to pin the blame on Liverpool fans for the disaster in 1989.
Ever since the IPCC has said the retired Chief Constable – who was also ranked in that role on Merseyside – had a case to answer in the aftermath of the panel’s report (if he had not resigned), and has seen his honorary degree stripped from Liverpool John Moores University.
Morgan has also made attempts to buy Liverpool Football Club in the past – the club he grew up supporting, and was once a shareholder of – whilst he and Bettison have been known to be ‘old pals.’
Steve Morgan an #LFC fan I think was at Hillsborough, helped the families over the years. So strange he's a close friend of Norman Bettison.— David Conn (@david_conn) October 30, 2013
Wolves released a club statement today saying: ‘The club has been contacted by many fans regarding some Express & Star tweets this morning referring to a big Wolves story, which was about to break.
‘The story is that Sir Norman Bettison attended the Bradford City away game in the same way he has attended many Wolves games in the past.
‘Steve Morgan and Sir Norman Bettison have known each other for many years.
‘Everyone connected with the club has the utmost sympathy and respect for the victims of Hillsborough and their families, and today’s Express and Star story should in no way detract from those heartfelt sentiments.’
It's not just Wolves games Bettison has attended with Morgan, as the former police officer has also attended Liverpool games.
Here's some reaction from twitter:
So Liverpudlian Steve Morgan invites possibly one of the most despised people in Mersyside as his guest at wolves game! Idiot!— richard (@rb1770wb) October 30, 2013
Steve 'lifelong Liverpool fan' Morgan entertaining Norman Bettison at Wolves games. Disgusting— Chris McConville (@McConville94) October 30, 2013
Shocking images of Steve Morgan with Norman Bettison. What on earth was he thinking?— Jamie Bowman (@JamieBowman77) October 30, 2013