The Scottish Sun fails to run cover apology for Hillsborough Disaster story

On the day that News International daily tabloid The Sun chose to appear contrite and issue an apology for it's coverage of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, it's Scottish counterpart has decided against following suit.

The Scottish Sun chose to run a different front cover than the English title, which ran 'The Real Truth' in a bid to redress its initial story headlined 'The Truth' 25 years ago, accusing some fans of pickpocketing victims.

Today's story, accompanied by an apology from editor Dominic Mohan, was replaced by a picture of US Open winner Andy Murray returning to Scotland following his victory on Tuesday morning.

At the time of writing, The Scottish Sun not commented despite a request by The Drum to explain the decision not to run the story or the apology on its cover, however it is believed that e decision was made due to the paper not originally covering the story and not wishing to be associated with it.

The Irish Sun did run the apology, although chose to 'bury' it, according to The Guardian Columnist Roy Greenslade.

Mohan's apology read; "'Twenty-three years ago The Sun newspaper made a terrible mistake. We published an inaccurate and offensive story about the events at Hillsborough. We said it was the truth - it wasn't.

''The Hillsborough Independent Panel has now established what really happened that day. It's an appalling story and at the heart of it are the police's attempts to smear Liverpool fans.

''It's a version of events that 23 years ago The Sun went along with and for that we're deeply ashamed and profoundly sorry. We've co-operated fully with the Hillsborough Independent Panel.''

The editor of The Sun at the time, Kelvin MacKenzie also issued an apology for the original story yesterday.

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