But what about Heysel, the other major tragedy involving Liverpool fans in the 1980s? Why don’t we remember the Juventus fans who never came home? While one tragedy receives a national outpouring of sympathy every year, the other seems to have been swept under the rug. Memorial tributes have become such an ubiquitous part of English football that you wonder sometimes why black armbands aren’t sown into the players’ shirts. Yet there was no minute’s silence for Heysel during the final round of Premier League games last weekend, or the play-off finals. There won’t be a minute’s silence before the FA Cup Final either.

Juventus are holding a mass in Turin, attended by Ian Rush, the revered former striker who played for both clubs. Why aren’t Liverpool’s huge Catholic community holding their own mass? Why do the club’s fans sing about the 96, but not about the 39?

The sense of omertà goes further. Why aren’t supporters of other clubs queuing up to lay electronic tributes online? Venture onto Twitter right now and you’ll find only a smattering of messages from English fans, many of them devoted to petty tribal point-scoring rather than the tragedy itself.

Of the hundreds of Liverpool fans who joined the stampede, only a handful were punished. A total of 14 fans were found guilty of manslaughter, and given three-year suspended sentences. It’s easy to see why Juventus fans would believe this is lenient, just as the Hillsborough families condemn the authorities’ failure to punish the police officers who caused the carnage on Leppings Lane. Yet you’re unlikely to hear many people demanding justice today.

There are two very obvious reasons for this widespread reluctance to talk about Heysel. The first: it wasn’t English supporters who died. The second: it was English supporters who were responsible.

Whereas the Hillsborough disaster is a source of righteous grievance, Heysel provokes only shame. Although some have suggested National Front thugs may have been responsible for the stampede which killed 39 people at Heysel, the reality is that Liverpool fans, ordinary English footy lovers, were responsible.

And they were only doing what all other English supporters were doing at that time – rampaging across foreign fields and intimidating perceived enemies whenever they got the chance. Just as any set of English fans could have been the victims at Hillsborough, any set of English fans could have been the perpetrators at Heysel.

All I did was posit that not ALL Liverpool supporters were angels and that lawyers pursuing massive legal compensation claims are hardly moral guardians. And so to prove me wrong, I received endless horrific abuse.