Hillsborough families have reacted with anger after it emerged that former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has instructed solicitors to demand an "apology and recompense" from South Yorkshire Police.
Mr MacKenzie, writing in The Spectator magazine, said he suffered "personal vilification for decades" as a result of the newspaper's discredited reporting of the disaster.
The Sun's front-page story, headlined "The Truth", which ran four days after the tragedy in April 1989 claimed that Liverpool fans urinated on police officers resuscitating the dying and stole from the dead.
According to extracts published on The Spectator's website, Mr MacKenzie writes: "Now I know - you know, we all know - that the fans were right.
"But it took 23 years, two inquiries, one inquest and research into 400,000 documents, many of which were kept secret under the 30-year no-publication rule, to discover there was a vast cover-up by South Yorkshire Police about the disaster. Where does that leave me?"
The former editor goes on to say that police patrols have been increased around his house and describes a "physical danger" he faces in Liverpool.
"But the people who have got away scot-free are South Yorkshire Police," he wrote, adding that he is seeking recompense for "the lies their officers told".
Sue Roberts, secretary of the Hillsborough Families Support Group, said: "The gall of that man to paint himself as a victim and for him to ask anybody for an apology - it beggars belief.
"He was responsible for a story which was part and parcel of a cover-up designed to blame innocent victims for the disaster.
"He is trying to turn the tables, he is trying to excuse his role in the cover-up and it stinks."