Fiji Time: 6:52 AM on Thursday 26 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

A minute silence to remember the Hillsborough disaster

Afp
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LIVERPOOL - Liverpool have marked the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster with a solemn minute's silence before their Premier League home game with Manchester City.

Shortly before kick-off on a sun-soaked Sunday afternoon, players and fans stood with their heads bowed in memory of the 96 Liverpool supporters killed in a crush during an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium on April 15, 1989.

A mosaic bearing the words '96, 25 YEARS' was held up by fans in Anfield's Kop stand. The silence was broken only by the drone of planes passing overhead and the clicks of fans' smartphone camera shutters.

The match, was also preceded by a rendition of the Liverpool anthem, You'll Never Walk Alone, while former Liverpool and Manchester City players exchanged wreaths on the pitch.

Players from both teams wore black armbands during the key game which Liverpool went on to win 3-2.

In tribute to the victims of the tragedy, matches across England were moved back by seven minutes this weekend, reflecting the moment the fateful match at Hillsborough was called off.

A memorial service is due to take place at Anfield on Tuesday, which will mark exactly 25 years since the tragedy occurred.

Fresh inquests into the deaths of those killed at Hillsborough opened recently in Warrington, near Liverpool, after a campaign led by families of the deceased prompted the publication of a damning independent report in 2012 that criticised the authorities' handling of the disaster.

The original coroner's verdicts of accidental death were subsequently quashed, and two investigations are under way after evidence emerged that police sought to deflect the blame for what happened onto the fans.

Liverpool's game against City was billed as a Premier League title decider with both sides aware they will be crowned champions if they win all of their remaining games.

After watching his side prevail Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: "Together, the players, the supporters and the staff, it was a wonderful victory for us.

"It's always emotive, especially around this time.

"We live with Hillsborough every day. The families and the victims are in our thoughts every day. It was an inspiration for us, rather than something that held us back.

"We will remember them again at the memorial service, but today it was about creating a different memory and it was a wonderful three points for us."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62450.6055
JPY 52.949449.9494
GBP 0.32420.3162
EUR 0.42680.4148
NZD 0.71190.6789
AUD 0.66510.6401
USD 0.47760.4606

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 25th May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Hayne, Ryan miss out
  2. Hayne, Ryan, nowhere in sight
  3. Heroes welcomed by excited crowd
  4. Fiji Airways gives free trip to 7s players
  5. Kicking and screaming in the jungle
  6. Vodafone Fiji 7s heroes have arrived
  7. FNPF money by deception: woman charged
  8. Fiji offers help
  9. Heroes back home
  10. Welcome home boys

Top Stories this Week

  1. A costly 'blunder' Saturday (21 May)
  2. Woman fronts court over FNPF cheques Thursday (19 May)
  3. Son crushed to death, parents seek answers Tuesday (24 May)
  4. Where to after Rio Thursday (19 May)
  5. Ryan gutted Tuesday (24 May)
  6. Hayne, Ryan miss out Wednesday (25 May)
  7. 7s taboo Friday (20 May)
  8. Hayne's Rio barrier Monday (23 May)
  9. Senior citizen's alleged murder angers police Saturday (21 May)
  10. Ryan eyes Olympics gold Saturday (21 May)