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Football: Gerrard gives 96,000 pounds to Hillsborough victims' kin

Published on Jan 28, 2014 7:15 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has made a personal donation of 96,000 pounds (S$203,000) to families affected by the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, he revealed on Tuesday.

The England midfielder has a family connection to the tragedy, as his cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley was one of the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster.

"I think the timing's right and having spoken to the club, I've decided to do it now," the 33-year-old told Tuesday's edition of regional newspaper the Liverpool Echo.

"It had been in the media a lot so I didn't think it was needed where I had to step in and keep it on everyone's lips and in everyone's minds.

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