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Football: 96 seats left empty as Wembley remembers Hillsborough tragedy

Published on Apr 13, 2014 12:10 AM
 

LONDON (REUTERS) - Ninety-six seats were left empty and draped with Liverpool scarves at the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, as English football paused to remember the Hillsborough tragedy that took place 25 years ago this weekend.

Matches in the top eight senior English divisions kicked off at seven minutes past the hour to mark the anniversary, with the especially poignant commemoration taking place at the national stadium where Arsenal were up against Wigan Athletic.

The disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans died at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, occurred on April 15, 1989 with the match abandoned at 3.06pm, six minutes after kick-off.

Every senior game in England kicked off late with a minute's silence following the six-minute delay to kickoff times.

 
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