Liverpool to commemorate 25th Hillsborough anniversary

The 25th year since 96 fans were killed in a stadium crush will be marked by a scarf display and readings from both Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez at Anfield

Liverpool will hold a memorial ceremony for the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield from 14.45BST.

Alongside the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Reds players past and present, including those playing on the day of the tragedy, will pay their respects to the 96 fans who were killed in a crush on April 15, 1989.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will deliver a reading at the service, as will his opposite number at Everton, Roberto Martinez, while scarves from every club in England’s top four divisions will be arranged into a No.96 pattern on the pitch.

Across Merseyside, bells will be rung at 15.06BST, the time at which the club’s FA Cup game with Nottingham Forest was halted on the day, with a minute’s silence then asked to be observed.

In the backdrop of the memorial are fresh inquests into the truth behind the disaster, a process that began in March to re-evaluate each death after verdicts of accidental death were quashed as a result of an independent report in 2012.

The new inquest continues in Warrington and is expected to take a full year to hear all available evidence.

There were tributes across English football on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as all games kicked off seven minutes later than usual and fans all over the country given a chance to pay their respects.

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