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Liverpool & Manchester United make Hillsborough tribute

Sun, 23 September 2012 19:31
by bbc.co.uk
Sports

 

It was the first match at Anfield since the findings of an independent panel investigating the disaster at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest were published. The panel cleared Liverpool’s supporters of blame.

And they were remembered with flowers, balloons and mosaics spelling out “The Truth” and “Justice” before the game.

Supporters gathered hours before the lunchtime kick-off to lay floral tributes as Anfield’s Eternal Flame Hillsborough memorial.

And before kick-off Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton presented flowers to former Liverpool striker Ian Rush as opposing captains Steven Gerrard and Ryan Giggs released 96 red balloons in memory of those who died.

The Kop was emblazoned with a mosaic reading “The Truth” while a similar scene was enacted with the word “Justice” along the length of Anfield’s lower Centenary Stands.

The tributes were met with impeccable behaviour from both Liverpool and United fans, with the visiting supporters applauding warmly on several occasions. Both teams emerged with the number “96” on the back of their tracksuit tops and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra shook hands warmly.

Suarez was suspended for eight games last season after being found guilty of racially abusing Evra and then refused to shake his hand before the Premier League game at Old Trafford - but on this occasion the pair happily observed the pre-match ritual. - bbc.co.uk