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25 years on, English football recalls Hillsborough

LONDON :  By the Wembley pitch, 96 seats remained empty on Saturday. Just a Liverpool scarf draped over each of them: A powerful tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who went to an FA Cup

India TV News Desk [ Updated: April 13, 2014 8:22 IST ]
25 years on english football recalls hillsborough
25 years on english football recalls hillsborough

LONDON :  By the Wembley pitch, 96 seats remained empty on Saturday. Just a Liverpool scarf draped over each of them: A powerful tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who went to an FA Cup semifinal 25 years earlier but never returned home.


  
The Liverpool-Nottingham Forest match lasted just six minutes before being halted at Hillsborough in 1989 as the magnitude of the deadly crush became apparent. A quarter of a century on matches on Saturday -- from the Arsenal-Wigan semifinal at Wembley Stadium to grounds across England -- started at seven minutes past the hour.
   
The Hillsborough disaster changed the face of English football, and the treatment of the grieving families by authorities remains a scar on the nation that is yet to be fully healed.
   
Amid commemorations for Tuesday's 25th anniversary, families are in court in a bid to get the deaths officially described as unlawful killings.

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