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Reds recall Hillsborough

LIVERPOOL fans paid an emotional tribute yesterday on the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster when 96 football supporters were crushed to death in Britain's worst sporting disaster.

Families of the victims and tens of thousands of sympathizers gathered at Liverpool Football Club's Anfield ground to remember victims of the tragedy at the 1989 FA Cup semifinal between their club and Nottingham Forest.

For relatives, survivors and those present on the day, the anniversary has revived the heartache of the tragedy, in which helpless fans were crushed to death in a matter of minutes.

The city of Liverpool came to a standstill to remember the victims of the disaster, caused by massive overcrowding in the Leppings Lane end of the Hillsborough ground in the northern city of Sheffield.

People fell silent across Liverpool, outside Hillsborough and in Nottingham's central square at 3:06pm, exactly 20 years on from the moment the match was abandoned as the scale of the horror began to unfold.

At Anfield, the names of the dead were read out, a somber bell tolling and a candle lit for each one.

Players past and present were among the congregation. A reading was given by Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager on the day, who quit two years later under the strain the disaster placed on him.


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