English football pays its respects to the 96

The top five divisions of English football kicked off their matches at 3.07pm on Saturday in tribute to the 96 supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, Sky Sports reports.

In 1989, Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest was halted six minutes after kick-off after a human crush resulted in the deaths and injuries of many football fans.

All matches between Friday and Monday will be subject to a six minute delay with a further minute of silence to follow before the games start.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that everybody associated with the club still reflects on the disaster, considered to be one of the world’s worst football disasters.

The Merseyside club are set to face Manchester City on Sunday at Anfield and the Reds boss has welcomed the opportunity to remember those who lost their lives in the tragic incident.

“It gives us great commitment and motivation, of course,” said Rodgers.

“We’ll get a chance to commemorate Hillsborough next week. It’s going to be a great atmosphere at the weekend and, of course, the significance of Hillsborough for the world is to be marked.

“For us, we carry it every day of our lives here, as a manager, as players, as the supporters. Ninety-six people died and the victims of that and the families are with us every day of our lives.

“That is one of the huge reasons why we try to work well to give them that comfort and support that their team and club is moving continually forward.

“So this weekend will be huge for that but also we get the chance to pay our commemorations in the early part of next week.”

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