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Matches to start late for Hillsborough anniversary

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2014 at 8:19 am •  Published: March 21, 2014

LONDON (AP) — English football matches will start seven minutes later than scheduled over the weekend of April 11-14 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The FA Cup semifinal match on April 15, 1989, between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest was called off at 3:06 p.m. because supporters were being crushed in the stands. Ninety-six people were killed.

The Premier League, Football League, Football Conference and FA Cup matches due to start at 3 p.m. will be delayed for six minutes and then begin at 3:07 p.m. following a minute's silence.

Matches scheduled to start at other times on the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th will also observe the mark of respect.