Everton planning Hillsborough memorial

A Liverpool football club supporter looks at floral tributes and memorabilia ahead of a memorial service to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on April 15, 2009
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Everton are to install a permanent memorial at Goodison Park to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

Everton are planning to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster by installing a permanent memorial at Goodison Park.

A total of 96 Liverpool supporters died in the incident on April 15, 1989, in an FA Cup semi-final held between the Reds and Nottingham Forest.

Fellow Merseyside club Everton are now working on plans to have a tribute ready in time for the anniversary.

"Plans at this moment are in the early stages," Toffees head of media Mark Rowan is quoted as saying by ESPN. "But we have a commitment to unveil a memorial to coincide with the 25th anniversary of that tragic day.

"Evertonians and the club have always stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the families of the Hillsborough victims during their long fight for justice and we feel it is fitting that our home should have a permanent tribute to the 96."

An independent report published in 2012 cleared Liverpool fans of any wrongdoing, highlighting a cover-up by the police and emergency services.

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