Football kickoffs delayed between April 11-14 to mark Hillsborough disaster

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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All football fixtures during the weekend of April 11-14 will mark the Hillsborough disaster by getting underway seven minutes later than planned.

The Premier League have announced that all kickoffs during the weekend of April 11 to April 14 will get underway seven minutes late as a mark of respect to those that died in the Hillsborough tragedy.

The FA Cup game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest back in 1989 was ended six minutes after the 3pm kickoff at the Hillsborough stadium due to a crush, which resulted in 96 Reds fans losing their lives.

It has been announced that all top-flight, Football League, Football Conference and FA Cup matches will get underway seven minutes after originally scheduled, with one minute of silence being observed as a sign of respect.

During that weekend, Liverpool will take on title challengers Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, April 13 at 1.37pm.

Jon Flanagan of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on November 23, 2013
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