Premier League games to kick off seven minutes late – Why?

All Premier League games will kick-off seven minutes later than scheduled as mark of respect to Hillsborough victims

All fixtures in the Premier League, Football League, Football Conference and FA Cup will kick-off seven minutes later than scheduled this weekend, as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago.

Matches played from April 11-14 will all begin seven minutes later, and a period of silence will be served at every game taking part in the gesture.

The Hillsborough disaster occurred on April 15, 1989, when 96 Liverpool fans were killed during an FA Cup semi-final match with Nottingham Forest. The game was abandoned after just six minutes after news filtered through that fans were being crushed in the Liverpool end of the ground.

The delayed kick-off now means that Liverpool’s crunch title fixture with Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday, will now kick off at 13:37. In what is set to be an emotional occasion as fans come together to remember the tragedy, fans will be hoping that Liverpool will provide the perfect tribute by beating City, and taking another step towards claiming their first league title since 1990.

Victory on Sunday for Liverpool would see them jump seven points clear of Manchester City, who even if they then won their two games in hand, would still find themselves a point behind the Merseyside club with just four games remaining of the season.

The Premier League released a statement outlining the planned gesture for the anniversary of Hillsborough.

“As a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough stadium disaster in April 1989, all Premier League, Football League, Football Conference and FA Cup matches taking place on the weekend of 11-14 April will kick off seven minutes later than originally scheduled.”

English football will come to a standstill this weekend before many a crucial fixture that determines either glory or dismay, to remember the 96 victims that lost their lives at Hillsborough 25 years ago.

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