'Never forget' - Arsenal star sends Hillsborough tribute Tweet

Hillsborough Memorial

Lukas Podolski is just one of many in football paying homage to the 96 fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough 25 years ago.

Across the country this weekend teams will be starting their games seven minutes late in tribute to the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago.

I was not even born at the time, the circumstances and subject matter is perhaps one for older hats who remember the day well, but it is a tragedy that reverberates around the time and the football world - and one anybody who enjoys watching the beautiful game can never begin to comprehend.

Going to watch your team play - but never coming back.

As Liverpool get ready to try and give the ultimate tribute to their fallen fans by beating Manchester City on Sunday - and put one hand on the Premier League title - this weekend sees the FA Cup semi-final’s taking place. Arsenal face Wigan Athletic and Hull City take on Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium - and one player who has taken the time to have a mini-moment on Twitter toward the Hillsborough disaster is Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski.

The German international posted this message on his Twitter account yesterday:

It is a small statement - and what difference does it really make - but it is still a nice touch from the Arsenal player just to send out such a message.

Amid all the fuss over Arsenal’s quest for silverware it could be easily forgotten that 25 years ago two teams faced off in an FA Cup semi-final and the end result was a sporting tragedy, for which justice has perhaps not yet been properly served.

So for Podolski to remember, as hopefully all four teams in their FA Cup semi-final matches and all games up and down the country this weekend should - the 96 - is still a great touch from a good sportsmen.

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