Hillsborough silence before Reading – Liverpool game

Reading Football Club have confirmed there will be a tribute before the game against Liverpool.

The Royals have issued a statement on their website confirming their plans:

"Supporters of Reading Football Club and Liverpool Football Club will hold a minute's silence before Saturday's fixture at Madejski Stadium as a mark of respect for the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster."

"With the game falling two days before the 24th anniversary of the tragedy, plans began last week for a fitting tribute to the 96 supporters who lost their lives. The Royals contacted Liverpool FC; spoke to the Premier League earlier today and they of course agreed it was absolutely correct to pay respect on such an occasion."

The game at the weekend between Liverpool and West Ham had an impeccably observed silence - it being the last Liverpool home game before the 24th anniversary.

Reading chairman John Madejski had caused some controversy yesterday when suggesting that sport should hold a minutes silence following the death of Margaret Thatcher - however the minutes silence at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday will be to mark the Hillsborough anniversary only.

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