English soccer recalls Hillsborough 25 years later

ROB HARRIS (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
English soccer recalls Hillsborough 25 years later
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Stoke and Newcastle United players line up for a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster before their English Premier League soccer match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke, England, Saturday April 12, 2014. Matches in the top five divisions of English football this weekend are scheduled to kick off seven minutes later than originally planned in tribute to the 96 supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago on 15 April 1989. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

LONDON (AP) -- Ninety-six seats remained empty near the Wembley field on Saturday.

A Liverpool scarf draped over each seat, a tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who went to an FA Cup semifinal 25 years ago but never returned home.

The 1989 Liverpool vs Nottingham Forest match had just begun at Hillsborough when a deadly crush of fans occurred in a standing-only section of the stadium.

The Hillsborough disaster changed the face of English soccer, and the treatment of the grieving families by authorities remains a scar that is yet fully healed.

Amid commemorations for Tuesday's 25th anniversary, families are in court in a bid to get the deaths officially described as unlawful killings.

Some blame police for putting fans into that section to avoid overcrowding outside the stadium.