English soccer recalls Hillsborough 25 years later

ROB HARRIS (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
Everton's goalkeeper Tim Howard pays his respects ahead of their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Saturday, April 12, 2014. As a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough tragedy 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. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

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Everton's goalkeeper Tim Howard pays his respects ahead of their English Premier League soccer match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England, Saturday, April 12, 2014. As a mark of respect and remembrance for those who lost their lives as a result of the Hillsborough tragedy 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. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

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.

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