FA to mark Cup semi-finals with Hillsborough tributes

Both of this weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals will pay tribute to the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster.

The Liverpool v Everton fixture on Saturday and the Chelsea v Tottenham match on Sunday – both at Wembley – will have a minute’s silence to remember the 96 lives taken in April 1989.

The weekend marks a significant moment for the Liverpool Football Club, whose fans were killed in the stadium collapse when the Reds played Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup semi-final 23 years ago and the Football Association are aware of that.

"We are very respectful to Liverpool FC in regards of this weekend," FA spokesman Scott Field said. "We understand the significance and the importance to the club, the fans, the staff and of course, the wider significance of our game."

Players from all four clubs involved on the weekend will also wear black armbands as a show of respect.

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