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Hillsborough 25th Anniversary: Football Matches To Start Seven Minutes Late As Mark Of Respect

21/03/2014 12:24 GMT | Updated 21/03/2014 19:59 GMT

English football will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster by delaying kick off in all Premier League, Football League, Football Conference and FA Cup matches.

All matches taking place on the weekend of 11-14 April will kick off seven minutes later than originally scheduled as a mark of respect to the 96 Liverpool fans who were crushed to death at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989. The match that day was abandoned six minutes after kick-off, at 3.06pm.

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Football matches will start seven minutes later than usual as a mark of respect

New inquests into the tragedy were ordered last year following the quashing of the verdicts of accidental death from the original Hillsborough inquest in March 1991.

The action was taken after the Hillsborough Independent Panel studied thousands of documents and reported that there had been a huge cover-up of what happened at Hillsborough and its aftermath.

The new inquests, which will be held in Warrington, are scheduled to start on 31 March.

New kick-off times for matches with Barclays Premier League clubs

Saturday 12 April 2014

FA Cup semi-final

5.07pm Wigan Athletic v Arsenal (minute of silence 5.06pm-5.07pm)

Barclays Premier League

All kick-offs 3.07pm (with a minute's silence 3.06pm-3.07pm at all matches)

Crystal Palace v Aston Villa

Fulham v Norwich City

Southampton v Cardiff City

Stoke City v Newcastle United

Sunderland v Everton

West Bromwich Albion v Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday 13 April

FA Cup semi-final

4.07pm Hull City v Sheffield United (minute of silence 4.06pm-4.07pm)

Barclays Premier League

1.37pm Liverpool v Manchester City (minute of silence 1.36pm-1.37pm)

4.07pm Swansea City v Chelsea (minute of silence 4.06pm-4.07pm)