FA announces seven-minute kick-off delays in tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough
The FA has announced that both FA Cup semi-finals and all Premier League, Football League and Conference matches played on the same weekend will be delayed by seven minutes to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
In tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who last their lives shortly after kick-off in their FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989, all the games will start seven minutes later than planned.
The 1989 semi-final was six minutes old when it was abandoned when the extent of the crush in the Leppings Lane End became apparent.
The FA’s mark of respect means Arsenal’s tie with Wigan Athletic will now kick off at 5.07pm on Saturday 12 April at Wembley, with Hull City v Sheffield starting at 4.07pm the following day.
The more traditional minute’s silence will also take place at all the games with delayed kick-offs.