Tuesday, April 16, 2013
ARSENAL AND EVERTON TO HOLD A MINUTE SILENCE FOR BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING VICTIMS AND HILLSBOROUGH DISASTER ANNIVERSARY
Meanwhile, a one-minute silence will be held before Arsenal's Barclays Premier League match against Everton to mark the Boston Marathon bombings and 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
The tribute had already been pencilled in to honour the 96 lives lost at Hillsborough but the moment will now be extended to mark the tragic events in Boston yesterday where at least three people were killed.
Both sets of players will also wear black armbands as will referee Neil Swarbrick and his officials.
More than 140 people were injured after two blasts ripped through the spectator area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility as reports emerged later that one of the dead was an eight-year-old boy and the youngest of the injured is believed to be three years old.
A number of people caught up in the blast remain in a critical condition. The injuries ranged from cuts and bruises to amputations.
American sports stars stood shoulder to shoulder on Monday as the NBA, NHL and MLB paid tribute to the victims of the bombings.
The minute's silence at the Emirates will also remember those who died at Hillsborough 24 years ago.
Liverpool — with help from Everton — yesterday paid an emotional tribute to the 96 souls who went to an FA Cup semi-final but never came home, at the first service to be held since the truth about the appalling cover-up was exposed last September.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers sat next to his Everton counterpart David Moyes on The Kop. John W Henry, Liverpool’s principal owner, gave a reading and a short message, as did Everton chairman Bill Kenwright.