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Leeds will hold a minute's silence before kick-off against Swindon on Saturday to mark the 10th anniversary of the deaths of supporters Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight.

The two Leeds fans, killed in Istanbul on the eve of Leeds' UEFA Cup semi-final clash against Galatasaray on April 5, 2000, will also be remembered ahead of Monday's clash at Yeovil. Travelling Whites supporters will turn their backs for the first minute of play at Huish Park, while Leeds players will wear black armbands in both matches.

Leeds manager Simon Grayson said: "It will be an emotive occasion on Saturday. This really puts things into perspective when you remember that these two lads died going to watch a football match."

He added: "Words and actions are difficult, but I hope Saturday will be a fitting tribute to their memory."

Family and friends of both fans have spent the past nine months raising funds for children's cancer charity Candlelighters in the name of Leeds Fans Remembrance and a collection will also take place on the day of the Swindon game.

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