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Suarez & Evra to shake hands

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Suarez & Evra are set to shake hands at Anfield (©GettyImages)
Suarez & Evra are set to shake hands at Anfield (©GettyImages).

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra are set to shake hands before Manchester United and Liverpool's Premier League match on Sunday after both clubs reached an agreement.

Representatives from both teams have held talks regarding plans to mark the release of the Hillsborough report, and club captains Steven Gerrard and Nemanja Vidic will release 96 balloons just before kick-off in memory of those who died in the tragedy.

The BBC reports that there will also be several crowd mosaics displayed by the fans, including "The Truth" banner to be held on the Kop, "Justice" on the Lower Centenary Stand and "96" on the Anfield Road end.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson condemned fans that sung anti-Liverpool chants during United's last home match, and the Old Trafford boss has pledged to support Liverpool in "every way" possible to mark the occasion.

"It is going to be a very emotional day," Ferguson said. "We will support them in every way we can. We are supportive of Liverpool."

The recently published Hillsborough report cleared Liverpool supporters of blame for causing the tragedy in 1989, during which 96 fans died in a crush during an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

Fears that the pre-match ceremony would be marred by a dispute between Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez appear to have been addressed, with both clubs stressing the importance of respecting the occasion.

Liverpool striker Suarez was banned for eight matches last season for racially abusing the United defender. In the subsequent fixture Suarez refused to shake Evra's hand before kick-off.

The fixture comes one week after Anton Ferdinand refused to shake John Terry's hand before QPR played Chelsea. The pair had been involved in a court case after Terry allegedly racially abused the QPR defender, but the former-England skipper was found not guilty.

Terry still faces a separate FA disciplinary process.

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Football
Premier League
Manchester United
Patrice Evra
Luis Suarez
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