Everton paid a touching tribute to the 96 fans who died at Hillsborough and their families before this afternoon’s game against Bournemouth.
Fans gave an emotional applause as Margaret Aspinall, Jenni Hicks and other relatives of those who passed walked out onto Goodison Park.
A banner reading, “Justice at last - 96 - brothers in arms” was also unfurled. Scroll down to watch the tribute.
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Liverpool fans learned the truth after 27 years this week when a jury concluded that the 96 fans were unlawfully killed after a series of police failures.
Everton paid tribute to the families on the cover of today’s match programme, a message reading: “Everton Football Club salutes the Hillsborough families and their total vindication as Fighters for Justice. Theirs is the greatest victory in the history of football. RIP, the 96.”
Fans applaud at Goodison Park
Everton and Bournemouth players wore t-shirts in the warm-up that read, “Truth & Justice” on the front and “96” on the back.
It’s wonderful to see Everton supporting the 27-year campaign for justice.
At Tuesday’s inquest, a jury found that match commander David Duckenfield was “responsible for manslaughter by gross negligence" due to a breach of his duty of care.
Families were seen hugging each other when the conclusion was announced.
RIP to the 96
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