All football games this weekend to start seven minutes later to mark Hillsborough anniversary
Why are football games kicking off seven minutes later this weekend?
Exeter City’s away game vs Cheltenham will kick off at 15:07 this Saturday as a mark of respect and remembrance for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough 25 years ago.
All Premier League, Football League, Football Conference and FA Cup matches on the weekend will start seven minutes later than originally scheduled to mark the celebration.
A joint statement from the leagues and the FA said: “The match at which the disaster took place, the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989, was ended six minutes after kick-off, at 3:06pm.
In the Premier League, Football League and Football Conference, matches due to kick-off at 3pm on Saturday 12 April will now kick off at 3:07pm, with the minute before kick-off (3:06pm to 3:07pm) seeing a period of silence observed at all grounds.
“The first FA Cup semi-final on Saturday 12 April between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal will now kick-off at 5.07pm with a minute of silence between 5:06pm and 5:07pm. The following day, Sunday 13 April, will see Hull City v Sheffield United begin at 4.07pm with a minute of silence between 4:06pm and 4:07pm.
“Fixtures kicking off at other times on Friday 11, Saturday 12, Sunday 13 and Monday 14 April will observe the same etiquette with matches starting seven minutes later than originally scheduled.”