Rivalries set aside for Anfield tribute

Supporters hold up coloured cards in memory of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield in Liverpool.
Supporters hold up coloured cards in memory of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield in Liverpool. Credit: Reuters

Old rivalries were put aside momentarily as Liverpool and Manchester United met at Anfield for the Merseyside club's first home match since publication of the report into the Hillsborough disaster.

A Liverpool banner honoring the victims and supporting the families affected by the Hillborough disaster prior to the match at Anfield.
A Liverpool banner honoring the victims and supporting the families affected by the Hillborough disaster prior to the match at Anfield. Credit: PA

The Hillsborough Independent Panel absolved the club's supporters of any responsibility for the 1989 tragedy, which claimed 96 lives, and criticised South Yorkshire Police.

Chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group Margaret Aspinall in the stands prior to kick-off of the match at Anfield, Liverpool.
Chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group Margaret Aspinall in the stands prior to kick-off of the match at Anfield, Liverpool. Credit: PA

Liverpool's Luis Suarez and United's Patrick Evra ensured a reconciliatory start to the game as they joined the other players in a pre-match handshake.

Suarez was found guilty by an independent regulatory commission of racially abusing Evra and banned for eight games by the Football Association.

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Hillsborough tribute at Anfield

Liverpool's players will pay tribute to the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster at the first home game since the report was published - against fierce rivals Manchester United today.