Manchester City apologise after fan chants mar minute’s silence for Hillsborough

Liverpool fans in the stands as Liverpool and Manchester City players stand for a minute's silence to mark the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster before the Emirates FA Cup semi final match at Wembley Stadium
Liverpool fans in the stands as Liverpool and Manchester City players stand for a minute's silence to mark the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster before the Emirates FA Cup semi final match at Wembley Stadium

Liverpool fans planned to fall silent to remember the 97 victims of the Hillsborough disaster on its 33rd anniversary

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Manchester City have apologised to Liverpool and condemned supporters who chanted during a minute’s silence to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster on Saturday.

Referee Michael Oliver cut short an intended commemoration prior to the FA Cup semi-final between City and Liverpool at Wembley after some City fans failed to observe the tribute.

The chanting appeared to come from the end hosting the City fans and was followed by boos from Liverpool supporters. Amid the noise, Oliver blew his whistle to signal a premature end to the intended period of silence.

Liverpool fans visit the Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield
Liverpool fans visit the Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield

A City spokesperson said: “Manchester City are extremely disappointed with the actions of some City supporters during the minute’s silence before today’s game.

“The club sincerely apologises to all those connected with Liverpool Football Club.”

Ninety-seven Liverpool fans were killed at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989.