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West Brom to honour Hillsborough victims with 96 red seats at The Hawthorns

Liverpool take on the Baggies on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday.

West Brom will have 96 unoccupied red seats in the away end at The Hawthorns on Sunday.
West Brom will have 96 unoccupied red seats in the away end at The Hawthorns on Sunday.
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WEST BROM WILL honour the families and victims of the Hillsborough disaster by having 96 unoccupied red seats in the away end when Liverpool visit The Hawthorns this weekend.

Each of the unoccupied seats will have the name of one of the victims of the 1989 stadium disaster.

Before the game, a special video will be played in the stadium while Baggies captain Darren Fletcher and former Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert lay a wreath of flowers in front of the travelling fans.

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace writes in the matchday programme the reason behind the gesture.

“Albion and Liverpool have a rivalry which dates back to 1894 [and] since then we have contested nearly 150 games.

“For a few moments on Sunday we will be as one and remember the context Hillsborough makes of our daily struggles.”

Last month, the Hillsborough inquests found that 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed during their FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest 27 years ago.

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