19 Feb 2009

Liverpool acts to avoid Hillsborough clash

7:55 am on 19 February 2009

European football's governing body UEFA will try to prevent a potential Champions League quarter-final involving Liverpool being played on the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough stadium disaster.

If Rafa Benitez's side beats Real Madrid in the last 16 phase, which begins next week, the second leg of the quarter-finals could fall on Wednesday April 15th.

But that is when the club wants to hold a memorial service for the 96 Liverpool fans who died after being crushed during an FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in Sheffield in 1989.

The Reds have asked European football's governing body to ensure that a match would instead by played on the Tuesday night.