17 Mar 2009

UEFA sympathetic to Liverpools Hillsborough disaster anniversary

5:50 am on 17 March 2009

Liverpool's request not to play the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster looks like being granted.

The second legs are scheduled for April 14 and 15th which could mean Liverpool having to play on the day the city remembers the 96 people who died at Hillsborough.

The UEFA president Michel Platini says they are aware of the huge significance of the April 15th date for both Liverpool FC and their fans, and that is why they will do their utmost to make sure that the club does not have to play its UEFA Champions League second leg quarter-final match on that day.

He says he's been in regular correspondence with Liverpool on the matter for some time now and fully sympathise with the club's feelings as to the importance of respecting the date of April 15th for those who lost their lives at Hillsborough.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, whose cousin died in the crush before the club's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in 1989, said yesterday he hoped UEFA would show "common sense" over the matter.

The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals will be made on Friday.