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Images: Football pays emotional Hillsborough tribute

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English football paid tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster to mark the 25th anniversary of the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans on 15th April 1989.

Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest was called off after six minutes at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground due to crushing which took a terrible human toll.

Matches in all professional leagues kicked off seven minutes later than normal - the six minutes of play that day, plus a minute's silence - while tributes flowed to the victims of a tragedy whose emotional scars continue to mark the English game.

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96 Liverpool scarves are laid out at Wembley ahead of Arsenal's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic. (Reuters)

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Players and officials observe a minute's silence before the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley. (Getty)

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96 empty seats are draped with Liverpool scarves. (Getty)

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96 blue seats are replaced with white ones at the Leppings Lane End at Hillsborough, each with a red rose placed on it. (PA Photos)

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A steward at QPR pays tribute with a black armband. (PA Photos)

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The names of the victims are displayed ahead of Stoke City's game against Newcastle. (Getty)

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The teams pause for a minute's silence at the Britannia Stadium. (Getty)

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Sunderland's Fabio Borini lays a floral wreath ahead of their match against Everton. (Getty)

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Referee Lee Probert carries a wreath in memory of the disaster at the Stadium of Light. (Reuters)

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Crystal Palace and Aston Villa observe a minute's silence at Selhurst Park. (Getty)

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