Europe exit clears Hilsborough clash

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  • Update: The club have now confirmed the match will take place on Sunday, 16th April with a 2.30pm kick off.

Liverpool could be set to switch their controversial away match at Blackburn Rovers to a different date after their disappointing Champions League exit made future midweek dates available to rearrange the fixture to.

The game was originally scheduled for a 3.00pm kick-off on April 15, the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Following a campaign by fans, the club contacted Blackburn and the Premier League and the fixture was rearranged for a 5.15pm kick-off, to avoid the clash with the remembrance service at Anfield earlier in the day.

But now Liverpool have some free time, Chief Executive Rick Parry has confirmed that the club are looking into moving the fixture away from April 15th altogether.

He said, “We have already been in touch with the Premier League and Blackburn.

“This is an issue we were aware of right at the start of the season.

“That’s why we contacted the Hillsborough Families’ Support group last June and they said they accepted that, sadly, one day it might be an inevitability that we’d have to play on 15 April.

“Now we are out of Europe, there may be some scope to look once again but it’s not just our fixtures to consider, it’s Blackburn’s as well and this is their home fixture at the end of the day.”

Meanwhile recently a petition was started to make sure Liverpool games are never played on April 15th. To sign the petition yourself, or for more details click here.

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