Rivalries put aside for Hillsborough anniversary

Today, the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, football supporters from around the country have shown their respects for the 96 innocent Liverpool fans who lost their lives attending a FA Cup semi-final.

Everton FC last night placed a floral tribute at the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield and published this article.

Here’s a selection of the best messages via social network Twitter.

Former Everton and Tottenham player Gary Linekar:

Heading to Wembley today, but thoughts go to another FA Cup semi final at Hillsborough 23 years ago and the families of the 96. #RIP

Norwich City player Elliott Bennett:

RIP to the 96 people who were tragically killed 23 years ago at Hillsborough. Today, we remember. #JFT96

Brighton player Craig Noone:

Justice for the 96 #YNWA

Everton and Tottenham player Steven Pienaar:

Let’s show sum respect for the ppl who lost their lifes 4 the beautiful sport RIP 96

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill:

RIP to the 96 people who sadly passed away. Today isn’t about football, it’s about remembering them and their families. #JFT96 #respect

Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi:

Today we must remember all Liverpool fans who passed away in 1989 unforgettable Hillsborough disaster. Rest in Peace #JFT96

Former Charlton Athletic midfielder Matt Holland:

Regardless of the team you support please spare a thought today for the 96 who sadly died in the hillsborough disaster. #JFT96 #YNWA

Man United and former Liverpool player Michael Owen:

Thoughts go out to the families of those who lost their lives at Hillsborough 23 years ago.” respect! #JFT96 #LFC

Former Liverpool player Stan Collymore:

Sincere condolences & love to the Hillsborough families today. Keep going,you’ll get the justice you deserve very soon.

Former Liverpool youth player Krisztián Németh:

Today we remember the 96 fans who went to a football match and never came home. No-one deserve this & my thoughts go to the families. #JFT96

Anne Williams, whose son Kevin died at Hillsborough:

God Bless our 96 and keep them safe, god help the survivors and families who suffer everyday. JUSTICE for all

Sheila Coleman of the Hillsborough Justice Campaign:

My contribution to respecting the 96 people who were killed at Hillsborough in 1989 http://t.co/ovnyXX1c

Former Liverpool player XabiAlonso:

They will never be forgotten #JFT96

Former Liverpool player Yossi Benayoun:

RIP to the 96 people who were tragically killed 23 years ago at Hillsborough. Today, we remember. #JFT96

A selection of Man United fans:

I’m a united fan but when it comes to tragedies football gets put to one side. R.I.P to all who died in the Hillsborough Disaster! #JFT96

If United had beaten Forest in the QF, we’d have been at Hillsborough. Tragic day, will never be forgotten. #JFT96

RIP the 96 LFC fans who Lost their lives at Hillsborough. No matter the hatred between them & United, They should never be forgotten!!

Everton website The Blue Union:

Together we remember our friends, family and loved ones affected by the Hillsborough disaster 23 years ago. RIP. #JFT96

Everton fan FourFourTom:

RIP to the 96 people who sadly passed away at Hillsborough 23 years ago today. Today isn’t about football, it’s about remembrance. #JFT96

Wolves fan Rich Guttridge:

Thoughts today with the families of those who lost their lives at Hillsborough 23 years ago #JFT96

A Chelsea fan wrote:

Respects and Thoughts Today to Families and Friends of the 96 #JFT96 #Chelsea

The Times’ Oliver Kay wrote:

Twenty-three years ago today 96 fans died at a ground whose safety certificate was ten years out of date, overseen by a police force whose preparations and response that day are publicly acknowledged (in Lord Justice Taylor’s report) to have been inadequate.

Adrian Durham wrote via his @talkSPORTDrive ?account:

The Hillsborough papers can be read freely. Fatal decisions taken by the police are officially documented. It’s not my truth it’s THE truth.

Still so many people happy to insult the dead by not bothering to find out what actually happened at Hillsborough.

Wayne Rooney’s wife, Colleen:

Justice for the 96 #YNWA

Thanks to all. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

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