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UEFA Approves Moment of Silence Before Thursday's Game At Anfield

The second leg of the Liverpool-Dortmund tie kicks off the night before the 27th anniversary of the Hillsborough incident, and UEFA will allow a moment of silence for the club to remember the victims of that horrible event.

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UEFA is a football governing body, and like any governing body within the sport, they often get things very, very wrong. So, we should take the effort to recognize when they do something right, as they did by allowing for a moment of silence before the second leg of the Europa League tie between Liverpool and Dortmund.

The occasion takes place on the eve of the 27th anniversary of that horrible day. Dortmund fans have already made plans to honor the victims of Hillsborough by raising a black and yellow "96" mosaic. There will also, no doubt, be another moving rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" sung aloud by both fan bases.

The evening was already likely to be a memorable one, particularly following the 1-1 draw in the first leg, and the outpouring of mutual admiration from both sides. The fact that the second leg will happen near the anniversary of Hillsborough just adds another wrinkle to an already fascinating story.

In addition, Liverpool has extended an invitation to Dortmund fans who are still on Merseyside on Friday for the final memorial service to be held at Anfield.

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