With the season on hold due to coronavirus pandemic, we’ve known we would be without football until at least the 4th of April. It was always likely to be longer than that, though, and even if the game returned at that point it is widely believed it would be without fans.
That there won’t be any fans visiting football stadiums any time soon got some confirmation today from Liverpool, with the club deciding—in consultation with The Hillsborough Family Support Group—to postpone what was to be the final Hillsborough memorial service.
“In light of recent events, a decision was made collectively by the families to postpone our final memorial service at Anfield,” read a statement from HFSG chair Margaret Aspinall. “We wish to keep as many people safe as possible and we believe this is the right approach.
“We hope to provide an update in the near future on a rescheduled date for the service. I would also ask that you join us in our prayers on April 15 to remember the 96 and keep the families and everyone who has been affected in your thoughts at this difficult time.”
It’s hardly a surprising announcement, all things considered, and it seems a prudent decision—though given the significance of the date to the memorial, it could mean delaying the final service by an entire calendar year when all is said and done.