Sir Bobby to pay tribute: Ferguson and Charlton to lay floral tribute to the 96 at Anfield
21:53 GMT, 21 September 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton will lay a floral tribute to the 96 Hillsborough victims before the start of Liverpool's game with Manchester United.
It is possible Ferguson and Charlton will make what will be a hugely emotional gesture in front of The Kop, although plans are still being finalised ahead of Liverpool's first match at Anfield since the release of the independent report into the April 1989 disaster.
Respect: Sir Bobby Charlton will lay a floral tribute to remember the Hillsborough victims
Both Liverpool and United will come out
wearing tracksuit tops with '96' on the back, while team captains Steven
Gerrard and Nemanja Vidic will stand shoulder-to-shoulder and release
96 red balloons in memory of those who lost their lives.
mosaic will also go up on three sides of Anfield to spell '96',
'Justice' and 'The Truth' during the singing of You'll Never Walk Alone,
but there will not be a minute's applause or a minute's silence.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will return to Anfield for the first
time since he left in May, with his wife Marina, to show his support for
the bereaved families.
Huge efforts have been made by both
clubs in a bid to ensure the occasion passes without incident and
current Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is adamant that the two sets of
supporters will act in keeping with the occasion.
'This will be an emotionally charged game,' said Rodgers. 'I would not
want to sit here and tell Liverpool supporters how to behave.
'They are educated in the values of humanity. The message has been clear from Sir Alex, too.
'It is important to pay our respects to the families.'
A copy of Sir Alex's letter to the United supporters will be handed to every Old Trafford fan at the turnstiles, and Ferguson added: 'There is a point where you go beyond the pale.
'And I think in the past it has been that way. You have to remember that it is not all the supporters – it is a minority.
'And a minority can create the headlines in order to get a voice.'
Rodgers, meanwhile, has no doubt that Luis Suarez will shake hands with Patrice Evra if the two men come face-to-face and he said: 'Enough has been said on that matter over the last year.
'Luis is a good guy and a good man. The time has come to move on.'