Arsenal to hold minute's silence ahead of Everton clash in tribute to Boston victims
12:35 GMT, 16 April 2013
12:50 GMT, 16 April 2013
A one-minute silence will be held before tonight’s Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton to mark the Boston Marathon bombings and 24th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
The tribute had already been pencilled in to honour the 96 lives lost at Hillsborough but the moment will now be extended to mark the tragic events in Boston yesterday where at least three people were killed.
Both sets of players will also wear black armbands as will referee Neil Swarbrick and his officials.
Tribute: Arsenal and Everton will hold a minute's silence before their Premier League clash on Tuesday night
More than 140 people were injured after two blasts ripped through the spectator
area near the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday.
has been no immediate claim of responsibility as reports emerged later
that one of the dead was an eight-year-old boy and the youngest of the injured is believed to be three years old.
A number of people caught up in the blast remain in a critical condition. The injuries ranged from
cuts and bruises to amputations.
Many victims suffered lower leg
injuries and shrapnel wounds. Some suffered ruptured eardrums.
Blasts: Explosions ripped through the spectator area near the finish line at the Boston Marathon
twin blasts at the race took place almost simultaneously and about 100
metres apart, knocking runners and spectators off their feet, shattering
windows and sending smoke rising over the street. The devices found
were believed to contain ball bearings.
two hours after the winners crossed the finish line in the heart of
central Boston, there was a loud explosion on the north side of Boylston
Street, just before the photo bridge that marks the line.
explosion could be heard a few seconds later.
American sports stars stood shoulder to
shoulder on Monday as the NBA, NHL and MLB paid tribute to the victims
of the bombings.
Tribute: Baseball's St Louis Cardinals line up to pay their respects before facing the Pittsburgh Pirates
Remembered: San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors had a minute's silence in Oakland