Liverpool Initiate Worldwide Hillsborough Donate-a-Scarf Tribute

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2014

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:   Liverpool supporters are seen in the Kop during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and  Arsenal at Anfield on September 2, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are calling upon sports clubs and fans across the globe to donate a scarf to coincide with Hillsborough's 25th anniversary tribute.

Kenny Dalglish, Reds manager when 96 supporters died in an overcrowded section of Sheffield Wednesday's stadium, has contacted every British league club in order to promote the initiative, as reported by Mike Whalley of ESPN FC:

Dalglish, now a director at Anfield, is asking each of the other 91 league clubs, in addition to the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Football Associations, to donate a scarf in memory of the 96 victims of the 1989 tragedy.

Liverpool want supporters from around the world to send in any type of club scarf, regardless of sport, as a mark of support for the families of the victims.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17:  Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish poses with the charity single 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' by The Justice Collective, in aid of the families of victims of the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy on December 17, 2012 i
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Liverpool's appeal extends worldwide. All scarves received by April 8 will be fashioned into a giant 96 on the Anfield pitch during the April 15 tribute.

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, discussed the importance of such a gesture, as highlighted in Whalley's report:

We already receive so much support from people worldwide, but if we could create what would be a fantastic symbol of unity on the pitch from donated scarves from across the world, this would be a truly moving way of bringing the world together for the 25th Anniversary of Hillsborough.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 15:  (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) (NO SALES)  In this handout image provided by Liverpool FC, members of the congregation hold aloft Everton and Liverpool scarves during the 24th Hillsborough Anniversary Memorial Service
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Liverpool's continued fight to ensure justice for the 96 who lost their lives is never far away from the consciousness of English football. As noted by BBC News, the Hillsborough Independent Panel unveiled 184 police accounts that were tampered to ensure blame for the event focused on fans, and not the negligence of the South Yorkshire authorities. 

The Sun's report four days after the event included "unsubstantiated police claims that Liverpool fans had urinated on rescue workers and officers and pickpocketing victims," per The Telegraph. It took 23 years of campaigning and a Merseyside boycott of the paper before an apology was issued.

Liverpool posted a photo of team members holding their scarves aloft on their official Twitter account:

Contributing supporters are urged to personalise their donation with a message, per the club's website:

"Those donating scarves are also encouraged to write a personal note to the Hillsborough families on their chosen item, for an additional sign of support on the 25th anniversary," reads the report.

The annual Hillsborough tribute is always a poignant moment in the sporting calendar. This year's service is sure to receive plenty of donations from far and wide as football unites in support of a group of families who still deserve justice.

While intense rivalries in the stands often threaten the game's image, it's moments like these where the sporting community are able to unite for a common cause.

Should you wish to be involved, fire your donation over to Hillsborough Scarves, 20 Chapel Street, Liverpool L3 9AG.