Dortmund to honour Hillsborough victims with yellow and black mosaic-reading ‘96’
Anfield is all set to welcome Borussia Dortmund for the Europa League quarter-final second leg on Thursday. Meanwhile, The Independent has reported that Borussia Dortmund supporters are planning to honour the victims of the Hillsborough disaster when the “Yellow Wall” of Dortmund visit the Anfield.
The number of travelling supporters from the Bundesliga club is expected to be approximately around 3,000 strong in number. Borussia Dortmund, famous as BVB fans are also called by the name “Yellow Wall”, and this time, they will hold up a yellow and black mosaic, which will be reading ‘96’ – the number of fans who lost their lives in the tragic 1989 Hillsborough disaster – before the kick-off tonight.
Europa league quarter-final second leg clash falls on the day of the tragic disaster’s 27th anniversary and the away 3000 BVB supporters will also join the annual memorial service at Anfield on Friday afternoon.
Dortmund’s official website announced: “A choreography with paper boards [will be] prepared in the away section, to provide the number of that fatalities “96” in black on yellow,”
Liverpool and Dortmund tie will be pretty close, with both the set of supporters singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ as their anthems and the Merseyside club’s new boss Jürgen Klopp having spent seven years in charge at the Signal Iduna Park. So, Klopp’s Liverpool will be aware of Dortmund’s strength and weaknesses.
Memories were cherished and bonds were made in Liverpool-Dortmund’s 1-1 Europa league draw, between the supporters and Jurgen Klopp, as the German visits Westphalia after a long time, since his departure in the 2014-15 season.
Back in 2014, Dortmund’s supporters did a special rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ just before their DFB Pokal clash with Wolfsburg, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. There were 80,000 Dortmund supporters, who paid their respects to the victims of the tragic incident.
Liverpool has the advantage of an important away goal from Divock Origi, but Mats Hummels’ header cancelled out their lead in the first leg’s 1-1 draw at the Signal Iduna Park. So the Anfield will welcome two well-matched teams.
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