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Gerrard: ‘I would ask all our fans to stay away’

Fri 01 January 2021 | 15:05

Steven Gerrard has asked the fans to stay away as they intend to mark the 50th anniversary of the Ibrox disaster.

Steven Gerrard

has asked

Rangers

fans no to visit the stadium before Saturday’s derby as they are planning a tribute to remember 66 fans who lost their lives in a crush on January 2, 1971.

“It’s a very poignant day tomorrow, the 50th year as well,” Gerrard said.

“In a normal situation, we’d have a lot of people around the ground and we’d obviously put a full service on so we could pay our respects that way.

“But because of Covid-19, things will look slightly different. However, as a club, we still want to pay our full respects to everyone involved and to all the names that are no longer with us.

“It’s a very special day tomorrow, myself and the players are all aware of that – but I would ask all our fans to stay away. I know that’s tough but we also have to pay respect to the situation we’re all in at the moment and stay safe at home.”

Gerrard’s cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley, who was ten by the time that Hillsborough disaster happened, was the youngest victim of the accident.

“Yeah for sure, there’s certainly a relation from my point of view with my connection to the Hillsborough disaster as well,” he added.

“I certainly know what this disaster means to people and I want to send my full respects to all the families and the survivors. I also want to pay my respects to the people who passed away.”


source: SportMob