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Arsenal-Everton take moment to recognize Boston victims

Apr 16, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

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Classy move today around the Emirates Stadium, where officials held a moment of silence to, in part, honor the victims of Monday’s events in Boston.

The moment of silence preceding today’s important Arsenal-Everton contest had already been set to honor the 96 victims of the infamous Hillsborough tragedy of 1989. Monday marked the 24 anniversary of the disaster at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives in a series of events around an FA Cup semifinal.

Arsenal officials extended to moment to the events in Boston. Players from both clubs and match officials are wearing black armbands during the (currently ongoing) English Premier League contest.

Teams in the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball also paid tribute to Monday’s victims of the bombings in Boston.

American connections are all around the ground. U.S. goalie Tim Howard has long been top guardian of Everton goal. American Stan Kroenke is the majority shareholder of Arsenal’s ownership. And Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis was the longtime, former right had man to commissioner Don Garber with Major League Soccer.

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