Anfield falls silent for Israel-Gaza war


Football boots of Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture date: Saturday October 21, 2023.

Supporters and players fell silent together before Liverpool's game against Everton on Saturday as a mark of respect for those affected by the Israel-Gaza war.

As well as a period of silence, players, managers and match officials at Anfield all wore black armbands.

The same will happen at all Premier League and English Football League fixtures this weekend.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah this week called for an end to the fighting.

The Egypt star used his public platform to urge world leaders "to come together to prevent further slaughter of innocent souls".

A period of silence also preceded the early WSL match between Aston Villa and Tottenham.

Israel launched a military campaign in Gaza in response to attacks by Hamas gunmen on Israel on 7 October.

When it announced its plans to mark the loss of life then and in the ensuing conflict, the Premier League said it "strongly condemns the horrific and brutal acts of violence against innocent civilians".

It added: "We hope for peace, and our heartfelt sympathies are with the victims, their families and the communities impacted."

The EFL said "our collective thoughts are with all the innocent people who have lost their lives, as well as their families, friends and all those in communities impacted" by the conflict.

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