Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers: Minute’s silence tribute at game for tragic fans

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LEEDS UNITED will pay tribute on Saturday to tragic fans Chris Loftus and Kevin Speight

The club has announced a minute’s silence will take place in memory of Mr Loftus and Mr Speight before kick-off at United’s home game against Blackburn Rovers.

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The match will come the day before the 15th anniversary of the men’s murders in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, fundraising fans have also arranged for the printing of thousands of pictures of Mr Loftus and Mr Speight that will be held aloft in Elland Road prior to the game.

Flowers will be laid at the ground’s Billy Bremner statue following the final whistle.

Mr Loftus and Mr Speight were stabbed on the eve of a Uefa Cup semi-final tie between United and Istanbul side Galatasaray.

Fibre optics engineer Mr Loftus was 35 and came from Burmantofts in Leeds. Father-of-two Mr Speight was a 40-year-old pub landlord from Farsley.

The tragedy prompted a huge outpouring of grief, with hundreds of scarves and shirts being laid outside Elland Road.

* Leeds boxer Josh Warrington will be making a half-time appearance on the pitch at the game.

Chris Wood scoresa late in the first half to make reduce the deficit to 3-1 at home to Norwich last season. Picture: Varley.

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