Everton and Liverpool fans joined together tonight to pay tribute to the Hillsborough victims.

Fans created a half and half banner that they held up in the stands at the home and away divide,  in memory of the 96 victims of the disaster.

Supporters gathered around the banner and applauded as they held it up proudly before the Merseyside Derby.

Blues supporter Peter MacFarlane made the banner which sums up the togetherness across Merseyside that has defined the three decades since that fateful day.

It reads simply: "All Scousers know the truth. Justice for the 96" amongst the two club badges of Everton and Liverpool and the iconic justice flame.

Fans hold up the banner in memory of the Hillsborough victims

Before the game Peter, a lifelong Blue , who works for Fitwell TimE Design in south Liverpool, said: "I'm hoping that a red can hold up the red side from across the police cordon between the fans.

"Some things genuinely do transcend rivalry and I think when it comes to the injustice and horror of Hillsborough we can all agree.

"After the verdict was announced last week, I thought it would be a good way to show solidarity with the families.

"Our MD Tim Edwards is a massive red and when I went to him with the design, he approved it straight away.

"I offered to pay or go halves but he refused to take any money for it.

"I thought the symbolism of the two colours/badges joined together by the 96 symbol was important as it represents how the city has come together in the fight for justice.

"I've had a few offers from fans to hold it up, I think I'm just going to get in first and make my way over!

"Anyone is welcome to help hold it up."

Tonight's derby comes less than a week after the police officer in overall command on the day of the disaster was acquitted of criminal charges.

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Former South Yorkshire Police David Duckenfield was match commander when 96 Liverpool supporters were unlawfully killed in Britain's worst ever sporting disaster on 15th April 1989 but was found not guilty in a retrial at Preston Crown Court of the gross negligence manslaughter of 95 of those who died.

He was not charged over the death of the 96th victim, Tony Bland, because he died so long after the tragedy.