How Newcastle United fans will help honour Olivia Platt-Korbel at Tranmere Rovers match after tragedy

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Newcastle United fans will join an act of tribute to the nine-year-old killed in a shocking gun attack

Newcastle United fans will join Tranmere Rovers in honouring Olivia Platt-Korbel during Wednesday night's Carabao Cup fixture.

The nine-year-old girl was senselessly shot outside her home in the Knotty Ash area of Liverpool at 10 pm on Monday, August 22.

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The tragedy has shocked the nation and football fans at Prenton Park will take part in a minute of applause in honour of Olivia.

The Birkenhead-based ground is just eight miles from the scene of the horrific crime, and the action has been supported by Tranmere Rovers Vice Chairman Nicola Palios.

In a Twitter statement, Palios wrote: “Everyone at Tranmere Rovers has been shocked and sickened by the senseless death of nine-year-old Olivia Platt-Korbel.

 Olivia Platt-Korbel (Image: Facebook) Olivia Platt-Korbel (Image: Facebook)
Olivia Platt-Korbel (Image: Facebook) | Facebook

“We have a policy at Tranmere Rovers only to do an official minute’s silence prior to a match following the death of someone very closely connected to the club, because otherwise it becomes impossible to choose whose passing to mark, without risk of offending the loved ones of those who aren’t.

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“Tragically, Olivia is one of three young people who have lost their lives to gun crime in Merseyside in the past 10 days, and the families of Ashley Dale and Sam Rimmer are also grieving.

“However we can and do support fans who want to show their respects for others, and a number have suggested a minute’s applause in the ninth minute of the game, to show support for Olivia’s family.

“We fully endorse this action, and hope that it serves as a mark of respect for all three families, and as a demonstration that we as a community are united against such pointless and mindless violence.”

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