August 28, 2007 / 1:44 PM / 11 years ago

Liverpool to play Everton tune in tribute to murdered boy

Floral tributes and signed soccer boots left by the players and staff of Everton Football club are seen near to the spot where 11-year-old Rhys Jones was shot dead in the Croxteth area of Liverpool, northern England, August 27, 2007. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool are to pay an unprecedented tribute to murdered 11-year-old Rhys Jones, a devoted Everton fan, by playing their city rivals’ anthem before their Champions League match against Toulouse on Tuesday.

The schoolboy was a season-ticket holder at Everton but Liverpool FC said they would play the tune “Johnny Todd” which usually greets their city rivals as they take to the pitch.

“Chief executive Rick Parry spoke with Rhys’s family who agreed they would be delighted if the Reds paid tribute to their son’s memory in such a fitting way,” a statement on Liverpool’s Web site (www.liverpoolfc.tv) said.

The Liverpool players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s applause before the third qualifying round, second-leg match at Anfield. Liverpool hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

Rhys died last Wednesday after being shot in the neck on his way home from football practice. On Monday the Everton first-team squad laid tributes at a shrine that has developed where he was killed.

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