News — May 29, 2012 11:46

Club Mark Heysel Anniversary

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Liverpool Football Club and Juventus are marking the 27th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster which claimed the lives of 39 supporters prior to the 1985 European Cup final.

The tragedy occurred an hour before the scheduled kick-off, when a retaining wall collapsed and 39 spectators were crushed to death. More than 400 were injured.

A statement from the club read,

“Liverpool Football Club today remembers the 39 football fans who died when a wall collapsed at the Heysel Stadium in Belgium on this day 27 years ago. Managing director Ian Ayre will lay the club’s floral tribute at the foot of the Heysel Memorial Plaque in the Centenary Stand this morning. The tragedy unfolded on May 29, 1985, at the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus, when what should have been one of the greatest nights in the club’s history turned into a nightmare”.

“Instead of leaving Brussels having seen our team lift a fifth European Cup, Liverpool supporters travelled back to England having witnessed the deaths of 39 football supporters including 32 Italian fans of Juventus, four Belgians, two from France and one man from Northern Ireland.”

This is a day for remembrance for those who lost their lives.


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