Flashback: The Heysel Disaster, 29 May 1985

Ollie Irish

29th, May 2010

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By Ollie Irish

Photo: Peter Robinson / EMPICS

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Heysel disaster, which claimed the lives of 39 supporters. The poor state of the stadium and below-par policing by the Belgians contributed to the disaster, but of course without the fighting between Liverpool and Juve fans, for which a section of the former must take the greater responsibility, it wouldn’t have happened. A black, black day for European football and one that set English clubs back five years and then some.

[The Beeb has an excellent article on Heysel]