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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Remember Heysel

Today is the first time Liverpool and Juventus have met in competition since the Heysel disaster in 1985.

39 innocent football fans died that day as the result of a combination of rioting, inadequate policing, and weak stadium structures. Please read the moving Guardian special report on Heysel at its website.

Let Liverpool and Juventus compete with sportsmanship in honour of those lost at Heysel.


Blogger RedsMan said...

Thank you, TS, the memory needed to be endorsed on such an occasion. Please see my comments on the match.


4/06/2005 2:14 pm

Blogger Abdul said...

Very well said TS. We often forget that football is a glorious irrelevance and that there are far more important matters in the world.

The match was played in a great spirit, despite some Juventus supporter antagonism - which can only be expected given that (as I read in a Guardian report and agree with) it is far harder for collective victims to forget the tragedy at Heysel. I hope the second leg passes without incident.

4/06/2005 2:23 pm

Blogger Skippy said...

I thought Liverpool FC were fantastic in their endeavour to show solidarity with Juve. Shame about the few thugs who disrespected that.

4/08/2005 5:20 pm

Blogger Abdul said...

I have to disagree strongly with the description of the Juventus fans who shunned the Liverpool banner waving etc as thugs. Juventus fans feel strongly about the death of 39 of their own at Heysel - and that hurts. Turning their backs was a symbolic gesture of their pain and I respect that.

Rightly, nobody expects the people of Liverpool to forgive The Sun newspaper for the disgraceful coverage of the Hillsborough disaster - despite numerous apologies. Why do we expect Juventus to not do the same.

Of course, if things turn violent on wednesday in Turin - thats another matter altogether.

4/12/2005 3:05 pm

Blogger T said...

For once I must completely disagree with the Skipper and the term he used to describe the Juve supporters who chose to ignore the goodwill gestures by Liverpool.

I feel shocked to see that term applied to fans who cannot forgive- as is their right- Liverpool football club for the actions of Liverpool supporters that resulted in 39 innocent people dying.

4/12/2005 4:54 pm


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