The Champions Cup final is like a gesture to criminals. 5 reasons for the Heysel tragedy

Champions Cup final with May 29, 1985 among Liverpool and juve, is associated with the loudest tragedy in the history of this match.

Here are five reasons why the Heysel tragedy happened.

Zbigniew Boniek he was playing for Juventus at the time. In “The games of my life” (published by SQN), he recalls: “While walking through Brussels, I felt a strange fear, even fear. I saw thousands of drunk, aggressive fans, mainly from Liverpool (…) Someone spilled beer, someone actually sang or yelled, someone pissed under the tree† Not very nice pictures, but they don’t foreshadow what happened in the stadium.”

Present in the stadium Stefan Szczepcek reported these events for “Soccer”: “Thousands of fans from England and Italy (although it was not an easy task for drunken people) stood at the gates of the Heysel”.

However, it did not make much of an impression on the security services. Even before the stadium, large numbers of drunken fans were completely ignored, there was no problem entering the match.

It is worth remembering that a year earlier, teams from Italy and England also met in the final of the Champions Cup. on Stadio Olimpico in Rome Liverpool defeated Rome in a penalty shootout. After the meeting, an argument broke out between the fans. Liverpool fans were attacked by Italian hooligans after leaving the stadium, metal objects started to move. After those events, many English fans felt an aversion to the Italians. The chance for a rematch – again on the occasion of the most important match – was born unexpectedly quickly.

The mid-1980s is not yet the time when the knowledge that a stadium is outdated – and for what reasons – would be commonplace. Stadium Heyselbuilt more than half a century earlier, still in 1930 Last year, however, it was just as outdated, failing to meet increasingly stringent safety standards. The sectors on the Heysel were small and cramped, with no emergency exits. The technical condition of the facility also left much to be desired, the stadium walls were rotten and had to be renovated immediately.

Sectors “X” and “Y” are for Liverpool fans, while the opposite sectors “M”, “N” and “O” – for Juventus fans. Meanwhile, for unexpected reasons – which, read in the next section – Juventus supporters also found themselves in the sector “FROM”separated from those occupied by the English by barely two high metal nets stretched over metal posts.

Liverpool fans broke through the small fence with ease and attacked Juventus supporters. Furious, they chased random people. The Italians started running and trampling each other. Some people were crushed by a ten-foot wall that could not withstand the pressure of the crowd and collapsed.

Tickets for the fans from England are available in sectors “X” and “Y” – on the left side of the grandstand, below the light board. The sectors on the right are reserved for more than 10,000 tifos. In the “Z” sector, adjacent to the English “X” sector, according to the organizers’ plans, neutral fans, mainly Belgians, would sit. Unfortunately, something that no one had foreseen happened: the Belgians sold a large part of these legally purchased tickets… to Italian immigrants, who abounded in Brussels. As a result, fans of opponents sat close to each other.

The number of police officers at the stadium turned out to be insufficient. In addition, they failed to respond properly – before, during and after the tragedy. The event, its magnitude and intensity completely surpassed both the police and law enforcement agencies.

When three quarters of an hour before the scheduled start of the game, British fans from sectors “X” and “Y” started throwing bottles and concrete pieces (from where concrete – see the section on aging stadium) at Juventus fans, who made up the majority of the fans in the “Z” sector (where did they come from – read the section on tickets). When the Italians responded, Liverpool fans began crashing through the fence and then being demolished. It was only viewed by more than a dozen Belgian police officers† In such a composition, they could not stop the English hooligans armed with random but dangerous objects (parts of the fence, bottles, but also brass knuckles) from breaking through.

It took almost two hours for the police to restore order. The injured were assisted by random doctors at the stadium (including the club), as there were not enough medical services.

The mayor of Brussels later said – as reported by those present at the stadium Stefan Szczepcek – that “there were about a thousand police officers, 240 of whom were in the stands. The others were outside the stadium, because potential incidents were expected there, not in the stands”.

Finally the match started. Stefan Szczepłek: “The decision UEFA It became a kind of gesture to the few thousand crooks who committed the tragedy.”

Juventus won 1-0† Balance of the evening: 39 dead (38 Italians and one Belgian) aged 11 to 58.

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