As today marks 35 years since the Heysel disaster, Juventus say it ‘continues to evoke in us the same, unchanged feeling: pain’.
The tragic incident occurred on May 29 1985, before the European Cup Final between Juve and Liverpool at Heysel Stadium in Belgium, when 39 football fans - many of them Bianconero - were crushed to death.
“The word Heysel is one of those that we will never ever forget,” wrote the Bianconeri on their official website.
“Thirty-five years have passed, but the memory of who were there, of those who watched from television at home, and also of those who had not yet been born, but know the facts through history, is something that awakens an emotion amongst everyone.
“The sun was shining in Brussels that day. And as it was leaving its last rays on the field, the unthinkable happened… in the stands, before the start of the Champions League final between Juve and Liverpool.
“A tragedy took place.
“It all happened in a few moments: the stampede, the race to escape, the wall that collapsed… And the panic. Thirty-nine people were taken that night in Brussels, almost all of them Italian, with the youngest of them being only 10 years old.
“It is in their memory, that today, as every day, we dedicate our remembrance, and our pain.
“And while the years may go by, that word continues to evoke in us the same, unchanged feeling: pain.
The Reds, meanwhile, placed a floral wreath beside their memorial outside Anfield this morning and are flying flags at half-mast throughout the day.
Torino also showed solidarity with their city rivals, posting a tweet that read: “United in prayers and remembrance.”
The Old Lady went on to win the Final 1-0 and lift their first European Cup/Champions League, courtesy of a Michel Platini penalty.
Remembering all 39 victims: Rocco Acerra, Bruno Balli, Alfons Bos, Giancarlo Bruschera, Andrea Casula, Giovanni Casula, Nino Cerullo, Willy Chielens, Giuseppina Conti, Dirk Daenecky, Dionisio Fabbro, Jacques François, Eugenio Gagliano, Francesco Galli, Giancarlo Gonnelli, Alberto Guarini, Giovacchino Landini, Roberto Lorentini, Barbara Lusci, Franco Martelli, Gianni Mastroiaco, Sergio Bastino Mazzino, Loris Messore, Luciano Rocco Papaluca, Luigi Pidone, Benito Pistolato, Patrick Radclife, Domenico Ragazzi, Antonio Ragnanese, Claude Robert, Mario Ronchi, Domenico Russo, Tarcisio Salvi, Gianfranco Sarto, Giuseppe Spalaore, Mario Spanu, Tarcisio Venturin, Jean Michel Walla, Claudio Zavaroni
Image credit juventus.com
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