29 May: anniversary of Heysel Riot

It is always right to remember the lives of those who have gone before us, and to honour their memory. Liverpool FC and its supporters do this with great dignity in relation to the deaths of their fans in Sheffield.
But I fear that in Britain, the country where I live, we do treat [...]


Written by Hattyfarbuckle, 3963 days ago.
I couldnt agree more with the points about difference in treatment of Hillsborough and Heysel, by both the Liverpool fans and their friends in the media. You could convince yourself that there is a conspiracy of silence. I just visited the LiverpoolFC website to se what is written, heres a snippet - "If April 15th is the saddest day in the club's history, May 29th is surely the lowest. On May 29 1985, 39 football fans died when a wall collapsed at the Heysel stadium in Belgium. What should have been one of the greatest nights in the club's history turned into a nightmare" ... revealing isnt it thatc there is concern about missing out on a great night in Liverpool history. Yet again the collapsing wall is blamed for the deaths - the way it is written a young Liverpool fan who wasn't around at the time could believe the wall just collapsed on its own! The wall seems to have become the culprit. In reality of the wall collapsed under the weight of bodies trying to escape the Liverpool fans. I have also read the collapse may have actually limited the loss of life by creating a release for the pressure. Yet again i get the feeling that Liverpool fans dont accept they were at fault and are looking for anybody else to blame.
Written by John, 3963 days ago.
It is of course difficult to comment on these matters whilst still maintaining the import level of respect required for the deceased. I thought Tony at UntoldArsenal (the author of this piece) did that well.
Stadium design and policing/safety has improved greatly in the last 20 years, and that can only be a good thing.
It is of course shameful that this event passes with less mention/reverence in the media than the Hillsborough disaster and we would all do well to remember what happened at Heysel.
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