A Recent History of Deadly Fan Violence

The Heysel Stadium Disaster

Sport: Soccer
Year1985

Prior to the match between Liverpool and Juventus in the 1985 European Cup Final, fans of Liverpool tried climbing a wall in Heysel Stadium that separated them from the "neutral area" which contained some spectators supporting Juventus. When all the weight on the wall became too much to handle, the structure collapsed and trapped many fans. With 600 people injured and 39 dead, you would think that the game would be delayed, right? However, the show went on and Juventus won 1-0. Later on, 14 Liverpool fans were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to three years in prison. Additionally all English clubs were banned from European competition indefinitely, a ban that was lifted in the '90-'91 season.

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