Dead during the heysel tragedy, 32 years later, in Italy, commemorated, in Belgium prefer to forget

32 years ago, in Brussels at the European Champions League final Juventus-Liverpool 39 dead. While that event in Italy Saturday, when Juventus the CL final plays, will be cited, remains in Belgium, as usually around that birthday still.

Dead during the heysel tragedy in 1985: supporters of Liverpool stormed just before the match the neutral box, which a wall collapsed. There were 39 dead, among whom were mainly Italians. © Belga

‘Tell me: what happens with our monument as the King baudouin stadium will soon be demolished?’, the question is from Italy, where around the turn of the year alerted reacts when coming from Belgium the messages about the yet to be built Eurostadion in Brussels showed. The monument in memory of dead during the heysel tragedy was only founded in 2005, in the presence of the then mayor of Brussels Freddy Thielemans. A plaque on the left side of the main stand, and a lichtpaal with the names of the 39 victims who lost their lives after the final of the European for referee appointments, suggested on may 29, 1985: 32 Italians, one Frenchman, one Northern Irishman, and four Belgians: Alfons Bos, Dirk Daeninckx, Jean-Michel Walla and Willy Chielens.

In Turin, the city council last week to a small square to the drama, to rename, in honour of the victims of the past. It is a small piazza next to the Italo Calvinobibliotheek along the Dora Agrigento in Turin.

In Italy there is an organization that cares about the memory of the victims ‘Familiari e Vittime dell’ Heysel.’ It was founded in 1987 by Otello Lorentini, the father of one of the fallen Italians. Roberto Lorentini, a doctor, left the life when he first fled to the English hooligans, returned to take care of another victim in the infamous box Z, where the havoc caused was. Initially, it was Box Z intended as a buffer between the grandstand and the English hooligans. The intention was to have the box to fill with Belgian fans. Because the Belgian interest was small, despite the cheap price (300 francs, or 7.5 euros for a European final), were the tickets are mainly bought by Italians who, via the Juventusclubs no more maps fell away, often through the mediation of the family in Belgium, lived. This is also why there were Belgians amongst the victims, who have no pronounced Juventus or Liverpoolsupporter were, but ordinary football fans who came down on the event, but at the wrong time in the wrong place found.

When Sport/Voetbalmagazine two years ago rondbelde for a story about the 30th anniversary proved to be that in your own country, the drama prefer to forget, what with the Belgian survivors a feeling results of to forget feel, while the memory in Italy, however, is cherished, and it is there, surprised that in Belgium all those years so little attention to the drama.

Saturday night will be in Italy again be looked back on that tragic night in Brussels. After that lurid victory in 1985 won Juventus the Champions League, in 1996 (against Ajax). It was then another four CL finals, the last time in 2015, when it lost to Barcelona.

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