Liverpool FC today remembers the 39 football fans who lost their lives at Heysel Stadium in Belgium on this day 31 years ago.
The disaster occurred before the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus on May 29, 1985, when events in Block Z of the stadium tragically led to the deaths of 39 people – mostly Juventus supporters – and left hundreds more injured.
As a mark of respect to those who died, a floral tribute was placed by the club’s operations director, Andrew Parkinson, at the foot of the Heysel memorial plaque in the Centenary Stand at Anfield this morning.
Flags across all club sites are being flown at half-mast throughout the day and access to the Heysel memorial plaque is available to the public via the Centenary Stand car park.
Parkinson said: “Today is an important day in the history of Liverpool Football Club as we mark the 31st anniversary of the tragedy that unfolded at Heysel.
“Heysel will be forever etched in the minds of everyone connected with Liverpool Football Club and today we pay our respects to those who lost their lives during the disaster at that stadium.
“We continue to remember those who lost their lives and everyone who has been impacted by the disaster.”
In Memoria e Amicizia, in Memory and Friendship
Sergio Bastino Mazzino
Luciano Rocco Papaluca
Jean Michel Walla
Rest in Peace – You’ll Never Walk Alone