Heysel Stadium disaster

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A crowd disaster at Belgium's Heysel Stadium in Brussels on 29 May 1995 when 39 fans of the Italian football club Juventus died before the final of the European (Club Champions) Cup against English club Liverpool. A retaining wall collapsed on the terraces—widely believed to have been caused by the aggressive behaviour of some Liverpool supporters—and people were crushed or trampled to death in the aftermath. Controversially, the match went on to be played, the television schedules taking priority. English clubs were banned from European competition for the subsequent five years. See also Baudrillard, Jean.

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