Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Liverpool - Juventus

Yesterday Liverpool was hosting Juventus for the Champions League quarterfinals. It's been 20 years since the Heysel tragedy and this is the first time they meet again. Surrounding this game was all the hype from 20 years ago, how the (drunken) Liverpool supporters suddenly ran towards a small crowd of Juventus supporters who were then crushed when a wall fell down. It was a tragedy indeed.

I still remember that day very vividly. I was at home in Amsterdam just doing what a 8 year old does. My mom was working and my dad was watching TV, waiting for the final. He even set the VCR (which was kinda new in our home). I came into the living room and asked about all that fuss on the telly. It was supposed to be a football match but it looked like there were trouble because it didn't show any footballing. My dad then told me that the game is delayed due to some problem. I then went to bed.

The next day I watched the game on video and can remember Michel Platini scoring a goal from the penalty spot. But my dad didn't record any of the crowd trouble. I do remember all that news afterwards, how English teams are banned for 5 years from European competition. How there was one guy recorded on CCTV shooting a gun. How the wall collapsed and 38 Italians died.

It is a stark reminder what hooliganism can do. Hopefully there won't be any Heysel tragedy anymore.

Btw, Juventus was playing awful last night. Lucky they got that away goal.


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