29th May 1985: Heysel

JayCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

April 15 has every Liverpool fan mourning the loss of fellow supporters, friends, and family members. May 29th, perhaps understandably for some, goes by with barely a whisper.

That is wrong.

On this day in 1985, at what should have been the scene of our fifth European Cup triumph, 39 people lost their lives in Belgium, with hundreds more injured.

Almost 30 Liverpool fans were arrested, many from the local area, and many with a history of football violence. Fourteen of those fans were found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. English clubs were immediately banned from European competition.

Heysel is as important to our history as Hillsborough, and should always be treated as such. It should not be swept under the carpet, the events and the victims should never be forgotten.