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Belgium marks 30 years of Heysel tragedy

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BRUSSELS (AP) Survivors, relatives of victims and football authorities on Friday marked the 30th anniversary of the Heysel stadium tragedy where 39 people died during fan violence at the 1985 European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus in Brussels.

With a bugle blowing, flowers and wreaths were laid at a remembrance plaque early Friday at the King Baudouin Stadium, which was renovated and renamed after the tragedy.

In Zurich, UEFA President Michel Platini said that he still carries the mental scars from that night, when he scored the penalty in Juventus's 1-0 win over Liverpool, with stands littered with victims' shoes and clothing just beyond the pitch.


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