The game eventually went ahead late, despite
objections from both
and Juventus won the match 1-0 from a second half penalty.
Some Liverpool fans claimed that Juventus supporters precipitated the
violence by hurling stones and other missiles.
Others have blamed poor organisation and lack of crowd control by the
Belgian authorities, saying that there were insufficient police inside the
stadium to prevent fans from clashing.
UEFA acted swiftly to ban all English clubs
indefinitely from participating*
in any of the three European competitions in the wake of the tragedy.
This restriction was gradually lifted five years later.
The Heysel stadium itself has changed beyond
recognition since the
disaster. The old venue, built in 1930, was demolished after the disaster
and replaced by the all-seater Stade Roi Baudouin, which has never been
used to stage club football.
No plaque commemorates the 1985 horror, and the only reminder of tha
time is a reconditioned gateway near the main entrance, the last remnant
of the original stadium.
Gerald McKinley, a Liverpool fan who was at
Heysel but not involved in the
"Heysel was almost certainly going to happen because no one, anywhere,
seemed capable of stopping the violence. "There was trouble at almost
every game, at home and abroad and not just involving English teams.
It was like trying to stop a runaway train.
"It had to stop somehow and since Heysel, there have been far
fewer incidents. But what a tragic loss of life."