Click to playTap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Get football updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email In the end, the best team won. After 64 matches in Russia, France proved too good for Croatia claim a second World Cup success, defeating Zlatko Dalic's side in Moscow and thus earning Didier Deschamps the trophy as a manager that he had led Les Bleus to as captain 20 years ago.
Again they would face Italian opposition, Juventus, who had won, unbeaten, the —84 Cup Winners' Cup. Juventus had a team comprising many of Italy 's FIFA World Cup winning team—who played for Juventus for many years—and their playmaker Michel Platini was considered the best footballer in Europe, being named Footballer of The Year by France Football magazine for the second year in a row in December Both teams were placed in the two first positions in the UEFA club ranking at the end of the last season  and were regarded by the specialist press as the best two sides on the continent at the time.
Despite its status as Belgium's national stadiumHeysel was in a poor state of repair by the time of the European Final.
The year-old stadium had not been sufficiently maintained for several years, and large parts of the stadium were literally crumbling. For example, the outer wall had been made of cinder blockand fans who did not have tickets were seen kicking holes in it to get in.
However, UEFA refused to consider a move. The two ends behind the goals comprised all-standing terraces, each end split into three zones. However, the tickets for the Z section were reserved for neutral Belgian fans in addition to the rest of the stadium.
This meant the Juventus fans had more sections than the Liverpool fans with the Z section occupied by neutrals which is thought to have heightened prematch tensions.
The idea of the large neutral area was opposed by both Liverpool and Juventus,  as it would provide an opportunity for fans of both clubs to obtain tickets from agencies or from ticket touts outside the ground and thus create a dangerous mix of fans.
At the time Brussels, like the rest of Belgium, already had a large Italian community, and many expatriate Juventus fans bought the section Z tickets.
A small percentage of the tickets ended up in the hands of Liverpool fans. Confrontation[ edit ] Heysel Stadium by section At approximately 7 p. The boundary between the two was marked by temporary chain link fencing and a central thinly policed no-man's land. As kick-off approached, the throwing became more intense.
Several groups of Liverpool hooligans broke through the boundary between section X and Z, overpowered the police, and charged at the Juventus fans.
The fans began to flee toward the perimeter wall of section Z. The wall could not withstand the force of the fleeing Juventus supporters and a lower portion collapsed.
Contrary to reports at the time, and what is still assumed by many, the collapse of the wall did not cause the 39 deaths. Instead, the collapse relieved pressure and allowed fans to escape. Most died of suffocation after tripping or being crushed against the wall before the collapse.
A further fans were also injured. Bodies were carried out from the stadium on sections of iron fencing and laid outside, covered with giant football flags. As police and medical helicopters flew in, the down-draught blew away the modest coverings. In retaliation for the events in section Z, many Juventus fans then rioted at their end of the stadium.
They advanced down the stadium running track to help other Juventus supporters, but police intervention stopped the advance. A large group of Juventus fans fought the police with rocks, bottles and stones for two hours.
One Juventus fan was also seen firing a starting gun at Belgian police. Due to collective hysteria generated by the massive invasion of the pitch by journalists and fans at the end of the match,  and the chants of fans of both teams in the stands,  some Italian club players celebrated the title in the middle of the pitch among them and in front of their fans in the M section, while some Liverpool players applauded their fans between the X and Z sections, the stadium's section affected.
Of that there is no doubt. After an month investigation, the dossier of top Belgian judge Marina Coppieters was finally published. It concluded that blame should rest solely with the English fans. The British police undertook a thorough investigation to bring to justice the perpetrators.
Some 17 minutes of film and many still photographs were examined. TV Eye produced an hour-long programme featuring the footage and the British press also published the photographs.
A total of 34 people were arrested and questioned with 26 Liverpool fans being charged with manslaughter — the only extraditable offence applicable to events at Heysel. An extradition hearing in London in February—March ruled all 26 were to be extradited to stand trial in Belgium for the death of Juventus fan Mario Ronchi.
In September they were extradited and formally charged with manslaughter applying to all 39 deaths and further charges of assault. Initially, all were held at a Belgian prison but over the subsequent months judges permitted their release as the start of the trial became ever more delayed.
The trial eventually got underway in Octoberwith three Belgians also standing trial for their role in the disaster: Albert Roosens, the head of the Belgian Football Association, for allowing tickets for the Liverpool section of the stadium to be sold to Juventus fans; and two police chiefs - Michel Kensier and Johann Mahieu - who were in charge of policing at the stadium that night.
Two of the 26 Liverpool fans were in custody in Britain at the time and stood trial later. In April14 fans were convicted and given three-year sentences, that were half suspended for five years, allowing them to return to the UK.A Europa League match in Austria was suspended on Thursday after a drinks cup thrown from the stands hit an assistant referee on the head.
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Venue. Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, the home of Sheffield Wednesday, was selected by the Football Association (FA) as a neutral venue to host the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs.
Kick-off was scheduled for pm on 15 April, and fans were advised to take up positions 15 minutes beforehand.