Video: Belgium and Italy pause game after 39 minutes to remember Heysel disaster
Published 13/11/2015 | 21:00
Friday's friendly between Belgium and Italy was used to commemorate the victims of the Heysel Stadium tragedy, shortly after the 30th anniversary.
The match is being played at the King Baudouin Stadium, which is the rebuilt Heysel Stadium, where 39 people - mostly Italians - died during fan violence at the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus on May 29, 1985.
There was a ceremony before Thursday's training session to retire Italy's No. 39 shirt in memory of the victims, and during the match itself play was stopped after 39 minutes for a period of reflection.
Prior to to kick-off, both teams held up a commemorative banner.
The Belgium vs. Italy game paused after 39 minutes to honour the 39 fans who passed away during Heysel tragedy. pic.twitter.com/bCuPcKemas— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) November 13, 2015