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Video: Belgium and Italy pause game after 39 minutes to remember Heysel disaster

Published 13/11/2015 | 21:00

Belgium and Italy pose prior to the intermational friendly match between Belgium and Italy at King Baudouin Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Belgium and Italy pose prior to the intermational friendly match between Belgium and Italy at King Baudouin Stadium on November 13, 2015 in Brussels, Belgium. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Friday's friendly between Belgium and Italy was used to commemorate the victims of the Heysel Stadium tragedy, shortly after the 30th anniversary.

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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.

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