Heysel victim’s son blasts Liverpool’s plan for parade on day of anniversary

Andrea Lorentini, who lost his father during the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985, has been left 'jarred' at the timing of Liverpool's parade.

The Reds had planned a victory parade on Sunday to celebrate their two domestic cup triumphs this season. But, on Sunday, it's also the 37th anniversary of the Heysel disaster that claimed the lives of 39 Juventus fans.

The Reds had been set to face the Old Lady at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels in the 1985 European Cup final. However, 39 fans lost their lives after Liverpool fans charged the Juve supporters causing a wall to collapse.

"Linking a Liverpool celebration to May 29th is a bit jarring," Lorentini, who is also the head of the Heysel families victims' association, told Reuters.

"Considering what their fans did that night, in my opinion, May 29th for Liverpool should be a day of mea culpa and reflection, of heartfelt remembrance."

Liverpool were aware of the issue and said: "As the date of the victory parade falls on the anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster, throughout the morning LFC, supported by Liverpool City Council, will pay tribute to the 39 supporters who lost their lives on that day."

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish, who played at Heysel, also laid a wreath at Stade de France ahead of kick-off at the Champions League final on Saturday evening.

Reds CEO Billy Hogan said: “We come together as a club to pay our respects to the 39 people who lost their lives at Heysel and remember all those affected by this tragedy.

“Our club has a rich history, which includes both times of joy and sorrow, and it’s important that we respectfully remember and reflect on the past whilst also celebrating our successes in the present and future.”

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