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14th July 2021. Euro2020 Final. Italy and England together to commemorate the Heysel tragedy

After the beautiful and hard-fought final of the 2020 European Football Championship in Wembley, Italy and England, together in Brussels, wanted to underline the historical bonds of friendship and respect that bind the two countries.

Today, the Ambassador of Italy in Brussels, Francesco Genuardi, went, together with his British counterpart, Ambassador Martin Shearman, to the Heysel Stadium, in the presence of the Mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close, for a moment of common recollection in memory of the 39 victims of the Champions Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool in 1985.

The two Ambassadors wished to pay homage to the victims and to the city of Brussels, which hosts the two diplomatic representations. To give a strong signal of a long-lasting friendship between Italy and England, they laid a wreath of flowers. The two countries are joined by solidarity and duty of remembrance towards Heysel’s victims and passion for football and sport.

This initiative had already been announced on social media on the eve of the 2020 European Football Championship final by the two Ambassadors. They, in a spirit of mutual respect and friendship – whatever the winner of the European competition – had agreed to pay, together with the Mayor of Brussels, a tribute to the Heysel victims.