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Heysel to be remembered when Belgium host Italy

Milan: A friendly between Belgium and Italy will be halted in the 39th minute as the names of the 39 victims of the Heysel Stadium disaster are read out one by one on Friday.

Belgium, currently number one in the FIFA rankings, host four-time World Cup champions Italy at the King Beaudoin stadium in Brussels.

It will count as preparation for next summer's European Championships, but the match is also the occasion for both sides to commemorate one of football's worst stadium disasters in the year of its 30th anniversary.

On May 29, 1985, 39, mostly Italian, fans died during the European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool after running battles between groups of supporters caused panic and led to fans being crushed against a collapsing wall.

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