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Front cover of the Italian sports magazine “Guerin Sportivo”, after the Heysel Stadium Disaster on 29 May 1985. Just before the start of the European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus, a large group of Liverpool supporters breached a fence separating them from a “neutral area” which contained rival Juventus fans. The wall collapsed under the pressure, 39 Juventus fans died and 600 were injured. The tragedy in itself and the media coverage of the “Heysel” changed the perception of football and the relation between sports and violence. This turning point was significantly remarked by the term “Holocaust”, used here to connote an epoch-making Event. In the same year, the release of Claude Lanzmann’s film Shoah contributed to introduce in Europe the Hebrew term “Shoah” as the new word for “Holocaust”.

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