On the morning of May 28, thousands of Liverpool supporters arrived in the Paris fan zones for the highlight of the European football season that night: their team’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. The atmosphere was good-natured, the expectation was electric. It ended in chaos and came closer to disaster than many thought at the time.
Thousands of Liverpool supporters, like Kevin Cowley, were piled up on a dangerous road to the stadium. Later, as the crush escalated and the match was delayed, they would be blamed for the event becoming near fatal. For Cowley, a survivor of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, it brought him back to that day, he says Michael Safi.
For David Conn, the echoes of that day in 1989, the worst in Liverpool history, can be found everywhere. When football came together to say ‘never again’ after Hillsborough, it hardly seemed possible that on European football’s biggest night, more than 30 years later, fans could be so close to losing their lives. .