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Keys back in the spotlight following Heysel remarks

Presenter suggests that Liverpool fans were “looking for revenge” in 1985.

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RICHARD KEYS IS making headlines once again following his recent comments about the Heysel stadium disaster.

Thirty-nine people were killed and an estimated 600 injured during crowd trouble at the 1985 European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus in Brussels.

The comments in question were made on Wednesday morning during Keys’ Talksport radio show, the post which he moved to after leaving Sky Sports following a well-publicised ‘sexism row’ earlier this year.

Speaking to former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar about the violence faced by the club’s fans following the previous year’s final in Rome, Keys appeared to insinuate that the 1985 crowd trouble was caused by Liverpool supporters seeking revenge.

“There were bad scenes afterwards,” said Keys refererring to the European Cup Final in Rome, “and I think in many respects Heysel started there, didn’t it? Because Liverpool fans were looking for revenge the next time they played an Italian team, weren’t they?”

He agreed with Grobbelaar, however, when the goalkeeper noted that the stadium used that evening was totally unfit for purpose.

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