Vancouver riot and 5 other infamous melees in sports history

Here are five notable riots linked to sporting events through history.

2. Heysel disaster, 1985

  • close
    Fans of soccer clubs Liverpool and Juventus riot at the Heysel football stadium on May 29, 1985.
    View Caption
  • About video ads
    View Caption
of

During the European Cup Final in May 1985, Liverpool (of England) played Juventus (of Italy) at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels. A stadium wall collapsed after Liverpool fans charged through police toward Juventus fans. Thirty-nine fans died and more than 350 were injured. The incident led British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to ban all English football teams from competing for two years in Europe.

Large crowds inspire fans to be more daring and to take part in group activities they would not normally engage in, says Adam Naylor, sports psychology director at the Boston University Athletic Enhancement Center.

“Once we’re in groups and crowds, we tend to get a little more stupid. There’s less individual identification,” Dr. Naylor says.

2 of 5

Read Comments

View reader comments | Comment on this story

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK