UEFA praises Liverpool, Juventus

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

Liverpool and Juventus were praised by UEFA for the way they handled their poignant Champions League quarterfinal first leg on Tuesday.

UEFA praises Liverpool, Juventus

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Liverpool and Juventus were praised by UEFA for the way they handled their poignant Champions League quarterfinal first leg on Tuesday. Deputy chief executive Markus Studer, among the official UEFA party at the first meeting of the two clubs since the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985 when 39 mainly Italian fans died, said the organisation was just right, it was perfect. "Liverpool must be applauded for the way they handled the arrangements and the fans of both clubs understood the message. There was not a hint of trouble in the stadium, there was a fantastic atmosphere and both clubs must be praised," he said. Studer said the huge mosaic created before the kickoff by Liverpool fans at the Kop end holding up red, white and black coloured cards that spelt the word "Amicizia" - Italian for friendship -- was particularly touching. Most Juve fans applauded the gesture, but not all of them seemed to appreciate the message of reconciliation. Some turned their backs on the display and the simmering animosity means there could be some hostility for the return leg in Turin next Wednesday - especially if Juve cannot overturn their 2-1 first leg deficit. (AP)

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