- Associated Press - Friday, May 29, 2015

ZURICH (AP) - Exactly 30 years after 39 fans died at the European Cup final, UEFA President Michel Platini says he is “still doing everything in my power” to prevent a similar tragedy.

Platini was a Juventus player on May 29, 1985 preparing to face Liverpool at the Heysel stadium in Brussels when English fans started rioting.

The match went ahead and Platini scored in a 1-0 Juventus win.

Platini says “I continue to play in that final. It hasn’t left me, just like it hasn’t left anyone else who was there that night.”

“I can only express my deepest sympathy,” Platini says in a UEFA statement released while he attended the FIFA election congress.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter told delegates that “thanks to the match being played, lives were saved.”

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