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Heysel disaster persuaded me not to join Liverpool - Sydney's Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero has revealed that the Heysel Stadium tragedy forced him not to join Liverpool.

The 37-year old Italian striker was being linked with the Reds whilst he was in talks with new club Sydney FC after his Juventus departure but says the 1985 disaster, which saw 39 Juve fans die during the European Cup final against Liverpool, persuaded him not to head to Anfield.

"Why I said no to Liverpool? Negotiations with Sydney were already advanced and then I thought about what had happened at Heysel," Del Piero told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Juve and Liverpool were able to rebuild the relationship, but for many people that tragedy is an indelible memory. I thank all the clubs which wanted me, but I'm convinced of my choice."

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