Baudouin stadium fined over safety

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6 January 2006 ,

6 January 2006

BRUSSELS - The government has fined the Belgian Football Association EUR 5,000 for failing key safety standards at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels.

The stadium was inspected by Interior Ministry officials last June, who reported that the steps leading to the main stand were only 4m wide, a third of the 12m width needed, according to newspaper 'De Standaard'.

They said large access or exit facilities were essential in the case of an emergency evacuation.

The officials also pointed to electricity and fire safety rules that were not met, scarce fire doors and volatile substances like paint and petrol stored under the main stand.

The report calls for improvements by 1 May at threat of more fines.

In 1985, when it was still known as Heysel, the stadium was the scene of of the world’s worst football disasters when 39 fans were killed during the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus.

The Belgian authorities were later chastised for poor policing and shoddy construction as most of the fans were crushed under a stadium wall that collapsed.

The stadium was renovated and renamed after the late King Boudouin in 1995.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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