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Belgium's friendly against Spain in Brussels called off amid major security concerns

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 9:09 IST

Belgium's international friendly against Spain, scheduled to be played in Brussels on Tuesday 17 November, has been called off amidst security concerns, following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

The game was to be played at the Stade Roi Baudouin, but was cancelled on the advice of the Belgian government. There are whispers among investigators that Brussels was the possible springboard for the planning of the Paris attacks.

The Belgian government had raised the terror threat level to three on Monday, which indicated a serious threat, following the revelation that a Belgian national was the possible mastermind of the Paris attacks. Several arrests were made in the country.

A statement on the Belgian Football Association website read, "In consultation with the competent authorities and the Spanish national team, the Belgian FA has decided to cancel the match.

At the very end of the evening the Belgian FA was contacted by the government, who made the recommendation not to play tomorrow's match. This is because the terror alert level is high and with the current leakage of a suspicious person.

We deeply regret that such a friendly match between two motivated teams has been cancelled so late and we understand the disappointment of many supporters."

Meanwhile, England's international friendly against France to be played at Wembley Stadium will go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday, 17 November.

First published: 17 November 2015, 3:39 IST
 
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