Belgium cancels friendly after attacks


Belgium have cancelled next week’s friendly against Portugal in Brussels after Tuesday’s attacks in the city, which killed more than 30 people.

The Belgian Football Association says the city’s authorities asked for Tuesday’s match to be called off for “security reasons and precaution”.

The national team cancelled a training session in the immediate aftermath of the suicide and bomb attacks.

Captain Vincent Kompany was “horrified and revolted” by the incidents.

“I wish for Brussels to act with dignity. We are all hurting, yet we must reject hate and its preachers. As hard as it may be,” he wrote on Twitter.

Next week’s match, due to be played at the King Baudouin Stadium, is the second Belgium friendly in succession that has not gone ahead as scheduled.

In November, their match against Spain in Brussels was called off following the Paris atrocities, which killed 130 people.

Netherlands’ match against France in Amsterdam – 108 miles away from Brussels – will go ahead as planned on Friday.

This week’s round of international friendlies are warm-up games before Euro 2016 in France, which starts on 10 June and features 24 teams, playing 51 matches at 10 venues across the country.

The Stade de France was one of the targets in the November terror attacks on the French capital, with an explosion outside the ground as France played Germany.


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