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Belgium v Spain match called off for security reasons

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 08:52 GMT+7
Belgium v Spain match called off for security reasons
Spanish players practice during a national team soccer training session in Brussels, Belgium November 16, 2015.

BRUSSELS, Nov 17 - A soccer friendly between Belgium and Spain scheduled for Brussels on Tuesday has been postponed for security reasons after the Paris attacks, the Belgian soccer federation said in a statement.

"The URBSFA (federation) was contacted by the government this evening and advised not to organise the Belgium-Spain match tomorrow evening," it said in a statement late on Monday.

The statement, in French, said the game had been cancelled though a tweet from the URBSFA official English account said it had been only postponed.

They added more information would be made available to ticket holders later this week.

The statement explained the advice was due to the current state of high alert and a Belgian-based French suspect from Friday's attacks being on the run.

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

"Taking into account the exceptional circumstances, we cannot however take any security risk for our players and fans."

The match had already been thrown into doubt following Friday's attacks in Paris, particularly after investigators identified a Belgian national as the possible mastermind, with Brussels seen as the springboard.

France were playing Germany in Paris last Friday as a wave of attacks hit the city, killing at least 129 people.

The friendly match at the Stade de France was targeted by some of the attackers though they did not get into the stadium.

The French side will play England in London on Tuesday.

Major sporting events throughout France were suspended at the weekend.



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