Terrorism concerns in the wake of attacks in Paris on Friday that resulted in 129 deaths has prompted the Belgian soccer federation to cancel a friendly between Belgium and Spain scheduled for Tuesday.
Salah Abdeslam, one of two Belgium-based brothers allegedly involved in the attacks, has not been apprehended. He rented a Belgian-registered car that was parked outside the Bataclan concert hall where 89 people died. A brother, Ibrahim Abdeslam, detonated an explosive vest he was wearing near the concert hall. Another Abdeslam brother was arrested in Belgium and released.
A statement on the Belgian soccer federation Website later these details of match that was to be played in Brussels at Stade Roi Baudouin.
It 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 [Monday] 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. However, taking into account the exceptional circumstances, we cannot take any security risk with players and fans.
“Ticket holders will get more information about tickets in the course of this week.”
An England-France friendly will be played Tuesday at Wembley Stadium in London as scheduled. Two of the explosions during the terror attacks went off just outside the Stade de France in Saint-Denis during a France-Germany friendly.