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Belgium cancel Spain friendly

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By Euronews
Belgium cancel Spain friendly

Tuesday’s friendly match between Belgium and Spain has been called off amid security fears following the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday.

The game that was set to take place in Brussels was cancelled when the government raised the country’s terror threat level to three indicating a serious threat.

The Belgian FA said it had taken the decision to cancel the game following consultation with its Spanish counterparts.

A spokesman for the Belgian Interior Ministry said: “A real and possible threat has been clearly identified, we do not have information concerning a specific threat against a place or people, and so on. But in light of this possible threat, we preferred by way of precaution, and really it’s for everybody’s security, to cancel this football match.”

The Belgian government has raised the level of alert across the country for all sporting and cultural events that draw large crowds. And like France, extra soldiers can now be seen throughout the major cities after being deployed to help the police with security.