Footballers have reacted on Twitter after a suspected suicide bomb killed dozens at Belgium’s Zaventem airport on Tuesday morning.
Toby Alderweireld, Laurent Koscielny, Thibaut Courtois and Kevin de Bruyne are among those to pay tribute. Check out their tweets by scrolling down the page.
The Belgium national team cancelled their scheduled training session in the wake of the attack in Brussels.
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The Red Devils are expected to play Portugal on March 29 in a warm-up match to the European Championships in the summer but there has been no word on whether the game will go ahead.
The King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels is due to host the game.
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The situation is similar to the one the French FA faced following the terrorist attacks in Paris in November.
France were scheduled to face England at Wembley four days after the attacks on November 13. They courageously agreed to play the game.
Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen tweeted in the wake of the incident: “Can’t believe I’m reading these things again…”, while his teammate and compatriot Alderweireld simply posted a crying emoji alongside the Belgium flag.
The tweet from the national team read: “#tousensemble, our thoughts are with the victims. Football is not important today. Training cancelled.”
Check out the response from players
Belgium enter the European Champions in France as one of the tournament favourites.
Marc Wilmots’ team breezed through qualifying, winning seven of their 10 group games, and can certainly be considered to win their first major trophy in France.
Belgium have one of the most talented squads in Europe, including De Bruyne, Alderweireld and Courtois, Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, while Wilmots will be hoping Vincent Kompany can recover from his terrible run of injuries to spearhead the defence.
Nobody is doubting their talent. It’s similar a case of Belgium’s individual stars putting their talents together on the big stage.
Former Israel coach Eli Guttman hyped up the Red Devils’ chances after watching his team lose 3-1 to Belgium in a Group B clash last year.
“I’ve closely watched Germany, Argentina and Brazil,” Guttman said, per ESPN FC. “At this moment, Belgium are at a superior level to those teams."
Belgium is currently in a state of mourning but the national team can return the smile to the country’s face this summer.