Euro 2016 could be played behind closed doors after Brussels attacks

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After the horrific Belgium bombings this morning, we shouldn’t really be thinking about the implications it has on football.

The Belgium FA rightly cancelled their nation’s training session this morning and tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the victims. Football is not important today. Training cancelled.”

There were multiple fatalities after two explosions at the Zaventem Airport on the outskirts of Brussels while another blast hit the Maalbeek Metro station.


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Obviously, it’s not the first terrible act committed by terrorists recently and they could be setting their sights on large upcoming events.

One of those events is the European Championships hosted in France this summer.

UEFA executive committee vice-president Giancarlo Abete believes they could take drastic action to prevent an attack during the tournament.

“Euro 2016 is the kind of event we can’t delay or postpone. We can’t exclude the possibility of playing behind closed doors as we cannot exclude terrorism,” Abate said in a statement, per The Sun.

It's reported that SAS forces and an elite Interpol group have been called in to help prevent Euro 2016 being hit by terror attacks.

UEFA also released a statement which said it “reaffirmed its commitment in placing safety and security at the centre of its organisational plans for Euro 2016.”

The final will be played in Stade de France on July 10, a venue which has already been targeted by terrorists during the Paris attacks in November.

France were playing Germany when an explosion was heard whilst the match was taking place.

That night, over 130 people were killed in co-ordinated attacks across the French capital.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve was speaking at a Euro 2016 today just hours after the attacks took place and admitted that the news: "reminds us tragically of the high level of threat we are confronted with.”

But he also admitted that the security levels in the country in relation to Euro 2016 have been at a good level since the new year but they will ensure they now improve the strength of these.

"We cannot permanently raise what is already a very high level since January 2015," said Cazeneuve, "but we can strengthen the measures."

"Our position is not to give in to terrorism," he continued. "This event can take place as the COP 21 [The climate change meeting] took place (after the November attacks). However, we must have the flexibility, if necessary, to reconsider our position on some fan zones.”

Sports minister Patrick Kanner was also in attendance and believes that France faces an incredibly difficult challenge to maintain its reputation during Euro 2016.

"It's an extraordinary exercise," said Kanner.

"Never before has an event of this magnitude been monitored and secured at this level. The image of France is at stake, our ability to host events of this magnitude with seriousness, composure and determination."

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