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Published: 11:45 | 23/3/16

Belgium-Portugal move to Leiria


Belgium's international friendly against Portugal has been move to Leiria in the wake of Tuesday's terror attacks in Brussels.

Belgium had been due to play Portugal in Brussels on Tuesday, March 29 but the game was called off due to security concerns following the attacks, which killed more than 30 people.

However, the match will go ahead after all with both associations agreeing to move the game to the Portuguese city of Leiria.

"Given the dramatic events of yesterday, in these difficult times to allow mass events to take place safely and given the terror level 4 at national level, the game against Portugal will not take place in Brussels next Tuesday," a statement read.

"This was decided today in coordination with the authorities and the Portuguese Football Federation.

"The Board of Directors of the Belgian FA has, in agreement with the national coach and coaching staff, decided to accept the proposal of the Portuguese Football Federation to play this match in Leiria, on the same day and at the same time, Tuesday, March 29 at 20:45 (Belgian time).

"The Belgian FA appreciates the availability, flexibility and solutions offered by the Portuguese Federation. The FPF expresses its full solidarity with the Belgian FA in this tough and emotional period.

"This afternoon, our Belgian Red Devils will train behind closed doors at the King Baudouin Stadium (16:30). This training session will not be open to the supporters and the press."

UEFA's executive committee vice-president Giancarlo Abete has said Euro 2016 games could be played behind closed doors following the attacks in Brussels and Paris, but the organisation has insisted there are no plans to play matches behind closed doors.

"We are confident that all security measures will be in place for a safe and festive Euro and therefore there are no plans to play matches behind closed doors," UEFA said in a statement.

"However, we are nevertheless working on contingency plans and on multiple scenarios around crisis situations since we take the security of all participants (players, fans, etc) very seriously."

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