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Belgium’s friendly with Spain on Tuesday in Brussels has been called off because of security fears following the deadly attacks in Paris.A total of 129 people were killed in the attacks on Friday, which included the targeting of France’s friendly with Germany at the Stade de France.

French prosecutors have identified a Belgian as the attacks’ mastermind. Belgium’s government raised the terror threat level to three on Monday, indicating a serious threat.

The Belgian FA said it had taken the decision to cancel the game, set to be played at the King Baudouin Stadium in the Belgian capital, following consultation with its Spanish counterparts.

“Taking into account the exceptional circumstances, we cannot take any security risk to our players and fans,” the Belgian FA said.It added it “deeply regretted” the late decision to cancel the match and “understands the disappointment of many supporters”.

Police have named Brussels-born Salah Abdeslam, 26, as a key suspect. A huge manhunt is under way for surviving members and accomplices of the group responsible for the killings.

The French Football Federation (FFF) has opted to go ahead with its national side’s friendly fixture with England at Wembley on Tuesday night.

The Stade de France was targeted as part of Friday’s attacks in Paris, as the home side played an international against Germany.

Source: BBC


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