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Belgium postpones friendly against Spain for security reasons

The scheduled football match has been postponed for security reasons after the Paris attacks

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A football friendly between Belgium and Spain scheduled for Brussels on Tuesday has been postponed for security reasons on government advice after the Paris attacks, the Belgian football federation said in a statement.

“The URBSFA (federation) was contacted by the government this evening and advised not to organise the Belgium-Spain match tomorrow evening,” it said in a statement late on Monday.

The statement explained the advice was due to the current state of high alert and a suspect from Friday’s attacks being on the run.

The match had already been thrown into doubt following Friday’s attacks in Paris, particularly after investigators identified a Belgian national as the possible mastermind, with Brussels seen as the springboard.