Brussels city says hosting Belgium-Israel football match impossible due to insecurity

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Staging an upcoming UEFA football match between Belgium and Israel in Brussels would be impossible due to insecurity and likely protests, the municipal government of the Belgian capital said on Wednesday.

“The city of Brussels considers it impossible to organize a Belgium-Israel match in the King Baudouin Stadium,” it said in a statement.

“After a careful and in-depth analysis, we must conclude today that the announcement of such a match in our capital in these particularly troubled times will undoubtedly lead to large demonstrations and counter-demonstrations, jeopardizing the safety of spectators, players, Brussels residents and our police forces.”

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The UEFA Nations League match is scheduled for September 6 2024.

Israel’s war in Gaza has sparked global demonstrations, including in Belgium where pro-Palestinian activists have organized protests and sit-ins at universities, leading to some Belgian universities partly or wholly severing ties with Israeli institutions.

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