Sunday 18 March 2018

Euro 2016 could be played behind closed doors due to threat of terrorist attacks

Jonathan Walters will not feature against Switzerland or Slovakia
Jonathan Walters will not feature against Switzerland or Slovakia
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Today's shocking terror attacks in Brussels could have wide-ranging implications for Euro 2016 this summer, with Uefa executive committee vice-president Giancarlo Abete suggesting that games may have to be played behind closed doors.

In an interview with Italian radio station Radio 24 this afternoon, Abete acknowledged that after large-scale terrorist attacks in Belgium today and France last year, there is a possibility that to ensure fan safety, extreme measures may be taken.

"Euro 2016 is the kind of event we can’t delay or postpone," he said.

"We can’t exclude the possibility of playing behind closed doors as we cannot exclude terrorism."

34 people were killed after bombs went off at the airport and a busy metro-station in Brussels early this morning. Back in November, Paris was rocked by a number of attacks, including at the Stade de France, where the Euro 2016 final is set to take place on July 10th.

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