Friendly football game between Portugal and Belgium switches to Leiria in wake of terror attacks

A friendly match between Portugal and Belgium, scheduled for the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels next Tuesday (March 29) has been cancelled for safety reasons in the wake of the city’s terror attacks on Tuesday.

The Belgian Football Association made the announcement after a request from the City of Brussels.

The Belgian team tweeted it was in total agreement. “Our thoughts are with the victims. Football is irrelevant today.”

But according to the UK’s Daily Mail, the friendly will still be played, in Leiria, “same time, same date” just different country.

“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)”, said a statement put out this afternoon.

“The Belgian FA appreciates the availability, flexibility and solutions offered by the Portuguese Federation”.

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