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Belgium vs Sweden abandoned after Brussels shooting
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Toby Rathborne
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The match between Belgium and Sweden was abandoned at half-time for security reasons
The match between Belgium and Sweden was abandoned at half-time for security reasons

The Euro 2024 qualifier between Belgium and Sweden was abandoned at half-time for security reasons after two Swedish people were shot dead in Brussels before the game.

The score was 1-1 at the break when the decision was taken to suspend the game at the King Baudouin Stadium, where Sweden supporters were advised to remain due to security reasons following the eventual abandonment.

A statement from UEFA read: "Following a suspected terrorist attack in Brussels this evening, it has been decided, after consultation with the two teams and the local police authorities, that the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying match between Belgium and Sweden is abandoned. Further communication will be made in due course."

A Swedish FA social media post said: "Message to Swedish supporters on site in Brussels: The Belgian police want Swedish supporters to stay in the arena for security reasons. 

"Take part in information from officials, authorities and SvFF (Swedish Football Association) staff on site.

"We will return when the Belgian authorities provide us with new information. Keep calm and take care of each other. Our thoughts go out to all the relatives of those affected in Brussels."

Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo wrote on X: "My deepest condolences to the relatives of this cowardly attack in Brussels. 

"I am closely following the situation, together with the Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs from Crisis Center, Belgium. 

"We are monitoring the situation and ask the people of Brussels to be vigilant."

He added: "I have just offered my sincere condolences to the Swedish PM following tonight’s harrowing attack on Swedish citizens in Brussels. 

"Our thoughts are with the families and friends who lost their loved ones. 

"As close partners the fight against terrorism is a joint one."

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