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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Brussels City: Hosting Belgium-Israel Soccer Match Impossible Due to Insecurity

Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 16 draw - Nyon, Switzerland - February 28, 2020 General view of the UEFA logo at UEFA Headquarters. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 16 draw - Nyon, Switzerland - February 28, 2020 General view of the UEFA logo at UEFA Headquarters. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
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Brussels City: Hosting Belgium-Israel Soccer Match Impossible Due to Insecurity

Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 16 draw - Nyon, Switzerland - February 28, 2020 General view of the UEFA logo at UEFA Headquarters. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
Soccer Football - Europa League - Round of 16 draw - Nyon, Switzerland - February 28, 2020 General view of the UEFA logo at UEFA Headquarters. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Staging an upcoming UEFA soccer 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."

The UEFA Nations League match is scheduled for September 6.

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.



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Prince William to Attend Euro 2024 Final

Britain's Prince William, The Prince of Wales, listens as he visits the British Red Cross at its headquarters in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. (AP)
Britain's Prince William, The Prince of Wales, listens as he visits the British Red Cross at its headquarters in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. (AP)
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Prince William to Attend Euro 2024 Final

Britain's Prince William, The Prince of Wales, listens as he visits the British Red Cross at its headquarters in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. (AP)
Britain's Prince William, The Prince of Wales, listens as he visits the British Red Cross at its headquarters in London, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024. (AP)

Britain's Prince William, as well as Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and British Prime Minister Keir Starmer, will attend Sunday's European Championship final in Berlin, a German government spokesperson told Reuters.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will also attend the game between England and Spain, the spokesperson added on Friday.