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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 : Saudi Youth Handball Team Faces Bahrain in Asian Championship after Defeating Hong Kong

Photo by SPA
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Saudi Youth Handball Team Faces Bahrain in Asian Championship after Defeating Hong Kong

Photo by SPA
Photo by SPA

The Saudi youth handball team started their journey in the 18th Asian Youth Handball Championship with a resounding victory. Competing against Hong Kong, the Saudi team emerged triumphant with an impressive scoreline of 45-19.
The match took place on Monday during the second round of Group A, in the preliminary stage of the championship, which is being hosted in Jordan until July 25, 2024, SPA reported.
From the beginning, the Saudi team displayed dominance, leading the first half with a score of 23-7. They continued their commanding performance in the second half, securing a remarkable victory with a 26-goal margin.
In the upcoming match of the third round in Group A, scheduled for tomorrow at 1:45 PM, the Saudi youth handball team will face Bahrain. This encounter will determine the group winner and runner-up.