UEFA will consider whether or not Euro 2016 should be held without supporters, if the terrorism threat rises in the next three months.
Giancarlo Abete, who has been the vice-president at UEFA since 2011, told Italian radio that more extreme measures might have to be taken for the tournament in France, following Tuesday’s devastating terror attack in Brussels.
The former head of the Italian FA told Radio24 “Euro 2016 is the kind of event that we can’t delay or postpone. We can’t exclude the possibility of playing behind closed doors, as we cannot exclude terrorism. If we talked about potentially cancellable games, such as friendlies, they could be moved to another date”.
Mr. Abete continued, “Obviously this would not be the case. But we are talking about games which are staged for June whereas, today, we are going through a very urgent emergency”.
At least 34 people were killed in Brussels following explosions at Zavantem Airport and Maalbeek metro station. On the day of the attacks, Tuesday 22 March, Belgium’s national squad cancelled their training session. Their friendly against Portugal, which is scheduled to take place in Brussels next week, is in serious doubt.
FIFA has released a statement reaffirming its commitment to guaranteeing a “safe and secure” Euro 2016 in France this summer.
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