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Lokeren v Anderlecht called off as Brussels terror alert raised

by vlad on Суббота, Ноябрь 21st, 2015

Anderlecht’s match at Lokeren in the Belgian first division has been postponed, with the league saying «safety could not be guaranteed».

Extra police were needed at the «high-risk» game, to be played 75km (47 miles) from Brussels, but officers had to stay in the capital amid fears of an attack «like the one in Paris».

The decision to call off the game was taken by the mayor of Lokeren.

The day’s other matches in the Pro League will take place as scheduled.

Some of the attackers who killed 130 people in Paris lived in Brussels, where the terror alert level has been raised to the highest level.

No football matches will take place in the Belgian capital, where people have been told to avoid crowds.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said the decision to raise the threat level was «based on quite precise information about the risk of an attack like the one that happened in Paris… where several individuals with arms and explosives launch actions, perhaps even in several places at the same time».

A statement from the Pro League said: «Considered a risky game, Lokeren had to call in staff from Brussels. But given the increase in the terrorist threat to the maximum level in the capital, they cannot be moved to Lokeren.»

Anderlecht are the only Brussels-based team in the Belgian top division.

Belgium’s friendly with Spain in Brussels, scheduled to be played on Tuesday, was called off on Monday because of security fears.

Germany’s friendly against Netherlands in Hannover on Tuesday was called off after a bomb threat.

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