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Brussels says it is “impossible” to host Belgium-Israel football match at Heysel

King Baudouin stadium Brussels
17:12 19/06/2024

The city of Brussels has decided not to stage a scheduled football match between Belgium and Israel at the King Baudouin stadium on 6 September, due to the political situation in the Middle East, reports RTBF.

Holding the match in the capital would “undoubtedly cause significant consequences, demonstrations and counter-demonstrations, thus compromising the safety of spectators, players and residents of Brussels, but also our police forces,” it said in a statement.

“This is why the city of Brussels has informed the Royal Belgian FA that the organisation of this meeting is not possible at the King Baudoin stadium,” it added.

The city of Brussels said the decision was taken after an in-depth and widespread security assessment involving the federal government, local police and the football association.

MR leader opposes decision

The president of the liberal Mouvement Réformateur party, Georges-Louis Bouchez, urged Brussels mayor Philippe Close (PS) to authorise the Belgium-Israel match in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

"Our capital is no longer even capable of receiving the Israeli team. Do we realise what this represents for our democracy?” he said, adding that “the worst dictatorships do not suffer this humiliation”.

The city of Leuven has also refused to host the match at its football stadium due to security concerns.

Belgium is in Group A2 of the UEFA Nations League, alongside Israel, France and Italy.



Shame on Brussels, the center of Europe and heart of democracy. This is about civilization versus barbarism. Period.

Jun 20, 2024 12:09

Such a Shame! Belgium openly admits that the anti-Israeli protestors are not law abiding and can cause trouble to the spectators? That means Belgium govt. openly admits that Jews and Israeli's are not safe any more in Belgium?
MR leader, Georges-Louis Bouchez, is absolutely correct. We see Belgium is not able to ensure Democracy any more. Its Israel now and it could be native Belgium next!

Jun 20, 2024 13:33

Well it’s been obvious for a while that Brussels-stan is ruled by the Muslims and hard left and that Belgian authorities are too scared to confront them.
Not standing up to mob rule encourages it. !
Sharia law next. ):

Jun 20, 2024 14:06

My impression is that the upcoming October elections played a role in this incredible decision.

Jun 21, 2024 16:14