UEFA does not plan to play Euro 2016 matches without fans

Wednesday March 23rd, 2016

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UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, does not plan to play Euro 2016 games without the presence of fans in response to questions about security in the wake of a terrorist attack in Brussels, according to The Guardian

Just days after the attacks the Brussels Zaventem airport and a nearby metro station, UEFA released a statement addressing the issue of security at matches. 

“We are confident that all security measures will be in place for a safe and festive Euro and therefore there are no plans to play matches behind closed doors,” the statement reads.

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“However, we are nevertheless working on contingency plans and on multiple scenarios around crisis situations since we take the security of all participants [players, fans, etc] very seriously.”

Tuesday, UEFA executive committee vice president Giancarlo Abete said during an interview with French radio station Radio 24 that playing Euro games without fans shouldn’t be off the table.

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“We can’t exclude the possibility of playing behind closed doors as we cannot exclude terrorism.”

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