After a suspected terrorist attack in Brussels on Monday evening, UEFA announced on its website that the UEFA EURO 2024 qualifying match between Belgium and Sweden has been canceled. The decision came after consultations with both teams and local police authorities.
Belgian police advised supporters to stay in the arena for security reasons, according to Sweden’s football association. The attack, which the Belgian prime minister labeled as “terrorism,” resulted in the tragic deaths of two Swedish nationals, both wearing the Sweden national team’s jersey.
The Swedish FA expressed condolences to the affected families on social media, and the Belgian national team extended their thoughts to those affected as well. The match, which was tied 1-1, was halted after Belgium, already qualified for the next year’s tournament, equalized with a Romelu Lukaku penalty following Viktor Gyokeres’ opening goal for Sweden.
Belgian media reported that the Swedish players didn’t wish to continue the game after learning about the attack.