The Spanish team returned from Brussels after their international friendly soccer match against Belgium was cancelled due to the terrorist attack alert level. Photograph: EPA

Following last friday’s attacks
at the Stade de France during the international friendly
between France and Germany which
left more than 120 people dead, The Belgian and Spanish football
federations have cancelled the international friendly between their two
teams which was scheduled to be played at the Stade Roi
Baudouin over
security concerns. The mastermind of the attacks has been traced to Belgium.
consultation with the competent authorities and the Spanish national team, the
Belgian FA has decided to cancel the match. At the very end of the evening the
Belgian FA was contacted by the government, who made the recommendation not to
play tomorrow’s match. This is because the terror alert level is high and with
the current leakage of a suspicious person,” The Royal Belgian
Football Association ( RBFA) said in a statement on Tuesday.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque
who held an impromptu press conference from the national team’s plane following
the cancellation of the game said “We don’t know for sure the reasons why it’s
been called off, but we’ve assumed. We were hoping to play the game, it was the
last of the year, but the security reasons were strong.

“We trained with tranquillity,
we’ve prepared for the game like any other, but the authorities will have felt
they couldn’t guarantee the security of everybody, the players and spectators.
We weren’t scared. We were calm in the hotel, there wasn’t any problem.
Hopefully there won’t be any more suspensions. We’re here to play sport and
entertain people.”