TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Monday, October 16, 2023, the Euro 2024 qualifying match between Belgium and Sweden at the Brussels Stadium in Belgium has been canceled only half way through. It was the cause of the death of two Swedes outside the stadium before the match started.

This game was played 5 kilometers away from the shooting accident that took place on Monday morning. Two Swedes wearing national team jerseys were killed in the shooting.

Belgium then raised further terror threats in a video posted on social media where a man claimed the attacker was from ISIS. Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre Decro said the attack was linked to "terrorism".

However, at first this did not have any effect on the game, which was attended by 30 thousand spectators. The game started and lasted until the end of the first half. Belgium's Victor Giokers, who have qualified for the Euro 2024 finals. They then responded through Romelu Lukaku.

At the end of the first half, the committee announced that the game would not continue. "Following the suspected terrorist attack in Brussels this evening, following consultation with both teams and local police authorities, the Euro 2024 qualifier between Belgium and Sweden has been cancelled," European football's governing body UEFA said in a statement.

Swedish journalists who attended the game reported the attack shortly before the national anthem was played. Sweden's players told UEFA they did not want to play in the second half and Belgium agreed, Swedish television reported. TV6.

Sweden fans were asked to stay in the stadium after the match was abandoned. Preparations are being made to safely evacuate fans of the Belgium-Sweden match from the stadium, the Belgian Crisis Center said in a post on social media site X.

"Fans will be provided with additional information at the stadium. Please follow the instructions of the emergency services."

Swedish media reported that both victims were wearing Swedish jerseys when they were shot. As a result, local officials are concerned that there may be more threats to other fans.

"I was completely shocked," Swedish fan Pernilla Calif told the newspaper. Aftonbladet. "We didn't understand. They all took off their Swedish T-shirts and changed into neutral clothes. It was really unpleasant."

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Swedish coach Jan Andersen asked her not to continue at the press conference.

"I came across this information when I was on vacation. It immediately struck me as completely unreal. What kind of world are we living in now?" He told reporters.

When I went into the dressing room and the team started talking, out of respect for the victims and their families, we agreed 100 percent that we don't want to play.

Sweden captain Viktor Lindelof said in a press conference that the players never felt any danger.

"Our security team was well controlled and calm. They explained that this is the safest place in Brussels," he said.

Belgium have already confirmed their place in next year's finals in Germany. On the other hand, Austria will not be able to qualify for Euro 2024 after a 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan on Monday morning.

This situation also affects the attitude of the Swedish players. "Belgium is already through and we have no chance of qualifying for the European Championship, so I see no reason to play at all," Lindelof said.

Reuters

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