Brussels Explosions: ‘a reminder’ for Euro 2016 security

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Terror attacks in Belgium are a reminder of the “very high level of security” needed at Euro 2016 this summer, says France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

At least 31 people were killed by Tuesday’s explosions at Brussels airport and a city metro station.

Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani, 30, was at the airport and was “unharmed but shaken”, according to his club.

Belgium’s football team cancelled their training session on Tuesday.

Brussels attacks:

It is less than three months until Euro 2016 starts in France, and the country’s national football stadium was targeted in the Paris attacks in November.

Cazeneuve said: “The events in Brussels remind us of the very high level of security which is necessary to ensure Euro 2016 is successful.

“Euro 2016 should be a celebration but collective security is an obligation for everyone alongside the government.”

European football’s governing body Uefa said it will continue to “regularly monitor the level of risk for the tournament” and its organisational plans.

Uefa said it would take “all necessary measures” to “guarantee a safe and secure tournament”.

Belgium – who have qualified for Euro 2016 – are scheduled to play Portugal in a friendly at Brussels’ King Baudouin Stadium on 29 March, but the fixture is now in doubt.

The Portuguese Football Federation said: “We’re in contact with the Belgian authorities and we’ll continue to study the situation at this time.”

Mbokani, meanwhile, was in the DR Congo squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Angola on Saturday and next Tuesday.

It is believed he was on his way to Kinshasa from Brussels to join up with his international team-mates.

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