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Belgium friendly match moved to Portugal in wake of terror attacks

Belgium's home friendly will now be an away friendly, but the match will still take place.

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In the wake of yesterday's terrorist bombings in the city of Brussels, the Royal Belgian Football Federation today announced that the Belgium-Portugal match originally scheduled for the King Baudouin Stadium on March 29 will now be played in Portugal.

Given the dramatic events of Tuesday, 22 March, in these difficult times to allow mass events take place safely and given the level 4 of terror at the national level, the game next Tuesday in Brussels against Portugal will not take place at the King Baudouin Stadium.

This was decided today in coordination with the authorities and the Portuguese Football Federation on 29 March at 20:45 (CET). The Board of Directors of the Belgian FA has, in agreement with our federal coach, the coaching staff and the Portuguese Football Federation, decided to play this match in Leiria, on the same day and at the same time, namely on 29 March at 20:45 (CET).

The RBFF had originally announced that the friendly had been cancelled and that the players would be sent back to their home clubs, but updated their announcement soon afterwards.

For Tottenham's Belgian trio of Toby Alderweireld, Nacer Chadli, and Mousa Dembele, this doesn't change much. The three are still with the Red Devils and will remain with the team until after their international commitments are finished.