Fans could be shut out of Euro 2016

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Matches at Euro 2016 could be played be­hind closed doors if the ter­ror­ism threat rises within the next three months, ac­cord­ing to the UEFA ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee vice-pres­i­dent Gian­carlo Abete.

Fol­low­ing the hor­rific events in Brus­sels on Tues­day, Abete told Ra­dio24: “Euro 2016 is the kind of event that we can’t de­lay or post­pone.

“We can’t ex­clude the pos­si­bil­ity of play­ing be­hind closed doors, as we can­not ex­clude ter­ror­ism. If we talked about po­ten­tially can­cellable games, such as a friendly or a com­pet­i­tive match, they could be moved to an­other date.

“Ob­vi­ously this would not be the case. But we are talk­ing about games which are staged for June whereas, to­day, we are go­ing through a very ur­gent emer­gency.”

How­ever, Wales man­ager Chris Cole­man says he ex­pects the tour­na­ment which starts in France on June 10 to be “in­cred­i­bly se­cure”.

And that he was con­fi­dent UEFA would do it’s “ut­most” to keep ev­ery­one safe.

“I think th­ese peo­ple would have us stay in our houses, locked up 24 hours a day if we let them have their way,” Cole­man told the BBC. “That shouldn't hap­pen.

“We’ve all got to go there and en­joy the tour­na­ment, try to en­ter­tain as best we can.”

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