UEFA bosses are considering closing stadiums from fans this summer in
France as the world is still coming to terms from the shock of the Paris
Terror attack in the Stade de France last year and most recently the
Brussels airport attack that gulped 34 lives.

The EURO 2016 Tournament which is the biggest football tournament for
European nations, will be held across 10 stadiums in 10 cities in France
with the capacity of the smallest stadium being 33,000 while the
largest being 81,000 (Stade de France) making it an easy target for
terrorists attack.

With the tournament barely 3 months away, UEFA executive committee
vice-president Giancarlo Abete has admitted the best option could be to
play the matches behind closed doors.

‘Euro 2016 is the kind of event we can’t delay or postpone.’ Abete told
French radio station Radio 24. We can’t exclude the possibility of
playing behind closed doors as we cannot exclude terrorism.’

In a statement, UEFA said:

‘We will continue their joint work and will regularly monitor the level
of risk for the tournament and their respective organisational plans.

‘For over three years now, EURO 2016 SAS has been working closely with
the relevant authorities to develop the most appropriate mechanisms in
order to guarantee a safe and secure tournament and all necessary
measures are being taken to ensure that is the case for all involved.’

France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve was keen to stress adequate
security measures have been put in place.

‘The events in Brussels remind us of the very high level of security
which is necessary to ensure Euro 2016 is successful,’ said Cazeneuve,
who at a press conference said the government would contribute
£1.5million for CCTV projects to cover fan zones during the tournament.

‘Euro 2016 must combine sportsmanship, festivity and security for the
teams, coaches and fan. It is 80 days to the start of Euro 2016 and the
organisers, cities and state services are fully mobilised.

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

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