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Euro 2016 games may be played behind closed doors without fans

With the tournament barely 3 months away, UEFA says it cannot rule out the prospect that games at this summer’s European Championship could be played behind closed doors  without fans.

According to UEFA Executive Committee Vice-President Giancarlo Abete the decision will be necessary if there are sufficient concerns over terrorism.

‘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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