The Euro 2024 qualifying match between Belgium and Sweden was interrupted on Monday. The national teams decided not to play in the second half of the match after learning about the death of two Swedish fans in a terrorist attack near the stadium. The teams also emphasized that they saw no point in finishing the match at a different date. However, only UEFA could make such a decision. We have just learned UEFA’s position.
The tragic events in Belgium took place just before the start of the Belgium-Sweden match. Although the organizers learned about the incident immediately, the players heard about the attack during the break after the first half. They immediately decided to give up further play, later emphasizing that they did not want to finish the match at another date. The national teams argued their common position by saying that Belgium can be sure of qualifying for Euro 2024 anyway, while Sweden has no chance of doing so, and that in the face of such events, football is taking a backseat. However, only UEFA could decide about the outcome of the match. We just found out their decision.
For several days, UEFA wondered whether the Belgium-Sweden match should be completed. On Thursday, it finished its session and announced the Executive Committee’s decision on this matter. It was reported that the match had been abandoned and the half-time result confirmed as final. Each team will receive one point in the Group F table, each suspension is deemed to have been served, and yellow cards received remain valid. It was emphasized that the Swedish and Belgian federations were of the same opinion and requested that the match not be played and that the halftime result be considered final. Do you agree with UEFA’s decision?