The football world reacted in sheer shock and horror to the news of multiple bomb blasts ripping through the Belgian capital on Monday morning.
Two blasts hit the departure hall of Brussels International Airport immediately before another explosion occurred at the Maelbeek metro station in central Brussels. The blasts left at least 30 people dead and hundreds injured in Belgium’s worst ever terrorist attack.
The Belgium Football Association announced the cancellation of a training session for the national team that was scheduled to take place on the day of the attacks. Belgium were to host Portugal in a friendly encounter at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels next Tuesday. It is currently uncertain if the match will go ahead as per schedule.
As expected, the football world joined in unison to condemn these heinous terror strikes and offer their condolences. Here are some of the reactions on Twitter.
#tousensemble, our thoughts are with the victims. Football is not important today. Training cancelled.
— BelgianRedDevils (@BelRedDevils) March 22, 2016
Can’t believe I’m reading these things again…
— Jan Vertonghen (@JanVertonghen) March 22, 2016
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) March 22, 2016
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) March 22, 2016
Horrible to see what is going on in Brussels 🙏🇧🇪 #Zaventem
— Adnan Januzaj (@adnanjanuzaj) March 22, 2016
Sad day today with everything what happend in Brussels, Condolences to all the Family and friends off the victims 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/OoweFSP2No
— Patrick Kluivert (@PatrickKluivert) March 22, 2016
— Alderweireld Toby (@AlderweireldTob) March 22, 2016
Prayers & thoughts go to all families and friends of the victims 🇧🇪🙏
— Axel Witsel (@axelwitsel28) March 22, 2016
— Yannick Carrasco (@CarrascoY21) March 22, 2016
— Javi Martínez (@Javi8martinez) March 22, 2016
My thoughts are with the victims and their family! 🇧🇪❤️
— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) March 22, 2016
— Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) March 22, 2016
1) Horrified and revolted. Innocent people paying the price again. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. #Brussels
— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) March 22, 2016