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UEFA Ready to Hold Euro 2016 Behind Closed Doors Amid Terror Fears

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Europe’s football authority UEFA is ready to reschedule Euro 2016 games in France and hold matches behind closed doors amid terrorism concerns, a senior football official told Bild Sport on Tuesday.

A photo taken on November 17, 2015 in Paris shows the Eiffel Tower illuminated with the colors of the French national flag in tribute to the victims of the November 13 Paris terror attacks. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW, March 1 (Sputnik) — UEFA operations director Martin Kallen said the European football organization considered security its top priority. It does not rule out moving matches to other French cities or canceling them at a short notice.

Kallen admitted that UEFA had drawn up a contingency plan and worked it through with French authorities.

"We [may] postpone the match till the next day or the day after that. Ideally, it will take place three hours before the scheduled game. The question is: with or without spectators," he said in an interview due to be published Wednesday.

Kallen said that if UEFA makes changes on very short notice, football fans will not be able to rebook hotels and get to the venue on time.

Security concerns over mass gathering in France were raised after a series of terrorist attacks, including outside the Stade de France stadium in Paris last November. Stade de France is one of the ten stadiums where Euro 2016 games are set to be held between June 10 and July 10.

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