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Belgium boss sacked after disappointing Euros

Marc Wilmots is out of the job. Credit: PA

Marc Wilmots has left his post as Belgium coach after his bosses admitted "the intended goals had not been reached".

The Red Devils were eliminated in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 earlier this month, suffering a 3-1 defeat to Wales.

The Royal Belgian Football Association have made an agreement with Marc Wilmots to end his contract, that lasted until 2018.

The RBFA's technical commission have made an evaluation of the recent Uefa Euro 2016 and have declared that the intended goals have not been reached.

There is a common sense that the team needs a new impulse to lead this group towards a top result at a major tournament.

The Belgian FA will immediately start the procedure to find a new head coach, in a transparent way.

The idea is to start the upcoming games in September with a new coach, beginning with an international friendly game in Brussels against Spain on September 1.

– Belgian FA statement

Euro 2016: Party mood for Wales v Belgium showdown

Welsh and Belgian football fans have been enjoying a festival atmosphere in the French city of Lille ahead of their sides' Euro 2016 quarter final.

There is a party atmosphere in Lille ahead of the Wales Belgium match Credit: RTV
Welsh and Belgium fans take selfies together ahead of their Euro 2016 quarter final Credit: RTV

Fans have been singing and dancing in the streets, with what appears to be a friendly atmosphere, with Welsh and Belgian fans chatting and taking selfies together.

This will be the first time the two sides meet in a major tournament, having faced each other in qualifiers and friendlies before this.

Friendly scenes between the Welsh and Belgian fans Credit: RTV


'No explosives found' on man held in Brussels

A police car near the City2 shopping centre in Brussels on Tuesday morning Credit: Twitter/@DirkJacobsEu

No devices have been found on a man who was arrested this morning "possibly in possession of explosives" near a shopping centre in Brussels, security sources have said.

Streets were closed and a bomb disposal team was dispatched to the City2 complex in the centre of the Belgian capital after the man was stopped at 5:30am this morning.


Paris attacks suspect to be released 'on strict conditions'

A man held by police in Belgium since November in connection with the Paris terror attacks will be released today, the country's federal prosecutor has said.

According to state broadcaster RTBF, 35-year-old Belgian national Abdellah C is accused of accompanying Mohamed Abrini - another of the suspects in the November 13 attacks - to the airport when he left to fight in Syria.

Abdellah C will be released under strict conditions, the prosecutor added.

His lawyer said he denied any involvement.

Two arrested on suspicion of Brussels 'militant attack' plot

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of plotting militant attacks in Brussels on New Year's Eve, the Belgian federal prosecutor has said.

Belgian police on patrol in Brussels earlier this month Credit: Reuters

The two were detained during house searches in Brussels and Liege on Sunday and Monday, along with four others who were later released.

Prosecutors said military clothing and propaganda from the so-called Islamic State extremist group had been found, but no weapons or explosives.

The searches were not linked to last month's attacks in Paris, they added.

In a statement, the prosecutor's office said one of the two was arrested on suspicion of planning attacks as well as "playing a lead role in the activities of a terrorist group and recruiting for terrorist acts".

The second suspect faces potential charges of planning and "participating in the activities of a terrorist group", the statement added.

The investigation cast a light on serious threats of attacks believed to be aimed at several emblematic sites in Brussels and carried out during the end-of-year celebrations.

– Brussels prosecutor's office
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