Belgian National Soccer Team Advocates Peace Amid Terror

Tom Bogert, CBS Local Sports

Sometimes we forget that sports, despite its gargantuan amount of money generated and its passion fused lifestyle, is just escapism from reality.

Today, after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, perspective was seen. Two bombings in Belgium’s capital city has left at least 28 dead and 166 hurt, according to CNN, has shaken the city, country, continent and world.

In Europe this week is one for international soccer matches, meaning there is no domestic play across Europe’s top leagues. Players had matches on the weekend with their respective clubs before traveling to represent their country on the international level, for those lucky enough to do so, and others returned home or vacation for a few days.

As the Belgian National Team are set to fine tune their play ahead of the 2016 European Championships this summer, the horrific attacks occurred. Training sessions were cancelled, despite their impending match against fellow heavyweights Portugal in a week’s time on March 29.

The players, who heavily populate the top leagues and clubs in the world, shared their heartfelt messages of love, support and peace on social media.

Kompany, for what it’s worth, is the Belgian National Team captain.

The official Belgian National Team tweeted the news that training was cancelled, as well as the chilling words “football is not important today.”

(Full translation: “Our thoughts are with the victims. Football is not important today. Training canceled.”)

The egregious attacks on Paris in November also occurred during an international break.

Our thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and all those who are affected.

As a fan of repetitive disappointment and frustration, Tom holds Liverpool FC, the New York Knicks and New York Red Bulls near and dear to his heart with occasional joy coming from the New York Giants and New York Yankees.

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