Russia calls off Paraguay friendly after terrorist attack on concert hall

March 25 – Russia has called off its friendly against Paraguay scheduled for Moscow today due to the fatal terrorist attack outside the capital.

At least 133 people were killed after gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons in a suburban concert hall on Friday. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility.

Officials said the match, originally scheduled for Moscow’s VTB Arena, would be played at a later date.

Russia is currently banned from competitive matches following the country’s invasion of Ukraine two years ago. It can only play friendlies.

“The Russian Football Union, together with the entire country, mourns those killed in the terrible terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall,” RFU president Alexander Dyukov said.

“In the current situation, together with our colleagues from Paraguay, we have decided not to hold a match between our teams and will organise it at a later date.”

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