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Russia’s soccer friendly against Paraguay put off indefinitely due to Moscow terrorist attack

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The Russian Football Union said Saturday that its team’s friendly against Paraguay scheduled for Moscow on Monday has been put off indefinitely due to the terrorist attack near the capital.

At least 133 people killed Friday after gunmen opened fire in suburban concert hall

The VTB Arena in Moscow is pictured on Saturday with an advertising screen on its facade displaying an image of a lit candle and the slogan ‘[We) Mourn]’ in memory of victims of a gun attack on the Crocus City Hall in Moscow on Saturday. The Russian Football Union said Saturday that its team’s friendly against Paraguay scheduled for Monday has been put off indefinitely due to the terrorist attack in Moscow. (Stringer/AFP via Getty Images)

The Russian Football Union said Saturday that its team’s friendly against Paraguay scheduled for Moscow on Monday has been put off indefinitely due to the terrorist attack near the capital.

At least 133 people were killed after gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons in a suburban concert hall near Moscow 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 has been banned from FIFA and UEFA competitions 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 organize it at a later date.”

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