In the wake of a devastating attack near King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, the football community has come together in a remarkable display of unity.
During a Euro qualifier match between Belgium and Serbia, news broke of a nearby shooting that claimed the lives of two individuals wearing Swedish team shirts. The assailant, donning a high-visibility construction jacket, fled the scene on a scooter.
The Swedish team, upon learning of the tragedy during a match break, chose to discontinue the game. To ensure their safety, Swedish fans remained in the stadium, awaiting police escort. As they waited, Belgian fans took it upon themselves to offer their support in a heartfelt manner.
Social media platforms have been awash with videos capturing the Belgian fans' gestures of solidarity.
In some clips, the crowd can be heard chanting "Sweden, Sweden," while others captured the unified cry of "Tous ensemble," or "All together" in English.
One of the clips can be watched below
The late-night stay of some Swedish fans at the stadium was reported by Belgian media, highlighting the extraordinary circumstances under which the Belgian fans chose to extend their support to the visitors.
The global media has taken note of this compassionate act, with Sweden's "Aftonbladet" newspaper terming it as "fan love." Online commentary on these videos also reflects a high level of admiration for the Belgian fans' actions.
In times of tragedy, the unity displayed by the fans serves as a poignant reminder of the power of sport to bring people together.
Watch another clip below