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Soccer Player Mistaken For Terrorist In Belgian Hotel

The police recognized him immediately and posed for a picture with him after the incident.
Radja Nainggolan playing for Belgium during a match against Italy in November.
Radja Nainggolan playing for Belgium during a match against Italy in November.

Europe is on edge after last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, and international soccer hasn't been immune. A match between Belgium and Spain's national teams was canceled amid heightened security threats on Tuesday, and officials called off a match between Germany and the Netherlands later that day after a bomb scare outside the stadium.

Visitors to a hotel in Antwerp, Belgium, however, took it a bit too far Wednesday, when they called the police on Radja Nainggolan, a midfielder for Belgium's national soccer team, while he relaxed in the lobby. The visitors suspected that Nainggolan was a terrorist because of his appearance, according to the Mirror

The police reportedly recognized the midfielder right away, and any further trouble was avoided. Nainggolan took it in stride and snapped a picture with the police.

“Obviously, I have a look that is scary,” Nainggolan told a Belgian newspaper. "Fortunately, the police recognized me.”

Nainggolan, whose father is Indonesian, barely missed Belgium's 2014 World Cup squad but started regularly for the Red Devils in the qualifying rounds for Euro 2016, which will take place in Paris next summer.