BRUSSELS — King Baudouin refused to accept the resignation of Belgium's government Tuesday in a political crisis over an English-Italian soccer riot in Brussels two months ago that left 38 people dead.
Premier Wilfried Martens offered the resignation to the king after a Cabinet session earlier in the day failed to resolve a split in the Christian Democrat-Liberal coalition over political responsibility for the riot.
The king rejected the resignation after consultations with key Cabinet ministers and party leaders, a palace spokesman said.
Martens said the government will remain unchanged but that general elections likely will be held in October--two months earlier than scheduled.
The political crisis stems from a riot May 29 before a European Cup match between Liverpool of England and Juventus of Italy. A Belgian parliamentary commission blamed Liverpool fans for the fighting, but some commission members said there was political responsibility because of "negligence, shortcomings and flaws" in controlling the crowd.