Germany, Netherlands Friendly Cancelled Over Fear Of Terrorist Attack

Germany's proposed friendly with the Netherlands on Tuesday night has been called off because of a "concrete security threat" against the city of Hannover.

The Hannover Stadium, hosting the match, started to be evacuated less than two hours before kick-off.

The BBC quotes the City Police president Volker Kluwe as saying "there were plans for some kind of explosion".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was set to attend the match at the 49,000-capacity HDI Arena.

Belgium's friendly with Spain on Tuesday in Brussels was also called off on Monday because of security fears in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris.

German team national spokesman Jens Grittner tweeted:  "The team were diverted on the way to the stadium. In a safe place. More we can not say at the moment."

The world champions had initially not wanted the game to go ahead, having played against France in Paris on Fridaywhen the wave of attacks hit the city.

The contingent of 80 Germans, including players, coaches and staff, then spent the night in the changing rooms of the Stade de France stadium, before leaving for the airport on Saturday morning.

But the players, coaches and national football association decided to proceed with the game in a show of unity with the French.

The Associated Press agency reports there had been a bomb threat about an hour earlier outside the stadium, with streets leading to the ground being sealed off before the all-clear was given.

Hannover mayor Stefan Schostok, told Bild:  "Safety is paramount. This is a fear you will always have.

"I trust the police have made the right decision. If a threat situation exists, then those steps must be taken."

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