A friendly game between Germany and Netherlands to be hosted in Hannover was cancelled less than two hours before kick-off because of police fears of a bomb attack.
Hannover Police President, Volker Klume, did not release much information other than that police had taken the threat seriously.
‘The visitors (spectators), who were already in the stadium at that time, were asked to leave the stadium without panicking,’ police said in a brief statement.
‘We received a tip-off that after the first object was found, another attack had been planned. We had to take this seriously,’ Klume added.
However, in a press conference, Germany’s interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, confirmed that no explosives had been found at the stadium.
‘The indications of danger at today’s game grew over the course of the evening so much so that we urgently recommended the cancellation of the game.’
De Maziere was joined by acting German FA president Reinhard Rauball and Lower Saxony’s interior minister Boris Pistorius.
‘The game going on would have be irresponsible,’ said Pistorius.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to attend the fixture, but had not reached the stadium before the evacuation had been announced.
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