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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Germany vs. Netherlands Friendly Called off Due to Security Concerns

Germany's friendly with the Netherlands on Tuesday has been called off because of security concerns.
The BBC reports that the Hannover Stadium, hosting the match, started to be evacuated less than two hours before kick-off.

The president of Hannover Police told the BBC there was a "concrete security threat" and "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 called off on Monday because of security fears in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris.
England's match against France at Wembley on Tuesday night is going ahead, with tributes to be paid to the 129 people killed in Paris on Friday.
Two Dutch government ministers attending the match - Defence Minister Jeanine Hennes and Health and Sport Minister Edith Schippers - returned to the airport to travel home.
The world champions had initially not wanted the game to go ahead, having played against France in Paris on Friday when 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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