Friendlies cancelled amid security fears

Germany’s international friendly against the Netherlands was cancelled on Tuesday after police uncovered a “concrete security threat”.

Some fans had already taken their seats inside the HDI-Arena in Hannover, but the authorities took the decision to call the game off.

The incident came just four days after explosions were heard outside the Stade de France during Germany’s game with France, amid the terror attacks on Paris which left 129 dead.

Germany’s team bus was intercepted by police on Tuesday on route to the stadium and taken to a safe location, with national team spokesman Jens Grittner tweeting:

“The team were diverted on the way to the stadium. In a safe place. We can’t say more at the moment.”

The German Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere said:

“The match was called off on my recommendation. There is a high level of threat for Germany and Europe.”

Belgium’s friendly with Spain in Brussels, which was also due to take place on Tuesday, was called off on Monday amid the heightened security fears which have followed Friday’s attacks on the French capital, with several of the suspects believed to be on the run in Belgium.

Fans were left feeling tense and worried of an attack:

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