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Germans v Netherlands game called off by security fear

Published 18/11/2015

German flags are carried out of the stadium as the soccer friendly between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled in Hannover, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
German flags are carried out of the stadium as the soccer friendly between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled in Hannover, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Germany's international friendly against Holland was called off at late notice last night after a warning that it would be targeted by terrorists.

The match in Hanover was due to begin at 7.45pm but a security alert saw police step in at around 6pm to prevent it taking place.

Helpers take off German flags from the stadium after the friendly football match Germany vs the Netherlands was called off for 'security reasons' in Barsinghausen on November 17, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Helpers take off German flags from the stadium after the friendly football match Germany vs the Netherlands was called off for 'security reasons' in Barsinghausen on November 17, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Rescue workers stand outside the stadium as the soccer friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled in Hannover, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Police officers and rescuers stand at the entrance of the stadium as supporters leave the HDI Arena after the friendly football match Germany vs the Netherlands was called off for 'security reasons' in Hannover on November 17, 2015. AFP/Getty Images

Germany were caught up in the attacks on Paris on Friday, with explosions heard outside the Stade de France during their friendly against France as suicide bombers detonated devices.

Germany's federal minister of the interior, Thomas de Maiziere, did not detail the threat in Hanover, asking only to be trusted that the decision to call off the game was necessary.

More than 40,000 supporters were expected at the match, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German soccer fans stand outside the stadium as the soccer friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled in Hannover, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German soccer fans stand outside the stadium as the soccer friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled in Hannover, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
Police checks cars as supporters leave the stadium after the friendly football match Germany vs the Netherlands was called off for 'security reasons' in Barsinghausen on November 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Police checks cars as supporters leave the stadium after the friendly football match Germany vs the Netherlands was called off for 'security reasons' in Barsinghausen on November 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
German French and Dutch flags are seen during a rehearsal prior to a friendly football match Germany vs the Netherlands in Barsinghausen, Germany on November 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DPA / PETER STEFFEN +++ GERMANY OUTPETER STEFFEN/AFP/Getty Images
HANOVER, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 17: Special forces drive inside the HDI-Arena after a bomb alert prior the match Germany against the Netherlands at the HDI-Arena on November 17, 2015 in Hanover, Germany. The German Federal Police raised the number of heavy equipped Police officers inside the main train station of Hanover, the airport of Hanover as well as at the HDI-Arena in order to increase the safety, after the attacks in Paris last week. German chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and members of the German Federal cabinet are expected to be among the guests at the match. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)
HANOVER, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 17: The symbol of the Eiffel Tower seen ready for a fan choreography prior to the International Friendly match between Germany and Netherlands at HDI Arena on November 17, 2015 in Hanover, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
HANOVER, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 17: Police evacuate the HDI Arena prior to the International Friendly match between Germany and Netherlands at HDI Arena on November 17, 2015 in Hanover, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
HANOVER, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 17: Police evacuate the HDI Arena prior to the International Friendly match between Germany and Netherlands at HDI Arena on November 17, 2015 in Hanover, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
HANOVER, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 17: Police evacuate the HDI Arena prior to the International Friendly match between Germany and Netherlands at HDI Arena on November 17, 2015 in Hanover, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
HANOVER, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 17: Police evacuate the HDI Arena prior to the International Friendly match between Germany and Netherlands at HDI Arena on November 17, 2015 in Hanover, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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