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Germans v Netherlands game called off by security fear

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.

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