Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland will play at the scene of terrorism scare in Hannover, Germany

By Graham Luney

Northern Ireland fans look set to visit the same stadium that was at the centre of a major terrorism scare in November.

World Cup holders Germany have confirmed that their 2018 qualifier against Michael O'Neill's side on October 11 will be in Hannover.

Fans inside the HDI Arena at a friendly between the hosts and Holland on November 17 had to be evacuated and the match was called off following claims of an "intention to ignite explosives".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was set to attend the match at the 49,000-capacity venue but following the bomb threat, fans were told to return home 90 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time and the German players were put under police protection.

Belgium's friendly with Spain in Brussels on the same date was also called off because of security fears.

Tension was high across Europe as the games followed the Paris attacks four days earlier, in which 130 people were killed.

Despite the security precautions, no arrests were made and no explosives were found at the stadium.

Gary McAllister, spokesperson for the Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters' Clubs, said: "We will work within the same framework which will involve talks with the Irish FA and liaise with the PSNI to gain advice from the host police force and we also work with the Foreign Office and other supporters' clubs so everyone travels safely."

Germany have stated the locations for all their home matches this year on their official website and the Northern Ireland game is pencilled in for Hannover, however the Irish FA say they are waiting official confirmation.

Belfast Telegraph