Belfast Telegraph

Security risk 'too big' so Germany defender Jerome Boateng leaves family at home

By Staff Reporter

Germany defender Jerome Boateng has revealed he will not be bringing his family to the Euros due to the ongoing security fears in France.

Boateng was part of the German team that were playing at the Stade de France in November when a wave of terror attacks rocked Paris, forcing the players to shelter inside the stadium overnight.

Germany also had a friendly against the Netherlands cancelled a week later after police received "concrete evidence" that bombs would be detonated at the stadium in Hanover.

Although there have been no threats made towards the championship, which kicks off in Saint-Denis tonight with France taking on Romania, over 100,000 members of the French security forces will be deployed during the Euros.

Despite the extra security, Boateng (left) said: "My family and children will not be coming to the stadium. The risk is simply too big."

Germany face Northern Ireland in their final group game at the Parc des Princes on June 21.

Belfast Telegraph