Germany vs. Netherlands Friendly Cancelled, Stadium Evacuated

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Update: German news outlet Kreiszeitung is reporting that the decision to cancel the game was made after police discovered a truck bomb disguised as an ambulance outside HDI Arena.

Germany’s football team has been interrupted by terrorist activities for the second time in five days. Today’s friendly between Joachim Low’s men and the Netherlands in HDI Arena has been cancelled.

Todays scheduled friendly between Spain and Belgium was postponed yesterday, upon advisement from the Belgian government.

Police did discover a “suspicious object” near the Hannover stadium just hours before kickoff.

The President of the Hannover police has stated that there was a “concrete threat”, and that there was a planned explosion inside HDI Arena.

About 90 minutes before kickoff, a stadium announcement informed fans of the decision. The announcement told fans that they should exit “quickly, but should go without panic back home. Please go in small groups back home, it’s better this way.”

Elsewhere in Germany today, German police arrested two more individuals they believe are linked to the attacks in Paris. It is unknown if that operation is connected with the stadium evacuation.

Last week, Germany was on the field against France when suicide bombers caused explosions just outside Stade de France. The German players slept inside the stadium for security reasons. Low had stated playing on Tuesday would be a “message for freedom and democracy.”

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