Germany vs Netherlands friendly cancelled following discovery of suspicious object

Published November 17th, 2015 - 07:40 GMT

Germany's international friendly match with the Netherlands has been cancelled for safety reasons, it has been confirmed, after the discovery of a suspicious object.

The World Cup winners were due to host the Oranje on Tuesday night at the HDI Arena in Hannover just days after their match with France was targeted in the terrorist attacks in Paris.

German chancellor Angela Merkel, and a number of cabinet ministers, had confirmed that they were planning to attend the match with the Netherlands, speaking of a demonstration of international solidarity.

Police presence was greatly increased as a result, with numerous armed forces patrolling the city with submachine guns, and a suspicious object is believed to have been found at the stadium - though what exactly is it has yet to be confirmed.

The Germany squad was travelling to the stadium when the match was cancelled and is now under police protection.

Hannoverian police have begun evacuating the stadium, though, with police spokeswoman Stephanie Weiss saying: "The game has been cancelled. The spectators are asked just to leave the stadium quickly but without panic."

Hannover’s mayor, Stefan Schostok, told SID: “Security is always first. It is a fear you always have. I trust the police that they have come to the right decision. If there is a dangerous situation, those steps must be taken.”

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