Germany forced to cancel Holland friendly

Published: Tuesday 17th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Germany’s international friendly against Holland was called off at late notice on Tuesday evening.

The match in Hannover was due to begin at 7.45pm GMT but a security alert saw the police step in at around 6pm to prevent it going ahead.

Dutch newspaper Telegraaf said a suspicious package was found that was later shown to be harmless.

Former Holland player Ruud Gullit wrote on Twitter: “I am now on the stadium of #hannover for the game #germany-#holland. They just suspended the game and are going to inform us why.”

A stadium public address announcer at the Niedersachsenstadion said: “I’m sorry but the match has been just called off.”

The announcer said there was “no danger”.

Germany were caught up in the attacks in Paris on Friday, with explosions heard outside the Stade de France during their friendly against France as suicide bombers detonated devices.

The attacks in the French capital have so far claimed at least 129 lives.

Belgium’s friendly against Spain, which was also due to be played on Tuesday, was cancelled on Monday night due to an increased terrorism threat.

Published: Tuesday 17th November 2015 by The News Editor

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