A soccer match between Germany and Netherlands in Hanover, Germany, has been canceled following a security alert. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been set to attend the game. The decision was made after a suspicious object was found inside the stadium.
Hanover’s police chief, Volker Kluwe, told German news agency DPA: “We have received concrete information that someone was planning to set off explosives inside the stadium.”
Hanover’s mayor, Stefan Schostok, told Bild: “Safety is paramount. This is a fear you will always have. I trust the police have made the right decision. If a threat situation exists, then those steps must be taken.”
There was heightened security at the match after several bombs exploded Friday outside Paris’ Stade de France, where France’s national soccer team was playing Germany.
A match between Belgium and Spain in Brussels Monday was canceled due to the increased terrorist threat, but the game between France and England in London Tuesday has gone ahead. The crowd sang the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, before the game started.