A soccer game between Germany and Holland was abruptly cancelled this afternoon, after a terror threat scared officials into stopping the match.
The Hanover stadium in which the game was to be held, was evacuated, undoubtedly terrifying the sports fans inside, including many top German officials, like Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The call to evacuate the stadium was made after a suspicious object was found abandoned in the stadium.
The Hanover Chief of Police said the match was cancelled due to a “concrete security threat” and that “there were plans for some kind of explosion.”
Chief Kluwe made this statement to German news agency, DPA:
“We have received concrete information that someone was planning to set off explosives inside the stadium.”
A concert venue in the same city was also evacuated.
The mayor of Hanover has also spoken out over the incident:
“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.”
Announcements were made for people to evacuate in a calm and orderly fashion to avoid panic.
Tweets were sent out almost immediately:
A short time later, DW Sports tweeted about trains headed away from the stadium being stopped, and for pedestrians to leave quickly on foot.
A very scary day for many sports fans.
Many of the game’s athletes didn’t want the match to even happen after being in the middle of the terror attacks in Paris last Friday.
Bombs could be heard going off outside the Paris stadium, which housed the televised game.
A Belgium match against Spain was also scheduled for today, but was cancelled due to security alerts.
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Source: The Guardian