Germany's friendly with Netherlands called off amid security concerns

Police car outside the stadium in Hannover tonight
Police car outside the stadium in Hannover tonight

Germany's friendly with Holland was cancelled shortly before the teams were due to arrive at the stadium after police claimed there was a "concrete threat" of a plan to cause an explosion at the stadium.

The stadium, the Niedersachsenstadion, was extensively renovated before Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup and it holds over 40,000 spectators.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel was also expected to attend the match.

Joachim Low and his players were also caught up in the chaos amid the Paris terrorist attacks last Friday.

While the international game against France was played to a conclusion despite three explosions outside the stadium, Germany's travelling party spent the night at the Stade de France stadium as it was deemed to be too risky for them to make their way back to their base in central Paris.

Earlier on Friday, they had been evacuated after a security threat to their team hotel.

Meanwhile, a concert venue in Hannover, the TUI Arena, has also been evacuated. A gig by German band the Söhne Mannheims was due to take place there this evening.

A Hannover police spokesman confirmed that the security alert covered all of Hannover and not just the two venues in question.