Germany-Netherlands Soccer Match Canceled, Police Evacuate Stadium

On Nov. 17, 2015, police canceled a soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands after a suspicious package was discovered in the vicinity of the HDI-Arena in Hannover, Germany, pictured above on Aug. 28, 2013. Photo by Tim Rademacher/ Wikimedia Commons

HANNOVER, Germany, Nov. 17 (UPI) — Authorities in Germany evacuated a stadium and canceled a soccer match Tuesday against the Netherlands following the discovery of a suspicious object.

Police in Hannover called off the Germany-Netherlands match two hours before scheduled kick-off, evacuating and blocking access into the HDI-Arena.

Germany’s state-run Deutsche Welle news agency reported police found a “suspicious object” in the vicinity of the stadium but noted authorities did not give an official reason for the cancellation.

Police reportedly issued an announcement warning fans to move away from the area.

The precautions come four days after terrorist attacks in Paris, France — including bomb attacks near the Stade de France, where a France-Germany game was being played — claimed the lives of at least 129 people, prompting a state of emergency.



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