Hanover’s chief of police, Volker Kluwe, told German news agency DPA: “We have received concrete information that someone was planning to set off explosives inside the stadium.” Police spokesman Joerg Hoffmeister told The Associated Press that everyone inside had to be evacuated after the as-yet unidentified object was found.
A concert venue in the city, the TUI-Arena, was also reported to have been evacuated ahead of performance by the Söhne Mannheims musical group.
The Hanover mayor, Stefan Schostok “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.”
Read moreAnnouncements at the stadium in northern Germany advised people to go home in a calm manner, and that there was no danger to fear. Most fans were still waiting outside when the order to evacuate came about an hour and a half before kick-off. A statement later said fans should leave “quickly, but should go without panic back home. Please go in small groups back home, it’s better this way.”
Police said in a brief statement that: “The visitors, who were already in the stadium at that time, were asked to leave the stadium without panicking.”
There were no signs of panic, with most fans seemingly accepting the decision with resignation. The German team bus was redirected to a “safe place”after the match was called off according a German FA press officer