A ‘high-ranking’ member of ISIS has been arrested in Germany after police received a tip-off that the suspect was involved in alleged threats to target top-flight football matches. 

The special police unit received information about the suspect and detained the 24-year-old asylum seeker in the southwestern town of Mutterstadt.

He was apprehended following a tip from a prison inmate in the western city of Gelsenkirchen.

The intelligence about the suspect came in connection with alleged threats against the German Bundesliga – the country’s equivalent to the Premier League.

A spokesman for the interior ministry of Rhineland-Palatinate said: ‘There are indications that something is being planned for the start of the Bundesliga season.’

It is believed that the suspect, whose identity was not given, had previously been monitored over a long period of time.

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