As yet, no confirmation has been made by German authorities of the veracity of the threats made in Hanover tonight.

At a press conference in Hanover earlier, the German interior minister, Thomas de Maizière, said that the decision to call off the match was made after “an increase in tip-offs in the early evening”, but refused to comment further on the source and extent of the threat.

De Maizière told reporters:

It was an extremely tough decision to cancel the match, which was made after many pieces of information indicated a concrete threat.

Earlier on Tuesday – before the alert – De Maizière had told a press conference that the security situation in Germany was critical and the chances of an attack on German soil “very high”.

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