No explosives found stadium in northern Germany

A sign welcoming all before the international friendly soccer match between England and France at Wembley Stadium in London, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. France is playing England at Wembley on Tuesday after the countries decided the match should go ahead despite the deadly attacks in Paris last Friday night which killed scores of people. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

HANNOVER, Germany (AP) – A German security official has denied reports that explosives were found outside the stadium where Germany had been due to play a soccer match against the Netherlands.

Boris Pistorius, the interior minister for Lower-Saxony state, also told reporters late Tuesday that there had also been no arrests in the case.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the friendly match in the northern city of  Hannover was canceled after German authorities received information about a possible planned attack on the stadium. A second stadium in the city, which was going to hold a concert, was also evacuated.

Top government officials including de Maiziere and Chancellor Angela Merkel had been scheduled to attend the game as a sign of defiance following the Paris attacks.

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