Bundesliga fixtures to go ahead despite security scare

Germany's friendly with Netherlands in Hannover was cancelled over fears of a potential terrorist attack, but this weekend's league games won't be affected
DFL president Reinhard Rauball says this weekend's Bundesliga matches will go ahead as planned despite security fears following the terrorist attacks in Paris.

Germany's friendly with Netherlands was cancelled two hours prior to kick-off on Tuesday following the discovery of a plot to detonate explosives at the stadium in Hannover.

The nation were also at the centre of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris after the Stade France was attacked during their friendly with France.

Tuesday's events in Hannover had cast doubt over whether this week's Bundesliga action would go ahead, but Rauball says there will be no disruption to fixtures.

 

"This weekend's Bundesliga action will go ahead as scheduled," he told DPA.

"The cancellation of the game between Germany and Netherlands has changed football in this country. It was a sad day for football.

"I have nothing but respect for the decision to cancel the game. I know how hard it was to make such a decision. The safety of the people should always be priority number one."

Prior to the cancellation of the game between Germany and Netherlands, Belgium's match against Spain in Brussels, also scheduled for Tuesday, was cancelled due to security fears.

France's match against England at Wembley went ahead, with tributes to the victims of the Paris attacks taking place before kick-off.