A police officer stands outside the HDI-Arena stadium as the soccer friendly match between Germany and the Netherlands was cancelled in Hannover, Germany (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Hannover's police chief says authorities have cancelled a friendly soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands because they had "concrete information" about a bomb threat.

The German news agency dpa quoted police chief Volker Kluwe saying the information concerned an explosives attack. The stadium was evacuated by police about an hour and a half before the kickoff Tuesday night in the northern German city.

Top government officials including Chancellor Angela Merkel had been scheduled to attend the match to send a signal that Germany wouldn't bow to terrorism in the wake of the Paris attacks.

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