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Germany deliberate canceling friendly against Netherlands


Germany are considering whether to cancel tomorrow’s international friendly against the Netherlands in the wake of the deadly terror attacks across Paris.

At least 129 people were killed in a series of violent incidents across the French capital on Friday, with several deaths taking place near the Stade de France, where France were playing Germany in an international friendly.

Germany are due to host the Netherlands in Hanover, Germany, tomorrow, while the French Football Federation has decided their friendly against England at London’s Wembley is to go ahead as planned.

After the attacks in Paris, Germany’s players decided to spend Friday night at the Stade de France, with the squad attempting to grab some sleep on mattresses on the changing room floor, before flying home early on Saturday.

Head coach Joachim Loew yesterday was to hold a telephone conference with the team’s bosses to decide if the friendly against the Netherlands should go ahead.

“This is a very sensitive subject for the team,” said Loew, who described the events of Friday as a “nightmare.”

“Basically, I am of the opinion that we do not yield to terror and terrorists should not be allowed the triumph that we dance to their tune,” Loew added.

Germany’s players were all given yesterday off to be with their families and did not travel to Hanover as scheduled, and all appointments for the day were canceled.

“We wanted to sleep on it for a night and then see if it is acceptable or not to play on Tuesday, but I am of the opinion that we should not give in to terror,” said German Football Association interim joint president Reinhard Rauball, who led the delegation in Paris.

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