International

German coach against scrapping Euro 2016

2015-11-16 20:24
Joachim Low (Supplied)
Joachim Low (Supplied)

Berlin - Germany coach Joachim Low says Euro 2016 should go ahead despite security concerns following Friday's series of terror attacks in Paris.

"It makes no sense to hold discussions about other countries. I am certain the European Championship will take place in France," Low said Monday.

"I am sure everything will be done to make the matches and the tournament safe."

Low was speaking in Barsinghausen as his team prepares for Tuesday's friendly international against the Netherlands in Hanover.

Low and the German team had spent the night in the Stade de France north of Paris after their friendly international against France Friday evening.

German football authorities will meanwhile review their security concept for Euro 2016 following the Paris attacks that left at least 129 people dead and some 350 injured.

German football federation (DFB) interim president Rainer Koch told Monday's Bild daily the federation would be considering what further measures could be taken.

DFB security chief Hendrik Grosse Lefert told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung the Paris attacks would have "a great influence" on security planning for Euro 2016.

Germany defender Jerome Boateng meanwhile said Euro 2016 should not be called off, telling Kicker sports magazine "these terrible attacks could take place anywhere."

Boateng described an uneasy feeling among the players in the dressing room after the match. "For me it was the most terrible experience of my career because we were so close," he said.

Police in Hanover were meanwhile re-assessing security for Tuesday's match following the Paris attacks and heightened their presence around the German team hotel in Barsinghausen.

The DFB decided Sunday to go ahead with the match after talks with the team management and security authorities.

Low admitted Monday he was initially in favour of calling the game off but after long discussions it was "then clear for everyone that the match should and must take place."

He added: "Our thoughts tomorrow will be with the families and friends of the victims. We will commiserate and mourn with them in every phase of the game."

Chancellor Angela Merkel and several cabinet ministers will attend the match.

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