Euro 2024 starts with a thrill: suspicious backpack found, part of the fan zone closed

Germany will make their debut tonight at Euro 2024, at the Allianz Arena in Munich, against Scotland, but many fans went to Berlin, where a fan-zone was set up in a facility that resembles the Olympiastadion, clearly in miniature, in the area near the Reichstag Building. However, in the last few minutes the area was cleared.

The reason? A suspicious backpack found by the police. A man has already been arrested for investigation. “As a precaution, a restricted area has been set up. The bag is now being examined. It could also be that someone did not take it to the fan area because the backpack is larger than the permitted A4 format,” said the police spokesperson. Berlin.

“If in the end there is nothing, it will have been better to have cleared too much than too little,” said German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, in Munich for Germany’s debut match. The fan zone was not completely cleared, but three out of four entrances were closed and the entire area was cordoned off.