Suspicious package found near stadium hosting Champions League football match in Germany

People wait on the pitch after the end of the game between VfL Wolfsburg and Manchester United.
People wait on the pitch after the end of the game between VfL Wolfsburg and Manchester United. PHOTO: AFP
 Police officers standing by outside the stadium during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between VfL Wolfsburg vs Manchester United in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Dec 8, 2015
Police officers standing by outside the stadium during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between VfL Wolfsburg vs Manchester United in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Dec 8, 2015PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY
 General view of the Arena in Wolfsburg ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match between VfL Wolfsburg vs Manchester United in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Dec 8, 2015.
General view of the Arena in Wolfsburg ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match between VfL Wolfsburg vs Manchester United in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Dec 8, 2015. PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

GERMANY (AFP) - There were dramatic scenes following German football team Wolfsburg's Champions League win over England's Manchester United on Tuesday (Dec 8) when a suspect package was found in the stadium's car park.

"On a car in the parking area, a suspicious box was found which we could not identify," said police spokesman Sven-Marco Claus, who said they had merely taken precautions as there had been no actual bomb threat.

The stadium's VIP area was evacuated and fans were forced to stay in the ground until the all-clear was given by a company that specialises in explosive substances.

An area of the Volkswagen Arena car park was closed off and fans were eventually allowed to leave by designated routes to the north and south of the stadium.

Shortly after the match, which Wolfsburg won 3-2, a message on the stadium's main screens asked fans to remain in the Volkswagen Arena and to stay calm.

German football grounds are on a high state of alert since a bomb threat in Hannover last month forced Germany's international friendly against the Netherlands to be cancelled.