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Hannover youth players banned by club for planned robbery of casino

Hannover have condemned the actions of their youth academy players.

Hannover have suspended three youth academy players who planned to rob a local casino, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.

The three youngsters only changed their plans at the last minute when they were on their way to the venue in a car with a stolen number plate. They were armed with gas pistols and balaclavas.

Hannover confirmed that the incident took place to several news outlets in Germany, with Bild breaking the story on Monday afternoon.


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