Borussia Dortmund team bus involved in explosion before Monaco game

By Daily Sports on April 12, 2017

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Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League quarter-final with Monaco has been postponed after the Dortmund team bus was damaged by an explosion.

The German team confirmed that defender Marc Bartra broke his wrist in an incident near their hotel and required hospital treatment.

The match will now be played at Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion at 17:45 BST on Wednesday.

Police confirmed there had been three explosions in the area of the team bus.

Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said: “There has been an attack with explosives on the team bus.

“The whole team is in a state of shock – you can’t get pictures like that out of your head.”

Windows were broken on the bus, which was six miles from the stadium at the time of the incident at around 18:00 BST, and former Barcelona centre-back Bartra was sent to hospital.

Police said the cause of the explosions, at Hochsten outside the city, was unclear, but added there had been no evidence of any threat to supporters.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted his support, wishing Bartra a quick recovery, as did his former club.

The night’s other quarter-final between Juventus and Barcelona kicked off as scheduled.

Dortmund president Reinhard Rauball added: “Of course this is an extremely difficult situation for the players.

“But they are professionals, and I am convinced that they will put that away and will bring their performance on Wednesday.” (BBC)

•Photo shows Borussia Dortmund team bus after Tuesday’s attack.

Source Daily Sports

Posted April 12, 2017


 

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