German side Borussia Dortmund’s team bus was involved in a series of explosion ahead of the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal clash against AS Monaco on Tuesday.
According to BBC, three explosions hit a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to their home Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco.
In a news conference, the head of Dortmund police said it was a targeted attack on the team.
Police were quoted in uk.yahoo.sports, “In the run-up to the Champions League game between BVB (Dortmund) and AS Monaco, there was just after 7pm tonight an explosion close to the BVB team bus.”
“According to what we currently know, the wheels of the bus (totally or partly) burst and one person was injured.
“It is not yet possible to say exactly what the explosion was or exactly where something exploded.”
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Dortmund defender Marc Bartra had surgery on the same night after suffering a broken wrist following explosions.
The Director of Communications of Borussia Dortmund Sasha Fligge was quoted on ESPN FC, “Bartra is undergoing surgery right now. He has a broken radial bone in his right wrist. He has several foreign objects in his arm.
“The team has been on the phone with me. Everyone’s shocked, their thoughts are with Marc.
“The schedule does not allow another option to play this match. We hope that the BVB family closes ranks to play this difficult match.”
“I had direct contact with [club captain] Marcel Schmelzer,” Fligge added. “We did not talk about the match tomorrow, but rather about what happened.
“Schmelzer first believed somebody had thrown a stone, but it soon became evident it was not a stone, with Bartra giving a signal [that he was hurt].
“[Sven] Bender then apparently saw one of the detonations out of the corner of his eye.”
Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki told Swiss outlet Blick that he was seated next to Bartra.
“The bus turned into the main street when there was a giant bang, an explosion. I sat in the last row next to Marc Bartra, who was hit by the shattered glass of the rear window,” Burki said.
“We all ducked after the bang, and those who were able took cover lying on the floor. We did not know if had already ended. The police were on site soon. We are all shocked, and nobody thought about a football match during those minutes.”
In a show solidarity, the Monaco fans were chanting ‘Dortmund’ after hearing the news about the incident. On realising that the game was postponed to the following day, several Borussia Dortmund fans offered accommodation for the night at their home for the travelling fans, and anyone needing it could just tweet it out.
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