Borussia Dortmund bus caught in explosion; UCL clash vs Monaco postponed

German side Borussia Dortmund’s team bus was involved in an explosion ahead of the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal clash against AS Monaco on Tuesday.

Dortmund stated in its Twitter account that the explosion occurred during the departure of the bus from the hotel close to an hour prior to the scheduled kick-off time at Signal Iduna Park.

According to BBC, Dortmund player Marc Batra has been injured in the incident and has been taken to the hospital. He was said to have been hit by shards of glass. North-Rhine Westphalia police said they were at the scene and there are reports that the fire service are also there.

Borussia Dortmund said there was no danger at the stadium, where around 80,000 people would have been expected tonight.


Update:

The quarterfinal clash between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco has been cancelled fearing security concerns after the the home side’s team bus was involved in an explosion an hour ahead of the kick-off at Signal Iduna Park.

Police have confirmed that there were three explosions in the area of the Borussia Dortmund team bus.

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.”


Update 2:

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.

Dortmund defender Marc Bartra had surgery on Tuesday 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 said. “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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