UCL: Dortmund, Monaco game postponed due to explosion incident

UCL: Dortmund, Monaco game postponed due to explosion incident

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:56 pm


Dortmund bus (INSERT) Bartra who was injured in the last

Borussia Dortmund’s UEFA Champions League (UCL) quarter-final first leg game against Monaco has been postponed after the Dortmund team bus was damaged by an explosion.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the match was supposed to be played on Tuesday at the Westfalenstadion.

The German team confirmed that defender Marc Bartra was injured 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.

Former FC Barcelona centre-back Bartra was sent to hospital, reportedly with minor injuries.

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

A tweet from the official FC Barcelona club handle read: “All of our support to @MarcBartra, @BVB and their fans.”

Borussia Dortmund also sent out a thank-you message on the club’s official tweeter handle.

“Thank you for your support in and outside the stadium and your kind messages throughout the whole world.#bvbasm.’’(NAN)

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