Borussia Dortmund’s match against Monaco in the Champions League has been cancelled after their bus was hit by three explosions. Three explosive devices went off by the side of the coach that was carrying the team to the quarter-final match.
The head of Dortmund police said it was a targeted attack on the team. Central defender Marc Bartra suffered a broken wrist during the explosions. The Spanish footballer underwent an operation on his arm and hand shortly after. No other players were injured during the explosions.
The match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco was postponed until Wednesday and fans on social media have been helping out Monaco fans who visited the city for the game by finding them a place to stay for the night. The Borussia Dortmund team Twitter account was one of many that posted a hashtag to let Monaco fans know where they could stay for the night.
Dortmund police said the three explosive devices exploded at around 7:00 pm local time. Authorities confirmed they found a letter near the scene and are currently investigating it.
The stadium was evacuated after the incident and authorities have confirmed that there will be as many officers as possible for tomorrow’s game. The team has released a statement saying that shortly after the departure of the team bus from the hotel to the stadium there was an incident. They added that the bus had been damaged in two places.
Borussia Dortmund returned to the Champions League this year and has had an impressive tournament so far. The team finished first in Group F with 14 points and advanced to the quarter-finals by defeating Benfica with an aggregate score of 4-1. Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said the whole team is in a state of shock and added that in a situation like this, Borussia pulls together.
The team, FIFA, politicians and many others have wished Marc Bartra a speedy recovery. FIFA President Gianni Infantino was one of the people that wished the central defender a speedy recovery. He also condemned the incident.
Dortmund and Monaco will play their Champions League match tomorrow at Signal Iduna Park.