Explosion hits Borussia Dortmund team bus, Marc Bartra injured...Match to be played today as new time surfaces (PHOTOS)
Explosions erupted near a Borussia Dortmund team bus as Dortmund FC, Germany, was preparing to host AS Monaco in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals tonight.
The team confirms that 26 year old Spanish defender, Marc Bartra was injured and rushed to the hospital.
Between 40 and 50 people, including the trainer and medical support staff, were on the bus when the explosions were heard. The cause still remains unknown.
The location of the blast was roughly 13 kilometers from Westfalenstadion, aka Signal Iduna Park, where the game was scheduled to be played. No one inside the stadium was in danger but the game has been postponed till tomorrow.
The match has been rescheduled for 5.45pm on Wednesday. A Dortmund insider told Sportsmail: ‘We heard what sounded like a very large firecracker and the glass shattering. Bartra had cuts to his hands but the other players seemed OK — just shaken up.’
Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke added: ‘When the bus moved out of the hotel parking lot, three explosive devices were triggered. The team is totally shocked.’ It is thought the devices were pipe bombs.
Watzke said there was ‘no alternative’ to playing the match on Wednesday as Monaco have a Ligue 1 game on Saturday before the return next week.
Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki said: ‘There was a huge bang, literally an explosion.’