Tuesday’s Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco has been postponed after explosions occured near Dortmund’s team bus, injuring one of their players. The explosions blew out the windows of the bus according to reports. The team had was approximately six miles away from Signal Iduna Stadium, and there are no other injuries being reported.
Here’s what you need to know about the incident:
1. Police Report That an Explosion Occurred ‘Near The BVB Team Bus’ Tuesday Night
According to police, the explosion occured near the team’s bus at 7 p.m. local time. The report indicates that the blast shattered the windows of the bus and that one person was injured. The report also added that it is not yet possible to identify the origin of the blast.
Police have now confirmed that there were a total of three blasts:
2. Dortmund’s Champions League Match Against Monaco Has Been Moved to Wednesday
After meeting with Monaco and UEFA officials, all parties agreed to move the scheduled Champions League match until tomorrow. Traditionally, Champions League quarterfinal matches are played in pairs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Instead they will play tomorrow, giving them one less day of rest for the return fixture next week. AS Monaco can’t afford to lose any rest days, as they currently hold a slim three-point lead over PSG atop the Ligue 1 table.
3. Marc Bartra Was Taken to a Hospital For Injuries
The only person to sustain injuries in the incident was Marc Bartra, the 26-year old defender and Spanish international. It was confirmed that Bartra was taken in an ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair his wrist. It is being reported that he will miss several weeks of action.
Bartra made his name at Barcelona, where he made 59 appearances from 2010-2016. He won five La Liga titles with Barcelona, but moved to Dortmund for a more prominent role in 2016.
4. There Was No Danger In Or Around Signal Iduna Park
For fans attending Tuesday’s game, Dortmund was sure to stress that there was no concern at or around the stadium. It hearkens back to 2015, when a friendly between England and France was interrupted by explosions outside Stade de France. That was the start of a harrowing night in Paris, and players and fans were kept inside the stadium for an extended period of time while security investigated the scene outside the stadium.
Monaco and Dortmund have never met in a competitive match before, and the Monaco fans were more than supportive inside the stadium. In one of those moments that reminds you how great soccer can be, the Monaco fans sang their support for Dortmund:
After the chaos, Dortmund fans reached out to their visitors by using a hashtag to help stranded Monaco fans find a place to stay until Wednesday:
5. Police Are Investigating The Source of The Explosions
Dortmund police have been exceptional on Tuesday, guiding an orderly evacuation of Signal Iduna Park and tweeting a steady stream of accurate information. They were quick to issue a first report on the situation, but included that “It is not yet possible to say exactly what the explosion was or exactly where something exploded.”
They later confirmed a total of three explosions, and implored the fans inside the stadium that they were secure. There are users on Twitter reporting that firecrackers are responsible for the incident, but that has yet to be confirmed by the club or police.
In a press conference Tuesday night, police confirmed that they are treating the incident as an attack on the Borussia Dortmund club. They stated that they have a letter claiming responsibility for the attack that is being analyzed, and they are “searching with a car for foreign number plates.”
On April 21, German police arrested a 28-year old German-Russian national on suspicion of carrying out the attack. According to reports, the man had attempted the attack in order to profit on the stock market. Borussia Dortmund is a publicly traded club, and the transaction could have netted the man nearly five million dollars.