Police say three explosions gone off near the Borussia Dortmund team bus in Germany, which postponed their Champions League quarterfinal against AS Monaco.
By Hamad Hussain
MUNICH, April 12, 2017 (SNN 24/7) – The UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first-leg clash between Borussia Dortmund and Monaco was postponed by a day after three blasts rocked Dortmund in Germany on Tuesday night.
The match was scheduled on Tuesday night but the blasts forced the organizers to delay the clash to Wednesday night.
One Borussia Dortmund player, identified as 26-year-old Marc Bartra, was injured in the blast and was rushed to the nearby hospital. Bartra has played 17 games in all competitions for Dortmund this season.
The explosions erupted near the team bus of Borussia Dortmund as they were preparing to host AS Monaco in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarterfinal.
A Dortmund Police spokesman told local media that the team bus left its hotel at about 7 p.m. local time for the match to be played at Westfalenstadion, aka Signal Iduna Park. Around 40-50 people were present inside the bus including the trainer and medical support staff when three blasts rocked the city.
The Police were yet to ascertain the cause of the blasts till the filing of this report. The Police officials said that no one inside the stadium was in danger, yet the security has been beefed up in the aftermath of the explosions.
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