UEFA sent a heartless text to Borussia Dortmund after bus bomb attack


Tuesday night's terror attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus was clearly on the minds of the players during the 3-2 defeat against Monaco.

BVB were far from their best at Signal Iduna Park, especially in the first half, just 24 hours on from having a near-death experience.

As they travelled to the Stade Louis II on Tuesday night, three bombs filled with metal shrapnel and pins were detonated near the Dortmund bus, with one window smashing from the impact.

Marc Bartra was the only player injured on board, with the Spanish centre-back treated in hospital for a broken wrist.

According to reports, an Islamic suspect has been arrested in connection with the attack, while two other extremists have also been linked.

Various harrowing accounts have been given of what happened on the BVB bus, with Nuri Sahin explaining how he will never forget the terror he saw on his teammates' faces.

In a brave interview after the Monaco game, the Turkey international also revealed how he couldn't think about anything but the bomb explosion until he came on at half-time.

Dortmund's manager, Thomas Tuchel, was also asked about the incident in a post-match interview, where he slammed UEFA for making the game go ahead.

According to the German, UEFA showed a complete lack of empathy towards Dortmund's players and coaching staff by simply sending a text to say they would face Monaco on Wednesday.


"We weren't asked at any point (if Dortmund wanted to play). We were told by text message that the decision had been made in Switzerland," Tuchel said, per the Mirror.

"When they told us 'you're up tomorrow', we felt completely ignored. They treated it as if a beer can had been thrown at the bus.

"We would have liked more time to take stock. This gives you the feeling of impotence, that we have to keep functioning and nothing else matters.


"I encouraged everyone to take the game seriously but football is not the most important thing in the world."

Tuchel added now his players weren't in the right frame of mind to play such an important game - and understandably so.

"Every player has the right to deal with it in his way," he continued. "The team did not feel in the mood, in which you must be for such a game.

"We let the players choose if they wanted to play. But this morning, we found that the training had done good, that it had made us think of something else."

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