Borussia Dortmund was scheduled to play a Champions League quarterfinal first leg today at home against visiting AS Monaco. Approximately two hours before kick off, an explosion went off near the team’s bus in Dortmund, Germany.
Details are still scarce, but a police statement says that windows on the bus were broken and one person was injured:
“In the run-up to the Champions League match of BVB against AS Monaco, there was an explosion near the BVB team teambus shortly after 7pm. The location of the event is Wittbräuckerstraße/Schirrmannweg in Dortmund-Höchsten.
“According to current knowledge the windows of the bus (whole or partial) were shattered and one person was injured. It is not yet possible to say exactly what the explosion was or exactly where something exploded.”
German news outlet BILD later reported that the injured person was actually Marc Barta, a 26-year-old Spanish defender who played for Barcelona from 2010-2016 before being sold to Dortmund for €8 million in Summer 2016. Initial reports are that the injury was minor, consisting of small cuts to his hand and arm area.
The match against AS Monaco has been postponed while police investigate, plus the factor of the players being obviously shaken up by the incident. The game has been rescheduled for tomorrow, and all existing tickets will be honored.