Wounded Bartra says blasts 'hardest 15 minutes' of his life
- Author: Loretta Pittman Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 0:41
The explosions shattered windows on the bus and hospitalised a policeman and Spanish defender Marc Bartra, who suffered a broken bone in his wrist.
"We will speak with our president and with our coach. It will take time to deal with it". "We were told by text message that the decision had been made in Switzerland [where UEFA is based]".
Dortmund's current coach, Thomas Tuchel, said late yesterday his team had felt ignored by Uefa over the decision to reschedule the match so quickly.
They said that the suspect, known only as Abdul Beset A, has been detained adding that he was a "member of the Islamic State group" in Iraq.
A suspected Islamic extremist was arrested on Wednesday over the attack, according to German prosecutors.
"Of course, no one was thinking about football before the game and I believe that was obvious from the way it began".
The result left the tie in the balance ahead of the second leg in England next week, as Leicester bid to maintain a fairytale run in their first season in Europe's elite club competition.
"A few minutes after this attack, the only question that was asked was, 'Are you ready to play?'".
Following Tuchel's comments, Uefa released a statement saying the decision to play the match at 17:45 BST on Wednesday was made in "complete agreement with clubs and authorities".
"I encouraged everyone to take the game seriously but football is not the most important thing in the world".
Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere had said it was important for the match to go ahead: "we cannot make the mistake of being intimidated".
"Marcel Schmelzer - the skipper of the team - told me it was the lowest point in the mood of the players, when they heard in the press conference that metal nails were found in the headrests", he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
The match, a quarter-final first-leg, was rescheduled for Wednesday, was won by Monaco amid heightened security. We will not forget it, it is a very bad feeling.
He said: "I am like all the other football fans in the world but the only difference is I know all of them so it makes it more hard for me".
"It was close but also very far from us, but last night, we felt what it is like to be in a situation like this and I don't wish anyone to feel like this".
"Later in the afternoon (after the explosions), we encouraged the players to go into the match".
"We were attacked as men and we tried to solve the problem on the ground", said Tuchel, who has been in charge of the Bundesliga side since 2015. "We do not want to use the situation as an excuse", he added.