Dortmund, Germany – A bus carrying German Soccer team Borussia Dortmund to a game was attacked with “explosive devices” in Dortmund Tuesday evening, injuring a player ahead of a quarterfinal match, authorities said.
Borussia Dortmund was headed to a Champions League match against Monaco when the blast went off, damaging the windows of the bus.
Spanish defender Marc Bartra, 26, suffered injuries and rushed immediately to a hospital to undergo operation on his arm and hand, the team said on twitter.
Police said that there were three explosions near the Dortmund Team bus as they left the hotel.
Police chief Gregor Lange said, in quotes reported by Bild: “This evening at 19:15 there were three explosions in the surroundings of the BVB hotel.“We must start from (the position this was) a targeted attack on BVB’s team.”
Dortmund Police also revealed that a letter had been found, claiming responsibility for the attack.
“The prosecutor’s office Dortmund confirms the discovery of a letter near the scene of the crime. The authenticity is currently being tested,” the police force posted on Twitter.
The first game of the home and away match was postponed and rescheduled Wednesday evening. Tickets for the game remain valid, the team said on twitter.
Police Chief Lange said at the press conference that there would be a major police presence at the match.
Football Organizations were quick to condemn the attack.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was “deeply disturbed” by the events and he said in a statement: “I was deeply disturbed by the explosions which occurred in Dortmund. The decision taken to postpone the UEFA Champions League match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco was the correct one since we must always prioritise the safety and security of all fans, team officials and players.”
“The thoughts of every one of us at FIFA are with the people of Dortmund, and the fans of both Borussia Dortmund and Monaco following today’s troubling events,” said Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA. “We are closely monitoring the condition of BVB’s Marc Bartra, and wish him a speedy recovery from his injuries.”