Police will do “everything humanly possible” to ensure Borussia Dortmund‘s fixture against Monaco this evening takes place safely in the wake of the bomb attack on the German side’s team bus.
Three explosions occurred as the Dortmund squad were travelling to the Signal Iduna Park stadium for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg and the game was subsequently postponed and rescheduled to be played on Wednesday.
The attack left Dortmund defender Marc Bartra requiring surgery on a broken bone in his wrist.
Borussia Dortmund bus explosion
The local police force – Polizei Nordrhein-Westfalen Dortmund – held a joint late-night press conference along with the football club and the Dortmund public prosecutor.
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 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 match will now take place at 1745BST on Wednesday, with increased security measures in place.
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“The stadium and the surrounding area remain the focal point for police,” added Lange.
“We’re preparing a major police presence for tomorrow and will do everything humanly possible to ensure the match can take place safely.