After three explosions yesterday (Tuesday) hit German Bundesliga football club Borussia Dortmund’s bus only 90 minutes before its Uefa Champions League quarter-final first-leg game against French Ligue 1 side Monaco was due to kick off, the game was postponed until today.
The incident, which resulted in a fractured wrist for Dortmund defender Marc Bartra, meant that Monaco fans risked missing out on the game, having made arrangements to travel back to France either late last night or today.
However, Dortmund and its fans stepped in to help using the Twitter hashtag #bedforawayfans, in an effort to assist the traveling Monaco supporters to find a place to stay for the night.
Dortmund tweeted: “Dear supporters of @AS_Monaco_EN! If you need accommodation in Dortmund, please check #bedforawayfans #bvbasm”.
Hans-Joachim Watzke, Dortmund’s chief executive, said, according to the BBC: “I have to express a huge compliment to our fans, who have dealt with it very well, objectively, reasonably and solidly.
“It will not be easy to get that out of the mind. I think the team will feel it on Wednesday. We want to show that terror and hatred can never dictate our actions. This is perhaps the most difficult situation that we have faced in the past decades.”
Watzke said he had spoken to the team in the dressing room, urging them “to show society that we do not bend before terror.”
He added: “We do not just play for us today. We play for everyone – no matter whether Borussia, Bayer or Schalke supporters. And of course we play for Marc Bartra, who wants to see his team win.”