Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

UEFA denies Dortmund and Monaco did not want to play

UEFA denies Dortmund and Monaco did not want to play

Three explosive devices detonated near the bus as it left the team hotel for a Champions League quarterfinal first leg against AS Monaco at Signal Iduna Park in western Germany, shattering the vehicle's windows.

"But we still don't know how that's going to happen", the Dortmund coach said Thursday, a day after Tuchel's side lost 3-2 to Monaco in the rescheduled first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

UEFA said the decision to reschedule the match was made in consultation with both clubs.

But now that we've heard from some Dortmund players and staff post-match, it really seems like the game shouldn't have been played tonight.

'We were not attacked on the field by an opponent; we were attacked from inside the bus as men, ' Tuchel said in a post-match broadcast interview with former Norway global Jan Aage Fjortoft. "Because last night I didn't realize what happened, and when I was at home and my wife and my son were waiting in front of the door, there I felt how lucky we were", the visibly shaken Sahin told former Norway global Jan Aage Fjortoft, now a journalist. "Then it was very unclear how serious the injury of Marc Bartra was and what was behind this incident, that gives you a feeling of powerlessness", Thomas Tuchel, Borussia Dortmund's coach, told a news conference.

"I encouraged everyone to take the game seriously but football is not the most important thing in the world", he said. "But when you are not in the bus, I'm sure you can not imagine how it was exactly".

The FC panel debate if Thomas Tuchel's gripes with UEFA's decision are warranted.

"That's why it's right that we do as much as we can to protect it, and not allow criminals to take the fascination away from us". I saw the faces of my former players and I saw the shock in their eyes and that was really, really hard. I think everybody could understand if you couldn't play it.

"Of course, I think everyone would understand if you say, 'don't play it, ' and find a solution next week or whatever".

"Apparently there was no other possibility, but from our side, no one wanted to play". We are people who have families, who have kids in the house.

"UEFA was in touch with all parties on Wednesday and never received any information which suggested that any of the teams did not want to play".

The attack left Dortmund defender Marc Bartra injured and forced the match to be postponed until the following day.

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