Wenger gives insight on security in light of Borussia Dortmund bomb attack

Paola Ditto
Aprile 19, 2017

The center back made a thumbs-up gesture with his left hand and wrote on Instagram that he's "doing much better". He also claimed the team was informed of the rescheduling by a text message from Uefa, without checking if the players were ready. During the match, small knots of armed police guarded access to the stands.

German police had increased security in the city and investigators detained an Islamist suspect after the attack. She said authorities are still evaluating its credibility.

Investigators were chasing a suspected "terrorist link" to the blasts, after three identical letters were found at the scene.

But the region's top security official raised the possibility the note could be "an attempt to lay a false trail".

"Every one of us has to cope with the incident by himself".

As the investigation continued, the match delayed by the blasts got underway.

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) - German police said Wednesday they are investigating "in all directions" after three explosions went off near Borussia Dortmund's team bus ahead of a Champions League quarterfinal match, injuring one of the soccer team's players. "All my strength to my teammates for tonight's game!" There is no golden way to deal with this, because it was the first time for everyone.

"The accused was arrested (on Wednesday) in connection with the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team coach".

Monaco's three away goals mean Dortmund will have a big task ahead of them when they travel to the Stade Louis II next Wednesday, where they will hope to restrain a Monaco side that now leads Ligue 1 by three points. Shinji Kagawa cut the deficit in the 84th minute, but it was not enough to save Dortmund from defeat.

The good news is that the former Barcelona defender will be back playing a few weeks time, but in very hard circumstances, Thomas Tuchel's men have managed to keep their tie alive after Monaco looked like taking a 3-1 lead into the return leg.

"Unless you experienced it, you can't understand how bad it was for us", said defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

"What shocked us all was these are two good clubs and it's a handsome part of the world and you think "my word".

"I feel like what I said before: I feel like an animal and not like a person".

"We knew that it would not be easy to focus on football. But on the pitch, both sides gave great performances". German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere attended Wednesday's match.

As Dortmund pushed for a leveller, Monaco had a superb chance to restore their two-goal lead with 15 minutes remaining, when Lemar's ball set Radamel Falcao free, the striker rounded goalkeeper Roman Burki but blazed over when off balance.

Chancellor Angela Merkel praised Dortmund fans for taking in AS Monaco supporters overnight so they could stay on for the postponed match.

However, a heart-warming spontaneous initiative from Dortmund fans via Twitter meant many found a place to sleep for the night under the hashtag #bedforawayfans.

'UEFA are eager to continue playing, but we still want to be competitive. "We had fun, and it was really nice, a good experience", Pourcel said.

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