Fans United Following Attack

The bus of Borussia Dortmund was damaged by explosion some 10km away from the stadium prior to the UEFA Champions League 1st leg quarter-final football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Monaco in Dortmund, western Germany on April 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Sascha Schuermann (Photo credit: SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League tie against Monaco was postponed last night, due to an attack on Dortmund’s team bus. German media reports police are investigating an “Islamic link” to the explosions that targeted the team bus.

The game has been rearrange to tonight, with many having doubts as to whether the game should have been rearranged so soon. According to AFP, a letter was found at the site of the explosions, the letter mentions the Christmas market truck attack and Germany’s role in the fight against Islamic State. Dortmund player Marc Bartra was injured in the attack, he has since undergone an operation on his injured arm and hand.

Monaco fans were in the stadium chanting in support of Dortmund last night. The incident united both sets of fans and fans around the world sending their messages of support. #BedForAwayFans was trending on Twitter last night, to assist Monaco fans struggling for accommodation, Dortmund fans offered to put them up for the night.

We live in a world with people that have cruel intentions for others. Thankfully nobody lost their life last night, football will continue to stand united against potential attacks. I find it sickening that we can no longer attend a football match without thinking of our safety. Although I do not agree with it, the rearrangement of the game for tonight shows football’s stance.

Unfortunately, sporting occasions are a target for potential attacks these days. It is important that everyone unites against these cowards and show our strength. Dortmund’s CEO has told the club’s players “to show we do not bow to terror”.  Hans-Joachim Watzke told the club’s official website:

“The BVB family was particularly strong when it had to cope with difficult situations. This is perhaps the most difficult situation we have had in the past decades. And I am sure that we will show ourselves as BVB as strong and closed as never before!

“We do not just play for us today. We play for everyone. No matter whether Borusse, Bayer or Schalker. We want to show that terror and hatred can never determine our actions. And of course we play for Marc Bartra, who wants to see his team win!

“We ask all BVB fans to support our team today with full energy for 90 minutes.”

Watzke insisted last night that the game “must go ahead”. Dortmund have been in training this morning for tonight’s game against Monaco. It is certain that there will be more security in place, if you are attending the game tonight, it would be my advice to get there early. The Champions League tie is scheduled for a 18:45 kick off time (local time).

Hopefully we do not see scenes of a similar nature tonight or in the foreseeable future. One thing is certain, football will forever be united and will never bow down to terror.
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