Borussia Dortmund players quickly forgot about football after a fire cracking explosion believed to be a terrorist attack broke the glass of their team bus enroute Westfalenstadion on Tuesday night as they were about to host AS Monaco in the Champions League quarter-finals first leg.
Spanish defender Marc Bartra needed surgery after suffering a broken bone in his wrist after catching fragments of glass in his arm when a window on the bus shattered as the German team were leaving their local hotel ahead of the the game.
Next to Bartra on the back seat on the team coach was goalkeeper Roman Burki who has revealed in an interview with the Swiss media that the rest of the players on the bus had to lay low on the floor as they weren’t sure of what would happen next.
“The bus turned on the main road when there was suddenly a huge bang – a proper explosion,” Burki said while describing the scary moment that left them between life and death.
“The police were quickly on the spot and handled the situation. We were all in shock and no one was thinking about football anymore.
“I was sat next to Marc Bartra on the back row of the coach and he was injured because of the broken window.
“We heard what sounded like a very large firecracker and the glass shattering. Bartra had cuts to his hands but the other players seemed OK — just shaken up.”
The match has been rescheduled for 5.45pm on Wednesday but German Police authorities have not ruled out a terrorist incident.
“This was an attack with serious explosives. The bombs may have been hidden in a hedge,” a police representative said.