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‘It’s as if a beer can was thrown’: Dortmund boss says bomb victims felt “completely ignored” by UEFA

Date Posted,April 11, 2017

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel has hit out at UEFA for making them face Monaco just 24 hours after an attack on their team bus.

The two sides were scheduled to meet in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday before three explosions near the Dortmund team bus saw the clash postponed.

It went ahead 24 hours later as Monaco ran out 3-2 winners.

UEFA insisted they consulted both teams before making the decision but Tuchel has suggested that wasn’t the case.

“We weren’t asked at any point. We were told by text message that the decision had been made in Switzerland,” Tuchel said.

Dortmund’s players react after the defeat (Photo: AFP)
Dortmund’s players react (Photo: AFP)

“When they told us ‘you’re up tomorrow’, we felt completely ignored.

“They treated it as if a beer can had been thrown at the bus.

“We would have liked more time to take stock,” he added. “This gives you the feeling of impotence, that we have to keep functioning and nothing else matters.

“I encouraged everyone to take the game seriously but football is not the most important thing in the world.”

Dortmund fans protest (Photo: Rex Features)
The Borussia Dortmund team bus is seen after an explosion
The Borussia Dortmund team bus is seen after an explosion (Photo: REUTERS)
Tuchel after the bus attack (Photo: REUTERS)

“Every player has the right to deal with it in his way. The team did not feel in the mood, in which you must be for such a game.

“We let the players choose if they wanted to play. But this morning, we found that the training had done good, that it had made us think of something else.”

Tuchel’s comments led UEFA to reiterate their previous statement.

“The decision to play the match today at 18.45 was made late last night at BVB Stadium in cooperation and complete agreement with clubs and authorities,” it said.

“We were in touch with all parties today and never received any information which suggested that any of the teams did not want to play.”

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