Borussia Dortmund bus attack: German football fraternity shows solidarity with Bundesliga club

From Javi Martinez to arch rivals Schalke, Germany's footballing community reacted with shock and solidarity after the Borussia Dortmund team bus was attacked. Here's what they said:

AFP April 12, 2017 11:34:53 IST
Borussia Dortmund bus attack: German football fraternity shows solidarity with Bundesliga club

German football reacted with shock and solidarity after the Borussia Dortmund team bus was attacked forcing their Champions League match against Monaco to be called off on Tuesday.

Borussia Dortmund bus attack German football fraternity shows solidarity with Bundesliga club

Police escort Dortmund's players after the team bus was hit with three blasts. AFP

Dortmund's bus was en route to the stadium for the quarter-final first-leg, when it was hit by three explosions.

The blasts shattered the vehicle's windows and left defender Marc Bartra with a hand injury. Police have not said who was behind the attack.

Manchester City's ex-Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan tweeted to his former teammates: "I can't believe it, I hope you are all okay."

Carlo Ancelotti, head coach of Dortmund's Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich, offered the Bundesliga leaders' best wishes.

"Our whole support for @BVB and we wish @MarcBartra a speedy recovery," tweeted the Italian.

The official Twitter account of the German Football Association (DFB) echoed Ancelotti's sentiments: "We wish @MarcBartra all the best and a speedy recovery."

Spanish international Javi Martinez, who plays for Bayern, hoped Bartra would be fit to play on Wednesday, when the quarter-final has been rescheduled for 6:45pm (16:45 GMT).

"Marc Bartra, I hope you recover soon and that you can play tomorrow," tweeted Martinez.

Dortmund's arch rivals Schalke also offered well wishes.

"Divided in our colours, united against violence!," wrote Schalke captain Benedikt Hoewedes on Twitter.

"All the best, Marc Bartra and the whole Borussia Dortmund team. I hope you are all okay."

Schalke's ex-Germany international Gerald Asamoah tweeted: "Unbelievable... in hours like these all of us in football must stand together. Get well soon."

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