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'There is so much more than football in this world' - Dortmund player talks about bombing
The investigation has centred on a sole “Islamist” suspect in custody.


GERMAN FOOTBALL SIDE Borussia Dortmund were forced to play a UEFA Champions League game last night, just 24 hours after an attempted bomb attack on their team bus.

The attack, in which three pipe bombs were left close to the team’s bus ahead of Tuesday’s game against Monaco in Dortmund, left centre back Marc Bartra with a broken wrist.

Coach Thomas Tuchel accused UEFA of treating the bomb attack on their team bus as if a “beer can” had been thrown and claimed they were informed by text message that they would have to play their Champions League game last night.

Champions League: Borussia Dortmund vs AS Monaco DPA / PA Images Dortmund fans with a banner wishing Marc Bartra a swift recovery during the first leg of the Champions League quarter final match between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco in the Signal Iduna Park. DPA / PA Images / PA Images

In the wake of their 3-2 defeat by the French side, Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin gave an emotional interview which has been widely shared overnight.

We saw it a lot of times on TV and it was far, far away from us, even when it was in Istanbul, in my country, on New Year’s Eve, it was close but also very far from us. I don’t wish anyone a feeling like this.

“I don’t know if the people can understand this but until I was on the pitch in the second half, I didn’t think about football to be honest, because last night I didn’t realise what had happened. When I was at home and my wife and son were waiting in front of the door, there I felt how lucky we were.

“I know football is very important. We love football, we suffer with football, we love football.

I know we earn a lot of money, we have a privileged life, but we are human beings and there is so much more than football in this world and well, yeah, last night we felt it.

The investigation has centred on a sole “Islamist” suspect in custody. Investigators were chasing a suspected “terrorist link” to the blasts, after three identical letters were found at the scene.

Read: Thomas Tuchel is furious that Dortmund were forced to play this evening

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