Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

No evidence linking detained Islamist suspect to Dortmund blasts: Prosecutors

No evidence linking detained Islamist suspect to Dortmund blasts: Prosecutors

Three explosions on Tuesday evening near the soccer team's bus wounded a Dortmund player and a police officer as they headed to a Champions League match against Monaco.

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel hit out at UEFA's decision to order his side to play their quarter-final against Monaco a day after nail bombs narrowly failed to inflict catastrophic damage on the Bundesliga stars.

Monaco defeated Dortmund 3-2 in Wednesday's rescheduled match.

Dortmund's players said they had not wanted to play the match so soon, although European football's governing body Uefa responded to the club's anger by insisting it had agreed to the rapid rescheduling.

"We felt completely passed over, it came down to "tomorrow, you're playing", said Tuchel. This gives you the feeling of impotence, that we have to keep functioning and nothing else matters. "I'm like all the other football fans in the world but the only difference between me and them is that I know all of them, so that makes it more hard for me, but that's all".

The match was played less than a day after the Dortmund team bus was the subject of an attack using explosive devices. "But when you are not in the bus, I'm sure you can not imagine how it was exactly".

"A decision made in Switzerland that concerns us directly".

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Tuchel slammed UEFA on Wednesday over the decision to go ahead with the fixture less than 24 hours after the harrowing events. "I will never forget those faces", Sahin added.

Speaking about what went through his mind at the time, Klopp said: "I don't think what I say is too important. We will play for everyone. we want to show that terror and hate can never determine our actions".

"Until I was on the pitch in the second half I didn't think about football, to be honest.

When I saw Marc there, when I sat next to Schmelzer, and I saw Schmelzer's face, it was unbelievable".

Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere had said it was important for the match to go ahead: "we cannot make the mistake of being intimidated.

No one felt it in exactly the same way", said Tuchel, with Dortmund offering to provide counselling for the players.

Teammates of Marc Bartra, who underwent surgery for injuries to his wrist and arm after Tuesday's attack, wore T-shirts emblazoned with the defender's picture and a message in Spanish saying: "A lot of strength — we are with you". "The players had the choice not to play but no one chose this option".

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