German prosecutors: Iraqi detained in Dortmund bus bombing fought for IS

Ross Houston
April 20, 2017

Bartra, a Spanish defender, fractured his wrist and was cut by broken glass during an attack on the team bus minutes before the team was scheduled to play AS Monaco in the west German city in a Champions League quarter-final.

There's a long and winding line of clubs forming at Borussia Dortmund's front door waiting to try and pry Christian Pulisic away from them.

But the head of domestic intelligence for the region, Burkhard Freyer, said investigators had not ruled out the extreme-right, the far-left or hooligans of being behind the attack.

Monaco won the rescheduled match 3-2 on Wednesday.

The Bundesliga outfit took to the field less than 24 hours after the original tie was postponed when three explosions went off as they made their way to Signal Iduna Park, leaving defender Marc Bartra needing surgery on a wrist injury.

Former German worldwide Lothar Matthaeus said it was "irresponsible" to get the players to go through with the game so soon after the attack.

"I'm pretty sure if some of the people who made the decision (to play the match) afterwards had been on the bus they would not have played the game but when you are not on the bus you can not really imagine how it was exactly".

And while Michael Caulfield, director of Sporting Edge, praised the German club's players for being "resolute" he also believes it was "a huge ask" for them to perform at their peak.

German prosecutors, however, seek arrest warrant for 26-year-old over alleged links with ISIL.

He added: "I am like all the other football fans in the world but the only difference is I know all of them so it makes it more hard for me". We were treated as if a beer can was thrown at the bus. Everyone has their own way of reacting to events.

"It is a very bad feeling".

"Players crave normality. I'm not sure how long it would take (to recover psychologically) but credit to them for playing".

Ousmane Dembele pulled one back for Dortmund on 57 minutes, but Mbappe fired in his second of the game to leave Monaco as favorites to reach the last four, despite Shinji Kagawa's late strike.

Midfielder Nuri Sahin shared similar sentiments after the match, in a video that went viral.

"We can concentrate on football at the weekend, we can concentrate on training because we were not immediately involved, but for the players involved it is a different situation".

Judging from the reaction from Dortmund players, it doesn't sound like UEFA was "in touch with all parties".

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