Dortmund consideró abandonar la Champions tras atentado
Dortmund considered withdrawing from Champions League after bomb attack

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Hans-Joachim Watzke, director ejecutivo del Borussia Dortmund, admite que contempló la necesidad de que su equipo abandonara la Champions League tras el atentado sufrido.

El director ejecutivo de Borussia Dortmund contempló la posibilidad de retirar al club de la Liga de Campeones después del ataque del pasado martes contra el autobús del plantel.

Hans-Joachim Watzke dijo a la revista Der Spiegel que “contemplé brevemente si deberíamos abandonar la competencia. Pero eso hubiese sido una victoria para los atacantes”.

Indicó que el ataque fue un atentado no solo contra Dortmund, “sino un ataque a toda la República Federal de Alemania”.

El zaguero Marc Bartra y un policía resultaron heridos por las tres explosiones que sacudieron al autobús cuando salía de su hotel rumbo al estadio para un partido contra Mónaco por los cuartos de final de la Champions.

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The bomb attack on the Bundesliga club’s bus forced them to contemplate pulling out of Europe’s premier competition
Borussia Dortmund considered withdrawing from the Champions League following the bomb attack on the team bus, according to CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.

Three devices exploded close to the vehicle as it made its way to Signal Iduna Park for the quarter-final first leg with Monaco.

Defender Marc Bartra suffered a broken wrist and the match was rescheduled for Wednesday, with Monaco going on to win 3-2.

Players including Nuri Sahin and Roman Burki, who was sitting next to Bartra when the explosions took place, admitted afterwards that focusing on the match had been extremely difficult.

Watzke has now admitted that he thought about pulling the team out of the tournament, though he decided against that course of action as an act of defiance to the attacker or attackers.

“I briefly considered whether we should leave the competition completely,” Watzke told Der Spiegel. “But then it would have been a victory for the perpetrators.”

Head coach Thomas Tuchel slammed the decision to go ahead with the rescheduled match just 24 hours after the incident, although UEFA insisted that both clubs had agreed to play following a consultation at the stadium.

It is also understood that UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin was in contact with officials and made it clear that nobody would be forced to play if they did not want to.