Borussia Dortmund boss considered withdrawing from Champions League after terror attack

Dortmund's bus was hit by a series of explosive devices, shattering the glass of the windows

Dortmund were on their way to a match against Monaco when the terror attack took place

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The chief executive of German soccer club Borussia Dortmund says he flirted with the idea of withdrawing the club from the Champions League after Tuesday's terror attack on the team bus.

A series of explosive devices detonated outside the coach taking Dortmund to their Champions League quarter-final with Monaco, leaving defender Marc Bartra injured and forcing the match to the postponed.

Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Germany's Der Spiegel: "I briefly asked myself if we shouldn't withdraw completely from the competition, but that would have been a victory for those responsible for the attack.

Dortmund lost 3-2 to Monaco when the game was played on Wednesday, less than 24 hours later than originally scheduled. The club's midfielder Nuri Sahin subsequently criticised European football's governing body, Uefa, for giving him and his teammates so little time to recover from the horrific ordeal.

Claims of responsibility were made by islamist and far-left groups in the aftermath of the attack, but German prosecutors are now investigating the possibility that in fact a far-right group was responsible.

Bartra has received surgery on his arm after it was hit by flying glass in the explosion, and has sent a message of thanks to fans on Instagram.