Dort­mund left feel­ing aban­doned

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

The elo­quence of the Borus­sia Dort­mund play­ers and their man­ager in the wake of Tues­day’s pipe bomb at­tack did Uefa few favours with the fed­er­a­tion com­ing in for wide­spread crit­i­cism over its in­sis­tence that the post­poned game be played less than 24 hours af­ter the orig­i­nal sched­uled kick-off time.

“The pain, the panic and the un­cer­tainty of not know­ing what was go­ing on, or how long it would last . . . were the long­est and hard­est 15 min­utes of my life,” said Marc Bar­tra who was in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

“Un­til I was on the pitch in the sec­ond half I didn’t think about foot­ball, to be hon­est,” re­marked his clearly emo­tional team-mate, Nuri Sahin, af­ter the game had been played. “I know foot­ball is very im­por­tant. We love foot­ball, we suf­fer with foot­ball, we love foot­ball. I know we earn a lot of money and have a priv­i­leged life, but we are hu­man be­ings. There is so much more than foot­ball in this world and last night we felt it.”

Their coach, Thomas Tuchel, made it clear they had not been happy with the way Uefa had acted. “We weren’t asked at any point,” he said. “We were told by text mes­sage that the de­ci­sion had been made in Switzer­land. When they told us ‘you’re up to­mor­row’, we felt com­pletely ig­nored.”

In Eng­land, some­body at the Mail help­fully de­cided to tweet the club’s bus seat­ing plan to show just where ev­ery­one was in re­la­tion to the ex­plo­sion. The fact that none of Bar­tra, Sahin or Tuchel fea­tured should prob­a­bly have set some alarm bells ring­ing in the pa­per’s so­cial me­dia de­part­ment; that or the fact that Jur­gen Klopp and Manch­ester City mid­fielder Ilkay Gun­do­gan now earn their liv­ing in Eng­land.

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