UEFA criticised over Dortmund match decision

A fan holds up a scarf during the UEFA Champions League 1st leg quarter-final football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v Monaco in Dortmund western Germany

The explosions shattered windows on the bus and hospitalised a policeman and Spanish defender Marc Bartra, who suffered a broken bone in his wrist.

UEFA, however, insisted that both clubs had agreed to play on Wednesday at the earlier 1645GMT kick-off.

Speaking in a press conference, Tuchel said: "Compared to what happened on Tuesday, the importance of the game is zero".

"I saw it in the faces of my former players after the game and I saw the shock in their eyes and that was really hard". At that time we did not know the reasons for this attack.

"In France, we know this", said Monaco supporter Pierre Calmon, 50, from Toulouse, who was attending the match with his son, 16-year-old Thomas.

Tuchel said: 'It looks like Marc Bartra will return to the team in four weeks. "He would like to play now". "Fortunately it wasn't that serious but the world is getting insane and we don't know what it goes to (next)".

Many, including manager Thomas Tuchel, were critical of the timing of the match suggesting the players and staff involved needed more time to come to terms with what had happened to them just 24 hours before.

"It is very hard today to think to go and play football".

"I tried immediately to get information, it was odd and I was really concerned and I was scared for them".

"I saw the game and I was really proud of Dortmund".

"Everyone has their own way of reacting to events". There's so much more than football in this world. "It was close but also very far from us and last night we felt how it is like to be in a situation like this and I don't wish anyone a feeling like this". But in all parts of life we can only give our 100 per cent and I'm sure everyone is doing this to give you the best security you can have.

"There were no other alternatives than to play". But at the same time, we know that we are only half way. And they will have to do so again on Saturday, when Eintracht Frankfurt visits in the Bundesliga.

Tuchel added: 'Everybody has the right to deal with it the way he wants to.

"We were attacked as men and we tried to solve the problem on the ground. You're the best athlete if you're not anxious".

"They (UEFA) have to understand that we are not animals".

An Iraqi national, a suspected member of the Islamic State group, has been arrested over the bomb attack, according to German prosecutors.

So far German police have arrested a man described as having "Islamist links".

The man is suspected of leading a unit of 10 in Iraq in 2014, tasked with "preparing abductions, abductions, extortions and also killings", the statement said.

Jurgen Klopp managed Borussia Dortmund between 2008 and 2015.

Related news: