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Iraqi arrested over Dortmund bus attack is suspected Islamic State group member

Iraqi arrested over Dortmund bus attack is suspected Islamic State group member

"But UEFA put on pressure and politicians urged Borussia Dortmund to counter terror", he told Sky News, referring to the European football federation.

"We would have liked more time to take stock". To see the stands filled with people who love this sport, good people who only want us to feel the emotion of football to forget about the world, especially the world we live in which is crazier than ever.

In response to the outpouring of criticism of UEFA's handling of the matter, the governing body affirmed both clubs were involved in the decision-making process and did not imply they would be unwilling to participate.

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel hit out at UEFA for disregarding the feelings of his shaken players by staging their Champions League game against Monaco less than 24 hours after a bomb attack targeted the team bus.

An Iraqi national arrested over the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus is a suspected member of the Islamic State group, according to German prosecutors.

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

The Federal Prosecutor's Office added there was no evidence that the man, identified as Abdul Beset A. and who arrived in Germany via Turkey at the start of 2016, had taken part in the attack in the city of Dortmund.

Despite the congested calendar in the final months of the football season, Dortmund has said it believed the game could have been shifted to a later date.

"The team wanted so badly a bit of time to deal with it so we were in our best shape because the dream is to go to the semifinals in Europe".

The match was rescheduled for Wednesday, which Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel was disappointed about after the manager and players were not consulted, a game that the hosts lost 3-2.

"They treated it as if a beer can had been thrown at the bus".

"It is a very bad feeling".

Uefa issued a statement denying that Dortmund had been forced to play.

"We did not want to play this game, not less than 24 hours after an attack", said Swiss goalkeeper Roman Burki. Although we realise how big this competition is, one mustn't forget that we are still humans.

The second leg of the tie will be played at Stade Louis II next week.

"Later in the afternoon (after the explosions), we encouraged the players to go into the match".

"I don't know if people can understand this but until I was on the pitch in the second half I didn't think about football to be honest".

Dortmund regrouped after the break - scoring through Ousmane Dembele and Shinji Kagawa - in an entertaining encounter in which French teenager Kylian Mbappe shone, finding the net twice to become, aged 18 and 113 days, the youngest player to score two goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League.


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