Germans opened their homes to stranded Monaco supporters on Tuesday evening after an attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus forced officials to postpone the Champions League soccer match by a day.
Three explosions shattered windows and injured one player while the team was en route to its home match in the western German city of Dortmund. Germany’s federal prosecutor announced on Wednesday that it had taken over the investigation. Federal Prosecutor spokeswoman Frauke Koehler said that German authorities suspect “terrorist involvement” in the attack and one person had been temporarily arrested.
Police said the bus was struck shortly after 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) as it left its hotel for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals match against AS Monaco.
Spanish defender Marc Bartra, 26, suffered injuries to an arm and hand, the team said.
The game was subsequently rescheduled for Wednesday evening, leaving many Monaco fans without a place to stay for the night.
Borussia Dortmund used their official Twitter account to help find beds for those in need, using the hashtag #bedforawayfans.
In a show of true sportsmanship, Dortmund supporters answered the call, opening their doors to those in need of last minute housing.
Borussia Dortmund President Reinhard Rauball hailed the compassion shown by Monaco fans following the attack and praised the effort to take in stranded supporters in an interview with German public broadcaster ZDF on Wednesday morning.
“Dortmund fans were ready to provide shelter to the Monaco fans that didn’t have a place to stay or the financial means,” Rauball told ZDF. “I have a personal example, a friend of mine sent me a text straight away saying he would like to provide shelter for 10 Monaco fans.”
One Dortmund fan, Stefan Kilmer (@vespafoto), offered accommodation to five people in a post on Twitter.
He later shared a selfie from his home, where he was sitting down to dinner with Dortmund and Monaco supporters — dressed in their respective team’s jerseys. The tweet has been shared over 14,000 times.
Kilmer told CNN that four fans from Paris stayed with him, and they have all become fast friends.
“It was great. We had a nice evening together, cooking and talking. And today we have had a good game day together,” Kilmer said. “When I go to Paris I will contact them, and maybe we will go to a football match.”
Kilmer became an overnight celebrity for his hospitality, with German justice minister Heiko Maas, professional Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas Fernández, and the AS Monaco team itself singing his praises. But Kilmer wasn’t the only Dortmund fan to come to the aid of Monagasques.
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