Borussia Dortmund player injured in explosion near team bus

Borussia Dortmund says defender Marc Bartra was injured when three explosions went off near the team bus and is being treated at a hospital.
 
The team tweeted the news after its Champions League quarterfinal first leg game against Monaco was called off because of the explosions as the players were leaving their hotel for the match at 7 p.m. local time (1700GMT.)
 
The team did not provide any details about Bartra's condition.
 
A spokesman at the already crowded stadium informed fans of the cancellation, saying that "there is no reason for panic here at the stadium."
 
Dortmund recommended that fans stay in the stadium and remain calm to facilitate an "orderly departure." The club thanked supporters of opponent Monaco for their "patience and understanding" and for chanting "Dortmund! Dortmund!" when the reason for the postponement was announced
 
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Local police say a player for German soccer team Borussia Dortmund was injured following explosions near the team bus ahead of the Champions League quarterfinal match against Monaco.
 
North Rhine-Westphalia police spokesman Gunnar Wortmann told The Associated Press Tuesday that there were "three explosions near the team bus as they left the hotel to go to the stadium" and that "there was one player injured inside and damage to a window."
 
Dortmund said the player, reported in German media to be Spain's Marc Bartra, was "in safety" and that "there is no danger in and around the stadium."
 
In a statement, police say there was an explosion after 7 p.m. local time (1700 GMT)

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