Reinhard Grindel has expressed solidarity from the whole of the German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund – DFB) to Borussia Dortmund following last night’s attack on the BVB team bus. The DFB President was at the Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday evening and was kept up to date with the events as they unfolded along with DFL President Dr. Reinhard Rauball. Grindel will remain in Dortmund to watch the match with AS Monaco, which has been re-arranged for 18:45 CET tonight, after cancelling a visit to watch Bayern Munich and Real Madrid following a conversation with a fully understanding Karl-Heinz Rummenigge over the phone.
Grindel said: “It is important for me in my role as DFB President to stay here in Dortmund tonight, to record the connection between BVB and the entire German Football association. I wish everyone, especially Marc Bartra, a quick recovery and the whole team the power to handle these events. I hope the culprit for this attack can be found quickly and brought to justice. It was a strong signal against hate and violence that the whole football family came together and that in such a moment footballing rivalries were put aside and such a closeness was demonstrated.”
The German national team had played a friendly with England in March in Dortmund. Grindel said: “The DFB, the League and the teams do so much for the safety and security of players and fans. Our experts have worked together with the police for a long time and stay in close contact with the authorities. The assessments and the clues for everyone outside the stadiums from the relevant safety teams are significant and that will also apply for deducing the consequences from the attack on the Borussia Dortmund team bus.”
(DFB Press Release)