German soccer club's ex-coach suggests attack sped up exit

Former Dortmund coach and eye witness Thomas Tuchel arrives at the trial against Sergej W., no family name given due to German privacy laws, who is charged with detonating three bombs targeting the Borussia Dortmund soccer team bus last April, at the German state court in Dortmund, Germany, Monday March 19, 2018.the trial (Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)

German news agency dpa says that Borussia Dortmund ex-coach Thomas Tuchel has testified at the trial of a man accused of bombing the soccer team's bus that the attack was partly responsible for his departure

BERLIN — Borussia Dortmund's ex-coach Thomas Tuchel has testified at the trial of a man accused of bombing the German soccer club's bus that the attack was partly responsible for his departure.

Defender Marc Bartra and a police officer were hurt in the April 11 attack as the bus left a Dortmund hotel for a Champions League match against Monaco. Dortmund played, and lost, the game a day later.

The dpa news agency reported Tuchel suggested Monday at suspect Sergei W.'s trial that the attack led to a disagreement with chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke over rescheduling the game, probably because "I was sitting in the bus and he wasn't."

Tuchel says it was a mistake to schedule the match a day later.

Tuchel was fired in May after an inconsistent season.

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