Wednesday 13 November 2019

Fans put rivalries aside to help those stranded after blasts

A Monaco supporter before the Champions League first leg game between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco. Photo: AP
A Monaco supporter before the Champions League first leg game between Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco. Photo: AP

Mark Carlson, Dortmund

With the help of a hashtag, Borussia Dortmund fans opened their doors to stranded Monaco supporters after their Champions League game was called off.

Many Monaco fans had planned to return home after Tuesday's game and were left without accommodation for the night. But using the hashtag #bedforawayfans, supporters communicated on Twitter to arrange meet-ups and offer spare rooms or couches.

User @doerpm wrote on Twitter: "If you need a #bedforawayfans for this or next night, just ask me. Speak a little bit French and will support you." Another local fan, Stefan Kilmer, took in four Monaco fans after seeing the hashtag and hearing of the blasts on the radio. "Football is a sport that brings people together," Mr Kilmer told news agency dpa. Mr Kilmer and his four guests cooked spaghetti.

Both Dortmund and Monaco encouraged the action and tweeted pictures of Dortmund and Monaco fans socialising together. "Das ist Fussball!" Monaco said, promising to reimburse fans who stayed in Dortmund overnight up to €80. Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev expressed his support for Dortmund player Marc Bartra and the team.

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