When Explosions Postponed Their Game, These Soccer Fans Put Their Rivalry Aside

A beautiful display of sportsmanship.

European soccer fans put rivalry aside this week to lend a helping hand after a troubling event caused their match to be rescheduled.

Tuesday's Championship League quarterfinal first leg in Germany between Borussia Dortmund and A.S. Monaco F.C. had to be postponed for a day after three explosions hit near the Dortmund team's bus on their way to the stadium. Player Marc Bartra was injured in the blast and had to undergo surgery.

The postponement left many Monaco fans without a place to stay for the night. That's when Dortmund fans showed their generosity and good sportsmanship by opening their doors to their rivals and offering a place to stay through the hashtag #bedforawayfans

The gesture warmed the hearts of soccer fans on social media, who saw it as a positive representation of the sport they love. Both Monaco and Dortmund's official accounts tweeted their support for the hashtag, with the French club even adopting German to declare "Das ist Fussball!"

Meanwhile, fans from both teams who were staying together posted smiling photos on Twitter and Instagram as they shared meals and showed off their team gear. It looks like quite a few friends were made out of a difficult situation.

According to the AP, Monaco is offering its fans who stayed in Dortmund overnight up to 80 euros ($85) of reimbursement. The team's vice president, Vadim Vasilyev, said, "We need to congratulate the German fans for their generosity."

(H/T: Huffington Post)

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