updates Dortmund Because of a “suspicious vehicle with the engine running” in a parking lot around Dortmund’s Signal-Iduna-Park, the spectators of the Bundesliga match between BVB and Bayer Leverkusen (1-0) were asked by announcement and by the police to move to the stadium not leaving the game at the end of the game.
In the arena on Saturday evening, from five minutes before the end of the game, it was announced several times that “due to a police operation outside the stadium” all fans must remain on their seats. The situation only slowly cleared up half an hour after the final whistle and the fans were allowed to leave the arena with a delay.
A little later, the Dortmund police gave the all-clear on Twitter. “As part of the police investigation, we were able to clarify that the vehicle posed no danger. The engine ran due to a technical defect. We thank you for your prudent behavior and understanding,” the tweet said.
The officials had previously reported: “A suspicious vehicle with a running engine was found in the area of parking lot E3.” The spectators were initially not allowed to leave the arena “so that the police measures can be carried out undisturbed.”
The first top game of the new season on Saturday evening was exciting, but didn’t meet the high expectations as an offensive spectacle. After the goal of captain Marco Reus (10th), BVB had a win on the first matchday for the eighth time in a row. On the other hand, Leverkusen, who inflicted their last opening defeat on Dortmund in their stadium in 2014, also lost their second competitive game of the young season. Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky saw the red card for a handball outside the penalty area (90+2).