Rivalry between soccer fans was touchingly put to one side after explosions forced the postponement of a match in Germany on Tuesday.
Officials rescheduled the Champions League quarter-final tie between Germany’s Borussia Dortmund and France’s A.S. Monaco F.C. for Wednesday after three blasts hit near the home team’s bus as it drove players to the Signal Iduna Park stadium.
But the 24-hour adjournment left thousands of the visiting French team’s supporters stranded without a place to stay. That was until compassionate home team fans began tweeting offers of accommodation via the #bedforawayfans hashtag:
Within hours of the hashtag gaining traction, supporters who’d benefited from the spontaneous initiative began posting pictures of where they were staying.
Note how many of the photographs feature people wearing shirts from both teams:
Police said Wednesday the motive behind the blasts remained unclear.
Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra was the sole player to be hospitalized following the incident, after he was struck by falling shards of glass.
“Bartra was injured, on his hand and his arm, but nothing that would be life-threatening,” said the club’s chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke. “The team is in complete shock.”