Nuri Sahin's emotional interview puts Uefa decision on Borussia Dortmund game in the spotlight

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Sahin's strong words to Norway TV after the rearranged game have left many questioning whether it should have been played so soon - Viasat Fotball/EPA

Nuri Sahin delivered a brave and powerful interview moments after Borussia Dortmund's rearranged Champions League tie in which he said: "There is so much more than football in this world."

Speaking to Norway TV, Sahin said he had found it difficult to think of football in the aftermath of Tuesday's attack on the Dortmund team bus, which left teammate Marc Bartra in hospital.

Uefa decided the match, against Monaco, should be rearranged for Wednesday evening, less than 24 hours after the attack, a decision that is now being widely criticised following Sahin's emotional interview.

"It’s hard to talk about it, it’s hard to find the right words," he told Jan Aage Fjortoft. "We saw it a lot of times on TV and it was far, far away from us, even when it was in Istanbul, my country, on New Year’s Eve. It was close but also very far from us and last night we felt how it is like to be in a situation like this and I don't wish anyone a feeling like this."

He added: "Until I was on the pitch in the second half I didn’t think about football, to be honest. Last night I didn’t realise what happened and when I was at home my wife and my son were waiting for me in front of the door and then I felt how lucky we were.

"I know football is very important. We love football, we suffer with football, we love football. I know we earn a lot of money and have a privileged life, but we are human beings. There is so much more than football in this world and last night we felt it."

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"I get goosebumps. When we were on the bus last night, I can’t forget the faces. I will never forget these faces in my life for sure. When I saw Marc there, and I sit next to Schmeller and I will never forget Schmeller’s face. It was unbelievable." 

Uefa said it made the decision after consulting both teams, however Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel said he and his players were not asked.

"We weren't asked at any point. We were told by text message that the decision had been made in Switzerland," he said after the match, which Dortmund lost 3-2. "When they told us 'you're up tomorrow', we felt completely ignored."

"We would have liked more time to take stock," he added. "This gives you the feeling of impotence, that we have to keep functioning and nothing else matters.

"I encouraged everyone to take the game seriously but football is not the most important thing in the world."

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