A man identified only as ‘Sergei W’ is currently on trial, charged with attempting to kill Mikel Merino and 27 others.
On 11 April 2016, the shocking news came through that the Borussia Dortmund team bus had been bombed as they travelled to the stadium for their home Champions League match with Monaco.
Luckily, whilst three bombs were detonated, only one person on the coach picked up an injury, Dortmund defender Marc Bartra sustaining a fractured wrist.
The 28 year old Sergei W left three bombs packed with metal pins hidden in a hedge and detonated them as the team coach went past.
Despite admitting that he did this, he has told the court that he never intended to kill or seriously injure anybody.
The police naturally assumed they were looking at terrorism as a motive and in a way, it was.
However, rather than it being a terror attack by jihadists, the detonation of the bombs was simply an attempt to make money.
Borussia Dortmund are the only Bundesliga club whose shares are traded on the stock market and when Sergei W was arrested 10 days later, the police believe they got to the bottom of the motivation for the attack.
Their investigations revealed that the suspect had a week before the attack placed over 26,000 ‘put options’ on Borussia Dortmund shares, believing that the attack on the coach would send the share price into freefall, and he could make as much as up to half a million pounds.
In the event, the shares did fall, BUT nowhere near as much as he’d expected, the accused making a profit of only around £5,000.
Sergei W has told the court that he now ‘deeply regrets’ his actions, which is no surprise with the trial continuing and the 28 year facing 28 charges of attempted murder.
The Borussia Dortmund v Monaco game was played 24 hours later, where Mikel Merino was an unused substitute, the German side losing the game 3-2.