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Howard Webb had to go to Donetsk to referee the Champions League match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund. His plane was about to take off from the Munich runway yesterday, but, suddenly, the operators discovered that the plane has become too heavy to take off because of snowfall.
The plane couldn’t take off with that much weight. At least 10 people had to come out of the plane to make the aircraft light enough to take off. But, nobody was ready to come out of the plane.
At last, the operators announced that the passengers who would leave the plane would be given 400 Euros. A few Dortmund fans accepted the offer and came out of the plane. When they were going out, the rest of the passengers including Webb gave them a big round of applause.
Those people who left the plane stayed in Munich yesterday night. Today, they were put on a different plane to Donetsk in the morning.
Webb has to referee a very important match tonight. Both the teams are very strong and it is expected to be a very close game.
Borussia Dortmund is struggling with a few injury problems. Two of their vital players i.e. Lukasz Piszczek and Marcel Schmelzer are currently unfit. Schmelzer is not likely to get fit before the match, while, Piszczek might play after taking injections.
In its last match, Dortmund was surprisingly beaten by Hamburg SV by a big margin of 4-1. So, their confidence is not that high before this important encounter.
On the other hand, the Shakhtar team is currently on a winter break. However, they have played a few friendly matches recently and they have performed well in those matches. But, they will also be a bit nervous before such a big match.
It’s going to be an exciting clash. Both the teams are equally matched. So, neither of the two teams is favourite.