England’s friendly with France to go ahead despite Paris attacks

Date published: Saturday 14th November 2015 2:35

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The French Football Federation has confirmed that England’s friendly clash with France at Wembley will still go ahead on Tuesday.

Questions were raised over whether the match would take place after at least 128 people were killed in multiple terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
However, the FFF said in a statement: “President Noel Le Graet confirmed on Saturday that the match between England and France scheduled for Tuesday November 17 (8pm local time) at Wembley will still take place.”

UEFA issued a brief statement on Saturday morning regarding the attacks.

It read: “UEFA is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic events which occurred in Paris last night and wishes to express its support and solidarity to France and to those affected by these horrible acts.”

France declared a national state of emergency and closed its borders on Friday night after the attacks in the country’s capital.

At least six attacks were reported across Paris, including two suicide attacks and a bombing near the Stade de France, where Les Bleus were playing Germany.

An FA spokesman expressed his sadness at the situation following England’s 2-0 defeat to Spain in Alicante on Friday night.

“It is a very serious and tragic matter.

“The FA sends its deep condolences to the victims of this tragic event but to say anything else would be inappropriate.”

A number of players took to social media to express their dismay at the attacks.

England defender Chris Smalling tweeted: “Puts everything into perspective when such tragedies happen. Thoughts and prayers are with all the people in Paris #PrayForParis.”

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial and Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma tweeted the ‘Pray for Paris’ image that was shared by many on social media outlets after the attacks.


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