French anthem to be played before Premier League matches

Date published: Thursday 19th November 2015 3:37

Remembrance: French anthem to be played at weekend

Remembrance: French anthem to be played at weekend

The French national anthem will be played before this weekend’s matches in remembrance of those affected by the terror attacks in Paris, the Premier League have announced.

There are 72 French players at top-flight clubs, the biggest number from a single nationality after England, and a choral version of La Marseillaise will be played after the coin toss, with players from both teams joining officials in the centre circle facing the main stand.

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: “Given how close we are as well as the long-standing relationship that exists between the Premier League and France, playing La Marseillaise as an act of solidarity and remembrance is the right thing to do.

“We were all saddened and deeply shocked by the events in Paris last Friday, and the fact it was an attack on people enjoying their everyday freedoms like going to a bar, a concert or a football match resonates with football fans and the general public throughout the UK.”

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