Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly is safe and well after dining in a Paris restaurant on the night at least 130 people were killed in coordinated terror attacks in the French capital.
The club’s official Twitter account posted a message on Friday night to confirm the safety of the 25-year-old, after supporters had grown concerned.
Earlier in the evening, Kelly had posted a photo to Instagram of the Paris restaurant he and his girlfriend were dining in after taking a short break to the French capital. As news of the attacks spread, rumours circulated on social media that La Perle – the restaurant in which Kelly was dining – had been attacked, but it is believed those reports were untrue.
Later in the evening, Palace programme editor Jonny Rogers confirmed he had spoken to the former Liverpool player, writing on Twitter: ‘Got a text from #cpfc’s Martin Kelly to say he’s fine, thank goodness. Such an awful evening – heart goes out to everyone in Paris.’
France forward Antoine Griezmann, meanwhile, has revealed his sister escaped safely from the terrorist attack on Paris’ Bataclan Theatre. At least 80 people were killed by gunfire and explosions at the concert venue, one of a number of attacks on the French capital.
Griezmann was playing for France against Germany at the time at the Stade de France, where an explosion could be heard nearby as three separate attacks reportedly left four people dead and many more injured. After the match, the Atletico Madrid player’s focus was occupied by the well-being of his sister Maud, who was at the concert by the American rock band Eagles of Death Metal.
He wrote on his official Twitter feed: “My thoughts are with the victims of the attacks. God take care of my sister and the French people.”
Around three hours later, he wrote: “Thanks to God my sister was able to get out of the Bataclan. All my prayers are with the victims and their families. #ViveLaFrance.”