FA chief: England v France can show terrorism can’t win

Date published: Monday 16th November 2015 2:50 - Ian Watson

England’s friendly against France has “massive global significance” and is a chance to show “terrorism can’t win” following Friday’s attacks in Paris, Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has said.

Roy Hodgson’s England host Les Bleus on Tuesday four days after 129 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a series of attacks in the French capital.

Various tributes are planned for the match in memory of the victims of the attack, including the singing of French national anthem La Marseillaise, and Glenn says the eyes of the world will be on Wembley.

He told a press conference: “This is going to have massive global significance – the first major event since Friday. It is a chance to demonstrate terrorism can’t win.

“We can’t afford to let this act of terror cow us.”

Glenn wants fans to arrive at Wembley early due to stronger security precautions.

All bags will be checked before access is allowed into the stadium, and more security officers have been drafted in to create a stronger and more visible presence for the 70,000 spectators who are expected.

The FA has not been told of any threat to the match but the fact a suicide bomber attempted to gain access to the Stade de France on Friday night has highlighted the fact that sports events may be a future target.

Glenn said: “We’d like fans to turn up a bit earlier as there will be more security checks and police around the area.”


There will be a minute’s silence before kick-off and both teams will wear black armbands to remember the 129 people killed in Friday’s attacks.

Glenn added: “7.55pm is when the game will really begin as we show our solidarity with France.”

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