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14th Nov 2015

England’s friendly against France will go ahead after Paris terror attacks

French football officials confirm the match will be held...

Ben Kenyon

France is a country in mourning after terror attacks ripped through the heart of its capital city.

Explosions rang out just outside the Stade de France during Les Bleus friendly against Germany on Friday.

This was the start of a deadly assault on the people of Paris which left 128 innocents dead and hundreds more wounded.

France suspended all sporting events over the weekend in the Paris area in the aftermath of the killings.

England’s friendly match against France on Tuesday was thrown into doubt as the country comes to terms with the attacks.

But now the French Football Federation has confirmed that it expects the fixture to go ahead as planned, unless players and coaches have any significant objections.

FFF president Noel Le Great said in a statement: “The French Football Federation shares the emotion that shakes the nation following the tragic events of Friday in Paris and around the Stade de France.

“The FFF shares the grief of the bereaved families and relatives.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Roy Hodgson, manager of England looks on prior to the International friendly match between England and Norway at Wembley Stadium on September 3, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

FA Chairman Greg Dyke said in a statement:

“Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the city of Paris after these terrible atrocities. On behalf of The FA, I want to express our sorrow and send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those who have lost their lives.

“After consulting this morning with the French Football Federation and the British Government, we have decided together that the match between our two countries at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night should go ahead. We will use the opportunity to pay our respects to all affected and also to express our solidarity with the people of France.”