Football teams of England and France pay tribute to the victims of Parris attacks.
In an international friendly football match in Wembley, on Tuesday November 17; paid tribute to the 129 people who lost lives in deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. AT this occasion, more than 70,000 watched the match and sang “La Marseillaise” the national anthem of France. Duke of Cambridge Prince William and Prime Minister of UK David Cameron were also present at the Wembley.
Previously in game between France and Germany at the Stade de France was targeted by the terrorists. In the wake of this attack France chose to continue with this friendly match, which was won by England with 2-0 amidst a beefed up security of the stadium.
Prince William, Roy Hodgson, Didier Deschamps and team managers before kick-off, laid flowers at the side of the pitch. While the Football Association (FA) facilitated the English supporters in learning the words of La Marseillaise; in an expression of solidarity with France. At the same time, Wembley’s arch was lit up in the blue, white and red of the French flag.
National anthems of both the nations were sung followed by a minute of silence for the victims of the attacks. At this occasion, one side of the London’s Wembley stadium was decorated by creating a Tri- colour mosaic with coloured cards.
The only two goal scorers were Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney. During the final seconds of the play, the French fans sung La Marseillaise, French national anthem which was followed by loud ovation from English supporters.
Noel le Graet President of French Football Federation declined the suggestion of Football Association to cancel the match; on the other hand the Football Association Chief Executive- Martin Glenn said this game would have “massive global significance. It was a spine-tingling moment as fans within Wembley rose as one to sing La Marseillaise.
“Some of the French players were close to being overwhelmed with emotion. Following such devastation and grief, there was a poignant and beautifully observed – minute’s silence as football reflected, remembered and ultimately stood defiant against terrorism.”