French anthem before Premier League matches
The Premier League has announced that the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, will be played at the beginning of all matches this weekend in memory of the victims of the Paris attacks.
Over 120 people had died in 6 different attacks around Paris, including one outside the Stade de France when France played Germany in an international friendly.
The entire Wembley had sang La Marseillaise when France had played England at a friendly days later, and Premier League chief Richard Scuadmore wants to show “solidarity and remembrance” with this weekend’s fixtures.
He 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.”