Paris terror strikes push sport aside


England;s football friendly international with France at Wembley on Tuesday is in doubt following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday which left a minimum of 128 persons dead.

France declared a national state of emergency and closed its borders immediately after at the very least six attacks have been reported across Paris, including close to the Stade de France, exactly where Les Bleus have been playing Germany.

There were reports that following the game, the Germany group spent the night in the stadium before returning property on Saturday morning.

The doubt more than the England game comes immediately after Glasgow Warriors; Champions Cup game with Racing 92, because of be played in Paris on Saturday afternoon, was postponed.

The Football Association will speak to the French Football Federation (FFF) on Saturday concerning the Wembley fixture.

;It really is a really serious and tragic matter,; an FA spokesman mentioned. ;If there is certainly any update around the match on Tuesday we will announce in due course.

;We will liaise with all the French Football Federation over the weekend. The FA sends its deep condolences to the victims of this tragic occasion.;

When asked irrespective of whether the match was most likely to become cancelled, FFF media officer Philippe Tournon told Press Association Sport: ;No selection has been created.;

FFF president Noel Le Excellent mentioned inside 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 on the bereaved households and relatives.;

The FFF later confirmed it had cancelled a France press conference and open training session scheduled for Saturday. The French will train behind closed doors at their Clairefontaine base rather.

The attacks raise critical issues about fans; security at Euro 2016, which can be getting fifa coins held in France.

Le Great told L;Equipe: ;For the Euro, there was already a massive worry. Nowadays it;s definitely even stronger.;

A variety of players took to social media to express their dismay in the attacks.

England defender Chris Smalling tweeted: ;Puts every little thing into point of view when such tragedies come about. Thoughts and prayers are with all of the people today in Paris #PrayForParis.;

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial and Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma tweeted the ‘Pray for Paris; image that was shared by many on social media outlets right after the attacks.

The Football Association of Wales and the Welsh Government released a joint statement after calling off a reception to mark the group;s qualification for Euro 2016.

It read: ;A planned First Minister;s reception for the Welsh football group has been postponed these days as a mark of respect for those who lost their lives and had been injured in the Paris attacks.

;Both the FAW and the Welsh Government stand by the men and women of France as they come to terms with last evening;s terrible events.

;Right now;s reception was scheduled to recognise the Welsh team;s fantastic achievement in reaching the Euro finals to become held in France next year.;

Northern Ireland;s Under-21 side flew out of Paris on Friday afternoon following a game against France.

IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson told Press Association Sport: ;Firstly we were shocked, as everyone will be. We heard about it midway through the second half of our match (against Latvia) and saw the news unfolding. Our thoughts, sympathy and prayers are with everybody who has been caught up in the incidents in Paris.;

European football;s governing body UEFA issued a short statement on Saturday morning which read: ;UEFA is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic events which occurred in Paris last evening and wishes to express its support and solidarity to France and to those affected by these horrible acts.;

Glasgow Warriors released a statement which read: ;This afternoon;s European Rugby Champions Cup match against Racing 92 has been postponed on account of the tragic events in Paris last evening.

;Our thoughts go out to everyone affected. We expect more information later nowadays about when this game will be played.;

European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR), organisers from the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup competitions, said all clubs fifa 16 crédits have been asked to observe a minute;s silence just before games in both tournaments this weekend.

In a statement, EPCR said: ;EPCR extends its sincerest sympathies to everyone affected by the Paris attacks, and as a mark of respect, all clubs competing in this weekend;s Champions Cup and Challenge Cup fixtures have been asked to observe a minute;s silence ahead of the games kick off.;

The Football League announced via its official Twitter account that a minute;s silence would be observed before all of its games in Leagues One and Two on Saturday and Sunday as a mark of respect.

It tweeted: ;A minute;s silence will precede all matches this weekend following the tragic events of your #ParisAttacks.

;The silence is a mark of respect to those that lost their lives last evening & as a show of solidarity with the persons of France #ParisAttacks.;

UEFA announced that all of its matches in the Euro 2016 play-offs, Under-21 Internationals and Under-19 Futsal Cup over the coming days would see players wear black armbands and a minute;s silence would be observed.

Worcester Warriors confirmed the European Challenge Cup game with Rochelle at 3pm on Saturday would go ahead after consultation together with the French side.

A statement from Worcester read: ;Following the tragic events in Paris on Friday evening both sets of players will wear black armbands, while Sixways will also observe a minute;s silence ahead of kick-off.;

Two horseracing fixtures in the Paris region – Saint-Cloud on Saturday and at Auteuil on Sunday – have been cancelled.

Compiegne racecourse, that is about 55 miles away from central Paris, still intends to hold its fixture on Saturday.


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