By Editor Wayne Veysey
England’s friendly against France next Tuesday is expected to be cancelled in the wake of the Paris attacks that have left at least 120 people dead.
Talks will take place between the English and French football associations today after terror struck at the heart of France’s clash against Germany last night.
The likely outcome is that the friendly scheduled for Wembley next Tuesday will be cancelled.
At least six attacks took place across the capital last night with at least 120 people killed inside a theatre where hostages were taken. Explosions were heard at the Stade de France, where France were hosting Germany in a friendly match.
French President Francois Hollande, who attended the match at the national stadium, has declared a state of emergency and closed the country’s borders.
“It is a very serious and tragic matter,” an FA spokesman said today. “If there is any update on the match on Tuesday we will announce in due course.
“We will liaise with the French Football Federation over the weekend. The FA sends its deep condolences to the victims of this tragic event but to say anything else would be inappropriate.”
When asked whether the match was likely to be cancelled, FFF media officer Philippe Tournon said: “No decision has been made.”
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.”
The FFF later confirmed it had cancelled a France news conference and open training session scheduled for Saturday. The French will train behind closed doors at their Clairefontaine base instead.
The attacks raise concerns about fans’ safety at next summer’s European Championship, which is being held in France.
Arsenal and Chelsea were among many Premier League clubs who posted messages on Twitter after the attacks.
“The thoughts of everyone at Arsenal Football Club are with those in Paris,” wrote Arsenal, whose striker Olivier Giroud and defender Laurent Koscielny played in the match.
Premier League champions Chelsea tweeted: “Everyone at Chelsea Football Club is thinking of those in Paris.”
By Editor Wayne Veysey