French Football Federation confirm England clash against France will go ahead
By Editor Wayne Veysey
England’s friendly against France on Tuesday will go ahead as planned, according to the French Football Federation (FFF).
The game had looked almost certain to be cancelled following the terror attacks in Paris that have killed at least 128 people.
Three suicide bombers died in blasts outside the Stade de France while France played Germany last night, while at least six attacks took place across the capital.
But the FFF has revealed that the match will be played as scheduled on Tuesday night, unless there are significant objections from player or coaches.
President Noel le Graet said the France squad would travel to London following talks today between the English and French football associations.
Explosions were heard during the first half of the friendly between France and Germany at the Stade de France, although the match was not halted as the home team won 2-0.
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.”
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.