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The devastating attacks on the French capital on Friday have had a worldwide effect, bringing shock and fear to millions, with the consequences unfortunately seeping through into sport.

A total of 129 people have been confirmed dead in France, in a disturbing attack from the Islamic State. Explosions were heard at The Stade De France as three suicide bombers died, whilst France hosted Germany in an international friendly.

Fans were unable to leave the national stadium, poring onto the pitch as both teams spent the night in the stadium for their own security.

By Liondartois (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Liondartois (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Inside the Stade De France during Lille LOSC vs Paris SG PSG, 2010-2011

French midfielder Lassana Diarra and striker Antoine Griezmann were on the pitch at the time of the assaults, unaware of their family members being directly effected.

Diarra’s cousin, Asta Diakite, was among the victims of one of the shootings, along with hundreds of other innocent French people. Whilst Griezmann’s sister was at the Bataclan theatre, narrowly escaping unharmed, as 89 people lost their lives.

By Светлана Бекетова (http://www.soccer.ru/gallery/65595 soccer.ru) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Светлана Бекетова (http://www.soccer.ru/gallery/65595 soccer.ru) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Along with 89 other innocent victims, Lassana Diarra’s (right) cousin was amongst the casualties in the Paris tragedy of November 13th.

Despite this, Tuesday night’s friendly match between England and France at Wembley will go ahead as scheduled, with all 23 French players rejecting Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps offer to withdraw from the friendly.

During Tuesday night’s game, the Wembley arch will be lit up in the colours of the French flag to show solidarity with France.

Screens outside the ground have been showing the French motto ‘Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite‘ meaning ‘liberty, equality and fraternity’.

By Rob from United Kingdom (Wembley Stadium) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Rob from United Kingdom (Wembley Stadium) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

the Wembley arch (above) will be lit up in the colours of the French flag to show solidarity with France. 

David Beckham hosted a charity football match for UNICEF at Old Trafford on Saturday, with French legends Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Viera due to play in the game, however the duo pulled out as a result of the attacks in Paris.

Beckham expressed his tributes before the game “We all pass on our condolences to the people who have lost loved ones in France. I’ve got so much love for Paris. I played my 100th game there for England and finished my career at PSG”.

Elsewhere, all European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup matches set to be played in France were postponed over the weekend. French Matches and competitions were also postponed in Volleyball, Handball, Taekwondo and Ice-Skating respectively.

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