There was a solemn mood in the Transfer Tavern on Friday evening as reports from Paris filtered through, with terrorist attacks in the French capital that stunned Europe.
Football was also a target after suicide bombers attempted to enter France’s clash with Germany at the Stade De France, but fortunately were prevented from doing so, but 129 people lost their lives elsewhere in the capital.
Many faces at the bar were surprised when it was later announced a planned friendly between England and France at Wembley would go ahead this evening, though they now believe a show of solidarity is the right approach.
Quoted in The Daily Express ahead of the clash, an emotional France captain Hugo Lloris stated that his side plans to honour the victims of the atrocity when Les Bleus take to the field at Wembley this evening.
“It has been very tough: for the victims, their families and our country. But we have tried to stay focused in order to play for our country and to play for the victims.”
“We had some doubts, some concerns about the game, but at the end the president confirmed we had to play this game. It will be a good opportunity to represent the French nation.”
“The French nation is more important than French football tomorrow.”
Upon hearing the quotes from the Tottenham star, many fans in the bar raised their pints in agreement and it’s sure to be a packed atmosphere this evening for the high-profile clash.
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