Premier League to play La Marseillaise before all weekend matches
The English Premier League will play La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, before all of this weekend’s matches, the league announced on Thursday.
Both teams will stand at the center circle, facing the crowd, as the anthem is played prior to the coin toss. The tribute will honor victims of last week's terror attacks in Paris, which killed 129 people.
During the attacks, multiple suicide bombers detonated outside Stade de France, where Germany and France were playing an international friendly.
“Given how close we are as well as the long-standing relationship that exists between the Premier League and France, playing La Marseillaise as an act of solidarity and remembrance is the right thing to do,” Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said.
“We were all saddened and deeply shocked by the events in Paris last Friday, and the fact it was an attack on people enjoying their everyday freedoms like going to a bar, a concert or a football match resonates with football fans and the general public throughout the UK.”
France is the second-most represented country in the Premier League with 72 native players.