UEFA matches to begin with moment of silence for Paris attacks

In honor of the victims of the Paris attacks, UEFA has announced all teams playing in European internationals this week will wear black armbands and hold a minute of silence prior to kickoff. This includes Tuesdayand’s Turkey-Greece friendly at Baiakiehir Fatih Terim Stadium in Istanbul. andquotUEFA … wishes to express its support and solidarity to France and to those affected by these horrible acts,andquot the organization said in a separate statement after the attacks on Friday. The Stade de France, where France was playing Germany in a friendly, was among the several areas around Paris attacked. The remaining playoff matches for next yearand’s European Championship in France are set to take place as scheduled. The English Football Association said on Saturday that Tuesdayand’s friendly between England and France at Wembley Stadium in London will take place as planned. Multiple deadly attacks throughout the city have prompted President Franandcois Hollande to close Franceand’s borders and declare a state of emergency. Meanwhile, suspended UEFA President Michel Platini, who is French, said on Saturday he was andquotdistraughtandquot by the attacks. andquotI would like to express my deep sorrow and profound indignation at such acts of blind barbarity,andquot Platini said in a statement. andquotI would also like to offer my condolences to the families of the victims, and I hope for a prompt recovery to the wounded.andquot


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