The France v Germany match was a high profile friendly, with much interest centred on whether Hatem Ben Arfa would get time on the pitch on his recall, whilst Steve McClaren would be taking keen interest in Newcastle United’s Moussa Sissoko’s participation if called upon.
Sadly, the football side of things paled into insignificance as the Stade de France became one of at least half a dozen targets for what appeared co-ordinated terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night.
Following previous terrorist attacks such as 9/11 and 7/7, it was feared that big sporting events such as football matches could be targeted.
Last night, the Stade de France was the subject of three reported attacks with three people said to have died outside the stadium, this just a small number of the estimated 100+ deaths in total as bars, restaurants and a music venue were also targeted.
The French President was at the match and as soon as the explosions were heard, he was whisked away by security people for his safety and to co-ordinate the government’s response.
On the video footage below, you can hear the explosions happening during the first half of the game, in both the 17th and 20th minutes of the game, the players reacting to the noise.
At the end of the game the fans were kept inside the stadium for their own safety and the match was reportedly allowed to continue despite the explosions, as it was feared bringing it to an end prematurely could/would present added panic and potential danger to the supporters watching the game.
Football (just like music, socialising in bars/restaurants) is for most of us a way of escaping the stresses and strains of our lives for 90 minutes, to forget about all the negative things happening in our own personal situations, as well as in the wider world.
Our thoughts are with everybody affected by last night’s events.