French, english soc­cer teams unite in de­fi­ance

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Unit­ing in a sym­bol of de­fi­ance and re­spect, play­ers and fans of the French and english soc­cer teams de­liv­ered a mov­ing dis­play of sol­i­dar­ity at Wem­b­ley sta­dium four days af­ter the deadly at­tacks in Paris.

A touch­ing pre-game cer­e­mony saw eng­land and France supporters sing the French na­tional an­them as one, be­fore the squads came to­gether around the cen­tre cir­cle to ob­serve im­pec­ca­bly a minute’s si­lence in hon­our of the 129 peo­ple killed. eng­land won 2-0, but rarely has the re­sult of a soc­cer match — par­tic­u­larly one this pres­ti­gious — felt so ir­rel­e­vant. had been made.

Pis­to­rius said there was no con­fir­ma­tion of ru­mours that an ex­plo­sive de­vice was placed in an am­bu­lance or an­other ve­hi­cle in­side or out­side the sta­dium.

Fed­eral In­te­rior Min­is­ter Thomas de Maiziere told the same news con­fer­ence that in­di­ca­tions of a planned at­tack be­came stronger as the match ap­proached, and that the game was called off at his rec­om­men­da­tion.

There were no signs of panic, with most fans seem­ingly ac­cept­ing the de­ci­sion with res­ig­na­tion.

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