Paris Attacks Overshadow Football – the tragedy unfolding in the French capital has dominated our thoughts and headlines this weekend writes FC Bodog.
On a night when France should be celebrating a friendly win over Germany at Stade France there is now nothing but tears and sadness as the despicable actions of terrorists have left over 120 innocent dead on the streets of Paris.
Explosions were heard around Stade France where Les Bleus and Germany competed and fans were locked inside the stadium for their own safety by authorities.
French President Francois Hollande, who was at the game, declared a state of emergency shortly after being rushed away from Stade France under maximum security.
France won the game 2-0. Germany manager Joachim Low expressed his feelings directly after the game: “We are all in shock. The game and the goals move into the background on a day like this. All of us on the bench were a bit scared.”
Approximately half an hour after kick-off the first of at least two explosions was heard at Stade France.
There are unconfirmed reports coming through of at least one suicide bombing and also food stalls near the stadium being attacked. It is clear that the terrorists have attacked innocent supporters.
At one point, a section of the crowd spilled on to the pitch in panic (pictured above).
Before the game the German side had to be evacuated from their hotel because of a bomb threat. Some considered that a hoax but as we now know it may not have been.
As we report this news the citizens of Paris have been asked to remain in their homes until further advice. French paper L’Equipe are reporting that Tuesday’s scheduled international friendly against England has been postponed.
And until the bedlam begins to calm down it is impossible to predict how the events of the last few hours will affect the future of football in France. France host next summer’s European Championships and that will be a massive worry for security forces.
Away from Paris, Martin O’Neill’s Ireland earned a fine 1-1 draw in Bosnia-Herzegovina to put them within touching distance of next year’s European Championships.
Ireland are now 1.67 to qualify ahead of the second leg in Dublin which is scheduled to take place on Monday.
A 0-0 draw will be enough to see Ireland qualify on away goals but manager O’Neill played down that advantage. “I don’t think the advantage is with us. Bosnia are capable of scoring a goal. We got an away goal which helps but that can be wiped out in a minute.”
Paris Attacks Overshadow Football.