Football for Peace | MUNDIAL MORNINGS

MONDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2015

The devastating events that occurred in Paris over the weekend have shocked the world and the footballing community.

The France-Germany friendly in Paris could have been a total disaster if it wasn’t for one brave man.

Security guard named Zouheir, stopped one of the attackers who was equipped with a suicide bomb vest attached to his body. The attacker detonated the bomb as he tried to flee from security. The attack was followed by two more outside the stadium.  

Germany’s acting FA president, Reinhard Rauball has commended the French national team for staying with the German team through the night. The French slept with the Germans on mattresses inside the stadium, after being advised not to return to their team hotel.  “The French said that they were staying as long as Germany had to stay,” said Rauball.

Fans mistook the first explosion for homemade fireworks, before they turned into a state of panic after the second.    

Understandably, the incident has sparked fear through the players from both teams, and those that play in the French domestic leagues.  

David Luiz and Edison Cavani are hesitant to return to Paris Saint- Germain following the terror attacks.  

Both would rather not return to France, after returning from their national duties overseas.

‘Playing for PSG is my job but if it were up to me than I would not go back., said Luis.

On the other hand, Italian international and PSG player Marco Verrati has come out and said he is not afraid of returning to France.  

His agent Di Campli stated that he’s not afraid to return to the country, and that they must return to normality.  

Ex Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth player Lassana Diarra says his cousin was killed in the terrorist attacks which took the lives of 129 people.  

Diarra was playing in the friendly against Germany at the Stade de France, and received the news after the game.  

Diarra, made this statement following the news: “As you may have read, I was touched personally by the attacks.

"My cousin, Asta Diakite, was among the victims of one of the shootings, along with hundreds of other innocent French people. She was like a big sister to me.

"In this climate of terror, it is important for all of us who represent our country and its diversity to stay united against a horror which has no colour, no religion. Stand together for love, respect and peace.

"Thank you all for your messages, take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and may the victims rest in peace.”

French striker Antoine Griezemann said his sister was lucky to escape the attacks after fleeing from the Batalacan theatre, where 89 people were killed.  

“Thanks to God that my sister was able to leave the Bataclan. All my prayers are with the victims and their families.”

These horrible stories is just an indication of how deeply this has affected the football community, let alone the entire world.  

Let us pray for France and other countries who were attacked over the weekend.  

By Ari Charilaou (He’s also on twitter here)

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