An international soccer match between France and Germany carried on Friday night despite deadly attacks across Paris, including an explosion outside the Stade de France that could be heard inside the stadium during the match. Afterward, players from both squads reacted to the tragedy.
French striker Antoine Griezmann's sister was among those attending a concert at the Bataclan theater, where gunmen killed an estimated 80 people, according to reports. She escaped unharmed, Griezmann said.
"Thank God my sister was able to exit the Bataclan. All my prayers go to the victims and their families," he tweeted Friday night.
Other French players posted messages of prayer and grief after the attacks, which killed more than 120 people, according to official reports.
"I'm appalled by the shocking scenes in Paris at the moment. My thoughts are with all the victims and innocent people suffering right now," tweeted soccer legend Thierry Henry, who played on four World Cup squads for France.
A "shocked" and "very anxious" German national team remained in Stade de France, the country's national stadium, overnight after the attacks, German assistant coach Oliver Bierhoff told L'Equipe.
“We wanted to avoid everything and we decided to not cross Paris and to instead stay in the locker room," Bierhoff said.
The team returned to Frankfurt early Saturday morning and several German national team players reacted to the night's tragic events on Twitter.
France has suspended most sporting events in and around Paris for the weekend.
The French national team is scheduled to travel to London for an international friendly match against England on Tuesday. The French Football Federation and English Football Association (FA) announced Saturday the match will continue as scheduled.
“Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the city of Paris after these terrible atrocities," FA Chairman Greg Dyke said in a statement. "On behalf of The FA, I want to express our sorrow and send our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those who have lost their lives."
“After consulting this morning with the French Football Federation and the British Government, we have decided together that the match between our two countries at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night should go ahead," Dyke continued. "We will use the opportunity to pay our respects to all affected and also to express our solidarity with the people of France.”
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