French football fans urged to sing God Save The Queen in tribute to terror attack victims

French football fans urged to sing God Save The Queen in tribute to terror attack victims

French football fans are being urged to sing God Save The Queen (Stock image)

Monday, June 12, 2017

French football fans are being urged to sing God Save The Queen along with England fans before this week's football match, in tribute to victims of the Manchester and London terror attacks.

England will play a friendly against France in Paris tomorrow (June 13), according to The Local.

The words to the British national anthem will be written on big screens at the Stade de France so that all can join in, a French Football Federation source has said.

The song will be played after France's anthem, even though standard protocol dictates that the visiting team's anthem is played first.

French footballer Blaise Matuidi said at a press conference: "I encourage those who will be at the stadium, if the English anthem is sung, everyone should join in."

A similar situation happened in November 2015 when England fans at Wembley joined in with the French national anthem La Marseillaise after terror attacks in Paris.

A minute's silence will also be held before the match and rather than the two teams standing separately facing each other, they will be mixed together to show unity.

Reports claim that Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron are set to attend the football match. 

May should also be in Paris during the day to conduct business before Brexit talks begin.