The French Football Federation announced Saturday that France’s soccer match against England on Tuesday will go on as planned at Wembley Stadium in London after the terror attacks in Paris that left at least 127 dead.
UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, also announced that all players participating in games on the continent next week will wear black armbands in honor of the dead. There will be a minute of silence before kickoff of each game, as well.
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”UEFA … wishes to express its support and solidarity to France and to those affected by these horrible acts,” the organization said in a statement.
Euro 2016, the continent’s quadrennial soccer championship, will take place in France this summer. The final will take place at the Stade de France, the same stadium outside which some of Friday’s bombings took place, and security is expected to be tight during the month-long tournament.
“It makes us [people] think and we’ll see what happens in future. A thought also goes to the risks around the Euro 2016 now. Those in charge must take the necessary measures,” Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci said, per the Independent. “In the end, the innocent are the ones who pay the price for all this, because of people who just want to hurt others.”