The Premier League have announced that the French national anthem La Marseillaise will be played at every one of their scheduled fixtures this weekend, in a show of solidarity with those who lost their lives in last Friday’s tragic events in Paris.
You can read about the reasoning behind the Premier League’s decision to incorporate the French national anthem into this weekend’s proceedings here, including quotes from Richard Scudamore shedding light on why it’s being done.
Whilst Tuesday night’s friendly between England and France was viewed as a moment of true respect between two nations, the recent international break has meant that England’s club sides have been unable to show their respect for those who lost their lives in a public manner as of yet.
The events that took place in Paris had a direct effect on Crystal Palace as a club, with both Martin Kelly and Scott Dann having been staying in the city at the time of attacks; indeed, Kelly was in a restaurant extremely close-by to one of the venues at the time.
It goes without saying that Yohan Cabaye, as our only French squad member, is likely to be feeling particularly emotional by the time we kick off against Sunderland on Monday night, having taken part in the midweek tie against England under immense pressure. It’s difficult to be sure that any of those directly impacted by the attacks are truly ready for the rigours of professional sport just yet, but even so, their desire to play on should and will be applauded from all corners.
The singing of the French national anthem is certainly a nice touch from the Premier League bigwigs in what is still an extremely raw and developing tragedy. For full details of the plans, as well as quotes from the league’s chief executive Richard Scudamore over the reasons for their decision, you can read the article attached above.