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'La Marseillaise' to be played before Premier League games

Premier League says French national anthem to be played before games this weekend as tribute

'La Marseillaise' to be played before Premier League games

LONDON (AP) -- The English Premier League says the French national anthem will be played ahead of all games this weekend "as an act of remembrance and solidarity with France after the Paris attacks."

The league says on Thursday that a choral version of "La Marseillaise" will be played after the coin toss, with players from both teams coming together with the official and assistants in the center circle facing the main stand.

Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League, says "the fact it was an attack on people enjoying their everyday freedoms like going to a bar, a concert or a football match resonates with football fans and the general public throughout the UK."

There are 72 French players in the Premier League, making France the most-represented nation after England.

Updated : 2021-09-24 02:14 GMT+08:00