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France v England friendly to go ahead - French football federation

It had been expected the game would be called off.

Roy Hodgson's side will take on France on Tuesday.
Roy Hodgson's side will take on France on Tuesday.
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THE FRANCE-ENGLAND friendly match scheduled for Tuesday will go ahead despite attacks in Paris that left more than 120 dead on Friday, according to the French football federation.

“After talks with the English FA who assured us there was no particular risk in holding the match, we decided to go ahead,” a federation spokesman told AFP.

“If British authorities came to re-evaluate the situation, obviously the question of holding the match or not would be addressed.”

In a statement this afternoon, the English FA said:

“First and foremost we passed on our deepest condolences to those involved in these truly awful incidents. The thoughts of everyone at The FA, our manager Roy Hodgson, his players and our supporters are with the French nation.

“During the conversation the Fédération Française de Football (FFF) made it clear that they still wish to play against us on Tuesday night at Wembley Stadium.

“In solidarity with the FFF we fully respect and support this decision for the fixture to go ahead.

“Furthermore, we have liaised extensively with, and taken advice from Government and the relevant authorities, who are also in support of the decision to fulfil the fixture.”

Additional reporting from Steve O’Rourke

(C) AFP 2015

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