French national anthem to be played before Premier League games


The French national anthem, La Marseillaise, will be played at Premier League grounds this weekend. 

Before kick off at all 10 games in Week 13 the anthem will be played to honor those killed in the Paris terrorist attacks last Friday. 

Below is a statement from the Premier League explaining how the pre-match ceremony will play out. 

72 Frenchman current play for PL clubs. 

The Premier League has announced that the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, will be played ahead of all this weekend’s matches as an act of remembrance and solidarity with France after the Paris attacks.

Richard Scudamore, Premier League Executive Chairman, said: “Given how close we are as well as the long-standing relationship that exists between the Premier League and France, playing La Marseillaise as an act of solidarity and remembrance is the right thing to do.

“We were all saddened and deeply shocked by the events in Paris last Friday, and 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.”

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 centre circle facing the main stand.
There are 72 French players currently in the Premier League, making France the second-most represented nation after England.