Premier League announces French anthem to be played before weekend matches

first_img “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.” The move follows England and France fans joining together to sing La Marseillaise at Tuesday’s friendly international at Wembley, to remember the 129 people who died. England fans also held aloft a mosaic of the French flag during the national anthem. Premier League managers have welcomed the move – Arsenal’s French boss Arsene Wenger whose side play at West Brom on Saturday, said: ”I think it’s a nice gesture of solidarity. It’s not an obvious one for the fans, just like it would not be an obvious one for fans in France to sing God Save the Queen, because they don’t know the words. ”Symbolically it’s a very nice gesture.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez added: “I think we all experienced the feelings surrounding the game between England and France on Tuesday. “It was a fantastic vehicle for showing solidarity and what the game of football can do, and I think this weekend would be exactly the same. “It’s a perfect way to show the game has a strong role in getting humanity together to show that solidarity.” Southampton boss Ronald Koeman also backed the idea. He said: “It’s a good, important show of support. We have around 70 French players in the Premier League and it would be good support for them. “It happened in France but it could happen anywhere,” added Koeman. “What happened was unbelievable.” Premier League clubs will also liaise with their local police forces to deliver extra security measures at matches this weekend due to the “heightened sense of awareness” after the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. Although the ‘severe’ threat level remains unchanged, the clubs have been fully briefed on the latest security advice. Scudamore said: “The clubs have been fully briefed in context of the current guidance from national security services and are liaising with their local police forces to ensure the appropriate security and safety measures are in place for their matches and stadiums.” League officials have been speaking to police and security advisors as well as the Home Office in relation to the safety and security issues at matches in light of the terrorist attacks, one of which targeted France’s friendly against Germany at the Stade de France. Security guidance is provided to the league – via the police – from the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and the National Counter Terrorism Security Office. Press Association The Premier League has announced the French national anthem will be played before all matches this weekend in remembrance for those affected by the terror attacks on Paris. There are 72 French players at top-flight clubs, the biggest number from a single nationality after England, and a choral version of La Marseillaise will be played after the coin toss, with players from both teams joining officials in the centre circle facing the main stand. Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore 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. last_img read more

F-M bowlers take losses to C-NS, Auburn

first_img Tags: Bishop GrimesbowlingESMF-M Another busy week of high school bowling included some key league matches for most of the area’s teams.Fayetteville-Manlius took on Cicero-North Syracuse last Tuesday afternoon at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, with the girls Hornets he F-M girls picking off a point from the Northstars, in a 4-1 defeat.Samantha Estock’s 488 series was four pins better than the 484 from Kendra Elliot as Shelby Miner got a 453 set. Katie Cloonan (518 series) and Jessaia McGriff (500 series) paced the Northstars.In the boys match, the Hornets were shut out, 3-0, despite Kevin Winschel’s 640 series that included steady games of 222, 211 and 207.Adam Koss had a 490 series and Ryan Yenny a 454 set, but they were far back of C-NS’s J.J. Connell, who had a 696 series ahead of teammate Landon Spingler (651 series) and Tyler Dottolo (644 series).Against Auburn on Friday, F-M lost 5-0 on the girls side. Elliot shot a 577 series with games of 223 and 190, Estock adding a 499 series and Hannah Smith a 467 series. Auburn got a 671 series from Kaylee Hodson and a 657 series from Amber Pidlypchak.East Syracuse Minoa bowled last Monday against Auburn at Falcon Lanes, where the girls lost 3-0 to the Maroons.America Carhart shot a 452 series with a 184 high game, while Emily Blakeman got a 177 in her 420 set. Auburn saw Pidlypchak shoot 257 and 231 to close out a 679 series and Kaylee Hodson add a 651 set.ESM then faced Syracuse on Tuesday. The girls lost 2-1, with Carhart still posting the best individual series of 487 (198 high game) ahead of the 479 set from Syracuse’s Alayna Cottet.But the boys Spartans won over Syracuse by that same 2-1 margin, Brett smith opening with a 225 in his 570 series as Tyler Talarico got a 563 series (201 high game) and Chris Bayly started with a 201 in his 548 set.Staying busy on Thursday, ESM met Cortland and won 2-1 over the Purple Tigers in the boys match led by Bayly, who shot 214, 217 and 203 in a 634 series.Talarico, opening with a 231, posted a 594 set ahead of the 577 series from Geno Messina that opened with a 223 game. Ryan Buffum shot a second-game 215 and finished with a 574 series as Cortland’s David Benjamin closed with a 233 and 257 in his 649 series.The ESM girls lost 2-1 to Cortland, Carhart’s 190 game opening a 521 series to again lead the Spartans as Olivia Nissen had a 376 set. Makayla Cotterill got a 542 series for the Purple Tigers as Calista VanEpps added a 492 set.Bishop Grimes had its boys team take on Solvay in a key OHSL match last Friday, and the Cobras’ pinfall of 2,483 topped the Bearcats’ 2,364.Still, Grimes lost, 4-3, with Alex Williams finishing with a 200 in his 538 series and Ben Schultz adding a 535 series. Joe Belton, with a 483 series, was two pins ahead of Matt Rogers’ 481 as Ed Matyusk led Solvay with a 525 seriesGrimes met Weedsport last Tuesday afternoon, winning 7-0 in the boys match as the Cobras improved to 5-2 on the season.Matt Rogers shot a 502 series (191 high game), with Alex Williams, earning a 486 series, just ahead of Trevor Sikorski (479 series) and Louis Pelose (463 series).The Grimes girls lost 4-3 to Weedsport, with Olivia Coppola’s 372 series the best for the Cobras as Maggie Peregoy added a 336 set. A 7-0 defeat to Solvay followed.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more