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FFF President was “never in doubt” that France vs England should be played

Speaking to L’Équipe, French Football Federation President Noël Le Graët revealed that he was never ind out that tomorrow’s friendly match between France and England should be played, despite the Paris terror attacks on Friday night which left many members of the national team feeling that this national team stint should be ended early. Le Graët had the following to say on tomorrow’s match:

“I was never in doubt that this match should be maintained, it never crossed my mind, not even for a second. Since the end of the match (against Germany), for me, we had to play. I simply verified with the minister (for Sport) and the English the next morning. It would not have been good at all not to play the match.”

“If the match was to take place at the Stade de France, the question would have obviously been asked and we would not have played the match. But here, we have to show that life goes on, that the shirt represents something, that France remains standing and our sportsmen are representing it with pride.”

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