Sporting World Unites In Wake Of Paris Terrorist Atrocities
THE sporting world united in grief as the full horror of lastnight’s terrorist atrocities unfolded in Paris.
At least 128 people were killed in a series of attacks in the French capital — sparking shock and outrage across the globe.
News of the sickening actions of a handful of terrorists immediately spread across social media.
And leading sports figures were among the millions using #PrayForParis to express their support for those caught up in the nightmare.
Former Arsenal and France star Thierry Henry tweeted: “I’m appalled by the shocking scenes in Paris at the moment.
“My thoughts are with all the victims and innocent people suffering right now.”
Arsenal Legend Ian Wright, who played alongside Henry for the Gunners, added: “It’s just beyond belief! I can’t deal with this! Thoughts to the families of the dead.”
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said: “I am praying for all those affected in Paris, please pray with me guys. #Prayforparis”
Bombs went off outside the Stade de France during France’s 2-0 win over Germany.
Shocked players watched developments on TV screens in the tunnel after the final whistle, while hundreds of terrified fans ran onto the pitch and refused to leave the stadium in fear for their safety.
As the death toll continued to rise, more and more messages poured in from around the globe.
Former France international Louis Saha tweeted: “I’m sending massive strength and courage to all family and friends of Paris victims tonight. “I’m not forgetting victims from all over the world.”
Spain striker Fernando Torres said: “So sad for what has happened in Paris. My thoughts are with the French people.”
Burnley midfielder Joey Barton, who spent a season in France on loan with Marseille, tweeted: “Terrible scenes in Paris again. What is wrong with these people. No doubt religious nonsense at the centre of it again. “I don’t believe in a God. I don’t believe in organised religion. I may well be proven wrong about this. But as of yet, no evidence exists.
“But what I do know for sure is that IF this God character exists, he won’t be friendly with f***ing cowards who murder innocent people.”
World tennis No1 Novak Djokovic also took to Twitter to express his dismay.
He said: “Shocked, saddened, horrified, speechless. My prayers go to all the families and victims. #PrayersForParis”
Undefeated middleweight boxer Anthony Ogogo said: “Just woken up to see the atrocities in Paris. “My heart goes out to France and those affected at this time. #TheWorldMustUnite #PrayForParis”
Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis added: “My family’s thoughts and prayers are with our friends and the citizens of Paris right now.”
France were due to play England at Wembley on Tuesday night but the friendly game will be called off later today.
A minute’s silence will also be held prior to this weekend’s European and Football League matches, while jockeys at Cheltenham will wear black armbands.
Holland legend Ruud Gullit tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the people of #France.”
Former England international Darren Bent added: “Thoughts and prayers for all the families who lost loved ones and for the city of Paris. #prayforparis”
France international Moussa Sissoko, who plays for Newcastle, said: “There are no words to express what I feel today… All my thoughts to all the victim’s family and friends! #RIP #United”
Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet was playing for Belgium as the tragedy took place in France. Tweeting after his country’s 3-1 win over Italy, Mignolet said: “Great win tonight but with what happened in Paris everything is relative. “My thoughts go out to all victims and their families! #PrayforParis”
Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez added: “Without words after listening to the news coming from Paris… I want to express my solidarity with the French people #PrayforParis”