French football fans unite to sing anthem as stadium evacuated amid terror attacks
14 November, 2015
Football fans have given a stunning display of unity, singing the French national anthem while exiting the Stade de France amid multiple terror attacks on the French capital, Paris, the ABC Australia informs.
The stadium was packed with 80,000 fans for a football friendly international between the French national side and world champions Germany.
As it turned out, the home side won the game 2-0, but no one was caring much about the result by that stage.
Three loud explosions were
heard outside the stadium in the first half, and news later filtered through that three people had died near the arena, with at least two of the explosions attributed to suicide bombings.
The bombings were part of a series of deadly attacks across Paris, which caused at least 120 fatalities.
The crowd still loudly celebrated goals by Olivier Giroud and substitute Andre-Pierre Gignac late in either half of the match that gave France the win.
When the game finished, thousands of fans with nowhere to go tumbled onto the pitch while they waited for news, the ABC Australia reports.
Eventually, the order was given to evacuate the stadium and, as the fans began to leave, a stirring rendition of La Marseillaise rang out in the tunnels of Stade de France.
"We are all in shock…The game and the goals move into the background on a day like this,” Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

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