Paris: Germany national team forced to stay at Stade de France overnight as Mats Hummels and Andre Schurrle tweet their shock at terrorist attacks

France and Germany has been competing in an international friendly when the attacks took place

Jack de Menezes@JackdeMenezes
Saturday 14 November 2015 11:56
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Fans at the Stade de France gather on the pitch after the Paris attacks
Fans at the Stade de France gather on the pitch after the Paris attacks

The Germany national team remained in the Stade de France overnight after several explosions and attack across Paris left more than 120 people dead.

Germany were playing an international friendly against France on Friday night when the attacks took place, with blasts heard during the live broadcast of the match. French Football Federation president Noel le Graet confirmed that one of the explosions occurred at Gate J of the stadium, where at least three people died and more were wounded.

After hearing the explosions during the match, the players on the field looked visibly shocked, before the game was finished and fans were allowed onto the stadium pitch in order to remain safe.

The German and French squads returned to the dressing rooms were they were held, before being allowed to leave the stadium once the threat had passed and it was safe to leave.

The DFB confirmed that the German team bus returned safely to Frankfurt early this morning, and it is thought that Tuesday’s international friendly between England and France will be postponed.

La Graet confirmed that there was “no longer any danger” at the stadium and fans and playing squads were allowed to leave once the threat had gone. A video posted by journalist Vincent Menichini showed fans being kept on the pitch, while another video showed a portion of them singing the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, as they were evacuated from the stadium in a show of solidarity.

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The attacks came not long after the German team were evacuated from their team hotel due to a suspected bomb threat. German national team manager, Joachim Löw, admitted that he was “shocked” by the day’s events and said that the entire squad and coaching team had been rushed out of their hotel within two minutes.

French president Francois Hollande was also in attendance at the match, but he left immediately after the attacks occurred and was seen evacuating the Stade de France at half-time.

Germany centre-back Mats Hummels tweeted on Saturday morning: “Back in [Germany] unbelievable what happened yesterday. This world is f****d up right now. My thoughts are with those who lost someone they love.”

Former Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle added: “What a terrible night! My thoughts are with families who lost their loved ones!! #prayforparis.”

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