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The Football Association has urged fans to arrive early at Wembley tomorrow night in preparation for additional security measures and a series of tributes at 7.55pm when “the eyes of the world” will be on London before England’s friendly against France. “The match starts at five to eight, not 8pm,” said Martin Glenn, the FA chief executive. “We want to spend five minutes demonstrating our solidarity. It will have a massive global significance. It is the first big event since Friday. The eyes of the world will be on Wembley. It is a chance to demonstrate that terrorism can’t win.” Glenn said that a weekend surge in ticket sales had suggested that, rather than be fearful about attending the match, the English public had demonstrated a desire to show their solidarity with France following the terror attacks in Paris last Friday.
Thousands of defiant Parisians ignored a five-day ban on public demonstrations, which was imposed by French police and ministers, as they gathered at significant squares and buildings across the city on Sunday night. But one of the vigils - held close to where one of Friday's attacks was mercilessly carried out - ended in panic after mourners said they heard gunshots and desperately fled from the scene, trampling over flowers and knocking over candles.Thousands of people had grouped together to pay tribute and offer support at the Place de la Republique square, with some even offering 'free hugs' to those most in need. Two French law enforcement officials said the crowd in the plaza apparently panicked after hearing firecrackers. A French security official added that someone had reached out to police in the plaza out of panic but when officers arrived with weapons drawn, the crowd dispersed in fear. Many residents were said to have cowered under restaurant tables in the nearby area until police said it was safe. Jake Wallis Simons, Associate Editor (Global) for MailOnline, who is reporting from Paris, was caught in the panic. He said: 'I was on the Metro and about to get off at the Place de la Republique station. The doors opened and a screamed announcement came over the tannoy.'About 60 or 70 people dashed down the stairs and jumped onto the train, spreading panic. Clearly, they believed an attack was going on above ground and had run into the Metro for safety. 'Everybody started moving along the train to get as far away as possible. Nobody got off. People were begging the driver to close the doors and move the train down the track. After a few seconds the train went on to the next station.' When Simons disembarked, the streets of Paris were tense. He said: 'Sirens were sounding everywhere and a helicopter was flying overhead. I met one man who was bleeding badly from the wrist. He had been knocked down in the stampede and had cut himself on glass. 'It was about 25 minutes before the word spread that there was no immediate danger. This all just goes to show that in addition to the sorrow and the defiance, Paris is now a city in the grip of fear.'
originally posted by: zilebeliveunknown
Bread and sircuses...
Am I so stupid to think something will happen tomorrow? Of course not...
Terrorism already won this battle, as it is shown with this line of thinking in the OP...
You are afraid... that's their goal!
originally posted by: Maxatoria
we just need to invite this guy down for a few hours
Won't need much more than him to protect the games
originally posted by: combatmaster
WIll England let France win because of pity?
a reply to: dam00