Big Blue to hold a minute's silence for Paris
Deadly attacks on the French capital have been brought close to home by the number of French players lining up for Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.
Sky Blues CEO Tony Pignata tweeted on Saturday the club would stand in solidarity with the players and the people of Paris.
“We'll be doing a 1 min silence tonight at #BigBlue in regards to Paris. We have quite a few French players playing for @SydneyFC n @gomvfc," Pignata tweeted.
French-born Sengalese cousins Jaques Faty and Mickael Tavares both line up for Sydney along with influential midfielder Milos Dimitrijevic.
Dimitrijevic has French and Serbian citizenship and arrived in France at the age of 7 with his father and legendary Partizan and Dinamo Zagreb player Zoran "Cava" Dimitrijevic.
Victory has former French youth international Matthieu Delpierre and French-born Tunisian attacker, Fahid Ben Khalfallah among the club's ranks.
Earlier in the week, Faty highlighted the French connection between both clubs.
“I used to play with Delpierre in the French national team when I was young and I’ve played against him when he played for Lille so I know the players,” he continued.
“I know Ben Khalfallah too because I used to play against him when he played for Bordeaux and Caen. I used to play against them, they’re good players.
“I enjoy playing against everybody and it’s a pleasure to play against them, good players, that’s why I came to Australia to play these types of games.”
France has declared a national state of emergency as gun and bomb attacks in the capital rocked the city, killing at least 120 people.
Shocking news coming out of Paris. Getting worse by the minute. Thoughts are with everyone there. #StaySafe
— Tony Pignata (@tpignata9) November 13, 2015
— Jake Campbell, 3-2 (@jakecam98) November 13, 2015