Sporting world mourns for Paris in wake of attacks

Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:22pm EST
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - All major sporting events in the Paris region were suspended on Saturday as France mourned the victims of the attacks in the capital city the night before that left 129 people dead and 352 wounded.

Shows of respect, sadness and support took place well beyond French borders as sport's global family, from Sydney to Washington to Sao Paulo, united in sympathy.

Before the Euro 2016 soccer playoff between Sweden and Denmark at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, the stadium was lit up in red, white and blue.

Both teams wore black armbands and, led by Sweden and Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, observed a minute's silence.

A minute's silence was also held before the playoff between Ukraine and Slovenia in Lviv, with European soccer's governing body announcing that UEFA games could feature similar tributes over the next few days.

The shows of solidarity with France went beyond Europe.

Sydney FC soccer fans held up a vast French tricolore ahead of an A-League match against Melbourne Victory while the ice was illuminated in red, white and blue before a Washington Capitals NHL game with Calgary Flames.

Jockeys at a major horse-race meeting in Cheltenham, England, all wore red, white and blue armbands and in the BMW Masters golf tournament in Shanghai, French golfer Benjamin Hebert had the message "Pray for Paris" emblazoned on his cap.   Continued...

Sweden and Denmark's national soccer teams observe a minute of silence to honor the victims in the terror attack in Paris, before their Euro 2016 qualifier play-off first leg match at the Friends arena in Stockholm, Sweden, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Marcus Ericsson/TT News Agency