Tuesday 25 July 2017

Ulster fans leave tribute to victims of Paris terror attacks at stadium after game postponed

Ulster's supporters pose in front of the closed Charles-Mathon stadium in Oyonnax, central eastern France, as the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Oyonnax Rugby and Ulster Rugby is cancelled because of the three days of national mourning following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris which left more than 120 people dead. AFP PHOTO / ROMAIN LAFABREGUEROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images
Ulster's supporters pose in front of the closed Charles-Mathon stadium in Oyonnax, central eastern France, as the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Oyonnax Rugby and Ulster Rugby is cancelled because of the three days of national mourning following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris which left more than 120 people dead. AFP PHOTO / ROMAIN LAFABREGUEROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images
14 November 2015; Ulster supporters Ronny McCarroll and Callum Omermed, after the game was called off because of the attacks in Paris the day before. European Rugby Champions Cup, Pool 1, Round 1, Oyonnax v Ulster. Stade Charles Mathon, Oyonnax, France. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
14 November 2015; Ulster supporters wait to get into the stadium before the game was postponed because of the attacks in Paris the day before. European Rugby Champions Cup, Pool 1, Round 1, Oyonnax v Ulster. Stade Charles Mathon, Oyonnax, France. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
14 November 2015; Ulster supporters wait to get into the stadium before the game was postponed because of the attacks in Paris the day before. European Rugby Champions Cup, Pool 1, Round 1, Oyonnax v Ulster. Stade Charles Mathon, Oyonnax, France. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
14 November 2015; Frence Police outside the ground after the game was called off because of the terriost attack in Paris the day before. European Rugby Champions Cup, Pool 1, Round 1, Oyonnax v Ulster. Stade Charles Mathon, Oyonnax, France. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Les Kiss, Ulster Director of Rugby
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Ulster's Champions Cup with Oyonnax has been postponed following the terrorist attacks in Paris which have left 127 people dead.

All five of this weekend's Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby union matches taking place in France have been postponed following the Paris terror attacks which left at least 128 people dead, European Professional Club Rugby has announced.


There had been three matches scheduled for Saturday, which were the Champions Cup fixtures between Oyonnax-Ulster and Racing 92-Glasgow Warriors, and this evening's Castres-Pau match in the Challenge Cup.

Sunday's Champions Cup matches between Bordeaux-Clermont Auvergne, and Toulon-Bath, have also been postponed to be rescheduled for a later date.

An EPCR statement read: "EPCR extends its sincerest sympathies to everyone affected by the Paris attacks and as a mark of respect, all clubs competing in this weekend's remaining Champions Cup and Challenge Cup fixtures in other territories have been asked to observe a minute's silence before the games kick-off."

A large contingent of Ulster fans had travelled to the venue near the France-Switzerland border to attend the game but it will not now go ahead.

In a statement Ulster Rugby said: "Due to the tragic events last night in Paris and the current period of national mourning in France, EPCR has decided to postpone this weekend's European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup matches scheduled to be played in France.

"Therefore, today's game between Oyonnax and Ulster Rugby has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. We will provide updates on the situation as soon as they become available.

"Ulster Rugby extends its sincerest sympathies to everyone affected by the Paris attacks.

"Thanks to the fantastic supporters who have made the trip to Oyannax for the fixture."

A number of Ulster fans left a flag at the match venue with messages of support for the victims of the attacks in Paris.

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A picture taken on November 14, 2015 shows a Ulster's flag with the inscription "Respect for Paris and all the French" at the Charles-Mathon stadium in Oyonnax, central eastern France, as the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Oyonnax Rugby and Ulster Rugby is cancelled because of the three days of national mourning following a series of coordinated attacks in and around Paris late November 13 which left more than 120 people dead. AFP PHOTO / ROMAIN LAFABREGUEROMAIN LAFABREGUE/AFP/Getty Images

Glasgow Warriors’ opening European Champions Cup match against Racing Metro Paris has been postponed after the terror attacks on the French capital last night.

The match had been due to be played this afternoon at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir in Colombes outside Paris.

The Glasgow team had travelled to Paris on Saturday. "We're all safe in our team hotel on the outskirts of Paris," a team spokesman said.

England’s friendly match against France at Wembley on Tuesday is almost certain to be cancelled following the terror attacks

The Football Association is still awaiting formal confirmation from the French Football Federation but, as they were leaving Alicante following the 2-0 defeat against Spain, it was already being widely reported in France that the match would not go ahead. However, French Football Federation media officer Philippe Tournon stressed that "no decision has been made".

All sporting events in the Paris region that had been scheduled for this weekend are likely to be postponed.

Two racing fixtures in the Paris region have this weekend been cancelled after a national state of emergency was declared in reaction to Friday night's terrorist attacks.

The meetings at Saint-Cloud on Saturday and at Auteuil on Sunday will not go ahead.

Compiegne racecourse, which is around 55 miles away from central Paris, still intends to schedule its fixture on Saturday.

Reports in the French media have indicated further cancellations could be possible next week.

Cheltenham said it will be holding a one-minute's silence at midday, while all the jockeys in action at the Paddy Power Gold Cup meeting will be asked to wear black armbands.

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