Sunday 4 December 2016

Classy touch from Scottish club Hamilton who don French colours in honour of Paris attack victims

Published 22/11/2015 | 16:03

Hamilton wore France strips in their 1-1 Ladbrokes Premiership draw against Aberdeen as a tribute to the Paris attack victims.
Hamilton wore France strips in their 1-1 Ladbrokes Premiership draw against Aberdeen as a tribute to the Paris attack victims.

Hamilton wore France strips in their 1-1 Ladbrokes Premiership draw against Aberdeen as a tribute to the Paris attack victims.

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With both clubs having the same red-and-white colours and a number of kit combinations clashing, Hamilton took advantage of the need for a different solution to show "sympathy and solidarity with the people of France" by wearing an all-white French away strip.

The tribute was especially poignant for Hamilton's French striker Christian Nade, whose 18-year-old sister hid under the table of a restaurant in Paris after gunmen opened fire in the neighbouring cafe during the attacks on November 13.

The Lanarkshire club could not source France home strips at short notice but managed to get 20 away strips and got them kitted out with their badge and sponsors in time for Sunday's game at New Douglas Park, along with the Scottish Saltire and French Tricolore flags.

Their plan is now to send one top to each Ligue 1 club in France for them to auction off for their chosen charities.

Goalscorer Dougie Imrie said: "I only knew when I came into the dressing room and saw the strip. It was a great gesture from the club to show their support to Paris and the French people."

Hamilton manager Martin Canning kept Nade on the bench throughout the game after the former Troyes and Le Havre striker looked emotional during the pre-match minute's silence.

Canning, whose assistant is Frenchman Guillaume Beuzelin, said: "I spoke to Christian through the week and he was fine. His sister was involved in it but mentally he felt fine. It just so happened that Christian didn't get on but his attitude through the week has been spot-on."

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