Thursday 8 December 2016

French club Nice plans match tribute to victims of attack

Published 09/08/2016 | 11:41

People gather on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, after the Bastille Day terror attack
People gather on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, after the Bastille Day terror attack

French club Nice will pay a tribute to victims of the deadly attack in the Riviera city by playing in a white outfit with no sponsor logos for its season-opening game.

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The club will trade its traditional red-and-black colours for a white kit when it hosts Rennes in the French league on August 14 - a month after a truck attack in Nice killed 85 people on Bastille Day.

As well as a minute's silence before kick-off, fans will be asked to remain silent when the players enter the pitch.

"An individual tribute will be paid to each of the 85 victims," Nice said in a statement - with their names read aloud while young players from the club release white balloons.

"Nothing will ever be the same, but we need to get back on our feet," the club said, asking all fans to also wear white.

Nice said that all players and match officials will wear a white T-shirt during warm-up.

Nice match jerseys will feature a heart made of the names of the 85 dead and will be auctioned to raise funds for the victims.

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