French Ligue 1 game time changed for Paris attacks tribute

The French Ligue 1 match between Lyon and Toulouse has been pushed back by three hours on Sunday to respect a national tribute being held in honour of the victims of a deadly terrorist attack in Paris.

AFP| Last Updated: Jan 09, 2015, 20:51 PM IST
French Ligue 1 game time changed for Paris attacks tribute

Paris: The French Ligue 1 match between Lyon and Toulouse has been pushed back by three hours on Sunday to respect a national tribute being held in honour of the victims of a deadly terrorist attack in Paris.

The match had initially been planned for 1400 local time (1300GMT) but will now be played at 1700 (1600GMT), the Professional Football League (LFP) confirmed on Friday.

Twelve people, including two policemen, were shot dead in the assault on the offices of the satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo in central Paris on Wednesday morning.

"This change was programmed in order to respect the national homage which will be made on Sunday afternoon during the Republican walk after the attack against Charlie-Hebdo," a LFP spokesman said.

France`s professional football league had already declared that a minute`s silence will also be observed at all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches this weekend.

The same tribute will also be observed ahead of all French rugby and basketball matches and cycling events this weekend.