Our condolences go out to Marseille and French international midfielder Lassana Diarra.
Diarra, the former Arsenal and Chelsea player, has taken to social media to reveal that one of his cousins was killed in the Paris terror attacks on Friday night.
Lassana Diarra was playing in the match against Germany during the attacks.
Diarra posted the following message on Facebook:
Good evening to all,
In the wake of the dramatic events that occurred yesterday in Paris and Saint Denis, it is with a heavy heart that I am addressing you today.
As you perhaps already read I have been personally effected by these attacks my cousin Asta Diakitie was among the victims of one of the shootings that took place, just like hundreds of other innocent French people.
For me she was a great support, a big sister
In the climate of terror it’s important for all of us, who are representatives of our country and its diversity, to speak up and stay united in the face of a horror which has neither colour nor religion.
Together we must protect, love, respect and peace. Thank you to everyone for your updates and messages. Take care of you and yours, and may the victims rest in peace.
See a copy of the post below.