Former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra has revealed that his cousin Asta Diakite was among those killed in the deadly Paris attacks that rocked the City of Love Friday night.
Diarra was playing a friendly match for France in their 2-0 win over Germany at the Stade de France when explosions rocked the French capital one by one leaving 129 people dead. Infact three suicide bombers struck outside the arena of Stade de France. Explosions could be heard from the pitch during the match although the players were not informed of the terrorist attacks until after the full-time whistle.
His post on twitter reads: “‘Good evening to everyone. After the dramatic events in Paris and St Denis yesterday it’s with a heavy heart that I address 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.’”
The French side stayed back at the stadium until 3 am before travelling back to their training centre 40 miles south-west of Paris.
Meanwhile, Diarra’s team-mate Antoine Griezmann revealed that his sister Maude had escaped unhurt from the attack at a rock concert at Bataclan Theatre where U.S band The Eagles of Death Metal were performing, the site of the worst of the attacks where 80 people were reportedly killed.
The Atlético Madrid forward confirmed on social media and wrote: “God take care of my sister and the French. Thanks God my sister was able to exit the Bataclan. All my prayers to the victims and their families.”
Other players featuring in the game poured tributes to the victims over social media. Anthony Martial wrote: “Pray for Paris,” while André Schürrle tweeted: “What a terrible night. My thoughts are with families who lost loved ones.” After arriving back in Frankfurt, Mats Hummels took to social media to express his horror: “Unbelievable what happened yesterday. This world is fucked up right now. My thoughts are with those who lost someone they love.”
As many as 129 people have been confirmed to be dead with 352 people reported to be wounded in Paris’ deadliest terror attacks. The ISIS has claimed responsibility of the attacks.