French champions Paris Saint-Germain will wear special jerseys bearing the message “Je Suis Paris” for their next two games in tribute to those killed in the recent terror attacks in the capital.
The message, which translates as “I am Paris”, will replace the Ligue 1 club’s sponsor logo on the front of their shirts for their Champions League match against Malmo on Wednesday (NZ time) and their home league fixture with Troyes on Saturday (Sunday NZ time) at the Parc des Princes.
Nine members of the club’s star-studded squad, including Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani and Argentine winger Angel Di Maria, were pictured on the PSG website wearing the new shirts.
Brazil’s Thiago Silva, second left, and David Luiz, right, wear the new strip bearing the message “Je Suis Paris”.
“In tribute to the victims of November 13 attacks, the Paris Saint-Germain players will wear a special jersey which only bears the message ‘JE SUIS PARIS’ and nothing else for their next two matches”, a club statement said.
PSG’s president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, thanked the club’s main shirt sponsors Emirates for allowing their logo to be replaced with a “message of unity”.
The club said the move was in response to “the vibrant solidarity expressed by the French and international football community” in the wake of the attacks that claimed 130 lives.
The French national football stadium, the Stade de France, was targeted by terrorists during the attacks earlier this month.
Three suicide bombers detonated their vests outside the stadium as France played Germany in an international friendly, killing one person.