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La Marseillaise to be played before City v Liverpool

The French national anthem will be played ahead of City's game against Liverpool as an act of remembrance and solidarity after the Paris attacks.

La Marseillaise will be played after the coin toss in every Premier League match following last week's events in the French capital that left 129 people dead.

The words to the anthem will be in the match programme and on the digital displays at the Etihad Stadium.

Richard Scudamore, Premier League Executive Chairman, said: “Given how close we are as well as the long-standing relationship that exists between the Premier League and France, playing La Marseillaise as an act of solidarity and remembrance is the right thing to do.

"We were all saddened and deeply shocked by the events in Paris last Friday, and the fact it was an attack on people enjoying their everyday freedoms like going to a bar, a concert or a football match resonates with football fans and the general public throughout the UK."

The Premier League has been in consultation with its police and security advisors as well as the Home Office in relation to the safety and security issues at matches in light of the terrorist attacks.

Scudamore added: "The clubs have been fully briefed in context of the current guidance from national security services and are liaising with their local police forces to ensure the appropriate security and safety measures are in place for their matches and stadiums."

Fans attending Saturday’s match are advised to arrive early and not bring any bags unless essential. All bags will be searched, in accordance with our regular matchday security procedures, which may cause a delay in entering the stadium. We thank fans for their patience.

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