This weekend, the soccer world has shown its support for the victims of the massacres in Paris. The violence started on Wednesday at the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, where two gunmen murdered 12 people. Since, shirts, signs, banners, and moments of silence have been utilized at various stadiums around the continent to stand with those who lost their lives and, for some, to stand for freedom of expression.
This afternoon, as Italian clubs Roma and Lazio prepared for the Rome derby — one of the world’s most intense rivalries — Lazio players took to the field in jerseys emblazoned with “Je suis Charlie,” the phrase being used around the world to show solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo victims.
Across France, a moment of silence has been observed at stadiums since the initial attack, a ceremony that was replicated yesterday at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu. Players in the National Basketball Association have also worn commemorative messages on T-shirt before games, while a separate protest during yesterday’s remembrances sparked controversy in Bastia.