French international Lassana Diarra has revealed that he lost his cousin in the Paris terrorist attack on Friday while Diarra was playing for France against Germany.
Diarra, 30, currently plays for Ligue 1 side Marseille, but has spent time in the Premier League with Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth.
France was playing Germany in an international friendly at Stade de France when the attacks took place.
Diarra took to Twitter to share his story.
“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 affected 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 color 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.”
— Lass Diarra (@Lass_Officiel) November 14, 2015