Former Arsenal and Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra has revealed that he lost his cousin in the Paris attacks that has claimed 129 lives.
The midfielder was playing against Germany for France at the Stade de France when the attacks occured. The Stade France was among six places attacked in Paris.
"As you may have read, I was touched personally by the attacks. My cousin, Asta Diakite, was among the victims of one of the shootings yesterday, along with hundreds of other innocent French people. She was like a big sister to me," he said.
"In this climate of terror, it is important for all of us who represent our country and its diversity to stay united against a horror which has no colour, no religion. Stand together for love, respect and peace.
"Thank you all for your messages, take care of yourselves and your loved ones, and may the victims rest in peace."