French team: "Our generation never sang the Marseillaise", recalls Platini

During an interview with LCI, Michel Platini mentioned the question of the Marseillaise, which some players of the France team do not always sing. A useless controversy for the one who himself remained silent during the national anthem, at the time when he was the number 10 of the Blues.

It is an old sea serpent. Most often rehashed by politicians eager to make people talk about them. Some football players of the France team are regularly criticized for not singing the Marseillaise before matches. Asked about this on LCI, Michel Platini swept away this controversy by recalling that he himself remained silent during the national anthem, at the time when he was number 10 for the Blues. Just like its partners elsewhere.


“In our generation, we never sang the Marseillaise, testifies the triple Ballon d’Or (1983, 1984, 1985). It began to sing in the 1990s I think, because of the rugby players who sang it. So we wondered why the French weren’t singing it. Afterwards, we started looking at the players who didn’t sing it according to their color. And because there was one that was a little more colorful, we said: ‘ Hey, he does not sing. He must not like France ‘. This is wrong. We did not sing in the France team, yet we were all white. “

“I’m assuming it’s a war hymn”

A keen observer of French football, the 1984 European champion believes that each player is free to use or not the words of the Marseillaise. Without being able to question his attachment to France. “These are political controversies, which we know well. People do not have to sing the Marseillaise,” said the ex-president of UEFA.


“You know why we weren’t singing the Marseillaise? Because I’m assuming it’s a war hymn. We weren’t going to go to war, we were going to play football. a warlike thing, combatants. It’s not the same, it’s not the same sport. If the Marseillaise had been a love hymn to the country, I would most certainly have sung it. But a warrior hymn, I do not feel it to me (…) Today, if I did not sing it, maybe I would be criticized. But at the time, nobody cared about it, sincerely. “


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