France player Diarra reveals his cousin was killed in Paris attacks

Marseille's french midfielder Lassana Diarra runs with the ball on the field during his French League One soccer match against Guingamp at the Roudourou stadium in Guingamp, western France, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (File photo: AP)

The France midfielder Lassana Diarra has revealed that his cousin was killed during the attacks in Paris on Friday night.

Diarra, a former Real Madrid player, was part of France’s team for their friendly with Germany - playing 80 minutes in the 2-0 victory.

The international football player who now plays for French club Marseille, posted a statement on his twitter account in French that reads: “I have personally been affected by the attacks. My cousin, Asta Diakite, was among the victims of one of the shootings that took place yesterday.”

The 30-year-old described his cousin as “a great support, a big sister” to him.

In response to the attacks that resulted in the deaths of 129 people, Diarra wrote “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.”

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47