France’s premiere soccer league — Ligue 1 — will pay tribute to the teacher who was killed last week in a terror attack in Paris, officials say.
47-year-old Samuel Paty — a history teacher at Collège du Bois d’Aulne — was attacked and beheaded on Friday while walking home from work.
Officials say the killer is 18-year-old Abdoullakh Abouyezidovitch — who was upset Paty used caricatures of the prophet Muhammad during recent lessons.
Cops tracked down the suspect after the killing — but when they approached, he allegedly opened fire with an airgun.
Officers fired back — striking Abouyezidovitch 9 times, killing him. Cops say Abouyezidovitch confessed to the murder before his death.
The story has been headline news in France (and around the world) for the past few days.
Now, Ligue 1 — home of legendary teams like Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and more — says the entire league will honor Paty’s memory this upcoming weekend with moments of silence, armbands and more. Ligue 2 will also participate in the tributes.
“Before the matches kick off, a minute’s silence will be observed in tribute to the history and geography professor beheaded on Friday in the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine attack and his portrait will be shown on giant screens in the stadiums,” league officials said in a statement.
“During the match, all the players in the game (players, coaches, referees) will wear a black armband to pay tribute to him.”