• Football fans from across the globe put rivalries aside to tackle a much a greater issue. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
The devastating attacks which killed 170 people in Paris and Beirut sparked racial and religious tension, and what better fix than "the world game" to bring people back together.
By
Basil Saab

16 Nov 2015 - 2:23 PM  UPDATED 16 Nov 2015 - 4:56 PM

While the majority of us refuse to condemn all Muslims for the actions of a few extremists, the weekend's attacks in Paris and Beirut stirred a sense of grief and paranoia.

Fans killed in terror attacks at Stade de France friendly
Three fans were killed after a bomb blast at the Stade de France during the international football friendly between France and Germany.

Football is not bound by language, culture or creed and touches millions of lives across the globe.

It's time for ambassadors of the game to help break down cultural barriers heightened by these atrocities.

Athletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezman was relieved his sister was able to exit the Bataclan theatre, where a gunman stormed in and killed 80 people.

France and Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra was also among those affected.

His cousin, Asta Diakite was killed in the attacks in Paris.

"In this atmosphere of terror, it's very important for all of us who are representing our country and its diversity to talk and stay close together in front of something horrible, which has no colour and no religion," Diarra said in a statement.

"Together we have to all protect love, respect and peace. Thanks for your support and your messages. Take care of you and yours and may the victims rest in peace."

Diarra's sentiment (among other players) is exactly what the world needs in a time of grief and hysteria and a humbling reminder that football serves a greater purpose.