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Minute's silence for Germanwings victims

Ten days have passed since the Germanwings air disaster in the French Alps, but the sense of shock and grief is still ever-present. 150 lives were lost in the crash on Tuesday last week, including those of 16 students and two teachers from the Joseph-König grammar school in Haltern am See, some 30 kilometres north of Dortmund. Prior to FC Bayern’s Bundesliga match at Dortmund on Saturday, the players from both teams will join the 80,000 at the stadium in observing a minute’s silence in memory of the victims.

“Bewilderment and grief have been our constant companions since the fatal day. We mourn with the families in Haltern and all those affected by this appalling disaster. We offer them our deepest sympathies and condolences,” said FCB president Karl Hopfner. Three FC Bayern members were among the victims. “I wish strength to everyone who has lost children, parents, friends, partners and relatives. The Bayern family supports them,” Hopfner stated.