Real Madrid have issued a statement of solidarity prior to Saturday’s game at Deportivo La Coruna after 16 fans were killed in a bombing of a clubhouse in Iraq.
Twenty supporters were also injured as terrorist group ISIS promptly claimed responsibility for the attack, and Madrid’s players will wear black armbands at Riazor as a form of tribute to the victims.
“Real Madrid C. F. deeply regrets the terrible attack in Iraq which today saw 16 members of a Real Madrid supporters club lose their lives and which has also left over 20 injured,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“The club expresses its great sadness and offers its regards and condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
“Real Madrid extends all of its solidarity to the people of Iraq, who suffer the excessive injustices of extreme violence.
“The Real Madrid players will tomorrow wear symbolic black armbands as a sign of their mourning and respect.
“Football and sport shall always be spaces in which to come together and in which harmony and peace reign and with which no form of barbaric terrorism will be able to compete.
“Today Madridismo across the whole world cries for its supporters, who shall never be forgotten.”