Blues issue French solidarity information for Norwich game

Chelsea, like all Premier League clubs will taking the unusual step of playing the French national anthem ahead of Saturday's match against Norwich.

The club issued the following information to supporters attending the match on Saturday.

Supporters attending Saturday’s Premier League game against Norwich City are advised to arrive early due to additional security measures and to support tributes to the victims of last week’s tragic events in Paris.

The club will be increasing its security controls inside and around Stamford Bridge and it is requested supporters avoid bringing bags where possible, as enhanced searches will be taking place.

As always, visitors to the stadium should remain vigilant at all times and report any concerns to the nearest steward. The Metropolitan Police has produced an advisory poster which can be viewed here.

Fulham Road - between Hortensia Road and Harwood Road - will remain closed throughout the match, not reopening until approximately 5.45pm.

Chelsea Football Club will be demonstrating our solidarity with the victims and those affected by events in Paris throughout Saturday, both within the stadium and across our media platforms.

Supporters are asked to take their seats by 2.55pm as the French National Anthem, La Marseillaise, will be played ahead of all this weekend’s Premier League matches as an act of remembrance.

Among other activity on the day, we feature the Tricolore on the cover of our matchday programme, which also includes a tribute from France international Kurt Zouma.

Players will wear black armbands incorporating the French flag and fans in the Matthew Harding Stand will display a new crowd-surfing flag as the teams emerge from the tunnel for the game.

We ask for your patience and understanding and thank you in advance for your cooperation.