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Ireland to wear black armbands against Italy

India TV News Desk 18 Jun 2012, 16:39:49 IST
India TV News Desk
Poland, Jun 18: Ireland will wear black armbands in Monday's match against Italy at the European Championship to commemorate the 18th anniversary of shootings in Northern Ireland that killed six people.

The match falls on the exact date of the attack and is especially poignant as it happened while the victims were watching Ireland play Italy in the 1994 World Cup on television in the rural village of Loughinisland.

European football's governing body UEFA has granted permission for the armbands to be worn.

Irish football's chief executive officer John Delaney says the tragedy was “deeply moving” for all football fans.

Niall Murphy, a solicitor working for the victims' families, says they are “touched” by the gesture.