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FA to mark Israel-Palestine conflict with minute’s silence

There will be a minute’s silence before England’s friendly with Australia at Wembley tomorrow night, the Football Association has confirmed.

Players from both teams will also wear black armbands to remember the lives lost in the ongoing conflict in Israel and Palestine.

An FA statement read: “On Friday evening, we will remember the innocent victims of the devastating events in Israel and Palestine.

“Our thoughts are with them, and their families and friends in England and Australia and with all the communities who are affected by this ongoing conflict. We stand for humanity and an end to the death, violence, fear and suffering.

“England and Australia players will wear black armbands during their match at Wembley Stadium and there will also be a period of silence held before kick off.”

The FA has banned flags from other nations – including Israel and Palestine – from Wembley, adding: “Following discussions with partners and external stakeholders, we will only permit flags, replica kits and other representations of nationality for the competing nations inside Wembley Stadium for the upcoming matches against Australia [on Friday] and Italy [next Tuesday].

Over 2,300 people are reported to have been killed following Hamas’ attack on Israel on Saturday and the retaliatory bombing of Gaza.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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