Wednesday 28 June 2017

ITV vows not to run ads during national anthems at England v France

ITV will not run adverts immediately before England's game with France on Tuesday
ITV will not run adverts immediately before England's game with France on Tuesday

ITV will not run adverts immediately before England's game with France on Tuesday, Press Association Sport understands.

The broadcaster would usually cut to a brief break after the national anthems ahead of kick-off, but will stay with their live feed from Wembley on Tuesday.

ITV follow French broadcaster TF1, which is showing the game live in France, with L'Equipe reporting it would not run adverts after the anthems as a mark of respect to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.

The friendly is being played just four days after the coordinated strikes across the French capital which saw 129 people murdered.

The lyrics of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, will be displayed on the big screens at Wembley so all fans can join in.

Wembley's arch will shine in red, white and blue while the French flag and national slogan of 'Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite' will be displayed on LED screens on Wembley Way.

There will be a minute's silence before kick-off and both teams will wear black armbands to remember the victims of the attacks.

The Duke of Cambridge will attend the match out of "solidarity to the people of France".

Fans have also been warned to expect an increased police presence in and around the stadium.

Press Association

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