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Tuesday 21 November 2017

No decision on playing UK anthem for clash with North

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

NO decision has yet been made on whether 'God Save The Queen' will be played as the Northern Irish anthem before their Carling Nations Cup tie with Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland on May 24 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

History was made in February when the United Kingdom's national anthem was played for the North at the stadium before their loss to Scotland. It was the first time that the anthem officially featured ahead of a game involving a Northern Ireland team in Dublin.

In the past, only the home anthem has been given an airing in games between the North and South.

FAI chief executive John Delaney yesterday said that security would have to be consulted before making the final call, but indicated he would have no problem with the anthem.

"Personally, I'd have no difficulty with it," he said.

"It was played in Croke Park for the rugby so I wouldn't have any difficulty with it at all. We'll leave that to the security guys to discuss it with the IFA (Irish Football Association), and do what they feel would be appropriate."

With reference to the February encounter, he said: "I'd some job explaining to Trapattoni how the Northern Ireland fans were singing the English national anthem and the Scots were booing it, but we got through it."

Irish Independent

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