POZNAN, Poland (AP) — 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.
"What happened in Loughinisland in 1994 was an awful tragedy and deeply moving for all football fans," said Irish football's chief executive officer John Delaney, in a statement released before the tournament. "I would like to thank UEFA for assisting us in commemorating this atrocity and take the opportunity to remember all those who lost their lives in the troubles."
Among the victims of the shooting was 87-year-old Barney Greene, one of the oldest victims of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.