BORDEAUX, France, July 2 – Italy’s players will wear black armbands during their Euro 2016 quarter-final clash against Germany later Saturday in tribute to the Italian victims of a terrorist attack in Dhaka.
Nine Italians were among the 20 victims killed by hostage-takers in Bangladesh.
The Italian football federation (FIGC) said the Azzurri team, which faces Germany at 1900 GMT looking to book their spot in the semi-finals of the competition, will pay tribute during the game.
Calling the incident “a tragedy”, a statement by the FIGC said: “The Italian football federation, its staff and all the players stand united with the entire country and the family of the victims.
“As a result, we have requested and received from UEFA permission to wear black armbands during the game against Germany as a symbol of our sympathy in what is a very painful time.”
Germany, the 2014 World Cup winners, go into the match as favourites but have never beaten Italy in eight previous attempts in major finals.
Italy beat Germany 2-1 in the semi-finals of Euro 2012, only to lose the final 4-0 to Spain.