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No decision on playing 'God Save The Queen' anthem for clash with Republic

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

History was made in February when the anthem was played for Northern Ireland 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.

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."

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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."


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