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IFA steadfast in decision to play national anthem before Irish Cup final

 

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The Irish Cup semi-finals and final will be played at Windsor Park later this month.

The Irish Cup semi-finals and final will be played at Windsor Park later this month.

The Irish Cup semi-finals and final will be played at Windsor Park later this month.

The Irish FA will play the national anthem before the Irish Cup final regardless of who will be in the decider and pay tribute to the NHS when the competition resumes.

The Association have also told Sunday Life Sport that they "wholeheartedly support the anti-racist message" which has been prevalent in football across the world and it is understood the IFA will back any players who take a knee before kick-off in relation to the Black Lives Matter campaign.

The semi-finals of the Cup will see Ballymena United face Coleraine at 4pm on July 27 at Windsor Park before Glentoran play Cliftonville at the same venue at 8pm, with the final on July 31.