UEFA Decides Against Flags, Anthems For All-Ireland Women's World Cup Qualifiers
A threat "prompted the decision not to fly national flags or play anthems" at Northern Ireland women's World Cup qualifier with the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, according to the BBC. UEFA made the decision before the game at Mourneview Park in Lurgan "after safety concerns were raised." The FA of Ireland said that the decision was made "after information received by police and the match venue around safety concerns." The "nature of the threat is unclear." It had been planned to allow both flags and play both anthems at Tuesday's game, which the Republic of Ireland won 2-0. Northern Ireland's FA said in a statement that after safety concerns were raised "it was agreed with the Uefa match delegate that neither national anthem be played or flag be flown before the game" (BBC, 9/20).