Italy to honour Bangladesh victims at Euro 2016
The Italian football federation said that 'its staff and all the players stand united with the entire country and the family of the victims.' Photograph: (AFP)
Italy's players will wear black armbands during their Euro 2016 quarter-final clash against Germany later today 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 Union of European Football Association (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.