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UEFA permits Zenit FC wearing black armbands at match against France’s Lyon

November 03, 2015, 20:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, November 3. /TASS/. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) officially permitted players of the Russian Zenit St. Petersburg football club to wear black armbands during their Tuesday match against France’s Lyon FC, the press service of the European governing body of football told TASS.

The football club from Russia’s second largest city of St. Petersburg earlier requested the UEFA to allow it wearing black armbands on Tuesday night’s Champions League match against French Lyon FC as a sign of mourning over victims of the Russian passenger plane’s crash on Saturday in Egypt.

"The request from FC Zenit to wear black armbands during [November 3] match against Lyon has been received and approved by UEFA," the press service of UEFA said in its statement.

The Group H match between Lyon FC and Zenit FC is scheduled to take place in France at Lyon’s home stadium Stade de Gerland at 20-45 local time (19-35 GMT).

Russian Kogalymavia’s A321 plane, en-route from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed on the early morning of October 31 little over 20 minutes after its takeoff. The disaster site is 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of the administrative centre of North Sinai Governorate, the city of Al-Arish.

Flight 9268 carried 217 passengers and seven crewmembers and they were all officially pronounced dead following the tragic accident. Most passengers were Russian nationals. Among the people onboard were also four Ukrainian citizens and one Belarusian national.

November 1 was declared a day of mourning in Russia. In Saint Petersburg mourning and memorial events to pay homage to those who died in the plane crash in Egypt were announced to last until November 3.

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