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Ireland team display support for LGBT rights ahead of tonight's match against USA

‘Not just a number, this is a statement.’

SHORTLY AFTER 8PM tonight, Ireland will kick off against the USA in an international friendly in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

AVIVA Source: PA Images

And as part of the UEFA’S ‘Equal Game’ initiative, the FAI have announced they intend to demonstrate their support for the LGBT community by displaying the rainbow flag on the players’ jerseys.

As opposed to sporting the standard white number on the back of the shirt, Martin O’ Neill’s side will be playing in a kit featuring rainbow-coloured numbers.

Taking to Twitter ahead of tonight’s game, the FAI shared an image of the kit and elaborated on the decision.

The back of tomorrow’s match kit. Not just a number, this is a statement. Ireland, supporting #LGBT rights.

The tweet has been met with a mixed response, with some questioning the motivation behind the move and other querying how necessary the decision is.

However, many social media users have criticised the skepticism, lauded the decision, and praised the FAI for supporting and promoting equality both on and off the pitch.

Kick-off is at 8.08 tonight.

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