LAST_UPDATEFri, 25 May 2018 10pm

Hodgson Tells England Fans: Avoid Offensive Anti-IRA Songs

LONDON: England manager Roy Hodgson will ask fans not to sing antagonistic songs during a friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on May 29, reported BBC Sport.

It will be the first meeting since a game at Lansdowne Road was abandoned in 1995 because of crowd trouble.

Hodgson, in an email to England ticket holders and in his programe notes, will ask fans to avoid songs with political or religious overtones.

England fans have been known to sing anti-IRA songs.

England supporters were alleged to have aimed racist chanting at brothers Anton and Rio Ferdinand during a World Cup qualifying win over San Marino in March.

The Football Association found no evidence of the abuse, while Fifa did not open disciplinary proceedings "due to the lack of concluding evidence".

However, football's world governing body did remind the FA of article three of Fifa's statutes which reads: "Discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of people on account of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion, politics or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion."

Fifa also told the FA to take "preventative measures" in the future which is why the FA are  trying to doing as much as possible to avoid any insulting songs from their side's fans against the Republic.

Hodgson will additionally praise England fans for their exemplary behavior in recent tournaments.

- mD