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The arch has been lit up in the past for various occasions (Image: Getty)
The Football Association are they are unlikely to light the Wembley arch in the colours of the Israel flag due to fears of backlash from some communities.
The UK government has written a letter to encourage sport associations to “appropriately” mark the attacks in Israel in support of the victims.
But rather than lighting the arch, the BBC has claimed the FA plans on conveying a message of peace and unity before England face Australia in a friendly on Friday.
The FA has been in touch with Football Australia to confirm there will be some form of acknowledgement for the victims before the game.
Last year the FA lit the arch in the blue and yellow colours of the Ukraine flag in solidarity with the country after it was invaded by Russia.
The death toll now stands at 1,200 in Israel (Image: Getty)
The death toll in Israel has now risen to 1,200 after Hamas launched their attack on October 7.
More than 1,100 people have died in Gaza after Israel ordered air strikes in retalitation to the attack.
The FA, Premier League and individual clubs have not yet commented about the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
An FA meeting took place on Wednesday and a decision on how to mark the attacks is expected to be made this morning.
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Officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) wrote to major sports governing bodies on Wednesday asking them to show support for victims of Hamas’ attacks and referenced precedents in sport.
“In the light of the attacks in Israel on behalf of the secretary of state we would encourage you to mark the events appropriately in line with previous events where sport has come together,” the letter read.
The former FA chairman David Bernstein, who is Jewish, told the Daily Telegraph he was “shocked and hurt” by the governing body’s lack of response to the attacks.
England manager Gareth Southgate is likely to be asked about the issue when he addresses the media today.
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