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The Tunisian Football Federation has submitted an official request to the Confederation of African football seeking permission for a show of solidarity with Egypt in their own way

In a statement posted on its official website, the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) has announced its intention of submitting a request to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to allow Tunisia’s players to wear black armbands in their quarter final matchup against Ghana.

Caf have already mandated that a minute of silence be observed before all of the remaining 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) matches but the north Africans have felt a need to go a step further in the wake the Port Said tragedy that claimed the lives of 74 people.

“It is with shock and dismay that members of the Federal Bureau learned what happened in Egypt on Wednesday,” began the statement.

“Given the magnitude of the catastrophe, the FTF immediately responded by expressing solidarity with the Egyptian Football Association and has taken the initiative to ask Caf, in addition to the minute of silence that the teams will observe during the quarter finals of the Afcon, to allow Tunisia’s players to wear black armbands.”