June 27, 2012 / 6:17 PM / 6 years ago

Spain to wear black armbands to honour Roque

(Reuters) - Spain will don black armbands for Wednesday’s Euro 2012 semi-final against Portugal to honour Miquel Roque, a Real Betis defender who died of cancer at the weekend aged 23, the nation’s football federation (RFEF) said in a statement.

There was some confusion earlier on Wednesday as to whether Spain would be allowed to pay homage to the player, who started out in Barcelona’s youth ranks and had a stint at Liverpool.

UEFA published a statement saying it had not received a request from the Spanish to hold a minute’s silence before the match in Donetsk.

The statement came after Spanish media had erroneously said Spain’s request for a minute’s silence had been rejected.

The RFEF then confirmed the players would wear black armbands as holders Spain seek a place in Sunday’s final in Kiev against Italy or Germany.

Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by; Mark Meadows

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