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Socceroos Cup qualifier to go ahead

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016

The Socceroos' World Cup qualifier against Thailand will go ahead as scheduled next month.

However, fans have been asked to treat it as a solemn occasion, with the country in a state of mourning following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej earlier this month.

Thailand had initially requested the game be changed to a neutral venue.

But a deal has now been struck for it to be played at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium on November 15, with limitations placed on fan behaviour.

Football Federation Australia asked Australians attending the match to observe several requests including to wear neutral colours such as black, white or grey, that musical instruments such as drums and whistles not be taken into the venue, and no chanting or cheering.

"As the match coincides with a period of mourning ... FFA asks all Australian fans attending the match and who are in Thailand to be respectful of the local customs," the governing body said in a statement on Friday night.

The FFA declined a chance to host the game on Australian soil because it had not been given enough lead-up time.

The Socceroos are placed second in group B behind Saudi Arabia in the third round of AFC qualification with Thailand in last spot after four losses.

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