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Socceroos free to celebrate against Thais

AAP logoAAP 14/11/2016 Emma Kemp

Socceroos players will not be asked to mute any goal celebrations against Thailand over the death of the country's king.

Thailand was plunged into a 30-day period of mourning following King Bhumibol Adulyadej's passing last month, prompting initial disruptions to Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier.

After an early request to move the game to a neutral venue, the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) agreed to host the Group B tie on November 15 as scheduled, on the condition fans refrain from singing, cheering and drumming.

However the restrictions were subsequently relaxed on the basis the match falls one day after the official mourning period ends on November 14.

Supporters would be allowed to bring banners and instruments and "sing cheering songs and appropriately conduct joyful activities".

What is considered appropriate remains open to interpretation.

But while both teams will wear black armbands as a sign of respect, Postecoglou signalled he had no intention of instructing his players to sway from their usual match routine or celebrations on the pitch.

"The game needs to run normally, and from our intent it will be," Postecoglou said.

"The information we have is that the game will run normally so I'm not going to try and manufacture something in the game or the context to reflect the circumstances of the game.

"It's been sanctioned to go ahead, so it goes ahead."

A couple of thousand fans have made the trip from Australia, and coupled with a large expat community the match is expected to get the biggest turnout of any of the Socceroos' away qualifiers.

"In terms of supporters it's been well-documented, the expectations," Postecoglou said.

"I'd be very surprised if the supporters aren't respectful of that.

"We travel throughout the region and more often than not the supporters are well-behaved."

Postecoglou was reluctant to call it a must-win game despite the implications the result could have on the second-placed Socceroos' group standing.

He was more focused on his team producing the right type of performance.

"We knew the first five games would be really tough because we had two trips to the Middle East plus this away game, and one of our home games against Japan," Postecoglou said.

"If we play well and claim maximum points we'll be on 11 points from five games.

"Regardless of what the others do we'll be in a good position with three home games next year plus Iraq at a neutral venue - so we've only really got one away game in the back half.

"We'll let the others fight it out."

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