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Thai fans able to cheer against Socceroos

AAP logoAAP 3/11/2016 Melissa Woods

Thailand's soccer fans are expected to be in full voice for their World Cup qualifier against Australia, with their government easing mourning restrictions in place since the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) agreed to host the game on November 15 but initially ordered fans to stay muted, with the country in mourning.

However, it was announced that following the completion of 30 days of mourning on November 14, restrictions would be lifted, with the FAT allowing fans to bring banners and instruments and "sing cheering songs and appropriately conduct joyful activities".

Football Federation Australia said the Socceroos would continue to show the appropriate respect while in Thailand and asked Australian fans to do the same.

"We have been liaising on a daily basis with the Australian Embassy and the Football Association of Thailand to ensure our players, staff and fans are aware of the sensitive nature of the mourning in Thailand and, although these restrictions have been lifted for match day, we will continue with plans to respect the people of Thailand," FFA chief executive David Gallop said in a statement.

A Socceroos delegation will attend a number of events to pay their respects to the king.

Thai fans are desperate for a victory after failing to win a point in four games, while Australia are second in Group B of final Asian qualifying for a place at Russia 2018.

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