Football: England to stage Christchurch tribute before Euro qualifier

The English Football Association will pay tribute to the people killed in last week's Christchurch mosque attacks before its 2020 qualifier against Czech Republic.

A lone shooter killed 50 people and wounded 48 more, when he attacked two mosques on Friday.

"We will pay tribute to the victims of the tragedy in New Zealand at the England v Czech Republic match on Friday 22 March," the FA tweeted. "We will remember everyone affected by the terrible events in Christchurch."

Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, was arrested after the twin shootings and was charged with murder on Saturday.

The attacks - the worst in New Zealand's history - were marked with silences before last weekend's Six Nations rugby games and rugby league matches, but British professional football did not do likewise.

The former chair of the FA race equality board, Yunus Lunat, criticised football's failure to honour the victims, contrasting it with the game's response to previous acts of terrorism, such as the attacks on Paris in November 2015.

In a tweet, the employment lawyer wrote: "Shame on you FA premierleague EFL. 

"No minutes silence to mark Christchurch massacre #MoreToFootball? 
#doublestandards.

"Went all out for Paris/Charlie Hebdo. #MuslimLivesDontMatter."

PA