In pictures: Loyalist protest over Irish Cup anthem decision

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A GROUP of loyalists staged a protest in south Belfast ahead of the Irish Football Association final on Saturday, expressing anger over the decision not to play God Save the Queen.

Last week, the IFA confirmed that there would be no anthem before the showpiece clash between Cliftonville and Glentoran at Windsor Park saying they wanted to ensure that there is a “politically neutral” environment.

Loyalists take part in a protest

Loyalists take part in a protest

Unionist politicians who met the IFA over the controversy, voiced their disappointment, but appealed for calm.