Black armband

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Richard Norris Wolfenden wearing a black armband, c. 1905.

A black armband is an armband that is coloured black to signify that the wearer is in mourning or wishes to identify with the commemoration of a family member or friend who has died.

In sport, especially association football, cricket, and Australian rules football, players will often wear black armbands following the death of a former player or manager.[1][2]

Black armbands are also worn by uniformed organizations, such as the police, fire services or military, at the funeral or on the death of a sovereign.

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  1. ^ Sunam, Ashim (2016-12-15). "History of black armbands and its use in sports including football, cricket among others". Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  2. ^ "Why are England wearing black armbands for Boxing Day Test?". Retrieved 2022-01-11.