FIFA scraps ban on poppies on football shirts

Marsha Scott
September 26, 2017

Wembley chiefs are still appealing the £35,000 fine levied by Federation Internationale de Football Association for sporting armbands with a poppy emblem in last year's World Cup qualifier at home to Scotland.

FIFA's stance resulted in widespread condemnation in Britain, with Prime Minister Theresa May calling it "utterly outrageous".

"Our football players want to recognise and respect those who have given their lives for our safety and security", May said at the time.

"It is completely right that footballers and fans alike should be able to wear poppies with pride, as a tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of our servicemen and women".

Once the new rules are agreed, players will be allowed to wear poppies on the pitch, but only on the conditions that the opposing team agrees and the competition organiser has no objection.

Anyway, FIFA have reportedly sent revised drafts of their kit protocol to all their member nations with a new law expected to be passed in time for the upcoming "Armistice" global break that falls between 6th and 14th of November (during which England are due to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley).

If England are to secure qualification to the 2018 World Cup from their final two qualifying matches next week, they are then scheduled to play Germany at Wembley in a friendly on November 10, when they will again be wearing poppies as the German FA has already given its consent.

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Wales and Northern Ireland were fined for displaying it in their stadiums.

However, the FA are refusing to comment until the new Law has been fully ratified by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

England previously wore poppies with FIFA's go-ahead during a friendly with Spain in 2011.

There are 211 national football associations that are members of FIFA including the FA in England.

The new wording tightens the definition of what is to be deemed a "political" symbol by the football authorities.

According to BBC Sport, due to FIFA's change of heart, it is likely that the aforementioned fines against the aforementioned FAs will now not have to be paid either.

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