Fifa to lift the ban on poppies on football shirts

by Garry Watts September 26, 2017, 0:15
Fifa to lift the ban on poppies on football shirts

The global bosses were adamant the poppy should be banned from football shirts as they saw it as a "political symbol" outlawed by the rules of the game.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will be applying common sense in relaxing its ban on England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland's national teams displaying a poppy on their shirts, according to United Kingdom sports minister Tracey Crouch.

The ensuing row drew criticism from the Prime Minister, with Theresa May calling Fifa's stance "utterly outrageous".

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales were all fined by FIFA a year ago for displaying poppies at 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

England's fixtures for November will be confirmed following the final round of World Cup qualifying matches which take place in October.

The new proposals will permit the wearing of poppy emblems if there is no advance objection from both the teams and the competition organiser.

English players are now expected to either wear armbands with a poppy on them or have the poppy embroidered on their shirts in the same way as Premier League teams.

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The document, which discusses the Federation Internationale de Football Association rule known as law four, does not provide much clarity on what the "initiatives" might be, but says they can not breach law 12, which refers to foul play and abusive language.

Mrs May said there was a "clear message" from the House of Commons that "we want our players to be able to wear those poppies".

Scotland, as they were the visiting team, were fined £16,000.

In 2016 it began disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association of Ireland over players in a friendly game with Switzerland wearing a logo to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

A hastily-arranged conference call next month of IFAB members - the body governing changes to the Laws - is expected to ratify the change in time for a potential commemoration of those that lost their lives in the Great War, as is traditional for England games in November.

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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