Federation Internationale de Football Association looks set to lift ban on poppies

Rosalie Stanley
September 26, 2017

FIFA's stance - based on a strict interpretation of its laws against the use of personal, political or religious slogans or symbols - sparked widespread condemnation in Britain, with Prime Minister Theresa May calling it "utterly outrageous" in Parliament.

Football's world governing body told England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that they were not allowed to incorporate it into their kits during World Cup qualifiers a year ago.

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).

Last year Federation Internationale de Football Association fined England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for sporting the poppy on an armband to commemorate Armistice day as it was considered a political symbol.

England and Spurs striker Harry Kane, 23, also spoke out and said Three Lions stars were proud to wear the symbolic flowers to honour our war heroes Federation Internationale de Football Association have now finally backtracked over their ban on the poppy and agreed an amendment to the game's rules.

Wales and Northern Ireland were also fined similar amounts for Remembrance displays.

England is set to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley on the evening before Armistice Day.

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

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

The outcome means that players may now wear poppies providing their opponents have approved it and they have informed the match organisers.

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.

England are expected to play Germany at Wembley in November, if they secure World Cup qualification next month.

But now, 10 months later, Federation Internationale de Football Association has sent new guidance that appears to allow symbols and slogans that could be interpreted as political, so long as they are not related to political parties or governments.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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