Federation Internationale de Football Association set to call ceasefire with poppy pushers

26 September, 2017, 00:19 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Football lawmakers IFAB to lift poppy ban

The decision by football's world governing body comes after all four Home nations were fined past year when they ignored the ban on players wearing slogans or symbols which are considered to be personal, political or religious.

A ban on players displaying poppies is reportedly expected to be lifted by the International Football Association Board before international games in November.

At the time Prime Minister Theresa May told the BBC that Fifa's poppy stance was "utterly outrageous".

Supporters reacted with fury a year ago when Fifa - football's worldwide governing body - fined the FA after England and Scotland players wore black armbands with a poppy for their World Cup qualifier at Wembley on November 11.

The fixture depends on both teams avoiding the World Cup play-offs, which will be achieved if England beat Slovenia on October 5, at the same time as Germany get at least a draw against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

"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".

Previous year the English FA - as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - were fined by Federation Internationale de Football Association. The German football association is understood to have no objections over England players wearing the poppy, The Guardian reported.


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

The new law is expected to be passed by November's global games played during the Remembrance weekend when people don Poppies.

FIFA is set to relax the rules that ban teams from commemorating non-sporting events at soccer matches in response to high-profile disputes with British associations over honoring war dead.

When England and Scotland defied the ruling, by wearing a black armbands with poppy during their match on 11 November, they ended up being fined.

The report goes on to claim that the IFAB, football's lawmakers, are expected to rubber-stamp the change next month.

As a result of this, the United Kingdom associations are no longer expected to pay the fines they were hit with past year.

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