Federation Internationale de Football Association to allow players to wear poppies in end to stand-off

FIFA has overturned a ban preventing countries from wearing memorial poppies on their kits during matches

England and Scotland wore the emblem on black armbands during their World Cup qualifier at Wembley last November.

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.

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

The holding of a minute's silence, the laying of a wreath and a poppy display by fans before Northern Ireland's 4-0 win over Azerbaijan the previous day led to a £11,770 fine for the Irish FA. "I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so".

The article stated that FIFA's new rule will permit the use of the poppy if opposing teams and competition organisers both agree in advance.

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

England intend to play Germany at Wembley in November, subject to qualifying results next month, and the German FA are believed to have raised no objections to the use of the poppy.

England previously wore poppies with FIFA's go-ahead during a friendly with Spain in 2011. To do so, England need to beat Slovenia at Wembley next month to secure automatic promotion while a draw is enough for Germany against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

The FA declined to comment on the proposal until the decision to change the laws has been fully ratified.

Having previously allowed England to wear poppies in a November friendly against Spain, Fifa's crackdown a year ago certainly took the home nations by surprise.

A ban on the use of a poppy during games looks set to be lifted by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

It is believed the fines levied against the United Kingdom associations past year will not now need to be paid.

Federation Internationale de Football Association do not allow political symbols to be used during matches, and deemed the poppy to be just that.



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