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

26 September 2017, 12:16 | Isaac Mcdaniel

REUTERS WIN FA chiefs have won the battle over wearing poppies on England shirts

Poppies on England shirts

British prime minister Theresa May responded by calling the ruling "utterly outrageous".

Last November the world football governing body sparked outrage after taking disciplinary measures against Northern Ireland over the display of poppies and a minute's silence held on the Armistice Day game against Azerbaijan.

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

"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".

According to British broadcaster BBC, the use of the poppy emblem would be permitted if the opposing teams and the competition organizer for the match in question both accept its use in advance. The German football association is understood to have no objections over England players wearing the poppy, The Guardian reported.

But the ban is now reportedly to be lifted Federation Internationale de Football Association in time for England's friendly with Germany on November 10, the evening before Armistice Day.

The English and Scottish FAs appealed against fines totalling £51,000 for displaying the poppy when the sides faced each other.

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FIFA's relaxation of the rules reportedly states in new guidelines that "Whilst "religious" and "personal" are relatively easily defined, "political" is less clear".

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

There was widespread incredulity when Federation Internationale de Football Association fined England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for their use of the poppy symbol 10 months ago.

It has yet to be negotiated whether the poppies will be attached to black armbands or be allowed as part of the shirt.

"These clarifications do not require any further ratification, as they have been approved by The IFAB's Board of Directors (body authorised to approve such clarifications, which are not Law changes)".

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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