Federation Internationale de Football Association set to relax ban on war commemorations

Tuesday, 26 Sep, 2017

FIFA has backed down in its row with British football authorities over the wearing of poppies by players in worldwide matches as a tribute to those killed in war.

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 fines led Prime Minister Theresa May to call football's world governing body's stance "utterly outrageous".

England and Scotland wore special armbands with the emblem on during their World Cup qualifier at Wembley last November, with Wales and Northern Ireland displaying poppies in their stadiums.

The game will be confirmed next month, presuming both teams have booked their place at the World Cup finals, and Federation Internationale de Football Association will then formally agree to the symbols being worn.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were all fined by the governing body previous year for using poppies to commemorate Armistice Day. "I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so".

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It is understood Federation Internationale de Football Association sent out a draft proposal to its member nations with revised provisions that could see the poppy permitted if opposing teams and the competition organiser for the relevant match both accept its use in advance.

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

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

If England are to secure qualification to the 2018 World Cup from their final two qualifying matches next week, they are then scheduled to play Germany at Wembley in a friendly on November 10, when they will again be wearing poppies as the German FA has already given its consent.

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.