Fifa still bans wearing poppies on shirts during Remembrance week
Over a month ago
Fifa has long stood firm with not allowing the use of political, religious or commercial messages on their official kit, and it seems this year may be no different, with FA bosses in discussion with Fifa about what to expect if they break the rule and allow the team to wear a poppy on their shirts. This weekend starts a week of remembrance, a time for many nations to come together in honouring those who fought and lost their lives in the armed forces. However, as next week's world cup qualifier between England and Scotland is scheduled for Armistice day, the FA is still in discussion with Fifa about the poppy issue and is working with the Royal British Legion to ensure some form of fitting commemoration is in place.
In 2011 Fifa allowed England, Scotland and Wales teams to wear a poppy on their armband for the Internationals after Prince William, in his role as President of the FA applied pressure, and the then Prime Minister David Cameron wrote to Fifa requesting that England could wear shirts embroidered with poppies. Heaton-Harris, who represented the constituency of Daventry, said at the time "Fifa and the FA have to have a better relationship and I could see this situation was a recipe for disaster". Scotland's coach Craig Levein added; "My own grandfather died in the Second World War so from my point of view it's straightforward". He went on to say "I know a few military are going to be coming to the game. I know some of the players have made their complimentary tickets available, which will be good as well. To come and watch us will hopefully bring a smile to their faces and it's a little bit of a thank you for what they are doing for us right now. I would just reiterate how proud we are of them and how much it means that they are out there fighting for us, for our country." The outcome back then, in 2011, was that the team were allowed to wear a poppy on a black armband. What will happen this year is as yet undecided, as talks between Fifa and FA continue.
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