FIFA ends football kit poppy ban

FIFA ends football kit poppy ban

Kerry Wise
September 26, 2017

A year ago sparked outrage amongst the British population after world football's governing body FIFA ruled that poppies were banned from being worn in football matches because they were too political.

England and Spurs striker Harry Kane, 23, also spoke out and said Three Lions stars were proud to wear the symbolic flowers to honour our war heroes Federation Internationale de Football Association have now finally backtracked over their ban on the poppy and agreed an amendment to the game's rules.

FIFA's stance resulted in widespread condemnation in Britain, with Prime Minister Theresa May calling it "utterly outrageous".

A friendly against Germany is planned for November 11 at Wembley and the German FA has already said it is relaxed about any Poppy Day activities, including England's players wearing them on their kit.

England will play Germany in an global friendly in November, and the BBC said the German side are happy for England to wear the poppy during the match. "I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so".

According to Sky Sports News, FIFA have 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.

England captain Wayne Rooney wears a poppy on his sleeve.

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Previous year the FA maintained that the Poppy - used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in war - did not fall into any of these categories.

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

England and Scotland wore black armbands with a poppy during their Armistice Day clash in November, 2016.

In what is a significant victory for the Football Association, the game's law-makers have agreed to a rule amendment allowing poppies to be worn if the opponents and match organisers agree to it.

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.

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