Wales ap­peal FIFA fine on war-com­mem­o­rat­ing poppy

Global Times - Weekend - - SPORTS -

The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Wales (FAW) will ap­peal against the fine im­posed by FIFA over the dis­play­ing of com­mem­o­ra­tive sym­bols dur­ing a Wales game, the or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced on Fri­day.

The FAW was fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,960) after a wreath and poppy mosaic were dis­played in mem­ory of Bri­tain’s war dead dur­ing a World Cup qual­i­fier against Ser­bia in Cardiff last Novem­ber.

“The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion of Wales can con­firm that it has re­ceived writ­ten rea­sons from FIFA’s Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee re­lat­ing to sanc­tions im­posed dur­ing our World Cup qual­i­fier against Ser­bia on No- vem­ber 12, 2016,” the FAW said in a state­ment.

“Fol­low­ing this, the FAW have now in­formed FIFA of our in­ten­tion to ap­peal the de­ci­sion.”

The FAW fol­lows Eng­land’s Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and the Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion in ap­peal­ing against pun­ish­ments handed down by FIFA for com­mem­o­ra­tive acts.

The FA and the SFA were fined after Eng­land and Scot­land’s play­ers wore black arm­bands with red poppy mo­tifs dur­ing their 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier at Wem­b­ley on Novem­ber 11. Both have since ap­pealed against their pun­ish­ments, with the SFA an­nounc­ing its ap­peal on Thurs­day.

Fear­ful of in­cur­ring sanc­tions from FIFA for dis­play­ing po­lit­i­cal sym­bols, Wales elected not to wear poppy arm­bands for their game against Ser­bia the fol­low­ing day.

But they were pun­ished none­the­less for their pitch-side dis­plays.

The qual­i­fy­ing matches were staged around Ar­mistice Day, when Bri­tish peo­ple pay trib­ute to the coun­try’s war dead by wear­ing repli­cas of poppy flow­ers.

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