UK na­tions plan to wear pop­pies after FIFA U-turn

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

LON­DON: Bri­tish foot­ball au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day they will ask their op­po­nents and FIFA for per­mis­sion to dis­play pop­pies on arm­bands in up­com­ing internationals as a trib­ute to those killed in war. Foot­ball’s world gov­ern­ing body last month backed down in its row with Bri­tish foot­ball au­thor­i­ties over the wear­ing of pop­pies and is­sued fresh guid­ance, which says cer­tain “ini­tia­tives” may ap­pear on play­ers’ kits. In a joint state­ment, the English Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (FA), FA of Wales, Ir­ish FA and Scot­tish FA said they wel­come the clar­i­fi­ca­tion on “what can and can­not be worn on play­ers’ shirts” is­sued by the game’s law-mak­ing body, the In­ter­na­tional Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Board, in Septem­ber. “It was im­por­tant that clar­ity was brought to this is­sue as it af­fects many foot­ball matches/com­pe­ti­tions through­out the world and is par­tic­u­larly help­ful in re­la­tion to re­mem­brance and pop­pies,” the four as­so­ci­a­tions said. —AFP

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