English, Scot­tish will wear pop­pies de­spite FIFA ban

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ENG­LAND and Scot­land’s play­ers will wear black arm­bands bear­ing the red poppy when they meet in a World Cup qual­i­fier on Arm­stice Day, de­spite the threat of sanc­tions from FIFA.

The English and Scot­tish foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tions had been ne­go­ti­at­ing with the world gov­ern­ing body, which bans po­lit­i­cal, com­mer­cial and re­li­gious sym­bols on team out­fits dur­ing matches.

But the FA in­sisted yes­ter­day that the wear­ing of a poppy rep­re­sents an “ap­pro­pri­ate trib­ute” to Bri­tain’s war dead.

“The poppy is an im­por­tant sym­bol of re­mem­brance and we do not be­lieve it rep­re­sents a po­lit­i­cal, re­li­gious or com­mer­cial mes­sage, nor does it re­late to any one his­tor­i­cal event,” said an FA state­ment.

“The FA in­tend to pay ap­pro­pri­ate trib­ute to those who have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice by hav­ing the Eng­land team wear black arm­bands bear­ing pop­pies in our fix­ture on Ar­mistice Day.”

Eng­land play Scot­land in a World Cup qual­i­fier at Wem­b­ley on Novem­ber 11, the day when Bri­tain tra­di­tion­ally re­mem­bers its war dead.

Many Bri­tons wear red pop­pies as a trib­ute to those who have died in con­flicts which have in­volved the coun­try.

The Scot­tish FA is­sued a sim­i­lar state­ment to their English coun­ter­parts say­ing the wear­ing of a poppy was “an ap­pro­pri­ate trib­ute”.

“The Scot­land na­tional team (will) wear black arm­bands bear­ing pop­pies in our fix­ture against Eng­land on Ar­mistice Day,” said the Scot­tish body. – AFP

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