English, Scottish will wear poppies despite FIFA ban
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