Foot­ball - FIFA charges North­ern Ire­land, Wales for poppy dis­plays

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

FIFA says it has opened dis­ci­plinary cases against North­ern Ire­land and Wales for dis­play­ing large poppy em­blems across sec­tions of their sta­di­ums be­fore re­cent World Cup qual­i­fy­ing matches. It fol­lows FIFA charg­ing the English and Scot­tish fed­er­a­tions for war re­mem­brance dis­plays and cer­e­monies at their Nov. 11 match at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium. The laws of soc­cer pro­hibit re­li­gious, po­lit­i­cal or per­sonal state­ments at na­tional team matches. North­ern Ire­land played Azer­bai­jan in Belfast on Nov. 11 and Wales hosted Ser­bia in Cardiff the next day. Both fed­er­a­tions face be­ing fined.

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