Federation Internationale de Football Association poppy ban: Gordon Strachan and Michael O'Neill want 'common sense'

Posted September 26, 2017

Instead, the sport's administrators sought an urgent meeting with Federation Internationale de Football Association bosses to press their case, arguing that the poppy is neither a political nor a religious symbol - and argue that the ban should be ditched.

The new proposals will permit the wearing of poppy emblems if there is no advance objection from both the teams and the competition organiser.

Federation Internationale de Football Association will allow England players to wear poppies on their kit when Gareth Southgate's side plays its planned friendly match against Germany at Wembley in November.

English players are now expected to either wear armbands with a poppy on them or have the poppy embroidered on their shirts in the same way as Premier League teams.

Last November the world football governing body sparked outrage after taking disciplinary measures against Northern Ireland over the display of poppies and a minute's silence held on the Armistice Day game against Azerbaijan.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were all fined by the governing body a year ago for using poppies to commemorate Armistice Day.

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Theresa May has previously called FIFA's stance "utterly outrageous".

England is planning to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley around Armistice Day, assuming Gareth Southgate's side doesn't have to contest a playoff to qualify for the World Cup. To do so, England need to beat Slovenia at Wembley next month to secure automatic promotion while a draw is enough for Germany against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

According to BBC Sport, due to FIFA's change of heart, it is likely that the aforementioned fines against the aforementioned FAs will now not have to be paid either.

"It is completely right that footballers and fans alike should be able to wear poppies with pride, as a tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of our servicemen and women".

The FA immediately said it would appeal against the Federation Internationale de Football Association disciplinary committee decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport following last year's worldwide matches, but that threat has now been dropped and it is understood those fines were never paid and will simply be forgotten.