Fifa investigates Wales & Northern Ireland FAs over poppy displays

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Fifa is investigating the Football Associations of Wales and Northern Ireland over poppy displays during World Cup qualifiers. Fans formed a poppy mosaic before Northern Ireland's 4-0 win over Azerbaijan on 11 November, and Wales' 1-1 draw against Serbia on 12 November, while players wore black arm bands. The English and Scottish FAs are also being investigated by Fifa after players wore poppies on Armistice Day. The Irish FA said it "will robustly defend the disciplinary charges". The FAW has yet to comment.


England confirm poppies tribute

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England and Germany players will wear black armbands bearing poppies for Friday's friendly at Wembley. The tribute is in remembrance of members of the armed forces, said the Football Association (FA) and German Football Association (DFB). FA chief executive Martin Glenn called it "a show of solidarity and unity". It comes after rules were changed last month, allowing the home nations to wear a poppy if opposing teams and the competition organiser agree to it. England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were all fined for displaying poppies during games in November 2016 as Fifa deemed it to be a political symbol.


Fifa action against England and Scotland

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Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against England and Scotland for wearing poppies in Friday's World Cup qualifier. Players from both countries wore black armbands bearing a poppy during England's 3-0 win at Wembley, with the game taking place on Armistice Day. Fifa, world football's governing body, would not "speculate on any outcome or provide an estimated timeline". How did this situation arise? The idea of players wearing a poppy was raised before the two nations met on 11 November, the day when the United Kingdom traditionally remembers those who have died in conflict.


Fifa poppy ban: Gordon Strachan and Michael O'Neill want 'common sense'

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Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and his Northern Ireland counterpart Michael O'Neill want "common sense" to prevail over the ban on teams displaying poppies. Last year, Fifa fined all four home nations for their use of the poppy to commemorate Armistice Day, deeming it to be a political symbol. But the ban is now set to be lifted by world football's governing body. "If it gets ratified, that's just common sense," said Strachan. England and Scotland wore the emblem on black armbands during their World Cup qualifier at Wembley last November.


Flower power

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Football's governing body, Fifa, has turned down a request from England and Scotland for players to wear armbands featuring poppies on Armistice Day, the Scottish Football Association says. Does the design really breach a ban on "political" symbols, asks Stephen Fottrell. The poppy is worn every November to commemorate members of the armed forces who gave their lives in war, and British sports teams have traditionally joined in by adding a poppy to their kit. The English and Scottish football associations had hoped to get permission for their players to wear poppies on their shirts during their World Cup qualifier on Armistice Day (11 November). But Fifa bans "political, religious or commercial messages" from being used on national teams' shirts, and the Scottish FA says it is "sticking to the letter of the law".