Federation Internationale de Football Association poppy ban to be lifted for United Kingdom home nations

Posted September 26, 2017

The fixture depends on both teams avoiding the World Cup play-offs, which will be achieved if England beat Slovenia on October 5, at the same time as Germany get at least a draw against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

Sports minister Tracey Crouch is pleased Federation Internationale de Football Association will "apply some common sense" on its ban of players wearing poppies.

FIFA has backed down in its row with British football authorities over the wearing of poppies by players in global matches as a tribute to those killed in war.

Only opposition from Germany, which is unlikely, would prevent the poppies being displayed at English football's national stadium.

Supporters reacted with fury past year when Fifa - football's global governing body - fined the FA after England and Scotland players wore black armbands with a poppy for their World Cup qualifier at Wembley on November 11.

Shadow sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan added: "I reaffirm my view that Federation Internationale de Football Association need to get its own house in order before throwing the rule book at nations paying their respects to those who have died during war".

A ban on players displaying poppies is expected to be lifted before worldwide games in November.

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The FA, SFA and FAW all lodged appeals, with the IFA not joining them only due to there being no right of appeal for fines below a certain threshold.

Last year, England and Scotland players wore black armbands featuring poppies for their match at Wembley.

The article stated that FIFA's new rule will permit the use of the poppy if opposing teams and competition organisers both agree in advance.

FIFA's relaxation of the rules reportedly states in new guidelines that "Whilst "religious" and "personal" are relatively easily defined, "political" is less clear".

All the UK's mainstream media report this morning that football's world governing body has changed its stance over poppy wearing by the home nations.

England will play Germany in an worldwide friendly in November, and the BBC said the German side are happy for England to wear the poppy during the match.

But now, 10 months later, Federation Internationale de Football Association has sent new guidance that appears to allow symbols and slogans that could be interpreted as political, so long as they are not related to political parties or governments.