FIFA scraps ban on poppies on football shirts

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England 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.

Past year the English FA was fined £35,000 for their players wearing poppies on their armbands for their World Cup qualifier on Armistice day against Scotland at Wembley.

All four of the UK's national sides received fines from FIFA's disciplinary panel last November for displaying poppies in various forms to honour Armistice Day, a decision that prompted an intervention from prime minister Theresa May, who described the punishments as "utterly outrageous".

In the aftermath, Irish FA chiefs reluctantly decided not to contest the £12,000 fine levied by Federation Internationale de Football Association over the Remembrance Day Poppy display at Windsor Park. "I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so".

According to Sky Sports News, FIFA have sent out a draft proposal to its member nations with revised provisions that could see the poppy permitted if opposing teams and the competition organiser for the relevant match both accept its use in advance.

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.

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The new proposal is expected to be passed in time for November's worldwide matches, which will be played between 6 and 14 November.

The new rule will reportedly go through ahead of England's upcoming friendly against Germany, which will be played on November 10.

However, the FA are refusing to comment until the new Law has been fully ratified by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

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.

England captain Wayne Rooney wears a poppy on his sleeve.

The poppy has always been used as a symbol for the British to commemorate military personnel who died in battle.

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