IFAB to lift poppy ban after Federation Internationale de Football Association revises provisions over shirt use

IFAB to lift poppy ban after Federation Internationale de Football Association revises provisions over shirt use

IFAB to lift poppy ban after Federation Internationale de Football Association revises provisions over shirt use

In what must surely rank as one of its most nonsensical decisions, FIFA imposed fines on the four British associations past year saying the wearing of poppies contravened regulations that that players' equipment should not carry any "political, religious or commercial" slogans.

The rescinding of the ban will enable all four United Kingdom teams to commemorate Armistice Day this year without any fear of punishment.

A year ago 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.

The chairman of Fifa's disciplinary committee, Claudio Sulser, said at the time: "Keeping in mind that the rules need to be applied in a neutral and fair manner across Fifa's 211 member associations, the display, among others, of any political or religious symbol is strictly prohibited".

The fines led Prime Minister Theresa May to call football's world governing body's stance "utterly outrageous".

"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".

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It's understood the a formal announcement of the rule change is expected to be made in time for the England v Germany match on November 10.

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

Federation Internationale de Football Association have since drafted a proposal that will allow the poppy to be worn as long the opposing teams and the competition organiser both accept the use of it.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and his Northern Ireland counterpart Michael O'Neill want "common sense" to prevail over the ban on teams displaying poppies.

The emphasis will now be on competition organisers, such as Uefa and Federation Internationale de Football Association, to determine if a particular symbol is "political" under the new regulation.

The new wording now expressly forbids only certain slogans and images - those representing individual people, parties, governments, political acts, discriminatory organisations or groups who actions are likely to offend.

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