Poppy ban to be lifted by FIFA after talks with worldwide federations

Taylor Byrd
September 26, 2017

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".

According to reports, Federation Internationale de Football Association negotiated with the home nations and proposed revised provisions last week which would mean the poppy could be worn as long as the match organisers and each team's opponents agree on its use ahead of a particular fixture.

However, with the exact same batch of fixtures on the horizon, it would appear that football's governing body are preparing to lift their blanket ban by rewording their regulations, meaning that the poppy could be worn if both the opposing team and the official match/competition organisers (i.e. FIFA/UEFA, etc) are okay with it.

When England and Scotland defied the ruling, by wearing a black armbands with poppy during their match on 11 November, they ended up being fined.

During Armistice Day previous year, the worldwide football federation fined England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for using the poppy on shirts and in the grounds.

Wales and Northern Ireland were fined for displaying it in their stadiums.

FIFA's stance resulted in widespread condemnation in Britain, with Prime Minister Theresa May calling it "utterly outrageous".

England are expected to play Germany at Wembley in November, if they secure World Cup qualification next month.

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.

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.

The new law is expected to be passed by November's global games played during the Remembrance weekend when people don Poppies.

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.

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