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Federation Internationale de Football Association set to ditch its poppy ban at matches

October 24 2017, 03:51 | Irvin Gilbert

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Football lawmakers IFAB to lift poppy ban

Fifa is set to lift the ban on the poppy following talks with the football associations of the United Kingdom.

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

The FA and Scottish FA were both fined for the commemoration activities that took place before and during England and Scotland's World Cup Qualifier on Armistice Day while Northern Ireland and Wales were also reprimanded.

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.

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.

Iran has been fined for "religiously motivated displays" during a match.

Past year the English FA - as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - were fined by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

If England seal qualification for next summer's World Cup in their next two games in early October, they are set to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley in November and it is understood they have already been given permission by the German FA to wear poppies.

England previously wore poppies with FIFA's go-ahead during a friendly with Spain in 2011.

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

"These clarifications do not require any further ratification, as they have been approved by The IFAB's Board of Directors (body authorised to approve such clarifications, which are not Law changes)".

The FA immediately said it would appeal against the Federation Internationale de Football Association disciplinary committee decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport following last year's global matches, but that threat has now been dropped and it is understood those fines were never paid and will simply be forgotten.



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