England Won't Be Wearing Poppies During Armistice Day Match, And People Are Angry

Here's the latest Poppy Day outrage

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A dispute has broken out following a report that Fifa has banned England players from wearing poppies on their shirts during their World Cup qualifier match which falls on Armistice Day.

England will play Scotland at Wembley on 11 November, Remembrance Day in the UK, but Fifa does not allow political, religious or commercial messages to be displayed on shirts.

The BBC reports the Football Association is currently debating the matter with Fifa and according to BBC Sports news correspondent Richard Conway, the new Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, is "more sensitive" to these issues than his predecessor Sepp Blatter.

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"In recent weeks, the FA has led remembrance discussions with Fifa to allow the England team to show its support for the Poppy Appeal during the World Cup qualifier with Scotland," a spokesperson for the FA has said.

However, a report in The Sun claims Fifa has already implemented a ban on the players wearing poppies, which has sparked outrage among veterans and ex-football players.

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Speaking to the newspaper, Falklands veteran Simon Weston urged the FA to fight Fifa's guidelines and pay any potential fine they might face as punishment for breaking the rule.

"The FAs of both ­Scotland and England should stand up and be counted," Weston said.

"Both those countries took part in both World Wars and should take the lead. They should pay any fine Fifa has to give them. This is not a political gesture."

Former England player Ian Wright made his opinion clear on Twitter, while Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is said to be urging players to ignore the supposed ban.

"It's offensive for Fifa to say that on Armistice Day of all days that England and Scotland players cannot wear the poppy," he told The Evening Standard.

"I hope the players will wear their poppy with pride."

The controversy comes after a similar row in 2011, when Fifa threatened to ban the England team from wearing poppies in a friendly against Spain. The players displayed the symbol on black armbands instead, which could be a possible solution to the current Armistice Day match debate.