Federation Internationale de Football Association to lift controversial poppy ban

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The change to the Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations should allow England to wear poppies without fear of being sanctioned this November.

Just shy of a year ago, FIFA levied heavy fines against the Football Associations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for defying protocol and wearing Remembrance poppies during their November internationals.

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.

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

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

The new law is expected to be passed in time for November's global games, which are to be played between 6 and 14 November - a period that incorporates Remembrance weekend.

England is planning to play Germany in a friendly at Wembley around Armistice Day, assuming Gareth Southgate's side do not have to contest a play-off to qualify for the World Cup.


The Three Lions are now set to sport the symbol in the planned friendly with Germany at Wembley on November 10 - the day before Armistice Day.

The Football Association and the Football Association of Wales have declined to comment until the decision has been ratified by Fifa.

It means that England, or any other team that wants to wear poppies on their shirts, will be able to do so, providing they get their opponents' permission and inform the organisers of the match.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were all fined by the governing body previous year for using poppies to commemorate Armistice Day.

Instead, with the prospect of increased fines being levied for repeat offences, negotiations have taken place to find a solution.

As a result of this, the United Kingdom associations are no longer expected to pay the fines they were hit with previous year.

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