England, Scotland & Wales in talks with Fifa over wearing poppies on shirts


England are playing Scotland at Wembley for the first time since August 2013

England, Scotland and Wales are in talks with world governing body Fifa over whether players can wear poppies on their shirts to mark Armistice Day.

England play Scotland at Wembley on 11 November in a World Cup qualifier, before Wales face Serbia at the Cardiff City Stadium the following evening.

Fifa bans political, religious or commercial messages on shirts.

The Football Associations of England, Scotland and Wales want to know the potential punishments.

The ultimate sanction is a points deduction, but Fifa has not indicated whether that would be under consideration.

One solution could be players wearing a poppy on an armband.

That compromise was brokered for England’s 1-0 friendly win over Spain at Wembley on 12 November 2011.

England’s match with Scotland takes place on Armistice Day, when commemorations take place across the United Kingdom to remember the nation’s war dead.

An FA spokesman said: “We are working closely with the Royal British Legion once again this year to honour and remember the sacrifices made by those serving in the armed forces.

“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.”

BBC Sports news correspondent Richard Conway says it is believed the new Fifa administration, under president Gianni Infantino, is “more sensitive” to such issues than was the case under Sepp Blatter and that the expectation in Zurich is that a “rapid solution” will be found.


Tuesday’s Sun led with the story

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