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Fifa investigates Wales & Northern Ireland FAs over poppy displays

Remembrance is marked on the pitch ahead of Wales v Serbia

Remembrance is marked at Cardiff City Stadium before Wales’ game against Serbia

Fifa is investigating the Welsh and Irish Football Associations over poppy displays during World Cup qualifiers.

Fans formed a poppy mosaic before Northern Ireland’s 4-0 win over Azerbaijan on 11 November, and Wales’ 1-1 draw against Serbia on 12 November, while players wore black arm bands.

The English and Scottish FAs are also being investigated by Fifa after players wore poppies on Armistice Day.

Rules ban “political, religious or personal messages” on kits.

Fifa rules state that “the use of giant screens must be in compliance with the relevant Fifa instructions”.

The Irish FA said it “will robustly defend the disciplinary charges”. The FAW has yet to comment.

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Northern Ireland supporters use cards to create the shape of a poppy before the meeting with Azerbaija

International Football Association Board (IFAB) rules state that players cannot wear “political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images”.

The IFAB includes members of the four British football associations.

England and Scotland players wore black armbands with poppy emblems for their World Cup qualifier at Wembley on 11 November, after their associations said they would accept “any kind of sanction”.

Fifa has said that reports of a ban on wearing poppies were a “distortion of the facts” and that its disciplinary committee acted independently.

Fifa said it reminded the four football associations of the rules, although the FAW said Fifa “turned down a request for the Wales national team to wear poppies on their shirts or on armbands”.

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Wales fans crease a poppy shape using coloured cards

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38077727