Fifa poppy ban has 'no political, religious or commercial meaning' says Royal British Legion

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Royal British Legion has urged Fifa to rethink its ban on footballers wearing poppies during next week's match between England and Scotland at Wembley.

The charity said Fifa's decision "has no political, religious or commercial meaning", adding to the weight of condemnation which has been heaped on football's governing body this week.

Fifa ruled that players in next week's World Cup qualifier cannot wear poppies as it would violate the association's rules on political gestures. However this decision has been rubbished by a number of influential figures, with former sports minister Richard Caborn saying players should flout the ban and accept any sanctions accrued as a result.

The match takes place on Armistice Day, the 98th anniversary of the end of the First World War. 

It has also been revealed that the Football Association of Ireland could face disciplinary action over emblems worn on the shirts of Irish players in March, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.