Revealed: England poppy fine higher than Fifa's penalties for racist, homophobic chanting

Monday, December 19, 2016

The fine handed out to the English FA for its poppy displays during the match with Scotland is higher than recent penalties imposed by Fifa for racist and homophobic chanting.

The FA was fined a total of 44,000 Swiss francs (£35,000) after England players wore poppies on their arms during the World Cup qualifier against Scotland. An image of a poppy was displayed on the giant screens at Wembley during the match, which was played on Armistice Day.

However this fine is significantly higher than the sanction imposed on the Kosovan FA last month following racist chants at a recent match against Croatia.

Supporters of both teams sang anti-Serbian songs during the match, which was played in neutral Albania in October. The Croatian FA was fined 50,000 Swiss fancs, while their Kosovan counterparts were fined just 30,000 Swiss francs.

The fine meted out to England is also higher than the 30,000 Swiss franc penalty imposed on the Chilean FA today for the homophobic chants aired by their fans during the World Cup qualifying campaign. This follows a 20,000 Swiss franc fine issued to the Mexican FA last year after fans chanted the word puto, widely used as a term of abuse against LGBT individuals. 

The English FA has announced it will appeal the fine imposed by Fifa and maintains that the poppy display was strictly non-political and in no way incendiary.

Fifa maintains that the poppy display was politically motivated, but the English FA is adamant that it was a simple act of remembrance for those who lost their lives in the First World War and other conflicts.