Federation Internationale de Football Association 'applying common sense' with expected poppy ban U-turn

Federation Internationale de Football Association 'applying common sense' with expected poppy ban U-turn

The worldwide bosses were adamant the poppy should be banned from football shirts as they saw it as a "political symbol" outlawed by the rules of the game.

England players are set to wear poppies on their kit for their friendly worldwide on Remembrance Day this year after Federation Internationale de Football Association agreed to relax its ban.

FIFA's stance resulted in widespread condemnation in Britain, with Prime Minister Theresa May calling it "utterly outrageous".

FIFA is to lift its ban on players from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland wearing poppies during football matches.

England will play Germany in an global friendly in November, and the BBC said the German side are happy for England to wear the poppy during the match.

The FA, SFA and FAW all lodged appeals, with the IFA not joining them only due to there being no right of appeal for fines below a certain threshold.

The article stated that FIFA's new rule will permit the use of the poppy if opposing teams and competition organisers both agree in advance.

German FA chiefs have already given their blessing for England to wear the poppy symbol.

Only opposition from Germany, which is unlikely, would prevent the poppies being displayed at English football's national stadium.

The document, which discusses the Federation Internationale de Football Association rule known as law four, does not provide much clarity on what the "initiatives" might be, but says they can not breach law 12, which refers to foul play and abusive language.

The report goes on to claim that the IFAB, football's lawmakers, are expected to rubber-stamp the change next month.

Football's world governing body told England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that they were not allowed to incorporate it into their kits during World Cup qualifiers past year.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and his Northern Ireland counterpart Michael O'Neill want "common sense" to prevail over the ban on teams displaying poppies.

It is believed the fines levied against the United Kingdom associations past year will not now need to be paid.

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