England and Scotland to defy poppy ban

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World Cup qualifying Group F: England v Scotland
Venue: Wembley Stadium Date: Friday, 11 November Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
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The Football Associations of England and Scotland will defy a ban on players wearing poppies during their match at Wembley on Friday, Armistice Day.

Football’s world governing body Fifa prohibits any political, religious or commercial messages on shirts.

But both FAs will let players wear black armbands with poppy emblems and are willing to accept any punishment.

“It’s part of our identity as a nation,” said interim England manager Gareth Southgate.

“We’re just pleased that we can honour the sacrifice of those who have gone before us.”

Scotland captain Darren Fletcher said: “First and foremost, I think everyone would love to wear the poppy and wants to wear the poppy to show our respect.

“Fifa have their rules and you understand why, but hopefully common sense prevails.”

What could happen next?

The first stage in any disciplinary process that might follow Friday’s game would be for Fifa’s match commissioner at Wembley to include the armbands in the official report.

The case would then go to Fifa’s disciplinary committee, which would announce its decision a few weeks later. A points deduction is the most serious sanction available but a fine is considered to be more likely.

The British FAs would then have an opportunity to challenge that fine via Fifa’s appeals process and a further chance to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, a course of action that would probably cost more than the fine.

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