FA talks over England v Scotland poppies


The Football Association is leading talks with Fifa over whether players can wear poppies on their shirts for England’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on 11 November.

The game’s world governing body bans political, religious or commercial messages on shirts.

FA bosses want to know what punishment England may receive if they go ahead without Fifa’s permission.

The Scottish Football Association is also involved in the talks.

The ultimate sanction is a points deduction, but Fifa has not indicated whether that would be under consideration.

One solution could be players wearing a poppy on an armband.

That compromise was brokered for England’s 1-0 friendly win over Spain at Wembley on 12 November 2011.

Next week’s match takes place on Armistice Day, when commemorations take place across the United Kingdom to remember the nation’s war dead.

An FA spokesman said: “We are working closely with the Royal British Legion once again this year to honour and remember the sacrifices made by those serving in the armed forces.

“In recent weeks, the FA has led remembrance discussions with Fifa to allow the England team to show its support for the Poppy Appeal during the World Cup qualifier with Scotland.”

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