Three Lions were fined £35,000 last year for wearing poppy armbands during a World Cup qualifier against Scotland after Fifa classed it as a ‘political slogan’
Wembley chiefs are still appealing the £35,000 fine levied by Fifa for sporting armbands with a poppy emblem in last year’s World Cup qualifier at home to Scotland.
After a lengthy dispute with FIFA, England can now finally wear poppies on their shirts again
Gareth Southgate’s side were fined £35,000 for wearing poppy armbands against Scotland last year
Fifa classed it as a ‘political slogan’ – despite the FA pointing out the symbol is used to remember those killed in war – and fined all four Home Nations.
But FA chief executive Martin Glenn has been lobbying Fifa for the past ten months to get a change in policy.
That quiet diplomacy has paid off.
And Gareth Southgate’s team are set to have the poppy emblem sewn into their shirts for a planned November 10 Wembley friendly against Germany.
Revised regulations still ban “political slogans… likely to offend a notable number of people”.
They say emblems can be worn when they are “commemorating a significant national or international event” but “the sensibilities of the opposing team and public should be carefully considered”.
The Three Lions will have poppies on their shirts when Germany travel to Wembley on November 20
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German FA chiefs have already given their blessing for England to wear the poppy symbol.
The game will be confirmed next month, presuming both teams have booked their place at the World Cup finals, and Fifa will then formally agree to the symbols being worn.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were also fined for sporting the poppy last year.
And Prime Minister Theresa May has even been involved, with her official spokeswoman saying people “should be able to wear their poppies with pride.”
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