FIFA scraps ban on poppies on football shirts

The decision by football's world governing body comes after all four Home nations were fined a year ago when they ignored the ban on players wearing slogans or symbols which are considered to be personal, political or religious.

England and Spurs striker Harry Kane, 23, also spoke out and said Three Lions stars were proud to wear the symbolic flowers to honour our war heroes Federation Internationale de Football Association have now finally backtracked over their ban on the poppy and agreed an amendment to the game's rules.

At the time Prime Minister Theresa May told the BBC that Fifa's poppy stance was "utterly outrageous".

Past year the English FA was fined £35,000 for their players wearing poppies on their armbands for their World Cup qualifier on Armistice day against Scotland at Wembley.

Northern Ireland will face Germany on 5 October and Norway three days later in World Cup qualifiers, and O'Neill said of the poppy row: "I don't get involved in the politics of the whole thing".

It is understood Federation Internationale de Football Association sent out a draft proposal to its member nations with revised provisions that could see the poppy permitted if opposing teams and the competition organiser for the relevant match both accept its use in advance.

A ban on the use of a poppy during games looks set to be lifted by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

That echoed similar actions in 2011 when, under now-departed leadership, Federation Internationale de Football Association permitted England, Scotland and Wales to use armbands.

A hastily-arranged conference call next month of IFAB members - the body governing changes to the Laws - is expected to ratify the change in time for a potential commemoration of those that lost their lives in the Great War, as is traditional for England games in November.

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

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were all fined by the governing body a year ago for using poppies to commemorate Armistice Day.

The issue looked likely to be pursued in the courts at one stage after Fifa sanctioned the UK's football associations for using the poppy late past year.

  • Rogelio Becker