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England Request Permission To Wear Poppies Against Germany Next Month

Josh Lawless

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England Request Permission To Wear Poppies Against Germany Next Month

The FA have confirmed they have asked for permission off FIFA for England players to wear poppies on their shirts for next month's friendly against Germany at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate's side host the world champions on November 10, a day prior to the yearly day of remembrance for members of the armed forces that served the country.

Last year, England players had the symbol sewn into their black armbands for the game against Scotland on Armistice Day and were hit with a £35,000 fine from FIFA, who had notified the FA that they would face punishment if they displayed what the governing body deemed to be "a political symbol".

Images: PA

The FA's from Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland were also fined £4,000, £11,800 and £15,700 respectively after they also sported poppies in memory of those who lost their lives in World War one and World War two.

However, a new change in laws that The International Football Association Board (IFAB) gave a seal of approval to, means the home nations can wear a poppy if the opposition and the competition organiser are in favour.


Image: PA

And so England, along with home nations, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have requested permission for their upcoming fixtures.

The FA issued the following joint statement on their official website:

"The four football associations of the home nations (The FA, FA Wales, Scottish FA and Irish FA) welcome the new clarification on Law 4, issued on 26 September 2017 by The International Football Association Board (The IFAB), in close cooperation and agreement with FIFA, governing what can and cannot be worn on players' shirts.

"It was important that clarity was brought to this issue as it affects many football matches/competitions throughout the world and is particularly helpful in relation to remembrance and poppies.

"In any year when there are international matches in the week leading up to and including Remembrance Sunday, it is the intention of all four home nations to seek permission from the opposition team and FIFA (as the authority responsible for those matches) to display the poppy on armbands."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: International Football, England, FA, Germany, Wembley

Josh Lawless
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