Football fans - and the wider public in general, for that matter - are up in arms with the news that FIFA have banned England and Scotland players from wearing poppies at next week’s World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
Supporters of English football teams are used to seeing Premier League stars wear poppies around this time of year as a mark of respect for those who have died fighting for their country.
But FIFA have decided to intervene ahead of this month’s round of international matches.
Because FIFA, world football’s governing body, believe the symbol of memorial if a political statement and, as a result, cannot be worn on shirts for the game which takes place on Armistice Day.
Simon Weston slams decision
This has sparked outrage amongst many people, including Simon Weston, the Falklands veteran.
“The FAs of both Scotland and England should stand up and be counted,” he told The Sun.
“Both those countries took part in both World Wars and should take the lead. They should pay any fine Fifa has to give them. This is not a political gesture.
“Who are Fifa? A bunch of people who make a hell of a lot of money and turn round and treat people like cattle. How dare they?”
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The Royal British Legion, meanwhile, have added: “We see no reason why the poppy should be banned as it is not a political symbol.”
FIFA are in contact with the FA
A FIFA spokesman has told the Mirror that the organisation are “in contact with the FA over the issue”.
An official statement on the ban, however, is yet to be released.
FIFA did the same thing in 2011
This isn’t the first time that England fans have been left angered by FIFA’s stance on the poppy.
Back in 2011 England were forced to settle on wearing a poppy on the armband, instead of the shirt, after FIFA imposed a ban ahead of a match against Spain.
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