THE great poppy outrage has started relatively late this year with the FA reportedly in discussions with FIFA over whether players can wear the Remembrance Day tribute when England take on Scotland at Wembley on November 11.
FIFA haven’t actually made any statement on the poppy as yet but officially bans political, religious or commercial messages on football shirts, despite being a corrupt institution driven by sponsorship and riven with financial scandal.
A report from the Sun suggesting that poppies will not be permitted during the dust up between the Auld Enemies has been met with outrage from veterans groups. If FIFA’s previous statements are anything to go by the poppy is considered a political statement.
A compromise of sorts was reached in 2011 when England played Spain and were allowed to wear the poppy on black armbands, a ridiculous situation that make a mockery of both sides.
Both FIFA and UEFA have made serious money from fining clubs and national sides for violations of their absurd policies. Celtic were recently hit with a huge penalty for flying a Palestinian flag for much the same reason the poppy is reportedly banned.