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Armistice Day: FIFA Declines England, Scotland Request On Wearing Armbands

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BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The world football governing body, (FIFA) has declined a request from England and Scotland for players to wear armbands featuring poppies on Armistice Day.

England is billed to play Scotland November 11, 2016, in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. The day marks when the United Kingdom traditionally remembers its war dead.

SFA Chief Stewart Regan responded that FIFA, which bans political, religious or commercial messages on shirts, is “sticking to the letter of the law”.

In the meantime, Chairman of the Committee Commons’ Culture, Media and Sport select committee MP Damian Collins – has written to FIFA President Gianni Infantinno asking for the world governing body to reconsider its decision.

Similarly, the Football Association of Wales has also announced that it is seeking approval for its players to wear the poppy symbol on their shirts when they play Serbia at the Cardiff City Stadium on 12 November.

England, Scotland and Wales FA’s also want to know what the potential punishments could be should they decide to flout the rules.

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