Poppy ban set to be lifted by International Football Association Board


England and Scotland wore the emblem on black armbands during their World Cup qualifier at Wembley last November.

FIFA's stance resulted in widespread condemnation in Britain, with Prime Minister Theresa May calling it "utterly outrageous" in Parliament. "I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so".

According to the BBC, Fifa reportedly sent out a draft proposal to its members with revised provisions that would allow the poppy if opposing teams and the competition organiser accept its use in advance.

England and Scotland previous year wore poppies on their kits for a Wembley Stadium friendly on November 11 _ Armistice Day _ to commemorate British Commonwealth forces who have died on duty since World War I. The German football association is understood to have no objections over England players wearing the poppy, The Guardian reported.

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What this means in practice is that England, or any other team that wants to wear poppies on their shirts to mark Armistice Day, can do so, providing they get their opponents' permission and inform the organisers of the match. To do so, England need to beat Slovenia at Wembley next month to secure automatic promotion while a draw is enough for Germany against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

The Football Association has declined to comment until a change has been fully approved by the IFAB.

The report goes on to claim that the IFAB, football's lawmakers, are expected to rubber-stamp the change next month.

Federation Internationale de Football Association ruled that poppies flouted regulations banning political, religious symbols on kit and in stadiums.

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Having previously allowed England to wear poppies in a November friendly against Spain, Fifa's crackdown previous year certainly took the home nations by surprise.

Instead, with the prospect of increased fines being levied for repeat offences, negotiations have taken place to find a solution.

The £35,000 fine that England received was never paid and now never will be.

They said the remembrance symbol was political and banned under Federation Internationale de Football Association rules that forbid personal, political or religious slogans.

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