British prime minister David Cameron has added his voice to those calling for Fifa to reconsider a ban on poppies being featured on the shirts of England’s football players ahead of this weekend’s friendly game with Spain.
Cameron described the decision as ‘absurd’, saying that Fifa should reconsider its decision to turn down the FA’s special request to be allowed to feature the poppies. There will be a moment’s silence before the game at Wembley, but many are calling for the poppies to be allowed.
Fifa has a fairly consistent rule regarding the banning of any religious, political or commercial messages on team kits. The organisation is believed to be worried that allowing the poppies would open the door to other nations requesting their own symbols, with the aim now being to remain consistent regarding the application of the rule, despite continued criticism from many in England.