FIFA to allow England player to wear poppy on armband

FIFA has reportedly agreed to let England’s football team wear poppies on their armbands during Saturday’s friendly international against Spain against Wembley. It had previously been decided that England would not be able to wear poppies because of FIFA’s rule about not having any political or religious symbols on kits.

Both David Cameron and Prince William have called in the past 24 hours for FIFA to change their mind. At first it seemed like this was a forlorn hope, but today  FIFA announced that it would accept the poppies after England indicated their plan to wear black armbands during the game.

Critics argued that FIFA was wrong to try to prevent players from wearing such a universally accepted symbol of remembrance, but others argued that allowing the poppy onto shirts would set a dangerous precedent that could see other countries argue that they too should be given similar options.

About Sarah Bosdiccia

Sarah Bosdiccia is a writer, journalist, blogger and editorial assistant. In the past, she has worked in the local newspaper business and has taught journalism modules at undergraduate level. She doesn't 'do' Facebook but you can follow her at @sarah_bosdiccia.


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