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Should the FA defy the poppy ban?

England are due to host Scotland at a World Cup qualifying match at Wembley on November 11 – Armistice Day – and there were hopes that the football teams would wear commemorative shirts to mark the occasion.

However Fifa have banned the footballers wearing poppies on the basis that they prohibit political, religious or commercial messages on shirts.

Prime Minister Theresa May has called Fifa’s ban ‘utterly outrageous’ after the world football governing body has maintained their stance on this.

“Before they start telling us what to do, they jolly well ought to sort their own house out,” said Mrs May, citing the recent Fifa corruption claims which have seen dozens of former officials prosecuted or banned from the sport.

“Our football players want to recognise and respect those who have given their lives for our safety and security. It is absolutely right they should be able to do so.”

A petition urging Fifa not to uphold the ban has attracted more than a quarter of a million signatories.

What are your views on Fifa’s ruling? Should the FA defy the poppy ban? Do you think the players should refuse to play if they are not allowed to commemorate Armistice Day with a poppy? Should a poppy be considered political, religious or commercial?

Should the FA defy the poppy ban?

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nape
24th Jan 2017
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Why are they against wearing poppies is it because they want to control us like theE U why do our M Ps let them
Barton babe
12th Nov 2016
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We are still under the control of Brussels as to what we can do or not do until we finely escape from them. Now Fifa want to start dictating
what can or not be worn just to play a game of football.
Any more want to get on the dictate wagon.
Philip 1
11th Nov 2016
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I don't think that the poppy is a political statement. It is a way of remembering our war heroes.
I think they should totally defy the ban and wear one on each sleeve to really make a point.
Anyone want to predict the score but go easy I'm a Scot.
BrumEJ43
9th Nov 2016
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Absolutely, - I hope all the fans where two poppies that day.
Loved Theresa May's comment in the house last week.
Himself14
8th Nov 2016
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Yes, as the PM says "Let Fifa get it's own house in order first".
Himself14
8th Nov 2016
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As the PM says "Let Fifa get it's own house in order first"
maureen
8th Nov 2016
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Pressed wrong button .yes defy them
Munsterlander
7th Nov 2016
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yes no question! Defy it!
rc47
7th Nov 2016
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Do we know if the players actually want to wear poppies? I passionately believe it should be the individual's choice whether to wear one or not. It should not be up to the FA, FIFA, the BBC or anyone else except the individual player.
Jules1962
5th Nov 2016
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Sorry pressed wrong button should be yes
sisternova
4th Nov 2016
4
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Wear the poppy with pride and remembrance for those lost in all wars our country has been invoved in.
Philip 1
11th Nov 2016
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Wispa
4th Nov 2016
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These soldiers died for us to have freedom their lives must have a reason we should always remember them ! FIFA mean nothing to me or mine they are a sporting body , only a game ! Not life or death !
Zietta Ward
4th Nov 2016
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The ITF have no problem it seems. Andy Murray is wearing a poppy embroidered into his top while playing in France at present.
Proudpatti
4th Nov 2016
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I personally don't look at a poppy for any other reason than it being a badge of honour for our loved ones that gave their lives so we could live in peace. and FIFA are acting like a dictatorship.
Jo Kingham
4th Nov 2016
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The poppy is not a commercial, religious or political symbol. It's simply a symbol of respect and thanks for those who sacrificed their lives for us. My son is going to this match and he will be wearing the biggest poppy I can furnish him with. The FA should support our players and get the to wear them anyway and stuff the corrupt idiots at FIFA!
MorrisandDoris
3rd Nov 2016
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It's not really difficult to see why and where this one came from!
Johnniejay7
3rd Nov 2016
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My family has a Military background so it goes without saying FIFA decision is a disrespectful disgrace.
Wear the poppy and let FIFA do what they will.
Knockie
3rd Nov 2016
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Wearing a poppy is not political, religious or commercial. To wear a poppy is a matter of pride. It shows that we honour those who have fallen in conflict , and are still doing so. We should as a nation, show our gratitude and respect to all men and women who have given their lives,for us. Is wearing a poppy to commemorate this so bad! !?
Poppie
3rd Nov 2016
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I agree with our Prime Minister. How dare FIFA tell us what to do in our country? The act of remembrance is an International event. It is neither directly political nor contentious. Perhaps they should put their own house in order before trying to dictate to us. I cannot believe that none of their members haven't lost someone in the various worldwide conflicts.
Yodama
3rd Nov 2016
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In 2015, 144 passengers were killed after the Germanwings 'plane crash , over half the victims were German.

"Germany will wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence before their friendly clash with Australia on Wednesday night in memory of the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps."
Joachim Low's side host Australia in Kaiserslautern on Wednesday night, Germany to wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence.
This decision was applauded and supported worldwide.

World war 11 casualties , approximately 449,700

Who do you think you are kidding Mr Hitler??
Yodama
3rd Nov 2016
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In 2015, 144 passengers were killed after the Germanwings 'plane crash , over half the victims were German.

"Germany will wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence before their friendly clash with Australia on Wednesday night in memory of the victims of the plane crash in the French Alps."
Joachim Low's side host Australia in Kaiserslautern on Wednesday night.

Germany to wear black armbands and observe a minute's silence.
This decision was applauded and supported worldwide.

MrsPat
3rd Nov 2016
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One of my grandfathers was in WW1 as a gunner on the western front and Selonika. The other was in the navy and spent a lot of WW2 in Africa. How dare FIFA tarnish what they and millions of other British and Commonwealth brave men and women did for this country. Its because of their sacrifices and others even today, we live in freedom to play football
h2o
3rd Nov 2016
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We must not be seen to be dictated to by a bunch of crooks. Our men and women laid down their lives for us for our freedom, and we must honour them. Every man,woman, and child should wear a poppy, the deserve nothing less.
MrsPat
3rd Nov 2016
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I totally agree with your views on this...we must teach the younger generations to always wear poppies as well
Baxi
3rd Nov 2016
5
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YES!
Fifa have no right to dictate.
Pwilly
3rd Nov 2016
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Just about every country in the world had and still has war dead. This is not a political issue. The poppy is a symbol, of how proud we are of those who's lives were lost to keep our country safe, secure and free to play football. It's also a respectful thank you. I shall wear mine with pride, as always and my 2yr old grandson, will be told this year, why he is wearing his.
Cactus14
3rd Nov 2016
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YES, it's about time somebody stands up to these numpties. It was our families, friends, husbands who laid down their lives so we could live in our country our way. Why should we give in to these bullies.
Come on everyone stand up for this country.
Janet Swain
3rd Nov 2016
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You know what? Someone, England, whoever, should be brave enough to just pull out of the competition and take all their money and financial contributions with them. Others would follow because to me it seems very strange that everyone has to bow down to such a corrupt organisation rife with fiddles and backhanders. It is rotten to the core and people should turn their back on FIFA and its cheating administration.
angharad
3rd Nov 2016
5
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This is not a Political, Religious or Commercial statement, this a thank you to those who died for our freedom of speech. Less we forget!!! To the over-paid employees of FIFA & the FA get your own house in order first.
scandiman
3rd Nov 2016
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Every few days, more news from the world of footie. Anxious press conferences with grim faced managers, declarations from governing bodies, over-paid, over-hyped players sobbing about some new problem. For heaven's sake, it's only a game! Get over it, wear the poppy if you like, don't if you don't want to. There are more important things in the world than damn football.
Lionel
4th Nov 2016
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Scandiman, so well said.
Wilf
3rd Nov 2016
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I think they should all wear it. Young men like them have stood up against tyranny and sacrificed their lives so we can play football and also have our freedom. There are more important things than football...not so freedom & the Poppy
Wilf
3rd Nov 2016
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I wonder if FIFA have any Brits at the top of the organisation. If they do they should hang their heads in shame. How dare FIFA come out with this statement and our own FA I see if saying they will defy the ban. Good on them and do not back down. All the crowd should wear poppys and they should have huge "Poppy" flags at the ground as well. That will show FIFA
jstagg
3rd Nov 2016
4
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Poppies are neither religious nor political They are a mark of respect for those who have given their lives for their country. Next thing is they will stop National Anthems - though that would be better if teams actually knew the words and sang
Wilf
3rd Nov 2016
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Totally agree they are not a political statement and never have been... they are deep in this countries soul and should always be worn.
JohnHerb
2nd Nov 2016
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Tell me this is a Joke. FIFA is a total and utter joke. Sepp Blatter was a lair and crook and he was in charge of it for years..how did that happen?. I have just seen on the news that the FA will ignore the FIFA ruling from this new General Secretary of FIFI who must be a idiot. She and FIFA cannot seem to understand that to us Brits the Poppy is totally sacred and represents all the brave servicemen and women who have made our country the beacon of freedom that it is and always will be! Ignore the FIFA officials and chaps wear your Poppies with Pride when you play your football game on 11th November. The Brits invented football-we will do what we want and what is right. Rant Over!

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