England players will wear poppies when they play Scotland on Remembrance Sunday next week despite a Fifa regulation banning them from doing so.
FA Chairman Greg Clarke told ITV that there are plans in place for the England players to wear poppies, with the 2018 World Cup qualifier due to take place on Armistice Day next Friday, and confirmed that regardless of the ongoing talks with Fifa over wearing the tribute, there will be a visible presence of poppies inside the stadium.
“My personal opinion, and actually the same opinion I hold as the chair of the FA, is that of course we should wear poppies,” Mr Clarke told ITV. “We’re commemorating millions of people who gave their lives in wars over the last 100 years and they deserve that, and the people who lost relatives deserve that, and that’s our plan.”
Fifa regulations outlaw nations wearing anything that can be construed as a political or religious statement under the Fifa Equipment Regulations. Both the English and Scottish football associations have contacted the governing body to request an exception to the rule, but so far, no exceptions have been granted and a points deduction is likely if the ban is flouted.