England captain Wayne Rooney with a remembrance poppy armband.
England captain Wayne Rooney with a remembrance poppy armband. ANDY RAIN

FIFA fines FAs over poppy tributes

FOOTBALL: The English Football Association says it will appeal after FIFA fined it $60,400 for wearing a poppy tribute to honour British war dead.

The football associations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are also considering their next moves after being hit by fines of $26,850, $20,100 and $26,850 respectively for making their own tributes.

FIFA rules ban "political” symbols on shirts during official games, but the British nations denied they had breached the ban.

"We note the decision by the FIFA disciplinary committee, which we intend to appeal,” an English FA spokesperson said.

"As a first step, we have written today to FIFA requesting the grounds for the decision.”

In a game against Scotland at Wembley on Armistice Day (November 11), England and Scotland players wore black armbands with red poppy motifs. England won the game 3-0.

FIFA disciplinary committee chairman Claudio Sulser said he "fully respected” the commemorations but stressed the rules "need to be applied to all member associations”.

"The display, among others, of any political or religious symbol is strictly prohibited,” he added.

"In the stadium and on the pitch, there is only room for sport, nothing else.”


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