Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

IFAB to lift poppy ban after Federation Internationale de Football Association revises provisions over shirt use

IFAB to lift poppy ban after Federation Internationale de Football Association revises provisions over shirt use

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan and his Northern Ireland counterpart Michael O'Neill want "common sense" to prevail over the ban on teams displaying poppies.

Past year the English FA was fined £35,000 for their players wearing poppies on their armbands for their World Cup qualifier on Armistice day against Scotland at Wembley.

England's fixtures for November will be confirmed following the final round of World Cup qualifying matches which take place in October.

Once the new rules are agreed, players will be allowed to wear poppies on the pitch, but only on the conditions that the opposing team agrees and the competition organiser has no objection.

In the aftermath, Irish FA chiefs reluctantly decided not to contest the £12,000 fine levied by Federation Internationale de Football Association over the Remembrance Day Poppy display at Windsor Park.

The new proposal is expected to be passed in time for November's worldwide matches, which will be played between 6 and 14 November.

England will play Germany in an worldwide friendly in November, and the BBC said the German side are happy for England to wear the poppy during the match.

The match will be given the go-ahead provided both countries avoid the World Cup play-offs.

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It's understood the a formal announcement of the rule change is expected to be made in time for the England v Germany match on November 10.

The Football Association and the Football Association of Wales have declined to comment until the decision has been ratified by Fifa.

England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been challenging their Federation Internationale de Football Association fines for last year's war commemorations.

England captain Wayne Rooney wears a poppy on his sleeve.

The International Football Association Board has reportedly chose to lift a ban on international players displaying poppies.

The new wording tightens the definition of what is to be deemed a "political" symbol by the football authorities.

As a result of this, the United Kingdom associations are no longer expected to pay the fines they were hit with previous year.

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