FIFA set to lift ban on wearing poppies

Fifa is set to lift the ban on players wearing poppies as a tribute to war dead following talks with the football associations of Great Britain.

Football’s governing body fined England and Scotland last year after players wore the poppy to commemorate Armistice day during a World Cup qualifier, after it was ruled to be a political symbol.

Wales and Northern Ireland were also fined for displaying the symbol in stadiums.

Fifa sent out a draft proposal last week to its member nations with revised provisions that could see the poppy permitted if opposing teams and match organisers accept its use in advance.

The new law is expected to be passed in time for the upcoming round of international games scheduled for early November – a period that coincides with Remembrance Day.

England are scheduled to play Germany at Wembley in a friendly during this time and have been assured by the German FA that the poppy can be worn.

The FA has declined to comment on the issue until the change has been approved by football’s law-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB).