FIFA have told the national teams of England and Scotland that they aren’t allowed to wear the poppy during their match against each other on 11 November. The poppy is used to remember all the fallen men of the First World War.
Both teams wanted to wear the poppy during the match, however FIFA have banned the poppy because it isn’t allowed to present political messages. The poppy is a red flower which started to grow after the First World War at Flanders in Belgium. The flowers grow at the site of one of the bloodiest battles where the trenches and battlegrounds had once been.
The FA have responded by saying they do not believe it represents a political, religious or commercial message. The FA intend to pay appropriate tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Even England’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, told the FIFA to “get its own house in order” before telling the country’s footballers what to do. She continued: “Our football players want to recognise and respect those who have given their lives for our safety and security. I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so.
“I think a clear message is going from this house we want our players to be able to wear those poppies and I have to say to FIFA that before they start telling us what to do they jolly well ought to sort their own house out.”