FA discussing possibility of England wearing poppies on shirts with Fifa ahead of Armistice Day friendly vs Scotland

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Fifa bans political, religious and commercial messages from being displayed on players' kit (Source: Getty)

England and Scotland's football associations are negotiating with Fifa over whether their players will be allowed to wear poppies on their shirts when the two sides play each other on 11 November.

The World Cup qualifier at Wembley falls on Armistice Day and both the FA and the Scottish FA are keen for their players to honour the UK's war dead and demonstrate support for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal.

Yet Fifa have blocked previous attempts from the FA place a poppy on the England shirt as it regards the symbol as a violation of its ban on political, religious or commercial messages.

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The FA may go ahead with plans to put poppies on shirts but first will first look for Fifa to provide an indication on what kind of punishment they could face.

"We are working closely with the Royal British Legion once again this year to honour and remember the sacrifices made by those serving in the armed forces," said an FA spokesperson.

England wore poppies on their armbands in 2011 (Source: Getty)

"In recent weeks, the FA has led remembrance discussions with Fifa to allow the England team to show its support for the Poppy Appeal during the World Cup qualifier with Scotland."

Fifa eventually compromised in a 2011 dispute with the FA on the issue by permitting players to wear black armbands featuring the poppy for a friendly against Spain while some players, including Theo Walcott and Ashley Cole, sported the symbol on their boots.

Both then Prime Minister David Cameron and Prince William made public interventions urging Fifa to make an exception for the poppy which they argued had no political connotations.

Fifa argued it applies the same rules "in the event of similar requests by other nations to commemorate historical events".

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