England ask to wear poppies against Germany next month following rule change

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England and Scotland were fined for wearing poppies when they met last year (Source: Getty)

England hope to wear poppies with impunity when they play Germany in a friendly international at Wembley next month.

All four home nations received fines for displaying poppies in fixtures around Remembrance Sunday last year after governing body Fifa deemed they broke rules prohibiting political gestures.

But football’s lawmakers amended regulations last month, opening the door for poppies to be worn with the permission of the opposing team and the competition organiser.

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The Football Association said it intended to seek permission for England to wear poppies on black armbands for the visit of world champions Germany on Friday 10 November.

Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish football chiefs also plan to display poppies for their fixtures against Holland, France and Switzerland in the same week.

“The four football associations of the home nations welcome the new clarification on Law 4, issued on 26 September 2017 by The International Football Association Board, in close cooperation and agreement with Fifa, governing what can and cannot be worn on players’ shirts,” they said in a joint statement.

“It was important that clarity was brought to this issue as it affects many football matches/competitions throughout the world and is particularly helpful in relation to remembrance and poppies.

“In any year when there are international matches in the week leading up to and including Remembrance Sunday, it is the intention of all four home nations to seek permission from the opposition team and Fifa (as the authority responsible for those matches) to display the poppy on armbands.”

England’s FA was fined around £35,000 and Scotland’s £16,000 in December after the two teams wore poppies when they met in a World Cup qualifying match on 11 November.

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Poppies were shown on giant screens and T-shirts featuring poppies distributed to spectators during the game at Wembley. Prime minister Theresa May called the fine from Fifa “utterly outrageous”.

The Welsh FA was fined £16,000 and Northern Irish chiefs £12,000 for poppy displays by fans and other commemorative gestures during their matches against Serbia and Azerbaijan respectively.

Fifa previously permitted the home nations to wear poppies but adopted a hardline stance last year.

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