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FIFA Hands Out Poppy Display Punishment

Wales and Northern Ireland football clubs face penalties for crowd poppy signs. The two international clubs are facing punishment for displaying signs of poppies.

FIFA DISCIPLINARY: The disciplinaries have been set in motion by FIFA.

The venue for the breach of FIFA Football Rules occurred during World Cup qualifiers.

Team supporters held cards aloft to create poppy mosaics in the stands at their home games on 11th and 12th November 2016.

Wales and Northern Ireland players also wore black armbands during the internationals.

A FIFA disciplinary committee said they had opened proceedings against Wales and Northern Ireland Football Associations.

They confirmed that it is in relation to incidents involving the display of cards and signs. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) govern the laws of the game.

Their rules state that all players’ kit ‘must not have any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images.’

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Football Association of Wales Defence

The chief executive of the Welsh Football Association said they were ‘disappointed and surprised’ by action taken by FIFA.

FIFA Bans Poppies on International Football JerseysHe said their intention was to show respect in the right and proper way on Armistice weekend.

FAW also stated that they adhered to the rules and regulations of the competition.

They followed communication from FIFA prohibiting the FAW request. But they want the players to wear a poppy symbol on their armbands.

The website of the Football Association of Wales listed the reasons for FIFA’s action. They included:

  1. Supporters were wearing the poppy in the stand.
  2. A member of the armed forces held a bunch of poppies at the exit of the tunnel.

The IFAB includes several individual representatives. There is one from each of the British football associations and 4 representatives from FIFA.

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FIFA has opened further disciplinary proceedings against England and Scotland. Their players wore poppies on black armbands in the Wembley match on 11th of November.


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FIFA Disciplinary Action over Club Poppy Display