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The Poppy debate

The Poppy debate

Saw this on The Great Football Experiment site and thought I'd post here as well:

Well this one should put the pigeons amongst the cats... or is it the other way around?!

As reported in several places, these particular quotes are from Sky Sports, it seems that FIFA in their wisdom, won`t let England play in the friendly v Spain wearing shirts with the poppy emblem on them.


Apparently those who ruin the.. sorry, bit of a slip there, RUN the game don`t allow 'political statements`.

That is all well and good.

This isn`t a political statement, this is a statement of respect, one that all should show, to our brave men and women who have laid down their lives for their country.

A spokesman for Fifa said: 'Fifa fully acknowledges the significance of the Poppy Appeal and the ways in which it helps commemorate Remembrance Day on November 11 each year. As a multinational organisation comprising over 50 different nationalities, the significance of this date will also be observed by many of its employees, who will remember family members too. Fifa's regulations regarding players' equipment are that they should not carry any political, religious or commercial messages. Fifa has 208 Member Associations and the same regulations are applied globally, and uniformly, in the event of similar requests by other nations to commemorate historical events.'

A minutes silence WILL be allowed.

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So, is this a storm in a teacup of should England`s FA now just refuse to play unless FIFA backs down? Lets face it, after the World Cup bids it is clear no one likes us anyway!

Sky quote George Batt, general secretary of the Normandy Veterans Association, condemned the decision, describing it as 'disgraceful'. The 86-year-old, who fought in the Second World War, said: 'I don't really understand it. I can't see any harm in wearing a poppy. You surely don't need rules and regulations in Fifa like this. It's so sad.' Full quotes: Sky Sports

These people mean more to me than football (and I`m a football obsessive) and I`ll certainly not be watching the game unless FIFA back down. The FA should make a stand this time.

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Date:Monday November 7 2011
Time: 11:00AM


Wearing the poppy isn't a political statement?Hahahahahaha.Wars are a direct consequence of 'politics', are they not? As far as I know FIFA are being entirely consistent and haven't singled England out, but that fact will be lost, no doubt.
07/11/2011 11:16:00
Wearing a poppy is not a politcal statement! It is in support of the Royal British legion in this country and is also worn across many other comonwealth nations! It is worn to remember that war has a price, and that is bourne bythe people that not only fight for their country but also those that dies as a direct consequence of the actions of polititians. The fact is that it would be nice to have the national side wear the poppy on their shirt, but FIFA have said no, end of story. But don't get me started on FIFA. What does worry me is that you see everyone wearing them on television having them specialy made, do these people actually pay for them themselves, or do they contribute anything at all??? Also how much money was paid over the weekend by clubs to have the poppies embroidered onto the shirts. The royal british legion is a fantastic charity and does amazing work not just with servicemen and women both ex and serving, but also with families and communities connected with service personnel.
07/11/2011 11:32:00
I can kind of see this from both sides.............As a veteran myself the poppy is important to me but I can sort of see FIFA's point. I don't agree with it but I do see it based on above statement. The Rules were made before this debate and should be adhered too. They are allowing the Minutes silence though which is cool. When rules are applied across the board and without prejudice it's hard to argue against them. A shame but not the end of the World. Nothing stopping them wearing Poppy shirts under their tops then grabbing a yellow card when they score, lol
07/11/2011 12:34:00
I can fully see FIFA's point of view. International shirts don't carry logo's end of, otherwise where do you draw the line, sponsorship!! I am not worried about not having the poppy on the shirt, lets just see if they are wearing them before and after the game out of the England kit?? and will they themselves have paid for them!! It is a choice, if you wear one, you pay for the privilage. If you don't want to pay then don't wear one! I am not going to have a go at someone for not wearing one! I am still serving and it is very important to me, but I don't get involved with every charity cause! and that is my choice!
07/11/2011 12:44:00
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