England and Scotland boo anthems but unite for poppy tribute

England and Scotland boo anthems but unite for poppy tribute
Players stand for a minutes silence to mark Remembrance Day prior to kick-off at Wembley Stadium. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

England and Scotland stood shoulder-to-shoulder in defiance of FIFA on Armistice Day, remembering those that sacrificed their lives by wearing black armbands featuring poppies at Wembley.

Football's world governing body has said the wearing of poppies falls under the commercial, personal, political or religious messages that it has banned.

A fine or even a World Cup points deduction is possible but, perhaps emboldened by the support of Prime Minister Theresa May, the English and Scottish Football Associations defied FIFA in Friday's World Cup qualifier.

"We will of course be marking the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal at tonight's fixture," FA chairman Greg Clarke wrote in the matchday programme.

The programme featured the poppy on the front cover and the flower was shown on the Wembley big screen long before the match got under way, with the minutes before kick-off seeing both countries remember the dead.

Loud booing of both national anthems took the sheen off the otherwise dignified pre-match tone.


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