The remembrance poppy is again causing controversy in football.
The English FA is in discussions with FIFA over whether players should be allowed to show support for the Royal British Legion by wearing poppies when England play Scotland on November 11 – Armistice Day.
FIFA does not allow political, religious or commercial messages on shirts and The Sun reported today that poppies would be banned for the World Cup qualifier.
This is not the first time Fifa has had an issue with poppies. In 2011 they threatened to ban them in an England game against Spain, before eventually backing down and allowing them to be displayed on a black armband.
In a statement to the BBC’s Radio 5 Live the FA said it had been speaking with FIFA “in recent weeks” to discuss the poppy being allowed for next Friday’s game. The Scottish FA said it was “optimistic” players and fans would be allowed to pay their respects.
The discussions have caused a debate online, with many voicing their displeasure at the news FIFA had reportedly banned the poppy.
— Lauren Emma Segal (@LaurenSegal) November 1, 2016
FIFA has banned the wearing of poppies by players in the World Cup qualifier because they view it as a "Political Statement" 🙄 madness— ugo monye (@ugomonye) November 1, 2016
While others think the teams should wear them in defiance.
Some do think there is something behind Fifa’s idea that poppies are political symbol though.
Most people, though, seem to think Fifa should take a “common sense” approach.
Stuart Pearce urges FIFA to allow England & Scotland to honour our war heroes by wearing poppies on players' shirts on Armistice Day… pic.twitter.com/pZRBpwpk8H
— Alan Brazil (@SportsBreakfast) November 1, 2016