England Stars Banned From Having A Poppy On Their Kit
November 5, 2011 by staff
England Stars Banned From Having A Poppy On Their Kit, The Football Association (FA) had hoped the players would be able to sport the symbolic flowers on their shirts for the friendly match, but FIFA rules mean you can not make changes to the official uniform – regardless of circumstances
George Batt, a veteran of World War II general secretary of the Normandy Veterans Association, described the decision as “disgraceful.”
“I do not really understand,” he said.
“I can not see any harm in the use of a poppy. Surely you do not need rules and regulations of FIFA as this. It’s so sad.”
The 86-year-old continued: “I think that 90 percent of the population uses them. I’m speechless.
“I think it’s a bit childish, because after all is said and done, if not for us guys FIFA would not be here. It would not be playing football.”
The decision in the international arena has not been replicated in the home, however, and all Premier League teams will be special sports jerseys with red flowers for their matches this weekend and next.
The England team hoping to compensate veterans putting poppies in her uniform when they train at Wembley Stadium before the game on Armistice Day.
This training package will be put up for auction, with proceeds going to charity.
An FA spokesman said: “The FA are proud supporters of our military and we are pleased to recognize those who have sacrificed their lives for the nation.”
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